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Julius Caesar

1599–1600

William Shakespeare's signature

William Shakespeare


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Summary

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (First Folio title: The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar) is a history play and tragedy by William Shakespeare first performed in 1599. Although the play is named Julius Caesar, Brutus speaks more than four times as many lines as the title character, and the central psychological drama of the play focuses on Brutus.

Brutus joins a conspiracy led by Cassius to murder Julius Caesar, to prevent Caesar becoming a tyrant. Antony stirs up hostility against the conspirators. Rome becomes embroiled in civil war.

Source: Wikipedia

Dramatis Personæ

Dramatis Personæ

Julius Caesar

Calphurnia, his wife

Servant to them

Marcus Brutus

Portia, his wife

Lucius, their servant

Caius Cassius

Casca

Cinna

Decius Brutus

Caius Ligarius

Metellus Cimber

Trebonius

patricians who, with Brutus, conspire against Caesar

Cicero

Publius

Popilius Lena

senators

Flavius

Marullus

tribunes

Mark Antony

Lepidus

Octavius

rulers of Rome in Acts 4 and 5

Servant to Antony

Servant to Octavius

Lucilius

Titinius

Messala

Varro

Claudius

Young Cato

Strato

Volumnius

Labeo (nonspeaking)

Flavius (nonspeaking)

Dardanus

Clitus

officers and soldiers in the armies of Brutus and Cassius

A Carpenter

A Cobbler

A Soothsayer

Artemidorus

First, Second, Third, and Fourth Plebeians

Cinna the poet

Pindarus, slave to Cassius, freed upon Cassius’s death

First, Second, Third, and Fourth Soldiers in Brutus’s army

Another Poet

A Messenger

First and Second Soldiers in Antony’s army

Citizens, Senators, Petitioners, Plebeians, Soldiers


ACT 1


Scene 1

Enter Flavius, Marullus, and certain Commoners, including a Carpenter and a Cobbler, over the stage.

FLAVIUS
line 0001Hence! Home, you idle creatures, get you home!
line 0002Is this a holiday? What, know you not,
line 0003Being mechanical, you ought not walk
line 0004Upon a laboring day without the sign
5line 0005Of your profession?—Speak, what trade art thou?
line 0006CARPENTERWhy, sir, a carpenter.
MARULLUS
line 0007Where is thy leather apron and thy rule?
line 0008What dost thou with thy best apparel on?—
line 0009You, sir, what trade are you?
10line 0010COBBLERTruly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am
line 0011but, as you would say, a cobbler.
MARULLUS
line 0012But what trade art thou? Answer me directly.
line 0013COBBLERA trade, sir, that I hope I may use with a safe
line 0014conscience, which is indeed, sir, a mender of bad
15line 0015soles.
FLAVIUS
line 0016What trade, thou knave? Thou naughty knave, what
line 0017trade?
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 9 line 0018COBBLERNay, I beseech you, sir, be not out with me.
line 0019Yet if you be out, sir, I can mend you.
MARULLUS
20line 0020What mean’st thou by that? Mend me, thou saucy
line 0021fellow?
line 0022COBBLERWhy, sir, cobble you.
line 0023FLAVIUSThou art a cobbler, art thou?
line 0024COBBLERTruly, sir, all that I live by is with the
25line 0025awl. I meddle with no tradesman’s matters nor
line 0026women’s matters, but withal I am indeed, sir, a
line 0027surgeon to old shoes: when they are in great danger,
line 0028I recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon
line 0029neat’s leather have gone upon my handiwork.
FLAVIUS
30line 0030But wherefore art not in thy shop today?
line 0031Why dost thou lead these men about the streets?
line 0032COBBLERTruly, sir, to wear out their shoes, to
line 0033get myself into more work. But indeed, sir, we
line 0034make holiday to see Caesar and to rejoice in his
35line 0035triumph.
MARULLUS
line 0036Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home?
line 0037What tributaries follow him to Rome
line 0038To grace in captive bonds his chariot wheels?
line 0039You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless
40line 0040things!
line 0041O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome,
line 0042Knew you not Pompey? Many a time and oft
line 0043Have you climbed up to walls and battlements,
line 0044To towers and windows, yea, to chimney tops,
45line 0045Your infants in your arms, and there have sat
line 0046The livelong day, with patient expectation,
line 0047To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome.
line 0048And when you saw his chariot but appear,
line 0049Have you not made an universal shout,
50line 0050That Tiber trembled underneath her banks
Act 1 Scene 1 - Pg 11 line 0051To hear the replication of your sounds
line 0052Made in her concave shores?
line 0053And do you now put on your best attire?
line 0054And do you now cull out a holiday?
55line 0055And do you now strew flowers in his way
line 0056That comes in triumph over Pompey’s blood?
line 0057Be gone!
line 0058Run to your houses, fall upon your knees,
line 0059Pray to the gods to intermit the plague
60line 0060That needs must light on this ingratitude.
FLAVIUS
line 0061Go, go, good countrymen, and for this fault
line 0062Assemble all the poor men of your sort,
line 0063Draw them to Tiber banks, and weep your tears
line 0064Into the channel, till the lowest stream
65line 0065Do kiss the most exalted shores of all.

All the Commoners exit.

line 0066See whe’er their basest mettle be not moved.
line 0067They vanish tongue-tied in their guiltiness.
line 0068Go you down that way towards the Capitol.
line 0069This way will I. Disrobe the images
70line 0070If you do find them decked with ceremonies.
line 0071MARULLUSMay we do so?
line 0072You know it is the feast of Lupercal.
FLAVIUS
line 0073It is no matter. Let no images
line 0074Be hung with Caesar’s trophies. I’ll about
75line 0075And drive away the vulgar from the streets;
line 0076So do you too, where you perceive them thick.
line 0077These growing feathers plucked from Caesar’s wing
line 0078Will make him fly an ordinary pitch,
line 0079Who else would soar above the view of men
80line 0080And keep us all in servile fearfulness.

They exit in different directions.

Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 13

Scene 2

Enter Caesar, Antony for the course, Calphurnia, Portia, Decius, Cicero, Brutus, Cassius, Casca, a Soothsayer; after them Marullus and Flavius and Commoners.

CAESAR
line 0081Calphurnia.
line 0082CASCAPeace, ho! Caesar speaks.
line 0083CAESARCalphurnia.
line 0084CALPHURNIAHere, my lord.
CAESAR
5line 0085Stand you directly in Antonius’ way
line 0086When he doth run his course.—Antonius.
line 0087ANTONYCaesar, my lord.
CAESAR
line 0088Forget not in your speed, Antonius,
line 0089To touch Calphurnia, for our elders say
10line 0090The barren, touchèd in this holy chase,
line 0091Shake off their sterile curse.
line 0092ANTONYI shall remember.
line 0093When Caesar says “Do this,” it is performed.
CAESAR
line 0094Set on and leave no ceremony out.Sennet.
15line 0095SOOTHSAYERCaesar.
line 0096CAESARHa! Who calls?
CASCA
line 0097Bid every noise be still. Peace, yet again!
CAESAR
line 0098Who is it in the press that calls on me?
line 0099I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
20line 0100Cry “Caesar.” Speak. Caesar is turned to hear.
SOOTHSAYER
line 0101Beware the ides of March.
line 0102CAESARWhat man is that?
BRUTUS
line 0103A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 15 CAESAR
line 0104Set him before me. Let me see his face.
CASSIUS
25line 0105Fellow, come from the throng.

The Soothsayer comes forward.

line 0106Look upon Caesar.
CAESAR
line 0107What sayst thou to me now? Speak once again.
line 0108SOOTHSAYERBeware the ides of March.
CAESAR
line 0109He is a dreamer. Let us leave him. Pass.

Sennet. All but Brutus and Cassius exit.

CASSIUS
30line 0110Will you go see the order of the course?
line 0111BRUTUSNot I.
line 0112CASSIUSI pray you, do.
BRUTUS
line 0113I am not gamesome. I do lack some part
line 0114Of that quick spirit that is in Antony.
35line 0115Let me not hinder, Cassius, your desires.
line 0116I’ll leave you.
CASSIUS
line 0117Brutus, I do observe you now of late.
line 0118I have not from your eyes that gentleness
line 0119And show of love as I was wont to have.
40line 0120You bear too stubborn and too strange a hand
line 0121Over your friend that loves you.
line 0122BRUTUSCassius,
line 0123Be not deceived. If I have veiled my look,
line 0124I turn the trouble of my countenance
45line 0125Merely upon myself. Vexèd I am
line 0126Of late with passions of some difference,
line 0127Conceptions only proper to myself,
line 0128Which give some soil, perhaps, to my behaviors.
line 0129But let not therefore my good friends be grieved
50line 0130(Among which number, Cassius, be you one)
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 17 line 0131Nor construe any further my neglect
line 0132Than that poor Brutus, with himself at war,
line 0133Forgets the shows of love to other men.
CASSIUS
line 0134Then, Brutus, I have much mistook your passion,
55line 0135By means whereof this breast of mine hath buried
line 0136Thoughts of great value, worthy cogitations.
line 0137Tell me, good Brutus, can you see your face?
BRUTUS
line 0138No, Cassius, for the eye sees not itself
line 0139But by reflection, by some other things.
60line 0140CASSIUS’Tis just.
line 0141And it is very much lamented, Brutus,
line 0142That you have no such mirrors as will turn
line 0143Your hidden worthiness into your eye,
line 0144That you might see your shadow. I have heard
65line 0145Where many of the best respect in Rome,
line 0146Except immortal Caesar, speaking of Brutus
line 0147And groaning underneath this age’s yoke,
line 0148Have wished that noble Brutus had his eyes.
BRUTUS
line 0149Into what dangers would you lead me, Cassius,
70line 0150That you would have me seek into myself
line 0151For that which is not in me?
CASSIUS
line 0152Therefore, good Brutus, be prepared to hear.
line 0153And since you know you cannot see yourself
line 0154So well as by reflection, I, your glass,
75line 0155Will modestly discover to yourself
line 0156That of yourself which you yet know not of.
line 0157And be not jealous on me, gentle Brutus.
line 0158Were I a common laughter, or did use
line 0159To stale with ordinary oaths my love
80line 0160To every new protester; if you know
line 0161That I do fawn on men and hug them hard
line 0162And after scandal them, or if you know
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 19 line 0163That I profess myself in banqueting
line 0164To all the rout, then hold me dangerous.

Flourish and shout.

BRUTUS
85line 0165What means this shouting? I do fear the people
line 0166Choose Caesar for their king.
line 0167CASSIUSAy, do you fear it?
line 0168Then must I think you would not have it so.
BRUTUS
line 0169I would not, Cassius, yet I love him well.
90line 0170But wherefore do you hold me here so long?
line 0171What is it that you would impart to me?
line 0172If it be aught toward the general good,
line 0173Set honor in one eye and death i’ th’ other
line 0174And I will look on both indifferently;
95line 0175For let the gods so speed me as I love
line 0176The name of honor more than I fear death.
CASSIUS
line 0177I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus,
line 0178As well as I do know your outward favor.
line 0179Well, honor is the subject of my story.
100line 0180I cannot tell what you and other men
line 0181Think of this life; but, for my single self,
line 0182I had as lief not be as live to be
line 0183In awe of such a thing as I myself.
line 0184I was born free as Caesar; so were you;
105line 0185We both have fed as well, and we can both
line 0186Endure the winter’s cold as well as he.
line 0187For once, upon a raw and gusty day,
line 0188The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores,
line 0189Caesar said to me “Dar’st thou, Cassius, now
110line 0190Leap in with me into this angry flood
line 0191And swim to yonder point?” Upon the word,
line 0192Accoutered as I was, I plungèd in
line 0193And bade him follow; so indeed he did.
line 0194The torrent roared, and we did buffet it
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 21 115line 0195With lusty sinews, throwing it aside
line 0196And stemming it with hearts of controversy.
line 0197But ere we could arrive the point proposed,
line 0198Caesar cried “Help me, Cassius, or I sink!”
line 0199I, as Aeneas, our great ancestor,
120line 0200Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder
line 0201The old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber
line 0202Did I the tired Caesar. And this man
line 0203Is now become a god, and Cassius is
line 0204A wretched creature and must bend his body
125line 0205If Caesar carelessly but nod on him.
line 0206He had a fever when he was in Spain,
line 0207And when the fit was on him, I did mark
line 0208How he did shake. ’Tis true, this god did shake.
line 0209His coward lips did from their color fly,
130line 0210And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world
line 0211Did lose his luster. I did hear him groan.
line 0212Ay, and that tongue of his that bade the Romans
line 0213Mark him and write his speeches in their books,
line 0214“Alas,” it cried “Give me some drink, Titinius”
135line 0215As a sick girl. You gods, it doth amaze me
line 0216A man of such a feeble temper should
line 0217So get the start of the majestic world
line 0218And bear the palm alone.

Shout. Flourish.

line 0219BRUTUSAnother general shout!
140line 0220I do believe that these applauses are
line 0221For some new honors that are heaped on Caesar.
CASSIUS
line 0222Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
line 0223Like a Colossus, and we petty men
line 0224Walk under his huge legs and peep about
145line 0225To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
line 0226Men at some time are masters of their fates.
line 0227The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
line 0228But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 23 line 0229“Brutus” and “Caesar”—what should be in that
150line 0230“Caesar”?
line 0231Why should that name be sounded more than
line 0232yours?
line 0233Write them together, yours is as fair a name;
line 0234Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well;
155line 0235Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with ’em,
line 0236“Brutus” will start a spirit as soon as “Caesar.”
line 0237Now, in the names of all the gods at once,
line 0238Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed
line 0239That he is grown so great? Age, thou art shamed!
160line 0240Rome, thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods!
line 0241When went there by an age, since the great flood,
line 0242But it was famed with more than with one man?
line 0243When could they say, till now, that talked of Rome,
line 0244That her wide walks encompassed but one man?
165line 0245Now is it Rome indeed, and room enough
line 0246When there is in it but one only man.
line 0247O, you and I have heard our fathers say
line 0248There was a Brutus once that would have brooked
line 0249Th’ eternal devil to keep his state in Rome
170line 0250As easily as a king.
BRUTUS
line 0251That you do love me, I am nothing jealous.
line 0252What you would work me to, I have some aim.
line 0253How I have thought of this, and of these times,
line 0254I shall recount hereafter. For this present,
175line 0255I would not, so with love I might entreat you,
line 0256Be any further moved. What you have said
line 0257I will consider; what you have to say
line 0258I will with patience hear, and find a time
line 0259Both meet to hear and answer such high things.
180line 0260Till then, my noble friend, chew upon this:
line 0261Brutus had rather be a villager
line 0262Than to repute himself a son of Rome
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 25 line 0263Under these hard conditions as this time
line 0264Is like to lay upon us.
185line 0265CASSIUSI am glad that my weak words
line 0266Have struck but thus much show of fire from
line 0267Brutus.

Enter Caesar and his train.

BRUTUS
line 0268The games are done, and Caesar is returning.
CASSIUS
line 0269As they pass by, pluck Casca by the sleeve,
190line 0270And he will, after his sour fashion, tell you
line 0271What hath proceeded worthy note today.
BRUTUS
line 0272I will do so. But look you, Cassius,
line 0273The angry spot doth glow on Caesar’s brow,
line 0274And all the rest look like a chidden train.
195line 0275Calphurnia’s cheek is pale, and Cicero
line 0276Looks with such ferret and such fiery eyes
line 0277As we have seen him in the Capitol,
line 0278Being crossed in conference by some senators.
CASSIUS
line 0279Casca will tell us what the matter is.
200line 0280CAESARAntonius.
line 0281ANTONYCaesar.
CAESAR
line 0282Let me have men about me that are fat,
line 0283Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep a-nights.
line 0284Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look.
205line 0285He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous.
ANTONY
line 0286Fear him not, Caesar; he’s not dangerous.
line 0287He is a noble Roman, and well given.
CAESAR
line 0288Would he were fatter! But I fear him not.
line 0289Yet if my name were liable to fear,
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 27 210line 0290I do not know the man I should avoid
line 0291So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much,
line 0292He is a great observer, and he looks
line 0293Quite through the deeds of men. He loves no plays,
line 0294As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music;
215line 0295Seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort
line 0296As if he mocked himself and scorned his spirit
line 0297That could be moved to smile at anything.
line 0298Such men as he be never at heart’s ease
line 0299Whiles they behold a greater than themselves,
220line 0300And therefore are they very dangerous.
line 0301I rather tell thee what is to be feared
line 0302Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar.
line 0303Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf,
line 0304And tell me truly what thou think’st of him.

Sennet. Caesar and his train exit but Casca remains behind.

225line 0305CASCAYou pulled me by the cloak. Would you speak
line 0306with me?
BRUTUS
line 0307Ay, Casca. Tell us what hath chanced today
line 0308That Caesar looks so sad.
line 0309CASCAWhy, you were with him, were you not?
BRUTUS
230line 0310I should not then ask Casca what had chanced.
line 0311CASCAWhy, there was a crown offered him; and, being
line 0312offered him, he put it by with the back of his hand,
line 0313thus, and then the people fell a-shouting.
line 0314BRUTUSWhat was the second noise for?
235line 0315CASCAWhy, for that too.
CASSIUS
line 0316They shouted thrice. What was the last cry for?
line 0317CASCAWhy, for that too.
line 0318BRUTUSWas the crown offered him thrice?
line 0319CASCAAy, marry, was ’t, and he put it by thrice, every
240line 0320time gentler than other; and at every putting-by,
line 0321mine honest neighbors shouted.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 29 line 0322CASSIUSWho offered him the crown?
line 0323CASCAWhy, Antony.
BRUTUS
line 0324Tell us the manner of it, gentle Casca.
245line 0325CASCAI can as well be hanged as tell the manner of it.
line 0326It was mere foolery; I did not mark it. I saw Mark
line 0327Antony offer him a crown (yet ’twas not a crown
line 0328neither; ’twas one of these coronets), and, as I told
line 0329you, he put it by once; but for all that, to my
250line 0330thinking, he would fain have had it. Then he offered
line 0331it to him again; then he put it by again; but to my
line 0332thinking, he was very loath to lay his fingers off it.
line 0333And then he offered it the third time. He put it the
line 0334third time by, and still as he refused it the rabblement
255line 0335hooted and clapped their chopped hands and
line 0336threw up their sweaty nightcaps and uttered such a
line 0337deal of stinking breath because Caesar refused the
line 0338crown that it had almost choked Caesar, for he
line 0339swooned and fell down at it. And for mine own part,
260line 0340I durst not laugh for fear of opening my lips and
line 0341receiving the bad air.
CASSIUS
line 0342But soft, I pray you. What, did Caesar swoon?
line 0343CASCAHe fell down in the marketplace and foamed at
line 0344mouth and was speechless.
BRUTUS
265line 0345’Tis very like; he hath the falling sickness.
CASSIUS
line 0346No, Caesar hath it not; but you and I
line 0347And honest Casca, we have the falling sickness.
line 0348CASCAI know not what you mean by that, but I am
line 0349sure Caesar fell down. If the tag-rag people did not
270line 0350clap him and hiss him, according as he pleased and
line 0351displeased them, as they use to do the players in the
line 0352theater, I am no true man.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 31 BRUTUS
line 0353What said he when he came unto himself?
line 0354CASCAMarry, before he fell down, when he perceived
275line 0355the common herd was glad he refused the crown,
line 0356he plucked me ope his doublet and offered them his
line 0357throat to cut. An I had been a man of any occupation,
line 0358if I would not have taken him at a word, I
line 0359would I might go to hell among the rogues. And so
280line 0360he fell. When he came to himself again, he said if he
line 0361had done or said anything amiss, he desired their
line 0362Worships to think it was his infirmity. Three or four
line 0363wenches where I stood cried “Alas, good soul!” and
line 0364forgave him with all their hearts. But there’s no
285line 0365heed to be taken of them; if Caesar had stabbed
line 0366their mothers, they would have done no less.
BRUTUS
line 0367And, after that, he came thus sad away?
line 0368CASCAAy.
line 0369CASSIUSDid Cicero say anything?
290line 0370CASCAAy, he spoke Greek.
line 0371CASSIUSTo what effect?
line 0372CASCANay, an I tell you that, I’ll ne’er look you i’ th’
line 0373face again. But those that understood him smiled at
line 0374one another and shook their heads. But for mine
295line 0375own part, it was Greek to me. I could tell you more
line 0376news too: Marullus and Flavius, for pulling scarves
line 0377off Caesar’s images, are put to silence. Fare you
line 0378well. There was more foolery yet, if I could remember
line 0379it.
300line 0380CASSIUSWill you sup with me tonight, Casca?
line 0381CASCANo, I am promised forth.
line 0382CASSIUSWill you dine with me tomorrow?
line 0383CASCAAy, if I be alive, and your mind hold, and your
line 0384dinner worth the eating.
305line 0385CASSIUSGood. I will expect you.
line 0386CASCADo so. Farewell both.He exits.
Act 1 Scene 2 - Pg 33 BRUTUS
line 0387What a blunt fellow is this grown to be!
line 0388He was quick mettle when he went to school.
CASSIUS
line 0389So is he now in execution
310line 0390Of any bold or noble enterprise,
line 0391However he puts on this tardy form.
line 0392This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit,
line 0393Which gives men stomach to digest his words
line 0394With better appetite.
BRUTUS
315line 0395And so it is. For this time I will leave you.
line 0396Tomorrow, if you please to speak with me,
line 0397I will come home to you; or, if you will,
line 0398Come home to me, and I will wait for you.
CASSIUS
line 0399I will do so. Till then, think of the world.

Brutus exits.

320line 0400Well, Brutus, thou art noble. Yet I see
line 0401Thy honorable mettle may be wrought
line 0402From that it is disposed. Therefore it is meet
line 0403That noble minds keep ever with their likes;
line 0404For who so firm that cannot be seduced?
325line 0405Caesar doth bear me hard, but he loves Brutus.
line 0406If I were Brutus now, and he were Cassius,
line 0407He should not humor me. I will this night
line 0408In several hands in at his windows throw,
line 0409As if they came from several citizens,
330line 0410Writings, all tending to the great opinion
line 0411That Rome holds of his name, wherein obscurely
line 0412Caesar’s ambition shall be glancèd at
line 0413And after this, let Caesar seat him sure,
line 0414For we will shake him, or worse days endure.

He exits.

Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 35

Scene 3

Thunder and lightning. Enter Casca and Cicero.

CICERO
line 0415Good even, Casca. Brought you Caesar home?
line 0416Why are you breathless? And why stare you so?
CASCA
line 0417Are not you moved, when all the sway of earth
line 0418Shakes like a thing unfirm? O Cicero,
5line 0419I have seen tempests when the scolding winds
line 0420Have rived the knotty oaks, and I have seen
line 0421Th’ ambitious ocean swell and rage and foam
line 0422To be exalted with the threat’ning clouds;
line 0423But never till tonight, never till now,
10line 0424Did I go through a tempest dropping fire.
line 0425Either there is a civil strife in heaven,
line 0426Or else the world, too saucy with the gods,
line 0427Incenses them to send destruction.
CICERO
line 0428Why, saw you anything more wonderful?
CASCA
15line 0429A common slave (you know him well by sight)
line 0430Held up his left hand, which did flame and burn
line 0431Like twenty torches joined; and yet his hand,
line 0432Not sensible of fire, remained unscorched.
line 0433Besides (I ha’ not since put up my sword),
20line 0434Against the Capitol I met a lion,
line 0435Who glazed upon me and went surly by
line 0436Without annoying me. And there were drawn
line 0437Upon a heap a hundred ghastly women,
line 0438Transformèd with their fear, who swore they saw
25line 0439Men all in fire walk up and down the streets.
line 0440And yesterday the bird of night did sit
line 0441Even at noonday upon the marketplace,
line 0442Hooting and shrieking. When these prodigies
line 0443Do so conjointly meet, let not men say
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 37 30line 0444“These are their reasons, they are natural,”
line 0445For I believe they are portentous things
line 0446Unto the climate that they point upon.
CICERO
line 0447Indeed, it is a strange-disposèd time.
line 0448But men may construe things after their fashion,
35line 0449Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.
line 0450Comes Caesar to the Capitol tomorrow?
CASCA
line 0451He doth, for he did bid Antonius
line 0452Send word to you he would be there tomorrow.
CICERO
line 0453Good night then, Casca. This disturbèd sky
40line 0454Is not to walk in.
line 0455CASCAFarewell, CiceroCicero exits.

Enter Cassius.

CASSIUS
line 0456Who’s there?
line 0457CASCAA Roman.
line 0458CASSIUSCasca, by your voice.
CASCA
45line 0459Your ear is good. Cassius, what night is this!
CASSIUS
line 0460A very pleasing night to honest men.
CASCA
line 0461Who ever knew the heavens menace so?
CASSIUS
line 0462Those that have known the Earth so full of faults.
line 0463For my part, I have walked about the streets,
50line 0464Submitting me unto the perilous night,
line 0465And thus unbracèd, Casca, as you see,
line 0466Have bared my bosom to the thunder-stone;
line 0467And when the cross blue lightning seemed to open
line 0468The breast of heaven, I did present myself
55line 0469Even in the aim and very flash of it.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 39 CASCA
line 0470But wherefore did you so much tempt the heavens?
line 0471It is the part of men to fear and tremble
line 0472When the most mighty gods by tokens send
line 0473Such dreadful heralds to astonish us.
CASSIUS
60line 0474You are dull, Casca, and those sparks of life
line 0475That should be in a Roman you do want,
line 0476Or else you use not. You look pale, and gaze,
line 0477And put on fear, and cast yourself in wonder,
line 0478To see the strange impatience of the heavens.
65line 0479But if you would consider the true cause
line 0480Why all these fires, why all these gliding ghosts,
line 0481Why birds and beasts from quality and kind,
line 0482Why old men, fools, and children calculate,
line 0483Why all these things change from their ordinance,
70line 0484Their natures, and preformèd faculties,
line 0485To monstrous quality—why, you shall find
line 0486That heaven hath infused them with these spirits
line 0487To make them instruments of fear and warning
line 0488Unto some monstrous state.
75line 0489Now could I, Casca, name to thee a man
line 0490Most like this dreadful night,
line 0491That thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars
line 0492As doth the lion in the Capitol;
line 0493A man no mightier than thyself or me
80line 0494In personal action, yet prodigious grown,
line 0495And fearful, as these strange eruptions are.
CASCA
line 0496’Tis Caesar that you mean, is it not, Cassius?
CASSIUS
line 0497Let it be who it is. For Romans now
line 0498Have thews and limbs like to their ancestors.
85line 0499But, woe the while, our fathers’ minds are dead,
line 0500And we are governed with our mothers’ spirits.
line 0501Our yoke and sufferance show us womanish.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 41 CASCA
line 0502Indeed, they say the Senators tomorrow
line 0503Mean to establish Caesar as a king,
90line 0504And he shall wear his crown by sea and land
line 0505In every place save here in Italy.
CASSIUS
line 0506I know where I will wear this dagger then;
line 0507Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius.
line 0508Therein, you gods, you make the weak most strong;
95line 0509Therein, you gods, you tyrants do defeat.
line 0510Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
line 0511Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
line 0512Can be retentive to the strength of spirit;
line 0513But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
100line 0514Never lacks power to dismiss itself.
line 0515If I know this, know all the world besides,
line 0516That part of tyranny that I do bear
line 0517I can shake off at pleasure.Thunder still.
line 0518CASCASo can I.
105line 0519So every bondman in his own hand bears
line 0520The power to cancel his captivity.
CASSIUS
line 0521And why should Caesar be a tyrant, then?
line 0522Poor man, I know he would not be a wolf
line 0523But that he sees the Romans are but sheep;
110line 0524He were no lion, were not Romans hinds.
line 0525Those that with haste will make a mighty fire
line 0526Begin it with weak straws. What trash is Rome,
line 0527What rubbish, and what offal when it serves
line 0528For the base matter to illuminate
115line 0529So vile a thing as Caesar! But, O grief,
line 0530Where hast thou led me? I perhaps speak this
line 0531Before a willing bondman; then, I know
line 0532My answer must be made. But I am armed,
line 0533And dangers are to me indifferent.
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 43 CASCA
120line 0534You speak to Casca, and to such a man
line 0535That is no fleering telltale. Hold. My hand.

They shake hands.

line 0536Be factious for redress of all these griefs,
line 0537And I will set this foot of mine as far
line 0538As who goes farthest.
125line 0539CASSIUSThere’s a bargain made.
line 0540Now know you, Casca, I have moved already
line 0541Some certain of the noblest-minded Romans
line 0542To undergo with me an enterprise
line 0543Of honorable-dangerous consequence.
130line 0544And I do know by this they stay for me
line 0545In Pompey’s Porch. For now, this fearful night,
line 0546There is no stir or walking in the streets;
line 0547And the complexion of the element
line 0548In favor ’s like the work we have in hand,
135line 0549Most bloody, fiery, and most terrible.

Enter Cinna.

CASCA
line 0550Stand close awhile, for here comes one in haste.
CASSIUS
line 0551’Tis Cinna; I do know him by his gait.
line 0552He is a friend.—Cinna, where haste you so?
CINNA
line 0553To find out you. Who’s that? Metellus Cimber?
CASSIUS
140line 0554No, it is Casca, one incorporate
line 0555To our attempts. Am I not stayed for, Cinna?
CINNA
line 0556I am glad on ’t. What a fearful night is this!
line 0557There’s two or three of us have seen strange sights.
line 0558CASSIUSAm I not stayed for? Tell me.
CINNA
145line 0559Yes, you are. O Cassius, if you could
line 0560But win the noble Brutus to our party—
Act 1 Scene 3 - Pg 45 CASSIUShanding him papers
line 0561Be you content. Good Cinna, take this paper,
line 0562And look you lay it in the Praetor’s chair,
line 0563Where Brutus may but find it; and throw this
150line 0564In at his window; set this up with wax
line 0565Upon old Brutus’ statue. All this done,
line 0566Repair to Pompey’s Porch, where you shall find us.
line 0567Is Decius Brutus and Trebonius there?
CINNA
line 0568All but Metellus Cimber, and he’s gone
155line 0569To seek you at your house. Well, I will hie
line 0570And so bestow these papers as you bade me.
CASSIUS
line 0571That done, repair to Pompey’s Theater.

Cinna exits.

line 0572Come, Casca, you and I will yet ere day
line 0573See Brutus at his house. Three parts of him
160line 0574Is ours already, and the man entire
line 0575Upon the next encounter yields him ours.
CASCA
line 0576O, he sits high in all the people’s hearts,
line 0577And that which would appear offense in us
line 0578His countenance, like richest alchemy,
165line 0579Will change to virtue and to worthiness.
CASSIUS
line 0580Him and his worth and our great need of him
line 0581You have right well conceited. Let us go,
line 0582For it is after midnight, and ere day
line 0583We will awake him and be sure of him.

They exit.


ACT 2


Scene 1

Enter Brutus in his orchard.

line 0584BRUTUSWhat, Lucius, ho!—
line 0585I cannot by the progress of the stars
line 0586Give guess how near to day.—Lucius, I say!—
line 0587I would it were my fault to sleep so soundly.—
5line 0588When, Lucius, when? Awake, I say! What, Lucius!

Enter Lucius.

line 0589LUCIUSCalled you, my lord?
BRUTUS
line 0590Get me a taper in my study, Lucius.
line 0591When it is lighted, come and call me here.
line 0592LUCIUSI will, my lord.He exits.
BRUTUS
10line 0593It must be by his death. And for my part
line 0594I know no personal cause to spurn at him,
line 0595But for the general. He would be crowned:
line 0596How that might change his nature, there’s the
line 0597question.
15line 0598It is the bright day that brings forth the adder,
line 0599And that craves wary walking. Crown him that,
line 0600And then I grant we put a sting in him
line 0601That at his will he may do danger with.
line 0602Th’ abuse of greatness is when it disjoins
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 51 20line 0603Remorse from power. And, to speak truth of Caesar,
line 0604I have not known when his affections swayed
line 0605More than his reason. But ’tis a common proof
line 0606That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,
line 0607Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;
25line 0608But, when he once attains the upmost round,
line 0609He then unto the ladder turns his back,
line 0610Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
line 0611By which he did ascend. So Caesar may.
line 0612Then, lest he may, prevent. And since the quarrel
30line 0613Will bear no color for the thing he is,
line 0614Fashion it thus: that what he is, augmented,
line 0615Would run to these and these extremities.
line 0616And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg,
line 0617Which, hatched, would, as his kind, grow
35line 0618mischievous,
line 0619And kill him in the shell.

Enter Lucius.

LUCIUS
line 0620The taper burneth in your closet, sir.
line 0621Searching the window for a flint, I found
line 0622This paper, thus sealed up, and I am sure
40line 0623It did not lie there when I went to bed.

Gives him the letter.

BRUTUS
line 0624Get you to bed again. It is not day.
line 0625Is not tomorrow, boy, the ides of March?
line 0626LUCIUSI know not, sir.
BRUTUS
line 0627Look in the calendar, and bring me word.
45line 0628LUCIUSI will, sir.He exits.
BRUTUS
line 0629The exhalations, whizzing in the air,
line 0630Give so much light that I may read by them.

Opens the letter and reads.

Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 53 line 0631Brutus, thou sleep’st. Awake, and see thyself!
line 0632Shall Rome, etc. Speak, strike, redress!
50line 0633“Brutus, thou sleep’st. Awake.”
line 0634Such instigations have been often dropped
line 0635Where I have took them up.
line 0636“Shall Rome, etc.” Thus must I piece it out:
line 0637Shall Rome stand under one man’s awe? What,
55line 0638Rome?
line 0639My ancestors did from the streets of Rome
line 0640The Tarquin drive when he was called a king.
line 0641“Speak, strike, redress!” Am I entreated
line 0642To speak and strike? O Rome, I make thee promise,
60line 0643If the redress will follow, thou receivest
line 0644Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus.

Enter Lucius.

line 0645LUCIUSSir, March is wasted fifteen days.

Knock within.

BRUTUS
line 0646’Tis good. Go to the gate; somebody knocks.

Lucius exits.

line 0647Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar,
65line 0648I have not slept.
line 0649Between the acting of a dreadful thing
line 0650And the first motion, all the interim is
line 0651Like a phantasma or a hideous dream.
line 0652The genius and the mortal instruments
70line 0653Are then in council, and the state of man,
line 0654Like to a little kingdom, suffers then
line 0655The nature of an insurrection.

Enter Lucius.

LUCIUS
line 0656Sir, ’tis your brother Cassius at the door,
line 0657Who doth desire to see you.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 55 75line 0658BRUTUSIs he alone?
LUCIUS
line 0659No, sir. There are more with him.
line 0660BRUTUSDo you know
line 0661them?
LUCIUS
line 0662No, sir. Their hats are plucked about their ears,
80line 0663And half their faces buried in their cloaks,
line 0664That by no means I may discover them
line 0665By any mark of favor.
line 0666BRUTUSLet ’em enter.Lucius exits.
line 0667They are the faction. O conspiracy,
85line 0668Sham’st thou to show thy dang’rous brow by night,
line 0669When evils are most free? O, then, by day
line 0670Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough
line 0671To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none,
line 0672conspiracy.
90line 0673Hide it in smiles and affability;
line 0674For if thou path, thy native semblance on,
line 0675Not Erebus itself were dim enough
line 0676To hide thee from prevention.

Enter the conspirators, Cassius, Casca, Decius, Cinna, Metellus, and Trebonius.

CASSIUS
line 0677I think we are too bold upon your rest.
95line 0678Good morrow, Brutus. Do we trouble you?
BRUTUS
line 0679I have been up this hour, awake all night.
line 0680Know I these men that come along with you?
CASSIUS
line 0681Yes, every man of them; and no man here
line 0682But honors you, and every one doth wish
100line 0683You had but that opinion of yourself
line 0684Which every noble Roman bears of you.
line 0685This is Trebonius.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 57 line 0686BRUTUSHe is welcome hither.
CASSIUS
line 0687This, Decius Brutus.
105line 0688BRUTUSHe is welcome too.
CASSIUS
line 0689This, Casca; this, Cinna; and this, Metellus Cimber.
line 0690BRUTUSThey are all welcome.
line 0691What watchful cares do interpose themselves
line 0692Betwixt your eyes and night?
110line 0693CASSIUSShall I entreat a word?

Brutus and Cassius whisper.

DECIUS
line 0694Here lies the east; doth not the day break here?
line 0695CASCANo.
CINNA
line 0696O pardon, sir, it doth; and yon gray lines
line 0697That fret the clouds are messengers of day.
CASCA
115line 0698You shall confess that you are both deceived.
line 0699Here, as I point my sword, the sun arises,
line 0700Which is a great way growing on the south,
line 0701Weighing the youthful season of the year.
line 0702Some two months hence, up higher toward the
120line 0703north
line 0704He first presents his fire, and the high east
line 0705Stands, as the Capitol, directly here.
BRUTUScoming forward with Cassius
line 0706Give me your hands all over, one by one.
CASSIUS
line 0707And let us swear our resolution.
BRUTUS
125line 0708No, not an oath. If not the face of men,
line 0709The sufferance of our souls, the time’s abuse—
line 0710If these be motives weak, break off betimes,
line 0711And every man hence to his idle bed.
line 0712So let high-sighted tyranny range on
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 59 130line 0713Till each man drop by lottery. But if these—
line 0714As I am sure they do—bear fire enough
line 0715To kindle cowards and to steel with valor
line 0716The melting spirits of women, then, countrymen,
line 0717What need we any spur but our own cause
135line 0718To prick us to redress? What other bond
line 0719Than secret Romans that have spoke the word
line 0720And will not palter? And what other oath
line 0721Than honesty to honesty engaged
line 0722That this shall be or we will fall for it?
140line 0723Swear priests and cowards and men cautelous,
line 0724Old feeble carrions, and such suffering souls
line 0725That welcome wrongs; unto bad causes swear
line 0726Such creatures as men doubt; but do not stain
line 0727The even virtue of our enterprise,
145line 0728Nor th’ insuppressive mettle of our spirits,
line 0729To think that or our cause or our performance
line 0730Did need an oath, when every drop of blood
line 0731That every Roman bears, and nobly bears,
line 0732Is guilty of a several bastardy
150line 0733If he do break the smallest particle
line 0734Of any promise that hath passed from him.
CASSIUS
line 0735But what of Cicero? Shall we sound him?
line 0736I think he will stand very strong with us.
CASCA
line 0737Let us not leave him out.
155line 0738CINNANo, by no means.
METELLUS
line 0739O, let us have him, for his silver hairs
line 0740Will purchase us a good opinion
line 0741And buy men’s voices to commend our deeds.
line 0742It shall be said his judgment ruled our hands.
160line 0743Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear,
line 0744But all be buried in his gravity.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 61 BRUTUS
line 0745O, name him not! Let us not break with him,
line 0746For he will never follow anything
line 0747That other men begin.
165line 0748CASSIUSThen leave him out.
line 0749CASCAIndeed, he is not fit.
DECIUS
line 0750Shall no man else be touched, but only Caesar?
CASSIUS
line 0751Decius, well urged. I think it is not meet
line 0752Mark Antony, so well beloved of Caesar,
170line 0753Should outlive Caesar. We shall find of him
line 0754A shrewd contriver; and, you know, his means,
line 0755If he improve them, may well stretch so far
line 0756As to annoy us all; which to prevent,
line 0757Let Antony and Caesar fall together.
BRUTUS
175line 0758Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius,
line 0759To cut the head off and then hack the limbs,
line 0760Like wrath in death and envy afterwards;
line 0761For Antony is but a limb of Caesar.
line 0762Let’s be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius.
180line 0763We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar,
line 0764And in the spirit of men there is no blood.
line 0765O, that we then could come by Caesar’s spirit
line 0766And not dismember Caesar! But, alas,
line 0767Caesar must bleed for it. And, gentle friends,
185line 0768Let’s kill him boldly, but not wrathfully.
line 0769Let’s carve him as a dish fit for the gods,
line 0770Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds.
line 0771And let our hearts, as subtle masters do,
line 0772Stir up their servants to an act of rage
190line 0773And after seem to chide ’em. This shall make
line 0774Our purpose necessary and not envious;
line 0775Which so appearing to the common eyes,
line 0776We shall be called purgers, not murderers.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 63 line 0777And for Mark Antony, think not of him,
195line 0778For he can do no more than Caesar’s arm
line 0779When Caesar’s head is off.
line 0780CASSIUSYet I fear him,
line 0781For in the engrafted love he bears to Caesar—
BRUTUS
line 0782Alas, good Cassius, do not think of him.
200line 0783If he love Caesar, all that he can do
line 0784Is to himself: take thought and die for Caesar.
line 0785And that were much he should, for he is given
line 0786To sports, to wildness, and much company.
TREBONIUS
line 0787There is no fear in him. Let him not die,
205line 0788For he will live and laugh at this hereafter.

Clock strikes.

BRUTUS
line 0789Peace, count the clock.
line 0790CASSIUSThe clock hath stricken
line 0791three.
TREBONIUS
line 0792’Tis time to part.
210line 0793CASSIUSBut it is doubtful yet
line 0794Whether Caesar will come forth today or no,
line 0795For he is superstitious grown of late,
line 0796Quite from the main opinion he held once
line 0797Of fantasy, of dreams, and ceremonies.
215line 0798It may be these apparent prodigies,
line 0799The unaccustomed terror of this night,
line 0800And the persuasion of his augurers
line 0801May hold him from the Capitol today.
DECIUS
line 0802Never fear that. If he be so resolved,
220line 0803I can o’ersway him, for he loves to hear
line 0804That unicorns may be betrayed with trees,
line 0805And bears with glasses, elephants with holes,
line 0806Lions with toils, and men with flatterers.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 65 line 0807But when I tell him he hates flatterers,
225line 0808He says he does, being then most flatterèd.
line 0809Let me work,
line 0810For I can give his humor the true bent,
line 0811And I will bring him to the Capitol.
CASSIUS
line 0812Nay, we will all of us be there to fetch him.
BRUTUS
230line 0813By the eighth hour, is that the uttermost?
CINNA
line 0814Be that the uttermost, and fail not then.
METELLUS
line 0815Caius Ligarius doth bear Caesar hard,
line 0816Who rated him for speaking well of Pompey.
line 0817I wonder none of you have thought of him.
BRUTUS
235line 0818Now, good Metellus, go along by him.
line 0819He loves me well, and I have given him reasons.
line 0820Send him but hither, and I’ll fashion him.
CASSIUS
line 0821The morning comes upon ’s. We’ll leave you,
line 0822Brutus.
240line 0823And, friends, disperse yourselves, but all remember
line 0824What you have said, and show yourselves true
line 0825Romans.
BRUTUS
line 0826Good gentlemen, look fresh and merrily.
line 0827Let not our looks put on our purposes,
245line 0828But bear it, as our Roman actors do,
line 0829With untired spirits and formal constancy.
line 0830And so good morrow to you every one.

All but Brutus exit.

line 0831Boy! Lucius!—Fast asleep? It is no matter.
line 0832Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber.
250line 0833Thou hast no figures nor no fantasies
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 67 line 0834Which busy care draws in the brains of men.
line 0835Therefore thou sleep’st so sound.

