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ACT II.

SCENE I. The same.

Brutus's Orchard.

Enter BRUTUS.

Bru. What, Lucius! ho ! I cannot, by the progress of the stars, Give guess how near to day.—Lucius, I say !I would it were my fault to sleep so soundly.When, Lucius, when? Awake, I say: What, Lucius !

[Exit.

Enter LUCIUS. Luc. Callid you, my lord ?

Biu. Get me a taper in my study, Lucius : When it is lighted, come and call me here.

Luc. I will, my lord.

Bru. It must be by his death : and, for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him, But for the general. He would be crown'd:How that might change his nature, there's the question. It is the bright day, that brings forth the adder; And that craves wary walking. Crown him ?-—That;And then, I grant, we put a sting in him, That at his will he may do danger with. The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins Remorse from power: And, to speak truth of Cæsar, I have not known when his affections sway'd

More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof,
That lowliness is

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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 degrees By which he did ascend : So Cæsar may; Then, lest he may, prevent. And, since the quarrel Will bear no colour for the thing he is, Fashion it thus; that what he is, augmented, Would run to these, and these extremities : And therefore think him as a serpent's egg, Which, hatch’d, would, as his kind, grow mischievous ; And kill him in the shell,

Re-enter LUCIUS.
Luc. The taper burneth in your closet, sir.
Searching the window for a flint, I found
This paper, thus scal'd up; and, I am sure,
It did not lie there, when I went to bed.

Bru. Get you to bed again, it is not day.
Is not to-morrow, boy, the ides of March?

Luc. I know not, sir.
Bru. Look in the calendar, and bring me word.
Luc. I will, sir.

[Exit. Bru. The exhalations, whizzing in the air, Give so much light, that I may read by thein.

[Opens the Letter, and reads. Brutus, thou sleep'st ; awake, and see thyself. Shall Rome, &c. Speak, strike, redress ! Brutus, thou sleep’st ; awake, Such instigations have been often dropp'd

Where I have took them up.
Shall Rome &c. Thus must I piece it out;
Shall Rome stand under one man's awe? What !

Rome:
My ancestors did from the streels of Rome
The Tarquin drive, when he was call'd a king.
Speak, strike, redress !-Am I entreated then
To speak, and strike ? O Rome! I make thee promise,
If the redress will follow, thou receiv'st
Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus !

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Re-enter LUCIUS.
Luc. Sir, March is wasted fourteen days.

[Knock within. Bru. 'Tis good. Go to the gate; somebody knocks.

[Exit LUCIUS. Since Cassius first did whet me against Cæsar, I have not slept. Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion, all the interim is Like a phantasma, 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.

Re-enter LUCIUS.
Luc. Sir, 'tis your brother Cassius at the door,
Who doth desire to see you.

Bru. Is he alone ?
Luc. No, sir, there are more with him.
Bru. Do you know them?

Luc. No, sir; their hats are pluck'd about their ears, And half their faces buried in their cloaks, That by no means I may discover them By any mark of favour. Bru. Let them enter.

[Exit Lucius.
They are the faction. O conspiracy!
Sham’st thou to show thy dangerous brow by night,
When evils are most free? O, then, by day,
Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough
To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none, conspi-

racy;
Hide it in smiles, and affability :
For if thou path, thy native semblance on,
Not Erebus itself were dim enough
To hide thee from prevention.

Enter CASSIUS, CASCA, Decius, CINNA, METELLUS

CIMBER, and TREBONIUS.
Cas. I think we are too bold upon your rest :
Good inorrow, Brutus : Do we trouble you?

Bru. I have been up this hour; awake, all night. Know I these men, that come along with you?

Cas. Yes, every man of them : and no man here,
But honours you : and every one doth wish,
You had but that opinion of yourself,
Which every noble Roman bears of you.
This is Trebonius.

Bru. He is welcome hither.
Cas. This Decius Brutus.
Bru. He is welcome too.

Cas. This, Casca; this, Cinna ;
And this Metellus Cimber.

Bru. They are all welcome.
What watchful cares do interpose themselves
Betwixt your eyes and night?

Cas. Shall I entreat a word ? [They whisper.
Dec. Here lies the east: Doth not the day break

here? Casca. No.

Cin. O, pardon, sir, it doth ; and yon grey lines, That fret the clouds, are messengers of day.

Casca. You shall confess, that you are both deceiv'd. Here, as I point my sword, the sun arises; Which is a great way growing on the south, Weighing the youthful season of the year. Some two months hence, up higher toward the north He first presents his fire; and the high east Stands, as the Capitol, directly here. Bru. Give

hands all over, one by one. Cas. And let us swear our resolution.

Bru. No, not an oath: If not the face of men,
The sufferance of our souls, the time's abuse,
If these be motives weak, break off betimes,
And every man hence to his idle bed;
So let high-sighted tyranny range on,
Till each man drop by lottery. But if these,
As I am sure they do, bear fire enough
To kindle cowards, and to steel with valour
The melting spirits of women; then, countrymen,
What need we any spur, but our own cause,
To prick us to redress ? what other bond,
Than secret Romans, that have spoke the word,
And will not palter ? and what other oath,
Than honesty to honesty engag’d,

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