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And do you now strew flowers in his way,
your houses, fall' upon your knees, Pray to the Gods, to intermit the plague That needs muft light on this ingratitude.
ont Flav. Go, go, good countrymen; and for that fault
361 Assemble all the poor men of your
[Exeunt Commeners. See, whe're their bafelt metal be not mov’d; They vanith tongue-ty'd in their guiltiness. Go you down that way tow'rds the Capitol, This way
will I. Difrobe the images,
Mar. May we do fo ?
Flav. It is no
Porcia, Decius, Cicero, Brutus, Cassius, Casca, a
(3)- deck'd with ceremonies.] Ceremonies, for religious ornaments. Thus afterwards he explains them by Cæfar's trophies; i.e. such as he had dedicated to the Gods. WARBURTON,
Cæs. Stand you directly in Antonius' way,
Ant. Cafar. My Lord.
Caf. Forget not in your speed, Antonius;
Ant. I shall remember.
Caf. Set on, and leave no ceremony out.
Cæf. Who is it in the Press, that calls on me
Sooth. Beware the Ides of March.
SI Cef. Set him before me; let me see his face. th Caf. Fellow, come from the throng. Look upon
Cælar. Cal. What fay'st thou to me now? Speak once
again. Sooth. Beware the Ides of March. Cæf. He is a dreamer ; let us leave him. Pass.
(Sennet (4). Exeunt Cæfar and Train.
Manent Brutus and Callius.
Caf. Will you go see the order of the Course :
23 Caf. I pray you, do.
(4) I have here inserted the word Sennef, from the original edition, that I may have an opportunity of retracting a hasty conjecture in one of the marginal directions in Henry VIII. Sena net appears to be a particular tune or mode of martial musick.
Bru. I am not gamesome; I do lack some parts
Caf. Brutus, I do observe you now of late ;
friend that loves you.
Caf. Then, Brutus, I have much miftook your passion;
face? Bru. No, Caffius ; for the eye sees not itfelf, But by reflexion from some other things.
Cal. 'Tis juft;
you have no such mirrors, as will turn on
of the best respect in Rome,
Bru. Into what dangers would you lead me, Caffius, That you would have me feek into myself,
(5) - Strange a handm] Strange, is alien, unfamiliar, such as might become a stranger.
(6-paffions of some difference,] With a Auctuation of discor-. dant opinions and degres,
For that which is not in me?
Caf. Therefore, good Brutus, be prepar'd to hear; And since 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 not 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, And after fcandal them; or if you know, That I profefs myself in banqueting 'To all the rout; then hold me dangerous.
[Flourish and shout. Brui What means this shouting? I do fear, the
Bru. I would not, Caffius ; yet I love him well. But wherefore do you
hold me here so 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, (8) And I will look on both indifferently,
For (7) To stale with ordinary oaths my love, &c.] To invite every new protestor to my affection by the stale or allurement of customary oaths: 1
(8) And I will look on both indifferently,] This is a contradică tion to the lines immediately succeeding. If he lov'd honour, more than he fear'd death, how could they be both indifferent to him? Honour thus is but in equal ballance to death, which is not speaking at all like Brutus : for, in a soldier of any ordinary pretensions, honor should always preponderate. We must certainly read,
And I will look on death indifferently. What occasion'd the corruption, I presume, was, the transcribers imagining, the adverb indifferently must be applied to two things oppos'd. But the use of the word does not demand it; nor does Shakespeare always apply it so. In the present passage it signifies neglectingly; without fear, or concern: And fo Casca afterwards, again in this act, employs it. And dangers are to me indifferent.
For, let the Gods so speed me, as I love
Caf. I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus,
on him, I did mark How he did háke; 'tis true, this God did haké ;
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Seat WARBURTON. This long note is very trifling. When Brutus frift names shonour and drath, he calmly declares them indifferent ; ibat as the image kindles in his mind, bê fets bonqur above life is not this patutal signan que seu A: 5: