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Brutus, and Cæsar: What should be in that Cæsar?
Why should that name be sounded more than yours?
Write them together, yours is as fair a name;
Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well;
Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure them,
Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Cæsar. [Shout.
Now in the name of all the gods at once,
Upon what meat doth this our Cæsar feed,
That he is grown so great? Age, thou art sham’d:
Rome, thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods!
When went there by an age, since the great flood,
But it was fam'd with more than with one man?
When could they say, till now, that talk'd of Rome,
That her wide walks encompass'd but one man ?
CÆSAR'S DISLIKE OF CASSIUS.
'Would he were fatter:-But I fear him not:
Yet if my name were liable to fear,
I do not know the man I should avoid
So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much ; -
He is a great observer, and he looks
Quite through the deeds of men: he loves no plays,
As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music:
Seldom he smiles; and smiles in such a sort,
As if he mock'd himself, and scorn'd his spirit
That could be mov'd to smile at any thing;.
Such men as he be never at heart's ease,
Whiles they behold a greater than themselves;
And therefore are they very dangerous.
I rather tell thee what is to be fear'd,
Than what I fear, for always I am Cæsar.
I know where I will wear this dagger then; Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius :
Therein, ye gods, you make the weak most strong;
Therein, ye gods, you tyrants do defeat:
Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
Can be retentive to the strength of spirit ;
But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
Never lacks power to dismiss itself.
If I know this, know all the world besides,
That part of tyranny, that I do bear,
I can shake off at pleasure.
ACT II. AMBITION CLOTHED IN SPECIOUS HUMILITY. But 'tis a common proof*, That lowliness is young ambition's ladder, Whereto the climber-upward turns his face: But when he once attains the upmost round, He then unto the ladder turns his back, Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degreest By which he did ascend.
CONSPIRACY DREADFUL TILL EXECUTED.
Between the acting of a dreadful thing
And the first motion, all the interim is
Like a phantasmał, or a hideous dream :
The genius, and the mortal instruments,
Are then in council; and the state of man,
Like to a little kingdom, suffers then
The nature of an insurrection.
BRUTUS'S APOSTROPHE TO CONSPIRACY. O conspiracy! Sham'st thou to show thy dangerous brow by night, * Experience. + Low steps,
When evils are most free! O, then, by day,
Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough
To mask thy monstrous visage ? Seek none, con-
Hide it in smiles and affability: [spiracy;
For if thou path thy native semblance* on,
Not Erebust itself were dim enough
To hide thee from prevention.
Let's kill him boldly, but not wrathfully ;
Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods,
Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds :
And let our hearts, as subtle masters do,
their servants to an act of rage, And after seem to chide them.
Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber:
Thou hast no figuresi, nor no fantasies,
Which busy care draws in the brains of men;
Therefore thou sleep'st so sound.
PORTIA'S SPEECH TO BRUTUS.
You have ungently, Brutus,
Stole from my
bed: And yesternight, at supper,
You suddenly arose, and walk'd about,
Musing, and sighing, with your arms across:
And when I ask'd you what the matter was,
You star'd upon me with ungentle looks :
I urg'd you further; then you scratch'd your head,
And too impatiently stamp'd with your
Yet I insisted, yet you answer'd not;
* Walk in thy true form.
# Shapes created by imagination.
But, with an angry wafture of your hand,
Gave sign for me to leave you: So I did;
Fearing to strengthen that impatience,
Which seem'd too much enkindled; and withal,
Hoping that it was but an effect of humour,
Which sometime hath his hour with every man.
It will not let you eat, nor talk, nor sleep:
And, could it work so much upon your shape,
As it hath much prevail'd on your condition*,
I should not know you, Brutus. Dear my lord,
Make me acquainted with your cause of grief.
CALPHURNIA'S ADDRESS TO CÆSAR ON THE PRODIGIES
SEEN THE NIGHT BEFORE HIS DEATH.
Cal. Cæsar, I never stood on ceremoniest,
Yet now they fright me. There is one within,
Besides the things that we have heard and seen,
Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch.
A lioness hath whelped in the streets;
And graves have yawn'd, and yielded up their dead :
Fierce fiery warriors fight upon the clouds,
In ranks, and squadrons, and right form of war,
Which drizzled blood
the Capitol: The noise of battle hurtled in the air, Horses did neigh, and dying men did groan; And ghosts did shriek, and squeal about the streets, O Cæsar! these things are beyond all use, And I do fear them. Cæs.
What can be avoided, Whose end is purpos'd by the mighty gods? Yet Cæsar shall go forth: for these predictions Are to the world in general, as to Cæsar.
Cal. When beggars die, there are no comets seen; • Temper. + Never paid a regard to prodigies Eneountered.
Ś Cry with pain.
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of
AGAINST THE FEAR OF DEATH.
Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.
Danger knows full well
That Cæsar is more dangerous than he.
We were two lions litter'd in one day,
And I the elder and more terrible.
My heart laments that virtue cannot live Out of the teeth of emulation*.
ANTONY'S ADDRESS TO THE CORPSE OF CÆSAR,
O mighty Cæsar! Dost thou lie so low?
Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils,
Shrunk to this little measure?-Fare thee well.
ANTONY'S SPEECH TO THE CONSPIRATORS. I know not, gentlemen, what you intend, Who else must be let blood, who else is rankt: If I myself, there is no hour so fit As Cæsar's death's hour; nor no instrument Of half that worth, as those your swords, made rich * Envy
+ Grown too bigh for the public safety.