Enter Portia.

line 0836PORTIABrutus, my lord.
BRUTUS
line 0837Portia! What mean you? Wherefore rise you now?
255line 0838It is not for your health thus to commit
line 0839Your weak condition to the raw cold morning.
PORTIA
line 0840Nor for yours neither. You’ve ungently, Brutus,
line 0841Stole from my bed. And yesternight at supper
line 0842You suddenly arose and walked about,
260line 0843Musing and sighing, with your arms across,
line 0844And when I asked you what the matter was,
line 0845You stared upon me with ungentle looks.
line 0846I urged you further; then you scratched your head
line 0847And too impatiently stamped with your foot.
265line 0848Yet I insisted; yet you answered not,
line 0849But with an angry wafture of your hand
line 0850Gave sign for me to leave you. So I did,
line 0851Fearing to strengthen that impatience
line 0852Which seemed too much enkindled, and withal
270line 0853Hoping it was but an effect of humor,
line 0854Which sometime hath his hour with every man.
line 0855It will not let you eat nor talk nor sleep,
line 0856And could it work so much upon your shape
line 0857As it hath much prevailed on your condition,
275line 0858I should not know you Brutus. Dear my lord,
line 0859Make me acquainted with your cause of grief.
BRUTUS
line 0860I am not well in health, and that is all.
PORTIA
line 0861Brutus is wise and, were he not in health,
line 0862He would embrace the means to come by it.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 69 BRUTUS
280line 0863Why so I do. Good Portia, go to bed.
PORTIA
line 0864Is Brutus sick? And is it physical
line 0865To walk unbracèd and suck up the humors
line 0866Of the dank morning? What, is Brutus sick,
line 0867And will he steal out of his wholesome bed
285line 0868To dare the vile contagion of the night
line 0869And tempt the rheumy and unpurgèd air
line 0870To add unto his sickness? No, my Brutus,
line 0871You have some sick offense within your mind,
line 0872Which by the right and virtue of my place
290line 0873I ought to know of. She kneels. And upon my
line 0874knees
line 0875I charm you, by my once commended beauty,
line 0876By all your vows of love, and that great vow
line 0877Which did incorporate and make us one,
295line 0878That you unfold to me, your self, your half,
line 0879Why you are heavy, and what men tonight
line 0880Have had resort to you; for here have been
line 0881Some six or seven who did hide their faces
line 0882Even from darkness.
300line 0883BRUTUSKneel not, gentle Portia.

He lifts her up.

PORTIA
line 0884I should not need, if you were gentle Brutus.
line 0885Within the bond of marriage, tell me, Brutus,
line 0886Is it excepted I should know no secrets
line 0887That appertain to you? Am I your self
305line 0888But, as it were, in sort or limitation,
line 0889To keep with you at meals, comfort your bed,
line 0890And talk to you sometimes? Dwell I but in the
line 0891suburbs
line 0892Of your good pleasure? If it be no more,
310line 0893Portia is Brutus’ harlot, not his wife.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 71 BRUTUS
line 0894You are my true and honorable wife,
line 0895As dear to me as are the ruddy drops
line 0896That visit my sad heart.
PORTIA
line 0897If this were true, then should I know this secret.
315line 0898I grant I am a woman, but withal
line 0899A woman that Lord Brutus took to wife.
line 0900I grant I am a woman, but withal
line 0901A woman well-reputed, Cato’s daughter.
line 0902Think you I am no stronger than my sex,
320line 0903Being so fathered and so husbanded?
line 0904Tell me your counsels; I will not disclose ’em.
line 0905I have made strong proof of my constancy,
line 0906Giving myself a voluntary wound
line 0907Here, in the thigh. Can I bear that with patience,
325line 0908And not my husband’s secrets?
line 0909BRUTUSO you gods,
line 0910Render me worthy of this noble wife!Knock.
line 0911Hark, hark, one knocks. Portia, go in awhile,
line 0912And by and by thy bosom shall partake
330line 0913The secrets of my heart.
line 0914All my engagements I will construe to thee,
line 0915All the charactery of my sad brows.
line 0916Leave me with haste.Portia exits.
line 0917Lucius, who ’s that knocks?

Enter Lucius and Ligarius.

LUCIUS
335line 0918Here is a sick man that would speak with you.
BRUTUS
line 0919Caius Ligarius, that Metellus spoke of.—
line 0920Boy, stand aside.Lucius exits.
line 0921Caius Ligarius, how?
LIGARIUS
line 0922Vouchsafe good morrow from a feeble tongue.
Act 2 Scene 1 - Pg 73 BRUTUS
340line 0923O, what a time have you chose out, brave Caius,
line 0924To wear a kerchief! Would you were not sick!
LIGARIUS
line 0925I am not sick, if Brutus have in hand
line 0926Any exploit worthy the name of honor.
BRUTUS
line 0927Such an exploit have I in hand, Ligarius,
345line 0928Had you a healthful ear to hear of it.
LIGARIUS
line 0929By all the gods that Romans bow before,
line 0930I here discard my sickness.

He takes off his kerchief.

line 0931Soul of Rome,
line 0932Brave son derived from honorable loins,
350line 0933Thou like an exorcist hast conjured up
line 0934My mortifièd spirit. Now bid me run,
line 0935And I will strive with things impossible,
line 0936Yea, get the better of them. What’s to do?
BRUTUS
line 0937A piece of work that will make sick men whole.
LIGARIUS
355line 0938But are not some whole that we must make sick?
BRUTUS
line 0939That must we also. What it is, my Caius,
line 0940I shall unfold to thee as we are going
line 0941To whom it must be done.
line 0942LIGARIUSSet on your foot,
360line 0943And with a heart new-fired I follow you
line 0944To do I know not what; but it sufficeth
line 0945That Brutus leads me on.Thunder.
line 0946BRUTUSFollow me then.

They exit.

Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 75

Scene 2

Thunder and lightning. Enter Julius Caesar in his nightgown.

CAESAR
line 0947Nor heaven nor Earth have been at peace tonight.
line 0948Thrice hath Calphurnia in her sleep cried out
line 0949“Help ho, they murder Caesar!”—Who’s within?

Enter a Servant.

line 0950SERVANTMy lord.
CAESAR
5line 0951Go bid the priests do present sacrifice,
line 0952And bring me their opinions of success.
line 0953SERVANTI will, my lord.He exits.

Enter Calphurnia.

CALPHURNIA
line 0954What mean you, Caesar? Think you to walk forth?
line 0955You shall not stir out of your house today.
CAESAR
10line 0956Caesar shall forth. The things that threatened me
line 0957Ne’er looked but on my back. When they shall see
line 0958The face of Caesar, they are vanishèd.
CALPHURNIA
line 0959Caesar, I never stood on ceremonies,
line 0960Yet now they fright me. There is one within,
15line 0961Besides the things that we have heard and seen,
line 0962Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch.
line 0963A lioness hath whelpèd in the streets,
line 0964And graves have yawned and yielded up their dead.
line 0965Fierce fiery warriors fought upon the clouds
20line 0966In ranks and squadrons and right form of war,
line 0967Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol.
line 0968The noise of battle hurtled in the air,
line 0969Horses did neigh, and dying men did groan,
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 77 line 0970And ghosts did shriek and squeal about the streets.
25line 0971O Caesar, these things are beyond all use,
line 0972And I do fear them.
line 0973CAESARWhat can be avoided
line 0974Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods?
line 0975Yet Caesar shall go forth, for these predictions
30line 0976Are to the world in general as to Caesar.
CALPHURNIA
line 0977When beggars die there are no comets seen;
line 0978The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of
line 0979princes.
CAESAR
line 0980Cowards die many times before their deaths;
35line 0981The valiant never taste of death but once.
line 0982Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
line 0983It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
line 0984Seeing that death, a necessary end,
line 0985Will come when it will come.

Enter a Servant.

40line 0986What say the augurers?
SERVANT
line 0987They would not have you to stir forth today.
line 0988Plucking the entrails of an offering forth,
line 0989They could not find a heart within the beast.
CAESAR
line 0990The gods do this in shame of cowardice.
45line 0991Caesar should be a beast without a heart
line 0992If he should stay at home today for fear.
line 0993No, Caesar shall not. Danger knows full well
line 0994That Caesar is more dangerous than he.
line 0995We are two lions littered in one day,
50line 0996And I the elder and more terrible.
line 0997And Caesar shall go forth.
line 0998CALPHURNIAAlas, my lord,
line 0999Your wisdom is consumed in confidence.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 79 line 1000Do not go forth today. Call it my fear
55line 1001That keeps you in the house, and not your own.
line 1002We’ll send Mark Antony to the Senate House,
line 1003And he shall say you are not well today.
line 1004Let me, upon my knee, prevail in this.She kneels.
CAESAR
line 1005Mark Antony shall say I am not well,
60line 1006And for thy humor I will stay at home.

He lifts her up.

Enter Decius.

line 1007Here’s Decius Brutus; he shall tell them so.
DECIUS
line 1008Caesar, all hail! Good morrow, worthy Caesar.
line 1009I come to fetch you to the Senate House.
CAESAR
line 1010And you are come in very happy time
65line 1011To bear my greeting to the Senators
line 1012And tell them that I will not come today.
line 1013Cannot is false, and that I dare not, falser.
line 1014I will not come today. Tell them so, Decius.
CALPHURNIA
line 1015Say he is sick.
70line 1016CAESARShall Caesar send a lie?
line 1017Have I in conquest stretched mine arm so far,
line 1018To be afeard to tell graybeards the truth?
line 1019Decius, go tell them Caesar will not come.
DECIUS
line 1020Most mighty Caesar, let me know some cause,
75line 1021Lest I be laughed at when I tell them so.
CAESAR
line 1022The cause is in my will. I will not come.
line 1023That is enough to satisfy the Senate.
line 1024But for your private satisfaction,
line 1025Because I love you, I will let you know.
80line 1026Calphurnia here, my wife, stays me at home.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 81 line 1027She dreamt tonight she saw my statue,
line 1028Which, like a fountain with an hundred spouts,
line 1029Did run pure blood; and many lusty Romans
line 1030Came smiling and did bathe their hands in it.
85line 1031And these does she apply for warnings and portents
line 1032And evils imminent, and on her knee
line 1033Hath begged that I will stay at home today.
DECIUS
line 1034This dream is all amiss interpreted.
line 1035It was a vision fair and fortunate.
90line 1036Your statue spouting blood in many pipes,
line 1037In which so many smiling Romans bathed,
line 1038Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck
line 1039Reviving blood, and that great men shall press
line 1040For tinctures, stains, relics, and cognizance.
95line 1041This by Calphurnia’s dream is signified.
CAESAR
line 1042And this way have you well expounded it.
DECIUS
line 1043I have, when you have heard what I can say.
line 1044And know it now: the Senate have concluded
line 1045To give this day a crown to mighty Caesar.
100line 1046If you shall send them word you will not come,
line 1047Their minds may change. Besides, it were a mock
line 1048Apt to be rendered, for someone to say
line 1049“Break up the Senate till another time,
line 1050When Caesar’s wife shall meet with better dreams.”
105line 1051If Caesar hide himself, shall they not whisper
line 1052“Lo, Caesar is afraid”?
line 1053Pardon me, Caesar, for my dear dear love
line 1054To your proceeding bids me tell you this,
line 1055And reason to my love is liable.
CAESAR
110line 1056How foolish do your fears seem now, Calphurnia!
line 1057I am ashamèd I did yield to them.
line 1058Give me my robe, for I will go.
Act 2 Scene 2 - Pg 83

Enter Brutus, Ligarius, Metellus, Casca, Trebonius, Cinna, and Publius.

line 1059And look where Publius is come to fetch me.
PUBLIUS
line 1060Good morrow, Caesar.
115line 1061CAESARWelcome, Publius.—
line 1062What, Brutus, are you stirred so early too?—
line 1063Good morrow, Casca.—Caius Ligarius,
line 1064Caesar was ne’er so much your enemy
line 1065As that same ague which hath made you lean.—
120line 1066What is ’t o’clock?
line 1067BRUTUSCaesar, ’tis strucken eight.
CAESAR
line 1068I thank you for your pains and courtesy.

Enter Antony.

line 1069See, Antony that revels long a-nights
line 1070Is notwithstanding up.—Good morrow, Antony.
125line 1071ANTONYSo to most noble Caesar.
line 1072CAESARto Servant Bid them prepare within.—
line 1073I am to blame to be thus waited for.Servant exits.
line 1074Now, Cinna.—Now, Metellus.—What, Trebonius,
line 1075I have an hour’s talk in store for you.
130line 1076Remember that you call on me today;
line 1077Be near me that I may remember you.
TREBONIUS
line 1078Caesar, I will. Aside. And so near will I be
line 1079That your best friends shall wish I had been further.
CAESAR
line 1080Good friends, go in and taste some wine with me,
135line 1081And we, like friends, will straightway go together.
BRUTUSaside
line 1082That every like is not the same, O Caesar,
line 1083The heart of Brutus earns to think upon.

They exit.

Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 85

Scene 3

Enter Artemidorus reading a paper.

line 1084ARTEMIDORUSCaesar, beware of Brutus, take heed of
line 1085Cassius, come not near Casca, have an eye to Cinna,
line 1086trust not Trebonius, mark well Metellus Cimber.
line 1087Decius Brutus loves thee not. Thou hast wronged
5line 1088Caius Ligarius. There is but one mind in all these
line 1089men, and it is bent against Caesar. If thou beest not
line 1090immortal, look about you. Security gives way to
line 1091conspiracy. The mighty gods defend thee!
line 1092Thy lover,
10line 1093Artemidorus
line 1094Here will I stand till Caesar pass along,
line 1095And as a suitor will I give him this.
line 1096My heart laments that virtue cannot live
line 1097Out of the teeth of emulation.
15line 1098If thou read this, O Caesar, thou mayest live;
line 1099If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive.

He exits.


Scene 4

Enter Portia and Lucius.

PORTIA
line 1100I prithee, boy, run to the Senate House.
line 1101Stay not to answer me, but get thee gone.
line 1102Why dost thou stay?
line 1103LUCIUSTo know my errand, madam.
PORTIA
5line 1104I would have had thee there and here again
line 1105Ere I can tell thee what thou shouldst do there.
line 1106Aside. O constancy, be strong upon my side;
line 1107Set a huge mountain ’tween my heart and tongue.
line 1108I have a man’s mind but a woman’s might.
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 87 10line 1109How hard it is for women to keep counsel!—
line 1110Art thou here yet?
line 1111LUCIUSMadam, what should I do?
line 1112Run to the Capitol, and nothing else?
line 1113And so return to you, and nothing else?
PORTIA
15line 1114Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord look well,
line 1115For he went sickly forth. And take good note
line 1116What Caesar doth, what suitors press to him.
line 1117Hark, boy, what noise is that?
line 1118LUCIUSI hear none, madam.
20line 1119PORTIAPrithee, listen well.
line 1120I heard a bustling rumor like a fray,
line 1121And the wind brings it from the Capitol.
line 1122LUCIUSSooth, madam, I hear nothing.

Enter the Soothsayer.

