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Since Cassius first did whet me against Cæsar,
Is he alone?
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, conspiracy; Hide in it smiles, and affability : For if thou path thy native semblance ? on, Not Erebus 3 itself were dim enough To hide thee from prevention. 9 Visionary.
1 Countenance. 2 Walk in thy true form.
Enter CASSIUS, Casca, Decius, CINNA, METEL
LUS CIMBER, and TREBONIUS.
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,
He is welcome hither.
He is welcome too.
They are all welcome.
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 me your hands all over, one by one.
Bru. No, not an oath : If not the face 4 of men,
Cas. But what of Cicero? Shall we sound him? I think, he will stand very strong with us.
Cascą. Let us not leave him out.
No, by no means,
appear, But all be buried in his gravity.
Bru. O, name him not; let us not break9 with him ; For he will never follow any thing That other men begin. Cas.
Then leave him out, Casca. Indeed, he is not fit. Dec. Shall no man else be touch'd but only Cæsar?
Cas. Decius, well urg'd:--I think it is not meet, Mark Antony, so well belov’d of Cæsar, Should outlive Caesar : We shall find of him A shrewd contriver ; and, you know, his means, If he improves them, may well stretch so far, As to annoy us all : which to prevent, Let Antony, and Cæsar, fall together.
Bru. Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius; To cut the head off, and then hack the limbs; Like wrath in death, and envy' afterwards : For Antony is but a limb of Cæsar. Let us be sacrificers, but no butchers, Caius. We all stand up against the spirit of Cæsar ; And in the spirit of men there is no blood :
9 Let us not break the matter to him.
O, that we then could come by Cæsar's spirit,
Yet I do fear him
Bru. Alas, good Cassius, do not think of him : If he love Cæsar, all that he can do Is to himself; take thought, and die for Cæsar: And that were much he should; for he is given To sports, to wildness, and much company.
Treb. There is no fear in him; let him not die; For he will live, and laugh at this hereafter.
[Clock strikes, Bru. Peace, count the clock. Cas.
The clock hath stricken three, Treb. 'Tis time to part. Cas.
But it is doubtful yet, Whe'r? Cæsar will come forth to-day, or no : For he is superstitious grown of late;