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selves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though, in the meantime, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered:—that's villanous; and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.
II. CASSIUS INCITING BRUTUS TO CONSPIRE AGAINST CÆSAR.
Bru.-What means this shouting?—I do fear the people Choose Cæsar for their king.
Cas.-Ay, do you fear it?
Then must I think you would not have it so.
Bru.—I would not, Cassius; 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' the other, And I will look on both indifferently: For, let the gods so speed me, as I love
The name of honour more than I fear death.
Cas. 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 story.
I cannot tell what you and other men
In awe of such a thing as I myself.
I was born free as Cæsar; so were you:
And swim to yonder point?"-Upon the word,
And bade him follow: so indeed he did.
The torrent roar'd; and we did buffet it
Did from the flames of Troy, upon his shoulder,
The old Anchises bear, so, from the waves of Tyber,
Did I the tired Cæsar: and this man
Is now become a god; and Cassius is
A wretched creature, and must bend his body,
He had a fever when he was in Spain,
And when the fit was on him, I did mark
How he did shake: 'tis true this god did shake;
And that same eye, whose bend doth awe the world,
Ay, and that tongue of his, that bade the Romans
Bru.-Another general shout!
I do believe that these applauses are
For some new honours that are heap'd on Cæsar.
Cas. Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world,
Like a Colossus; and we, petty men,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Brutus, and Cæsar: What should be in that Cæsar?
Why should that name be sounded more than yours?
Br.-That you do love me, I am nothing jealous;
I ul with patience hear; and find a time
Bo meet to hear and answer such high things.
III. BRUTUS ON THE DEATH OF CÆSAR.
RoNs, countrymen, and lovers! hear me for my cause; anbe silent that you may hear. Believe me for mine hour; and have respect to mine honour that you may beve. Censure me in your wisdom; and awake your sees, that you may the better judge. If there be any this assembly, any dear friend of Cæsar's, to him I say, at Brutus's love to Cæsar was no less than his. If, then,
that friend demand why Brutus rose against Casar, this is my answer: not that I loved Cæsar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Cæsar were living, and die all slaves; than that Cæsar were dead to live all freemen? As Cæsar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fotunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him; but is he was ambitious, I slew him! There are tears for his loe, joy for his fortune, honour for his valour, and death for his ambition! Who's here so base, that would be a bondman? if ay, speak! for him have I offended. Who's here so rude, tat would not be a Roman? if any, speak! for him have Ioffended. Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? if any, speak! for him have I offended.- -I pause for a eply.
None? then none have I offended! I have don no more
to Cæsar, than you should do to Brutus. The qestion of his death is enrolled in the Capitol; his glory not etenuated wherein he was worthy; nor his offences enforced or which he suffered death.
Here comes his body, mourned by Mark Antor; who, though he had no hand in his death, shall receive th benefit of his dying, a place in the Commonwealth? as, whh of you shall not? With this I depart- -that as I slew by best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dager for myself, when it shall please my country to need my eath.
IV. ANTONY'S ORATION OVER CÆSAR'S BODY.
FRIENDS, Romans, countrymen! lend me your ears
(For Brutus is an honourable man;
He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
Did this in Cæsar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak, not to disprove what Brutus spoke;