Imatges de pÓgina

The live-long day with patient expectation,
To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome;
And when you saw his chariot but appear,
Have you not made an universal shout,
That Tyber trembled underneath his banks
To hear the replication of your sounds,
Made in his concave shores?
And do you now put on your best attire ?
And do you now cull out an holiday?
And do you now strew Aowers in his way,
That comes in triumph over Pompey's blood ?

Be gone

Run to your houses, fall upon your knees,
Pray to the Gods, to intermit the plague
That needs must light on this ingratitude.
Flav. Go, go, good countrymen ; and for that

Assemble all the poor men of your sort,
Draw them to Tyber's bank, and weep your tears
Into the channel, 'till the lowest stream
Do kiss the most exalted shores of all.

[Exeunt Commoners,
See, whe're their basest metal be not mov’d;
They vanish congue-ty'd in their guiltiness.
Go you down that way tow'rds the Capitol,
This way will I. Disrobe the images,
If you do find them 3 deck'd with ceremonies.

Mar. May we do fo?
You know, it is the feast of Lupercal.
Flav. It is no matter.

Let no images
Be hung with Casar's trophies. I'll about,
And drive away the vulgar from the streets ?

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So do you too, where your perceive them thick.
These growing feathers, pluckt from Cæfar's wing
Will make him fly an ordinary pitch ;
Who else would foar above the view of men,
And keep us all in servile fearfulness.

[Exeunt severally.

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Enter Cæsar, Antony. For ibe Course, Calphurnia,

Porcia, Decius, Cicero, Brutus, Caffius, Casca, a
Cæfo Calphurnia
Casca. Peace, ho! Cafar speaks.
Cef. Calphurnia
Calp. Here, my Lord.

Cæs. Stand you directly in Antonius' way,
When he doth run bis Course Antonius-

Ant. Cæfar. My Lord.

Caf. Forget not in your speed, Antonius,
To touch Calphurnia; for our Elders say,
The barren, touched in this holy chase,
Siake off their steril curse.

Ant. I shall remember.
When Cafar says, do this; it is perform’d.

Caf. Set on, and leave no ceremony out.
So tb. Ca ar,
Cæf. Ha! who calls?
Cafea. Bid every noise be fill. Peace! Yet again.

Ces. Who is it in the Press, that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, Thriller than all the musick,
Cry, Cæfar. Speak; Cæfar is turn'd to hear.

Sooib. Beware the Ides of March
Cæf. What man is that?
Bru. A footh-fayer bids you beware the Ides of


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Cæf. Set him before me; let me see his face.
Casca. Fellow, come from the throng. Look upon

Cæf. What say'lt thou to me now? Speak once

again. Sootb. Beware the Ides of March. Cæf, He is a dreamer'; let us leave him. Pass.

[* Sennel. Exeunt Cæsar and Train.

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Manent Brutus and Caffius,
Caf. Will you go see the order of the Course?
Bru. Not I.
Caf. I pray you, do.

Bru. I am not gamesome; I do lack some part
Of that quick spirit that is in Antony.
Let me not hinder, Cafhus, your desires ;
I'll leave you.

Caf. Brutus, I do observe you now of late ;
I have not from your eyes that gentleness
And shew of love, as I was wont to have.
You bear too stubborn and too s strange a hand
Over your friend that loves you.

Bru. Cafhus,
Be not deceiv'd: if I have veil'd my look,
I turn the trouble of my countenance
Meerly upon myself. Vexed I am,
Of late, with passions of some difference,
Conceptions only proper to myself,

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Which give some foil, perhaps, to my behaviours ;
But let not therefore my good friends be griev'd,
Among which number, Caffus, be you one,
Nor construe any further my neglect,
Than that poor Brutus, with himself at war,
Forgets the news of love to other men.

Caf. Then, Brulus, I have much mistook your passion;
By means whereof, this breast of mine hath buried
Thoughts of great value, worthy cogitations.
Tell me, good Brutus, can you see your face?

Bru. No, Casius; for the eye fees not itself,
But by reflexion from some other things.

Caf. 'Tis just;
And it is very much lamented, Brutus,
That you have no such mirrors, as will turn
Your hidden worthiness into your eye,
That you might see your shadow. I have heard,


of the best respect in Rome, Except immortal Cæfar, speaking of Brutus, And groaning underneath this age's yoke, Have wish'd, that noble Brutus had his eyes

Bru. Into what dangers would you lead me, Caffus, That you would have me seek into myself, , For that which is not in me?

Caf. Therefore, good Brutus, be prepar'd to hear ; And Gnce you know, you cannot see yourself So well as by reflexion ; I, your glass, Will modestly discover to yourself That of yourself, which yet you know not of. And be noc jealous of me, gentle Brutus : Were 'I a common laugher, or did use 7 To stale with ordinary oaths my love To every new protestor ; if you know, That I do fawn on men, and hug them hard,

7 To fale with ordinary oa'bs tion by the ftale or allurement of

my love, &c.) To invite caftimary oaths. buery new protetor to my affeca


And after scandal them; or if you know,
That I profess myself in banqueting
To all the rout; then hold me dangerous.

(Flourish and fout. Bru. What means this. Shouting? I do fear, the

Chuse Cæfar for their King.

Caf. Ay, do you fear it?
Then must I think, you would not have it so.

Bru. I would not, Caffus ; yet I love him well,
But wherefore do you hold me here fo long?
What is it, that you would impart to me?
If it be aught toward the general good,
Set Honour in one eye, and Death

i'th other,
:' And I will look on both indifferently,
For, let the Gods so fpeed me, as I love
The name of Honour, more than I fear Death.

Caf. I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus,
As well as I do know your outward favour,
Well, Honour is the subject of my {tory.
I cannot tell, what you and other men
Think of this life; but for my Gngle felf,

8 And I will look on both indif- oppos’d. But the use of the word

ferently ;] This is a contra- does not demand it ; nor does di&tion to the lines immediately Shakespeare always apply it ro. In succeeding. If he loved bondar the present passage it fignifies nemore than he fear'd death, how glectingly; without fear, or concould they be both indifferent to cera : And fo Cafía afterwards him? Honour thus is but in equal again in this act, employs it. balance to death, which is not And dangers are to me indif{peaking at all like Brutus: for, ferent. in a soldier of any ordinary pre- [weigh them not; nor amdeterr'd tensions, honour should always on the score of danger. preponderate. We mult certainly


This long note is very trifling. And I will look on death indif- When Brutus first names borour ferently.

and death, he calmly declares What occasion d the corruption, them indifferent ; but as the I presume, was, the transcribers image kindles in his mind, he imagining, the adverb indifferen!- fets bonour above life. Is not Ly mut be applied to two chings this natural?

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