PORTIA
line 1123Come hither, fellow. Which way hast thou been?
25line 1124SOOTHSAYERAt mine own house, good lady.
line 1125PORTIAWhat is ’t o’clock?
line 1126SOOTHSAYERAbout the ninth hour, lady.
PORTIA
line 1127Is Caesar yet gone to the Capitol?
SOOTHSAYER
line 1128Madam, not yet. I go to take my stand
30line 1129To see him pass on to the Capitol.
PORTIA
line 1130Thou hast some suit to Caesar, hast thou not?
SOOTHSAYER
line 1131That I have, lady. If it will please Caesar
line 1132To be so good to Caesar as to hear me,
line 1133I shall beseech him to befriend himself.
PORTIA
35line 1134Why, know’st thou any harm’s intended towards
line 1135him?
Act 2 Scene 4 - Pg 89 SOOTHSAYER
line 1136None that I know will be, much that I fear may
line 1137chance.
line 1138Good morrow to you.—Here the street is narrow.
40line 1139The throng that follows Caesar at the heels,
line 1140Of senators, of praetors, common suitors,
line 1141Will crowd a feeble man almost to death.
line 1142I’ll get me to a place more void, and there
line 1143Speak to great Caesar as he comes along.He exits.
PORTIA
45line 1144I must go in. Aside. Ay me, how weak a thing
line 1145The heart of woman is! O Brutus,
line 1146The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise!
line 1147Sure the boy heard me. To Lucius. Brutus hath a
line 1148suit
50line 1149That Caesar will not grant. Aside. O, I grow
line 1150faint.—
line 1151Run, Lucius, and commend me to my lord.
line 1152Say I am merry. Come to me again
line 1153And bring me word what he doth say to thee.

They exit separately.


ACT 3


Scene 1

Flourish. Enter Caesar, Antony, Lepidus; Brutus, Cassius, Casca, Decius, Metellus, Trebonius, Cinna; Publius, Popilius, Artemidorus, the Soothsayer, and other Senators and Petitioners.

line 1154CAESARThe ides of March are come.
line 1155SOOTHSAYERAy, Caesar, but not gone.
line 1156ARTEMIDORUSHail, Caesar. Read this schedule.
DECIUS
line 1157Trebonius doth desire you to o’erread,
5line 1158At your best leisure, this his humble suit.
ARTEMIDORUS
line 1159O Caesar, read mine first, for mine’s a suit
line 1160That touches Caesar nearer. Read it, great Caesar.
CAESAR
line 1161What touches us ourself shall be last served.
ARTEMIDORUS
line 1162Delay not, Caesar; read it instantly.
CAESAR
10line 1163What, is the fellow mad?
line 1164PUBLIUSSirrah, give place.
CASSIUS
line 1165What, urge you your petitions in the street?
line 1166Come to the Capitol.

Caesar goes forward, the rest following.

Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 95 POPILIUSto Cassius
line 1167I wish your enterprise today may thrive.
15line 1168CASSIUSWhat enterprise, Popilius?
line 1169POPILIUSFare you well.He walks away.
line 1170BRUTUSWhat said Popilius Lena?
CASSIUS
line 1171He wished today our enterprise might thrive.
line 1172I fear our purpose is discoverèd.
BRUTUS
20line 1173Look how he makes to Caesar. Mark him.
CASSIUS
line 1174Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention.—
line 1175Brutus, what shall be done? If this be known,
line 1176Cassius or Caesar never shall turn back,
line 1177For I will slay myself.
25line 1178BRUTUSCassius, be constant.
line 1179Popilius Lena speaks not of our purposes,
line 1180For look, he smiles, and Caesar doth not change.
CASSIUS
line 1181Trebonius knows his time, for look you, Brutus,
line 1182He draws Mark Antony out of the way.

Trebonius and Antony exit.

DECIUS
30line 1183Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him go
line 1184And presently prefer his suit to Caesar.
BRUTUS
line 1185He is addressed. Press near and second him.
CINNA
line 1186Casca, you are the first that rears your hand.
CAESAR
line 1187Are we all ready? What is now amiss
35line 1188That Caesar and his Senate must redress?
METELLUSkneeling
line 1189Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Caesar,
line 1190Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat
line 1191An humble heart.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 97 line 1192CAESARI must prevent thee, Cimber.
40line 1193These couchings and these lowly courtesies
line 1194Might fire the blood of ordinary men
line 1195And turn preordinance and first decree
line 1196Into the law of children. Be not fond
line 1197To think that Caesar bears such rebel blood
45line 1198That will be thawed from the true quality
line 1199With that which melteth fools—I mean sweet
line 1200words,
line 1201Low-crookèd curtsies, and base spaniel fawning.
line 1202Thy brother by decree is banishèd.
50line 1203If thou dost bend and pray and fawn for him,
line 1204I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.
line 1205Know: Caesar doth not wrong, nor without cause
line 1206Will he be satisfied.
METELLUS
line 1207Is there no voice more worthy than my own
55line 1208To sound more sweetly in great Caesar’s ear
line 1209For the repealing of my banished brother?
BRUTUSkneeling
line 1210I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Caesar,
line 1211Desiring thee that Publius Cimber may
line 1212Have an immediate freedom of repeal.
CAESAR
60line 1213What, Brutus?
CASSIUSkneeling
line 1214Pardon, Caesar; Caesar, pardon!
line 1215As low as to thy foot doth Cassius fall
line 1216To beg enfranchisement for Publius Cimber.
CAESAR
line 1217I could be well moved, if I were as you.
65line 1218If I could pray to move, prayers would move me.
line 1219But I am constant as the Northern Star,
line 1220Of whose true fixed and resting quality
line 1221There is no fellow in the firmament.
line 1222The skies are painted with unnumbered sparks;
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 99 70line 1223They are all fire, and every one doth shine.
line 1224But there’s but one in all doth hold his place.
line 1225So in the world: ’tis furnished well with men,
line 1226And men are flesh and blood, and apprehensive.
line 1227Yet in the number I do know but one
75line 1228That unassailable holds on his rank,
line 1229Unshaked of motion; and that I am he
line 1230Let me a little show it, even in this:
line 1231That I was constant Cimber should be banished
line 1232And constant do remain to keep him so.
CINNAkneeling
80line 1233O Caesar—
line 1234CAESARHence. Wilt thou lift up Olympus?
DECIUSkneeling
line 1235Great Caesar—
line 1236CAESARDoth not Brutus bootless kneel?
line 1237CASCASpeak, hands, for me!

As Casca strikes, the others rise up and stab Caesar.

85line 1238CAESAREt tu, Brutè?—Then fall, Caesar.

He dies.

CINNA
line 1239Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!
line 1240Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets.
CASSIUS
line 1241Some to the common pulpits and cry out
line 1242“Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement.”
BRUTUS
90line 1243People and Senators, be not affrighted.
line 1244Fly not; stand still. Ambition’s debt is paid.
CASCA
line 1245Go to the pulpit, Brutus.
line 1246DECIUSAnd Cassius too.
line 1247BRUTUSWhere’s Publius?
CINNA
95line 1248Here, quite confounded with this mutiny.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 101 METELLUS
line 1249Stand fast together, lest some friend of Caesar’s
line 1250Should chance—
BRUTUS
line 1251Talk not of standing.—Publius, good cheer.
line 1252There is no harm intended to your person,
100line 1253Nor to no Roman else. So tell them, Publius.
CASSIUS
line 1254And leave us, Publius, lest that the people,
line 1255Rushing on us, should do your age some mischief.
BRUTUS
line 1256Do so, and let no man abide this deed
line 1257But we the doers.

All but the Conspirators exit.

Enter Trebonius.

105line 1258CASSIUSWhere is Antony?
line 1259TREBONIUSFled to his house amazed.
line 1260Men, wives, and children stare, cry out, and run
line 1261As it were doomsday.
line 1262BRUTUSFates, we will know your
110line 1263pleasures.
line 1264That we shall die we know; ’tis but the time,
line 1265And drawing days out, that men stand upon.
CASCA
line 1266Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life
line 1267Cuts off so many years of fearing death.
BRUTUS
115line 1268Grant that, and then is death a benefit.
line 1269So are we Caesar’s friends, that have abridged
line 1270His time of fearing death. Stoop, Romans, stoop,
line 1271And let us bathe our hands in Caesar’s blood
line 1272Up to the elbows and besmear our swords.
120line 1273Then walk we forth, even to the marketplace,
line 1274And, waving our red weapons o’er our heads,
line 1275Let’s all cry “Peace, freedom, and liberty!”
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 103 CASSIUS
line 1276Stoop then, and wash.

They smear their hands and swords with Caesar’s blood.

line 1277How many ages hence
125line 1278Shall this our lofty scene be acted over
line 1279In states unborn and accents yet unknown!
BRUTUS
line 1280How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport,
line 1281That now on Pompey’s basis lies along
line 1282No worthier than the dust!
130line 1283CASSIUSSo oft as that shall be,
line 1284So often shall the knot of us be called
line 1285The men that gave their country liberty.
DECIUS
line 1286What, shall we forth?
line 1287CASSIUSAy, every man away.
135line 1288Brutus shall lead, and we will grace his heels
line 1289With the most boldest and best hearts of Rome.

Enter a Servant.

BRUTUS
line 1290Soft, who comes here? A friend of Antony’s.
SERVANTkneeling
line 1291Thus, Brutus, did my master bid me kneel.
line 1292Thus did Mark Antony bid me fall down,
140line 1293And, being prostrate, thus he bade me say:
line 1294Brutus is noble, wise, valiant, and honest;
line 1295Caesar was mighty, bold, royal, and loving.
line 1296Say, I love Brutus, and I honor him;
line 1297Say, I feared Caesar, honored him, and loved him.
145line 1298If Brutus will vouchsafe that Antony
line 1299May safely come to him and be resolved
line 1300How Caesar hath deserved to lie in death,
line 1301Mark Antony shall not love Caesar dead
line 1302So well as Brutus living, but will follow
150line 1303The fortunes and affairs of noble Brutus
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 105 line 1304Thorough the hazards of this untrod state
line 1305With all true faith. So says my master Antony.
BRUTUS
line 1306Thy master is a wise and valiant Roman.
line 1307I never thought him worse.
155line 1308Tell him, so please him come unto this place,
line 1309He shall be satisfied and, by my honor,
line 1310Depart untouched.
line 1311SERVANTI’ll fetch him presently.

Servant exits.

BRUTUS
line 1312I know that we shall have him well to friend.
CASSIUS
160line 1313I wish we may; but yet have I a mind
line 1314That fears him much, and my misgiving still
line 1315Falls shrewdly to the purpose.

Enter Antony.

BRUTUS
line 1316But here comes Antony.—Welcome, Mark Antony!
ANTONY
line 1317O mighty Caesar, dost thou lie so low?
165line 1318Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils
line 1319Shrunk to this little measure? Fare thee well.—
line 1320I know not, gentlemen, what you intend,
line 1321Who else must be let blood, who else is rank.
line 1322If I myself, there is no hour so fit
170line 1323As Caesar’s death’s hour, nor no instrument
line 1324Of half that worth as those your swords made rich
line 1325With the most noble blood of all this world.
line 1326I do beseech you, if you bear me hard,
line 1327Now, whilst your purpled hands do reek and smoke,
175line 1328Fulfill your pleasure. Live a thousand years,
line 1329I shall not find myself so apt to die;
line 1330No place will please me so, no mean of death,
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 107 line 1331As here by Caesar, and by you cut off,
line 1332The choice and master spirits of this age.
BRUTUS
180line 1333O Antony, beg not your death of us!
line 1334Though now we must appear bloody and cruel,
line 1335As by our hands and this our present act
line 1336You see we do, yet see you but our hands
line 1337And this the bleeding business they have done.
185line 1338Our hearts you see not; they are pitiful;
line 1339And pity to the general wrong of Rome
line 1340(As fire drives out fire, so pity pity)
line 1341Hath done this deed on Caesar. For your part,
line 1342To you our swords have leaden points, Mark Antony.
190line 1343Our arms in strength of malice, and our hearts
line 1344Of brothers’ temper, do receive you in
line 1345With all kind love, good thoughts, and reverence.
CASSIUS
line 1346Your voice shall be as strong as any man’s
line 1347In the disposing of new dignities.
BRUTUS
195line 1348Only be patient till we have appeased
line 1349The multitude, beside themselves with fear;
line 1350And then we will deliver you the cause
line 1351Why I, that did love Caesar when I struck him,
line 1352Have thus proceeded.
200line 1353ANTONYI doubt not of your wisdom.
line 1354Let each man render me his bloody hand.
line 1355First, Marcus Brutus, will I shake with you.—
line 1356Next, Caius Cassius, do I take your hand.—
line 1357Now, Decius Brutus, yours;—now yours,
205line 1358Metellus;—
line 1359Yours, Cinna;—and, my valiant Casca, yours;—
line 1360Though last, not least in love, yours, good
line 1361Trebonius.—
line 1362Gentlemen all—alas, what shall I say?
210line 1363My credit now stands on such slippery ground
line 1364That one of two bad ways you must conceit me,
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 109 line 1365Either a coward or a flatterer.—
line 1366That I did love thee, Caesar, O, ’tis true!
line 1367If then thy spirit look upon us now,
215line 1368Shall it not grieve thee dearer than thy death
line 1369To see thy Antony making his peace,
line 1370Shaking the bloody fingers of thy foes—
line 1371Most noble!—in the presence of thy corpse?
line 1372Had I as many eyes as thou hast wounds,
220line 1373Weeping as fast as they stream forth thy blood,
line 1374It would become me better than to close
line 1375In terms of friendship with thine enemies.
line 1376Pardon me, Julius! Here wast thou bayed, brave
line 1377hart,
225line 1378Here didst thou fall, and here thy hunters stand
line 1379Signed in thy spoil and crimsoned in thy Lethe.
line 1380O world, thou wast the forest to this hart,
line 1381And this indeed, O world, the heart of thee.
line 1382How like a deer strucken by many princes
230line 1383Dost thou here lie!
CASSIUS
line 1384Mark Antony—
line 1385ANTONYPardon me, Caius Cassius.
line 1386The enemies of Caesar shall say this;
line 1387Then, in a friend, it is cold modesty.
CASSIUS
235line 1388I blame you not for praising Caesar so.
line 1389But what compact mean you to have with us?
line 1390Will you be pricked in number of our friends,
line 1391Or shall we on and not depend on you?
ANTONY
line 1392Therefore I took your hands, but was indeed
240line 1393Swayed from the point by looking down on Caesar.
line 1394Friends am I with you all and love you all,
line 1395Upon this hope, that you shall give me reasons
line 1396Why and wherein Caesar was dangerous.
BRUTUS
line 1397Or else were this a savage spectacle.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 111 245line 1398Our reasons are so full of good regard
line 1399That were you, Antony, the son of Caesar,
line 1400You should be satisfied.
line 1401ANTONYThat’s all I seek;
line 1402And am, moreover, suitor that I may
250line 1403Produce his body to the marketplace,
line 1404And in the pulpit, as becomes a friend,
line 1405Speak in the order of his funeral.
BRUTUS
line 1406You shall, Mark Antony.
line 1407CASSIUSBrutus, a word with you.
255line 1408Aside to Brutus. You know not what you do. Do
line 1409not consent
line 1410That Antony speak in his funeral.
line 1411Know you how much the people may be moved
line 1412By that which he will utter?
260line 1413BRUTUSaside to Cassius By your pardon,
line 1414I will myself into the pulpit first
line 1415And show the reason of our Caesar’s death.
line 1416What Antony shall speak I will protest
line 1417He speaks by leave and by permission,
265line 1418And that we are contented Caesar shall
line 1419Have all true rites and lawful ceremonies.
line 1420It shall advantage more than do us wrong.
CASSIUSaside to Brutus
line 1421I know not what may fall. I like it not.
BRUTUS
line 1422Mark Antony, here, take you Caesar’s body.
270line 1423You shall not in your funeral speech blame us
line 1424But speak all good you can devise of Caesar
line 1425And say you do ’t by our permission,
line 1426Else shall you not have any hand at all
line 1427About his funeral. And you shall speak
275line 1428In the same pulpit whereto I am going,
line 1429After my speech is ended.
Act 3 Scene 1 - Pg 113 line 1430ANTONYBe it so.
line 1431I do desire no more.
BRUTUS
line 1432Prepare the body, then, and follow us.

