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nuation of the play after the death of Caesar; supposing that great event would have been more powerful than any other for the catastrophe; but it is hardly possible to read to the end, and wish any thing altered; unless, perhaps, that Caesar's character had been rendered more prominent in those few scenes where he is introduced. This drama is not, however, designed to represent the life, but solely the death, of Julius Caesar. The poet has not attempted to show in action, even by one important incident, how this conqueror of the world lived, but merely how he died. In so short a composition as a play some characters must necessarily be compressed; and, in the original editions of this work, Cicero's has been more than any other diminished. That celebrated orator is there placed amongst the dramatis personae, and has scarcely been given a word to say. The following account from Upton will be of use to the reader: “The real length of time in ‘Julius Caesar’ is as follows: About the middle of February, A.U.C. 709, a frantic festival, sacred to Pan, was held in honour of Caesar, when the royal crown was offered him by Marc Antony. On the 15th of March, in the same year, he was slain. A.U.C. 711, Brutus and Cassius were defeated near Philippi.”
JULIUS CAESAR Mr. Clarke.
GUARDs and ATTENDANTs.
SCENE–For the three first Acts, at Rome; afterwards at an Isle near Mutina, at Sardis, and Phi
Casca. Hence; home, you idle creatures, get you home: Is this a holiday? what! know you not, Being mechanical, you ought not walk Upon a labouring day, without the sign Of your profession speak, what trade art thou? 1 Pleb. Why, sir, a carpenter. Casca. Where is thy leather apron, and thy ruler What dost thou with thy best apparel on You, sir, What trade are you? 2 Pleb. Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am but, as you would say, a cobler. Casca. But what trade art thou? answer me, directly. 2 Pleb. A trade, sir, that I hope I may use with a safe conscience; which is, indeed, a mender of bad Casca. What trade, thou knave thou naughty knave, what trade 2 2 Pleb. Nay, I beseech you, sir,be not out with me: yet if you be out, sir, I can mend you. Casca. What mean'st thou by that mend me, thou saucy fellow : 2 Pleb. Why, sir, cobble you. Casca. Thou art a cobler, art thou? 2 Pleb. Truly, sir, all that I live by is the awl: I meddle with no tradesman's matters, nor woman's matters; but withal I am, indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes; when they are in great danger, I recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon neat's leather, have gone upon my handy work. Casca. But wherefore art not in thy shop to-day? Why dost thou lead these men about the streets 2 Pleb. Truly, sir, to wear out their shoes, to get myself into more work. But, indeed, sir, we make holiday to see Caesar, and to rejoice in his triumph. Casca. Wherefore rejoice? what conquests brings he home? What tributaries follow him to Rome, To grace in captive bonds his chariot wheels? You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things | O, you hard hearts' you cruel men of Rome ! Knew you not Pompey? many a time and oft, Have you climb'd up to walls and battlements, To tow’rs and windows, yea, to chimney tops, Your infants in your arms, and there have sat, The live long day, with patient expectation, To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome: And when you saw his chariot but appear, Have you not made an universal shout, That Tiber trembled underneath his banks, To hear the replication of your sounds, Made in his concave shore ? And do you now put on your best attire,
And do you now cull out an holiday?
Enter CESAR, ANToNY for the Course, CALPHURN1A, DECIUs BRUTUS, CASSIUs, CAscA, a SoothsAYER, TREBONIUS, &c.
Caes. Calphurnia Casca. Peace, ho! Caesar speaks. Caes. Calphurnia Calp. Here, my lord. Caes. Stand you directly in Antonius' way, When he doth run his course Antonius Ant. Caesar, my lord. Caes. Forget not in your speed, Antonius, To touch Calphurnia; for our elders say, The barren, touched in this holy chase, Shake off their sterile curse. Ant. I shall remember. When Caesar says, “Do this,” it is perform'd. Caes. Set on, and leave no ceremony out. Sooth. Caesar! Caes. Ha! who calls? Casca. Bid every noise be still; peace yet again,