All but Antony exit.

ANTONY
280line 1433O pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
line 1434That I am meek and gentle with these butchers.
line 1435Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
line 1436That ever livèd in the tide of times.
line 1437Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
285line 1438Over thy wounds now do I prophesy
line 1439(Which like dumb mouths do ope their ruby lips
line 1440To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue)
line 1441A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
line 1442Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
290line 1443Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
line 1444Blood and destruction shall be so in use
line 1445And dreadful objects so familiar
line 1446That mothers shall but smile when they behold
line 1447Their infants quartered with the hands of war,
295line 1448All pity choked with custom of fell deeds;
line 1449And Caesar’s spirit, ranging for revenge,
line 1450With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
line 1451Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
line 1452Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war,
300line 1453That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
line 1454With carrion men groaning for burial.

Enter Octavius’ Servant.

line 1455You serve Octavius Caesar, do you not?
line 1456SERVANTI do, Mark Antony.
ANTONY
line 1457Caesar did write for him to come to Rome.
SERVANT
305line 1458He did receive his letters and is coming,
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 115 line 1459And bid me say to you by word of mouth—
line 1460O Caesar!
ANTONY
line 1461Thy heart is big. Get thee apart and weep.
line 1462Passion, I see, is catching, for mine eyes,
310line 1463Seeing those beads of sorrow stand in thine,
line 1464Began to water. Is thy master coming?
SERVANT
line 1465He lies tonight within seven leagues of Rome.
ANTONY
line 1466Post back with speed and tell him what hath
line 1467chanced.
315line 1468Here is a mourning Rome, a dangerous Rome,
line 1469No Rome of safety for Octavius yet.
line 1470Hie hence and tell him so.—Yet stay awhile;
line 1471Thou shalt not back till I have borne this corpse
line 1472Into the marketplace. There shall I try,
320line 1473In my oration, how the people take
line 1474The cruel issue of these bloody men,
line 1475According to the which thou shalt discourse
line 1476To young Octavius of the state of things.
line 1477Lend me your hand.

They exit with Caesar’s body.


Scene 2

Enter Brutus and Cassius with the Plebeians.

PLEBEIANS
line 1478We will be satisfied! Let us be satisfied!
BRUTUS
line 1479Then follow me and give me audience, friends.—
line 1480Cassius, go you into the other street
line 1481And part the numbers.—
5line 1482Those that will hear me speak, let ’em stay here;
line 1483Those that will follow Cassius, go with him;
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 117 line 1484And public reasons shall be renderèd
line 1485Of Caesar’s death.
line 1486FIRST PLEBEIANI will hear Brutus speak.
SECOND PLEBEIAN
10line 1487I will hear Cassius, and compare their reasons
line 1488When severally we hear them renderèd.

Cassius exits with some of the Plebeians. Brutus goes into the pulpit.

THIRD PLEBEIAN
line 1489The noble Brutus is ascended. Silence.
line 1490BRUTUSBe patient till the last.
line 1491Romans, countrymen, and lovers, hear me for my
15line 1492cause, and be silent that you may hear. Believe me
line 1493for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor
line 1494that you may believe. Censure me in your wisdom,
line 1495and awake your senses that you may the better
line 1496judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear
20line 1497friend of Caesar’s, to him I say that Brutus’ love
line 1498to Caesar was no less than his. If then that friend
line 1499demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my
line 1500answer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved
line 1501Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living, and
25line 1502die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all
line 1503freemen? As Caesar loved me, I weep for him. As he
line 1504was fortunate, I rejoice at it. As he was valiant, I
line 1505honor him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him.
line 1506There is tears for his love, joy for his fortune, honor
30line 1507for his valor, and death for his ambition. Who is
line 1508here so base that would be a bondman? If any,
line 1509speak, for him have I offended. Who is here so rude
line 1510that would not be a Roman? If any, speak, for him
line 1511have I offended. Who is here so vile that will not
35line 1512love his country? If any, speak, for him have I
line 1513offended. I pause for a reply.
line 1514PLEBEIANSNone, Brutus, none.
line 1515BRUTUSThen none have I offended. I have done no
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 119 line 1516more to Caesar than you shall do to Brutus. The
40line 1517question of his death is enrolled in the Capitol, his
line 1518glory not extenuated wherein he was worthy, nor
line 1519his offenses enforced for which he suffered death.

Enter Mark Antony and others with Caesar’s body.

line 1520Here comes his body, mourned by Mark Antony,
line 1521who, though he had no hand in his death, shall
45line 1522receive the benefit of his dying—a place in the
line 1523commonwealth—as which of you shall not? With
line 1524this I depart: that, as I slew my best lover for the
line 1525good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself
line 1526when it shall please my country to need my death.
50line 1527PLEBEIANSLive, Brutus, live, live!
FIRST PLEBEIAN
line 1528Bring him with triumph home unto his house.
SECOND PLEBEIAN
line 1529Give him a statue with his ancestors.
THIRD PLEBEIAN
line 1530Let him be Caesar.
line 1531FOURTH PLEBEIANCaesar’s better parts
55line 1532Shall be crowned in Brutus.
FIRST PLEBEIAN
line 1533We’ll bring him to his house with shouts and
line 1534clamors.
BRUTUS
line 1535My countrymen—
line 1536SECOND PLEBEIANPeace, silence! Brutus speaks.
60line 1537FIRST PLEBEIANPeace, ho!
BRUTUS
line 1538Good countrymen, let me depart alone,
line 1539And, for my sake, stay here with Antony.
line 1540Do grace to Caesar’s corpse, and grace his speech
line 1541Tending to Caesar’s glories, which Mark Antony
65line 1542(By our permission) is allowed to make.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 121 line 1543I do entreat you, not a man depart,
line 1544Save I alone, till Antony have spoke.

He descends and exits.

FIRST PLEBEIAN
line 1545Stay, ho, and let us hear Mark Antony!
THIRD PLEBEIAN
line 1546Let him go up into the public chair.
PLEBEIANS
70line 1547We’ll hear him.—Noble Antony, go up.
ANTONY
line 1548For Brutus’ sake, I am beholding to you.

He goes into the pulpit.

line 1549FOURTH PLEBEIANWhat does he say of Brutus?
line 1550THIRD PLEBEIANHe says for Brutus’ sake
line 1551He finds himself beholding to us all.
FOURTH PLEBEIAN
75line 1552’Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here.
FIRST PLEBEIAN
line 1553This Caesar was a tyrant.
line 1554THIRD PLEBEIANNay, that’s certain.
line 1555We are blest that Rome is rid of him.
SECOND PLEBEIAN
line 1556Peace, let us hear what Antony can say.
ANTONY
80line 1557You gentle Romans—
line 1558PLEBEIANSPeace, ho! Let us hear him.
ANTONY
line 1559Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.
line 1560I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
line 1561The evil that men do lives after them;
85line 1562The good is oft interrèd with their bones.
line 1563So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
line 1564Hath told you Caesar was ambitious.
line 1565If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
line 1566And grievously hath Caesar answered it.
90line 1567Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest
line 1568(For Brutus is an honorable man;
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 123 line 1569So are they all, all honorable men),
line 1570Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.
line 1571He was my friend, faithful and just to me,
95line 1572But Brutus says he was ambitious,
line 1573And Brutus is an honorable man.
line 1574He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
line 1575Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.
line 1576Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
100line 1577When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;
line 1578Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
line 1579Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
line 1580And Brutus is an honorable man.
line 1581You all did see that on the Lupercal
105line 1582I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
line 1583Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?
line 1584Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
line 1585And sure he is an honorable man.
line 1586I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
110line 1587But here I am to speak what I do know.
line 1588You all did love him once, not without cause.
line 1589What cause withholds you, then, to mourn for
line 1590him?—
line 1591O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts,
115line 1592And men have lost their reason!—Bear with me;
line 1593My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
line 1594And I must pause till it come back to me.He weeps.
FIRST PLEBEIAN
line 1595Methinks there is much reason in his sayings.
SECOND PLEBEIAN
line 1596If thou consider rightly of the matter,
120line 1597Caesar has had great wrong.
line 1598THIRD PLEBEIANHas he, masters?
line 1599I fear there will a worse come in his place.
FOURTH PLEBEIAN
line 1600Marked you his words? He would not take the
line 1601crown;
125line 1602Therefore ’tis certain he was not ambitious.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 125 FIRST PLEBEIAN
line 1603If it be found so, some will dear abide it.
SECOND PLEBEIAN
line 1604Poor soul, his eyes are red as fire with weeping.
THIRD PLEBEIAN
line 1605There’s not a nobler man in Rome than Antony.
FOURTH PLEBEIAN
line 1606Now mark him. He begins again to speak.
ANTONY
130line 1607But yesterday the word of Caesar might
line 1608Have stood against the world. Now lies he there,
line 1609And none so poor to do him reverence.
line 1610O masters, if I were disposed to stir
line 1611Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
135line 1612I should do Brutus wrong and Cassius wrong,
line 1613Who, you all know, are honorable men.
line 1614I will not do them wrong. I rather choose
line 1615To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
line 1616Than I will wrong such honorable men.
140line 1617But here’s a parchment with the seal of Caesar.
line 1618I found it in his closet. ’Tis his will.
line 1619Let but the commons hear this testament,
line 1620Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read,
line 1621And they would go and kiss dead Caesar’s wounds
145line 1622And dip their napkins in his sacred blood—
line 1623Yea, beg a hair of him for memory
line 1624And, dying, mention it within their wills,
line 1625Bequeathing it as a rich legacy
line 1626Unto their issue.
FOURTH PLEBEIAN
150line 1627We’ll hear the will. Read it, Mark Antony.
PLEBEIANS
line 1628The will, the will! We will hear Caesar’s will.
ANTONY
line 1629Have patience, gentle friends. I must not read it.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 127 line 1630It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you.
line 1631You are not wood, you are not stones, but men.
155line 1632And, being men, hearing the will of Caesar,
line 1633It will inflame you; it will make you mad.
line 1634’Tis good you know not that you are his heirs,
line 1635For if you should, O, what would come of it?
FOURTH PLEBEIAN
line 1636Read the will! We’ll hear it, Antony.
PLEBEIANS
160line 1637You shall read us the will, Caesar’s will.
ANTONY
line 1638Will you be patient? Will you stay awhile?
line 1639I have o’ershot myself to tell you of it.
line 1640I fear I wrong the honorable men
line 1641Whose daggers have stabbed Caesar. I do fear it.
165line 1642FOURTH PLEBEIANThey were traitors. Honorable men?
line 1643PLEBEIANSThe will! The testament!
line 1644SECOND PLEBEIANThey were villains, murderers. The
line 1645will! Read the will.
ANTONY
line 1646You will compel me, then, to read the will?
170line 1647Then make a ring about the corpse of Caesar,
line 1648And let me show you him that made the will.
line 1649Shall I descend? And will you give me leave?
line 1650PLEBEIANSCome down.
line 1651SECOND PLEBEIANDescend.
175line 1652THIRD PLEBEIANYou shall have leave.

Antony descends.

line 1653FOURTH PLEBEIANA ring; stand round.
FIRST PLEBEIAN
line 1654Stand from the hearse. Stand from the body.
SECOND PLEBEIAN
line 1655Room for Antony, most noble Antony.
ANTONY
line 1656Nay, press not so upon me. Stand far off.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 129 180line 1657PLEBEIANSStand back! Room! Bear back!
ANTONY
line 1658If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
line 1659You all do know this mantle. I remember
line 1660The first time ever Caesar put it on.
line 1661’Twas on a summer’s evening in his tent,
185line 1662That day he overcame the Nervii.
line 1663Look, in this place ran Cassius’ dagger through.
line 1664See what a rent the envious Casca made.
line 1665Through this the well-belovèd Brutus stabbed,
line 1666And, as he plucked his cursèd steel away,
190line 1667Mark how the blood of Caesar followed it,
line 1668As rushing out of doors to be resolved
line 1669If Brutus so unkindly knocked or no;
line 1670For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel.
line 1671Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!
195line 1672This was the most unkindest cut of all.
line 1673For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
line 1674Ingratitude, more strong than traitors’ arms,
line 1675Quite vanquished him. Then burst his mighty heart,
line 1676And, in his mantle muffling up his face,
200line 1677Even at the base of Pompey’s statue
line 1678(Which all the while ran blood) great Caesar fell.
line 1679O, what a fall was there, my countrymen!
line 1680Then I and you and all of us fell down,
line 1681Whilst bloody treason flourished over us.
205line 1682O, now you weep, and I perceive you feel
line 1683The dint of pity. These are gracious drops.
line 1684Kind souls, what, weep you when you but behold
line 1685Our Caesar’s vesture wounded? Look you here,

Antony lifts Caesar’s cloak.

line 1686Here is himself, marred as you see with traitors.
210line 1687FIRST PLEBEIANO piteous spectacle!
line 1688SECOND PLEBEIANO noble Caesar!
line 1689THIRD PLEBEIANO woeful day!
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 131 line 1690FOURTH PLEBEIANO traitors, villains!
line 1691FIRST PLEBEIANO most bloody sight!
215line 1692SECOND PLEBEIANWe will be revenged.
line 1693PLEBEIANSRevenge! About! Seek! Burn! Fire! Kill!
line 1694Slay! Let not a traitor live!
line 1695ANTONYStay, countrymen.
line 1696FIRST PLEBEIANPeace there! Hear the noble Antony.
220line 1697SECOND PLEBEIANWe’ll hear him, we’ll follow him,
line 1698we’ll die with him.
ANTONY
line 1699Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up
line 1700To such a sudden flood of mutiny.
line 1701They that have done this deed are honorable.
225line 1702What private griefs they have, alas, I know not,
line 1703That made them do it. They are wise and honorable
line 1704And will no doubt with reasons answer you.
line 1705I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts.
line 1706I am no orator, as Brutus is,
230line 1707But, as you know me all, a plain blunt man
line 1708That love my friend, and that they know full well
line 1709That gave me public leave to speak of him.
line 1710For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth,
line 1711Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech
235line 1712To stir men’s blood. I only speak right on.
line 1713I tell you that which you yourselves do know,
line 1714Show you sweet Caesar’s wounds, poor poor dumb
line 1715mouths,
line 1716And bid them speak for me. But were I Brutus,
240line 1717And Brutus Antony, there were an Antony
line 1718Would ruffle up your spirits and put a tongue
line 1719In every wound of Caesar that should move
line 1720The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.
PLEBEIANS
line 1721We’ll mutiny.
245line 1722FIRST PLEBEIANWe’ll burn the house of Brutus.
Act 3 Scene 2 - Pg 133 THIRD PLEBEIAN
line 1723Away then. Come, seek the conspirators.
ANTONY
line 1724Yet hear me, countrymen; yet hear me speak.
PLEBEIANS
line 1725Peace, ho! Hear Antony, most noble Antony!
ANTONY
line 1726Why, friends, you go to do you know not what.
250line 1727Wherein hath Caesar thus deserved your loves?
line 1728Alas, you know not. I must tell you then.
line 1729You have forgot the will I told you of.
PLEBEIANS
line 1730Most true. The will! Let’s stay and hear the will.
ANTONY
line 1731Here is the will, and under Caesar’s seal:
255line 1732To every Roman citizen he gives,
line 1733To every several man, seventy-five drachmas.
SECOND PLEBEIAN
line 1734Most noble Caesar! We’ll revenge his death.
line 1735THIRD PLEBEIANO royal Caesar!
line 1736ANTONYHear me with patience.
260line 1737PLEBEIANSPeace, ho!
ANTONY
line 1738Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,
line 1739His private arbors, and new-planted orchards,
line 1740On this side Tiber. He hath left them you,
line 1741And to your heirs forever—common pleasures
265line 1742To walk abroad and recreate yourselves.
line 1743Here was a Caesar! When comes such another?
FIRST PLEBEIAN
line 1744Never, never!—Come, away, away!
line 1745We’ll burn his body in the holy place
line 1746And with the brands fire the traitors’ houses.
270line 1747Take up the body.
line 1748SECOND PLEBEIANGo fetch fire.
line 1749THIRD PLEBEIANPluck down benches.
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 135 line 1750FOURTH PLEBEIANPluck down forms, windows,
line 1751anything.

Plebeians exit with Caesar’s body.

ANTONY
275line 1752Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot;
line 1753Take thou what course thou wilt.

Enter Servant.

line 1754How now, fellow?
SERVANT
line 1755Sir, Octavius is already come to Rome.
line 1756ANTONYWhere is he?
SERVANT
280line 1757He and Lepidus are at Caesar’s house.
ANTONY
line 1758And thither will I straight to visit him.
line 1759He comes upon a wish. Fortune is merry
line 1760And in this mood will give us anything.
SERVANT
line 1761I heard him say Brutus and Cassius
285line 1762Are rid like madmen through the gates of Rome.
ANTONY
line 1763Belike they had some notice of the people
line 1764How I had moved them. Bring me to Octavius.

They exit.


Scene 3

Enter Cinna the poet and after him the Plebeians.

CINNA
line 1765I dreamt tonight that I did feast with Caesar,
line 1766And things unluckily charge my fantasy.
line 1767I have no will to wander forth of doors,
line 1768Yet something leads me forth.
5line 1769FIRST PLEBEIANWhat is your name?
Act 3 Scene 3 - Pg 137 line 1770SECOND PLEBEIANWhither are you going?
line 1771THIRD PLEBEIANWhere do you dwell?
line 1772FOURTH PLEBEIANAre you a married man or a
line 1773bachelor?
10line 1774SECOND PLEBEIANAnswer every man directly.
line 1775FIRST PLEBEIANAy, and briefly.
line 1776FOURTH PLEBEIANAy, and wisely.
line 1777THIRD PLEBEIANAy, and truly, you were best.
line 1778CINNAWhat is my name? Whither am I going? Where
15line 1779do I dwell? Am I a married man or a bachelor?
line 1780Then to answer every man directly and briefly,
line 1781wisely and truly: wisely I say, I am a bachelor.
line 1782SECOND PLEBEIANThat’s as much as to say they are
line 1783fools that marry. You’ll bear me a bang for that, I
20line 1784fear. Proceed directly.
line 1785CINNADirectly, I am going to Caesar’s funeral.
line 1786FIRST PLEBEIANAs a friend or an enemy?
line 1787CINNAAs a friend.
line 1788SECOND PLEBEIANThat matter is answered directly.
25line 1789FOURTH PLEBEIANFor your dwelling—briefly.
line 1790CINNABriefly, I dwell by the Capitol.
line 1791THIRD PLEBEIANYour name, sir, truly.
line 1792CINNATruly, my name is Cinna.
line 1793FIRST PLEBEIANTear him to pieces! He’s a conspirator.
30line 1794CINNAI am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet!
line 1795FOURTH PLEBEIANTear him for his bad verses, tear him
line 1796for his bad verses!
line 1797CINNAI am not Cinna the conspirator.
line 1798FOURTH PLEBEIANIt is no matter. His name’s Cinna.
35line 1799Pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn him
line 1800going.
line 1801THIRD PLEBEIANTear him, tear him! Come, brands, ho,
line 1802firebrands! To Brutus’, to Cassius’, burn all! Some
line 1803to Decius’ house, and some to Casca’s, some to
40line 1804Ligarius’. Away, go!

All the Plebeians exit, carrying off Cinna.


ACT 4


Scene 1

Enter Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus.

ANTONY
line 1805These many, then, shall die; their names are
line 1806pricked.
OCTAVIUS
line 1807Your brother too must die. Consent you, Lepidus?
LEPIDUS
line 1808I do consent.
5line 1809OCTAVIUSPrick him down, Antony.
LEPIDUS
line 1810Upon condition Publius shall not live,
line 1811Who is your sister’s son, Mark Antony.
ANTONY
line 1812He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him.
line 1813But, Lepidus, go you to Caesar’s house;
10line 1814Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine
line 1815How to cut off some charge in legacies.
line 1816LEPIDUSWhat, shall I find you here?
line 1817OCTAVIUSOr here, or at the Capitol.Lepidus exits.
ANTONY
line 1818This is a slight, unmeritable man,
15line 1819Meet to be sent on errands. Is it fit,
line 1820The threefold world divided, he should stand
line 1821One of the three to share it?
Act 4 Scene 1 - Pg 143 line 1822OCTAVIUSSo you thought him
line 1823And took his voice who should be pricked to die
20line 1824In our black sentence and proscription.
ANTONY
line 1825Octavius, I have seen more days than you,
line 1826And, though we lay these honors on this man
line 1827To ease ourselves of diverse sland’rous loads,
line 1828He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold,
25line 1829To groan and sweat under the business,
line 1830Either led or driven, as we point the way;
line 1831And having brought our treasure where we will,
line 1832Then take we down his load and turn him off
line 1833(Like to the empty ass) to shake his ears
30line 1834And graze in commons.
line 1835OCTAVIUSYou may do your will,
line 1836But he’s a tried and valiant soldier.
ANTONY
line 1837So is my horse, Octavius, and for that
line 1838I do appoint him store of provender.
35line 1839It is a creature that I teach to fight,
line 1840To wind, to stop, to run directly on,
line 1841His corporal motion governed by my spirit;
line 1842And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so.
line 1843He must be taught and trained and bid go forth—
40line 1844A barren-spirited fellow, one that feeds
line 1845On objects, arts, and imitations
line 1846Which, out of use and staled by other men,
line 1847Begin his fashion. Do not talk of him
line 1848But as a property. And now, Octavius,
45line 1849Listen great things. Brutus and Cassius
line 1850Are levying powers. We must straight make head.
line 1851Therefore let our alliance be combined,
line 1852Our best friends made, our means stretched;
line 1853And let us presently go sit in council
50line 1854How covert matters may be best disclosed
line 1855And open perils surest answerèd.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 145 OCTAVIUS
line 1856Let us do so, for we are at the stake
line 1857And bayed about with many enemies,
line 1858And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear,
55line 1859Millions of mischiefs.

They exit.


Scene 2

Drum. Enter Brutus, Lucilius, Lucius, and the Army. Titinius and Pindarus meet them.

line 1860BRUTUSStand ho!
line 1861LUCILIUSGive the word, ho, and stand!
BRUTUS
line 1862What now, Lucilius, is Cassius near?
LUCILIUS
line 1863He is at hand, and Pindarus is come
5line 1864To do you salutation from his master.
BRUTUS
line 1865He greets me well.—Your master, Pindarus,
line 1866In his own change or by ill officers,
line 1867Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
line 1868Things done undone, but if he be at hand
10line 1869I shall be satisfied.
line 1870PINDARUSI do not doubt
line 1871But that my noble master will appear
line 1872Such as he is, full of regard and honor.
BRUTUS
line 1873He is not doubted.Brutus and Lucilius walk aside.
15line 1874A word, Lucilius,
line 1875How he received you. Let me be resolved.
LUCILIUS
line 1876With courtesy and with respect enough,
line 1877But not with such familiar instances
line 1878Nor with such free and friendly conference
20line 1879As he hath used of old.
Act 4 Scene 2 - Pg 147 line 1880BRUTUSThou hast described
line 1881A hot friend cooling. Ever note, Lucilius,
line 1882When love begins to sicken and decay
line 1883It useth an enforcèd ceremony.
25line 1884There are no tricks in plain and simple faith;
line 1885But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
line 1886Make gallant show and promise of their mettle,

Low march within.

line 1887But when they should endure the bloody spur,
line 1888They fall their crests and, like deceitful jades,
30line 1889Sink in the trial. Comes his army on?
LUCILIUS
line 1890They mean this night in Sardis to be quartered.
line 1891The greater part, the horse in general,
line 1892Are come with Cassius.

Enter Cassius and his powers.

line 1893BRUTUSHark, he is arrived.
35line 1894March gently on to meet him.
line 1895CASSIUSStand ho!
line 1896BRUTUSStand ho! Speak the word along.
line 1897FIRST SOLDIERStand!
line 1898SECOND SOLDIERStand!
40line 1899THIRD SOLDIERStand!
CASSIUS
line 1900Most noble brother, you have done me wrong.
BRUTUS
line 1901Judge me, you gods! Wrong I mine enemies?
line 1902And if not so, how should I wrong a brother?
CASSIUS
line 1903Brutus, this sober form of yours hides wrongs,
45line 1904And when you do them—
line 1905BRUTUSCassius, be content.
line 1906Speak your griefs softly. I do know you well.
line 1907Before the eyes of both our armies here
line 1908(Which should perceive nothing but love from us),
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 149 50line 1909Let us not wrangle. Bid them move away.
line 1910Then in my tent, Cassius, enlarge your griefs,
line 1911And I will give you audience.
line 1912CASSIUSPindarus,
line 1913Bid our commanders lead their charges off
55line 1914A little from this ground.
BRUTUS
line 1915Lucius, do you the like, and let no man
line 1916Come to our tent till we have done our conference.
line 1917Let Lucilius and Titinius guard our door.

All but Brutus and Cassius exit.


Scene 3

CASSIUS
line 1918That you have wronged me doth appear in this:
line 1919You have condemned and noted Lucius Pella
line 1920For taking bribes here of the Sardians,
line 1921Wherein my letters, praying on his side
5line 1922Because I knew the man, was slighted off.
BRUTUS
line 1923You wronged yourself to write in such a case.
CASSIUS
line 1924In such a time as this it is not meet
line 1925That every nice offense should bear his comment.
BRUTUS
line 1926Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
10line 1927Are much condemned to have an itching palm,
line 1928To sell and mart your offices for gold
line 1929To undeservers.
line 1930CASSIUSI an itching palm?
line 1931You know that you are Brutus that speaks this,
15line 1932Or, by the gods, this speech were else your last.
BRUTUS
line 1933The name of Cassius honors this corruption,
line 1934And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 151 line 1935CASSIUSChastisement?
BRUTUS
line 1936Remember March; the ides of March remember.
20line 1937Did not great Julius bleed for justice’ sake?
line 1938What villain touched his body that did stab
line 1939And not for justice? What, shall one of us
line 1940That struck the foremost man of all this world
line 1941But for supporting robbers, shall we now
25line 1942Contaminate our fingers with base bribes
line 1943And sell the mighty space of our large honors
line 1944For so much trash as may be graspèd thus?
line 1945I had rather be a dog and bay the moon
line 1946Than such a Roman.
30line 1947CASSIUSBrutus, bait not me.
line 1948I’ll not endure it. You forget yourself
line 1949To hedge me in. I am a soldier, I,
line 1950Older in practice, abler than yourself
line 1951To make conditions.
35line 1952BRUTUSGo to! You are not, Cassius.
line 1953CASSIUSI am.
line 1954BRUTUSI say you are not.
CASSIUS
line 1955Urge me no more. I shall forget myself.
line 1956Have mind upon your health. Tempt me no farther.
40line 1957BRUTUSAway, slight man!
CASSIUS
line 1958Is ’t possible?
line 1959BRUTUSHear me, for I will speak.
line 1960Must I give way and room to your rash choler?
line 1961Shall I be frighted when a madman stares?
CASSIUS
45line 1962O you gods, you gods, must I endure all this?
BRUTUS
line 1963All this? Ay, more. Fret till your proud heart break.
line 1964Go show your slaves how choleric you are
line 1965And make your bondmen tremble. Must I budge?
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 153 line 1966Must I observe you? Must I stand and crouch
50line 1967Under your testy humor? By the gods,
line 1968You shall digest the venom of your spleen
line 1969Though it do split you. For, from this day forth,
line 1970I’ll use you for my mirth, yea, for my laughter,
line 1971When you are waspish.
55line 1972CASSIUSIs it come to this?
BRUTUS
line 1973You say you are a better soldier.
line 1974Let it appear so, make your vaunting true,
line 1975And it shall please me well. For mine own part,
line 1976I shall be glad to learn of noble men.
CASSIUS
60line 1977You wrong me every way, you wrong me, Brutus.
line 1978I said an elder soldier, not a better.
line 1979Did I say “better”?
line 1980BRUTUSIf you did, I care not.
CASSIUS
line 1981When Caesar lived he durst not thus have moved
65line 1982me.
BRUTUS
line 1983Peace, peace! You durst not so have tempted him.
line 1984CASSIUSI durst not?
line 1985BRUTUSNo.
CASSIUS
line 1986What? Durst not tempt him?
70line 1987BRUTUSFor your life you durst
line 1988not.
CASSIUS
line 1989Do not presume too much upon my love.
line 1990I may do that I shall be sorry for.
BRUTUS
line 1991You have done that you should be sorry for.
75line 1992There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats,
line 1993For I am armed so strong in honesty
line 1994That they pass by me as the idle wind,
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 155 line 1995Which I respect not. I did send to you
line 1996For certain sums of gold, which you denied me,
80line 1997For I can raise no money by vile means.
line 1998By heaven, I had rather coin my heart
line 1999And drop my blood for drachmas than to wring
line 2000From the hard hands of peasants their vile trash
line 2001By any indirection. I did send
85line 2002To you for gold to pay my legions,
line 2003Which you denied me. Was that done like Cassius?
line 2004Should I have answered Caius Cassius so?
line 2005When Marcus Brutus grows so covetous
line 2006To lock such rascal counters from his friends,
90line 2007Be ready, gods, with all your thunderbolts;
line 2008Dash him to pieces!
line 2009CASSIUSI denied you not.
line 2010BRUTUSYou did.
CASSIUS
line 2011I did not. He was but a fool that brought
95line 2012My answer back. Brutus hath rived my heart.
line 2013A friend should bear his friend’s infirmities,
line 2014But Brutus makes mine greater than they are.
BRUTUS
line 2015I do not, till you practice them on me.
CASSIUS
line 2016You love me not.
100line 2017BRUTUSI do not like your faults.
CASSIUS
line 2018A friendly eye could never see such faults.
BRUTUS
line 2019A flatterer’s would not, though they do appear
line 2020As huge as high Olympus.
CASSIUS
line 2021Come, Antony, and young Octavius, come!
105line 2022Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius,
line 2023For Cassius is aweary of the world—
line 2024Hated by one he loves, braved by his brother,
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 157 line 2025Checked like a bondman, all his faults observed,
line 2026Set in a notebook, learned and conned by rote
110line 2027To cast into my teeth. O, I could weep
line 2028My spirit from mine eyes! There is my dagger,

Offering his dagger to Brutus.

line 2029And here my naked breast; within, a heart
line 2030Dearer than Pluto’s mine, richer than gold.
line 2031If that thou be’st a Roman, take it forth.
115line 2032I that denied thee gold will give my heart.
line 2033Strike as thou didst at Caesar, for I know
line 2034When thou didst hate him worst, thou lovedst him
line 2035better
line 2036Than ever thou lovedst Cassius.
120line 2037BRUTUSSheathe your
line 2038dagger.
line 2039Be angry when you will, it shall have scope.
line 2040Do what you will, dishonor shall be humor.
line 2041O Cassius, you are yokèd with a lamb
125line 2042That carries anger as the flint bears fire,
line 2043Who, much enforcèd, shows a hasty spark
line 2044And straight is cold again.
line 2045CASSIUSHath Cassius lived
line 2046To be but mirth and laughter to his Brutus
130line 2047When grief and blood ill-tempered vexeth him?
BRUTUS
line 2048When I spoke that, I was ill-tempered too.
CASSIUS
line 2049Do you confess so much? Give me your hand.
BRUTUS
line 2050And my heart too.They clasp hands.
line 2051CASSIUSO Brutus!
135line 2052BRUTUSWhat’s the matter?
CASSIUS
line 2053Have not you love enough to bear with me
line 2054When that rash humor which my mother gave me
line 2055Makes me forgetful?
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 159 line 2056BRUTUSYes, Cassius, and from
140line 2057henceforth
line 2058When you are over-earnest with your Brutus,
line 2059He’ll think your mother chides, and leave you so.

Enter a Poet followed by Lucilius, Titinius, and Lucius.

POET
line 2060Let me go in to see the Generals.
line 2061There is some grudge between ’em; ’tis not meet
145line 2062They be alone.
line 2063LUCILIUSYou shall not come to them.
line 2064POETNothing but death shall stay me.
line 2065CASSIUSHow now, what’s the matter?
POET
line 2066For shame, you generals, what do you mean?
150line 2067Love and be friends as two such men should be,
line 2068For I have seen more years, I’m sure, than ye.
CASSIUS
line 2069Ha, ha, how vilely doth this cynic rhyme!
BRUTUS
line 2070Get you hence, sirrah! Saucy fellow, hence!
CASSIUS
line 2071Bear with him, Brutus. ’Tis his fashion.
BRUTUS
155line 2072I’ll know his humor when he knows his time.
line 2073What should the wars do with these jigging fools?—
line 2074Companion, hence!
line 2075CASSIUSAway, away, be gone!Poet exits.
BRUTUS
line 2076Lucilius and Titinius, bid the commanders
160line 2077Prepare to lodge their companies tonight.
CASSIUS
line 2078And come yourselves, and bring Messala with you
line 2079Immediately to us.Lucilius and Titinius exit.
line 2080BRUTUSLucius, a bowl of wine.Lucius exits.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 161 CASSIUS
line 2081I did not think you could have been so angry.
BRUTUS
165line 2082O Cassius, I am sick of many griefs.
CASSIUS
line 2083Of your philosophy you make no use
line 2084If you give place to accidental evils.
BRUTUS
line 2085No man bears sorrow better. Portia is dead.
line 2086CASSIUSHa? Portia?
170line 2087BRUTUSShe is dead.
CASSIUS
line 2088How ’scaped I killing when I crossed you so?
line 2089O insupportable and touching loss!
line 2090Upon what sickness?
line 2091BRUTUSImpatient of my absence,
175line 2092And grief that young Octavius with Mark Antony
line 2093Have made themselves so strong—for with her
line 2094death
line 2095That tidings came—with this she fell distract
line 2096And, her attendants absent, swallowed fire.
180line 2097CASSIUSAnd died so?
line 2098BRUTUSEven so.
line 2099CASSIUSO you immortal gods!

Enter Lucius with wine and tapers.

BRUTUS
line 2100Speak no more of her.—Give me a bowl of wine.—
line 2101In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius.He drinks.
CASSIUS
185line 2102My heart is thirsty for that noble pledge.—
line 2103Fill, Lucius, till the wine o’erswell the cup;
line 2104I cannot drink too much of Brutus’ love.He drinks.

Lucius exits.

Enter Titinius and Messala.

Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 163 BRUTUS
line 2105Come in, Titinius. Welcome, good Messala.
line 2106Now sit we close about this taper here,
190line 2107And call in question our necessities.They sit.
CASSIUS
line 2108Portia, art thou gone?
line 2109BRUTUSNo more, I pray you.—
line 2110Messala, I have here receivèd letters
line 2111That young Octavius and Mark Antony
195line 2112Come down upon us with a mighty power,
line 2113Bending their expedition toward Philippi.
MESSALA
line 2114Myself have letters of the selfsame tenor.
line 2115BRUTUSWith what addition?
MESSALA
line 2116That by proscription and bills of outlawry,
200line 2117Octavius, Antony, and Lepidus
line 2118Have put to death an hundred senators.
BRUTUS
line 2119Therein our letters do not well agree.
line 2120Mine speak of seventy senators that died
line 2121By their proscriptions, Cicero being one.
CASSIUS
205line 2122Cicero one?
line 2123MESSALACicero is dead,
line 2124And by that order of proscription.
line 2125Had you your letters from your wife, my lord?
line 2126BRUTUSNo, Messala.
MESSALA
210line 2127Nor nothing in your letters writ of her?
line 2128BRUTUSNothing, Messala.
line 2129MESSALAThat methinks is strange.
BRUTUS
line 2130Why ask you? Hear you aught of her in yours?
line 2131MESSALANo, my lord.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 165 BRUTUS
215line 2132Now, as you are a Roman, tell me true.
MESSALA
line 2133Then like a Roman bear the truth I tell,
line 2134For certain she is dead, and by strange manner.
BRUTUS
line 2135Why, farewell, Portia. We must die, Messala.
line 2136With meditating that she must die once,
220line 2137I have the patience to endure it now.
MESSALA
line 2138Even so great men great losses should endure.
CASSIUS
line 2139I have as much of this in art as you,
line 2140But yet my nature could not bear it so.
BRUTUS
line 2141Well, to our work alive. What do you think
225line 2142Of marching to Philippi presently?
line 2143CASSIUSI do not think it good.
line 2144BRUTUSYour reason?
line 2145CASSIUSThis it is:
line 2146’Tis better that the enemy seek us;
230line 2147So shall he waste his means, weary his soldiers,
line 2148Doing himself offense, whilst we, lying still,
line 2149Are full of rest, defense, and nimbleness.
BRUTUS
line 2150Good reasons must of force give place to better.
line 2151The people ’twixt Philippi and this ground
235line 2152Do stand but in a forced affection,
line 2153For they have grudged us contribution.
line 2154The enemy, marching along by them,
line 2155By them shall make a fuller number up,
line 2156Come on refreshed, new-added, and encouraged,
240line 2157From which advantage shall we cut him off
line 2158If at Philippi we do face him there,
line 2159These people at our back.
line 2160CASSIUSHear me, good brother—
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 167 BRUTUS
line 2161Under your pardon. You must note besides
245line 2162That we have tried the utmost of our friends,
line 2163Our legions are brim full, our cause is ripe.
line 2164The enemy increaseth every day;
line 2165We, at the height, are ready to decline.
line 2166There is a tide in the affairs of men
250line 2167Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
line 2168Omitted, all the voyage of their life
line 2169Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
line 2170On such a full sea are we now afloat,
line 2171And we must take the current when it serves
255line 2172Or lose our ventures.
line 2173CASSIUSThen, with your will, go on;
line 2174We’ll along ourselves and meet them at Philippi.
BRUTUS
line 2175The deep of night is crept upon our talk,
line 2176And nature must obey necessity,
260line 2177Which we will niggard with a little rest.
line 2178There is no more to say.
line 2179CASSIUSNo more. Good night.

They stand.

line 2180Early tomorrow will we rise and hence.
BRUTUS
line 2181Lucius.

Enter Lucius.

265line 2182My gown.Lucius exits.
line 2183Farewell, good Messala.—
line 2184Good night, Titinius.—Noble, noble Cassius,
line 2185Good night and good repose.
line 2186CASSIUSO my dear brother,
270line 2187This was an ill beginning of the night.
line 2188Never come such division ’tween our souls!
line 2189Let it not, Brutus.

Enter Lucius with the gown.

Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 169 line 2190BRUTUSEverything is well.
line 2191CASSIUSGood night, my lord.
275line 2192BRUTUSGood night, good brother.
TITINIUS/MESSALA
line 2193Good night, Lord Brutus.
line 2194BRUTUSFarewell, everyone.

All but Brutus and Lucius exit.

line 2195Give me the gown. Where is thy instrument?
LUCIUS
line 2196Here in the tent.
280line 2197BRUTUSWhat, thou speak’st drowsily?
line 2198Poor knave, I blame thee not; thou art o’erwatched.
line 2199Call Claudius and some other of my men;
line 2200I’ll have them sleep on cushions in my tent.
line 2201LUCIUSVarro and Claudius.

Enter Varro and Claudius.

285line 2202VARROCalls my lord?
BRUTUS
line 2203I pray you, sirs, lie in my tent and sleep.
line 2204It may be I shall raise you by and by
line 2205On business to my brother Cassius.
VARRO
line 2206So please you, we will stand and watch your
290line 2207pleasure.
BRUTUS
line 2208I will not have it so. Lie down, good sirs.
line 2209It may be I shall otherwise bethink me.

They lie down.

line 2210Look, Lucius, here’s the book I sought for so.
line 2211I put it in the pocket of my gown.
LUCIUS
295line 2212I was sure your Lordship did not give it me.
BRUTUS
line 2213Bear with me, good boy, I am much forgetful.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 171 line 2214Canst thou hold up thy heavy eyes awhile
line 2215And touch thy instrument a strain or two?
LUCIUS
line 2216Ay, my lord, an ’t please you.
300line 2217BRUTUSIt does, my boy.
line 2218I trouble thee too much, but thou art willing.
line 2219LUCIUSIt is my duty, sir.
BRUTUS
line 2220I should not urge thy duty past thy might.
line 2221I know young bloods look for a time of rest.
305line 2222LUCIUSI have slept, my lord, already.
BRUTUS
line 2223It was well done, and thou shalt sleep again.
line 2224I will not hold thee long. If I do live,
line 2225I will be good to thee.

Music and a song. Lucius then falls asleep.

line 2226This is a sleepy tune. O murd’rous slumber,
310line 2227Layest thou thy leaden mace upon my boy,
line 2228That plays thee music?—Gentle knave, good night.
line 2229I will not do thee so much wrong to wake thee.
line 2230If thou dost nod, thou break’st thy instrument.
line 2231I’ll take it from thee and, good boy, good night.

He moves the instrument.

315line 2232Let me see, let me see; is not the leaf turned down
line 2233Where I left reading? Here it is, I think.
line 2234How ill this taper burns.

Enter the Ghost of Caesar.

line 2235Ha, who comes here?—
line 2236I think it is the weakness of mine eyes
320line 2237That shapes this monstrous apparition.
line 2238It comes upon me.—Art thou any thing?
line 2239Art thou some god, some angel, or some devil,
line 2240That mak’st my blood cold and my hair to stare?
line 2241Speak to me what thou art.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 173 GHOST
325line 2242Thy evil spirit, Brutus.
line 2243BRUTUSWhy com’st thou?
GHOST
line 2244To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi.
line 2245BRUTUSWell, then I shall see thee again?
line 2246GHOSTAy, at Philippi.
BRUTUS
330line 2247Why, I will see thee at Philippi, then.Ghost exits.
line 2248Now I have taken heart, thou vanishest.
line 2249Ill spirit, I would hold more talk with thee.—
line 2250Boy, Lucius!—Varro, Claudius, sirs, awake!
line 2251Claudius!
335line 2252LUCIUSThe strings, my lord, are false.
BRUTUS
line 2253He thinks he still is at his instrument.
line 2254Lucius, awake!
line 2255LUCIUSMy lord?
BRUTUS
line 2256Didst thou dream, Lucius, that thou so criedst out?
LUCIUS
340line 2257My lord, I do not know that I did cry.
BRUTUS
line 2258Yes, that thou didst. Didst thou see anything?
line 2259LUCIUSNothing, my lord.
BRUTUS
line 2260Sleep again, Lucius.—Sirrah Claudius!
line 2261To Varro. Fellow thou, awake!They rise up.
345line 2262VARROMy lord?
line 2263CLAUDIUSMy lord?
BRUTUS
line 2264Why did you so cry out, sirs, in your sleep?
BOTH
line 2265Did we, my lord?
line 2266BRUTUSAy. Saw you anything?
350line 2267VARRONo, my lord, I saw nothing.
Act 4 Scene 3 - Pg 175 line 2268CLAUDIUSNor I, my lord.
BRUTUS
line 2269Go and commend me to my brother Cassius.
line 2270Bid him set on his powers betimes before,
line 2271And we will follow.
355line 2272BOTHIt shall be done, my lord.

They exit.


ACT 5


Scene 1

Enter Octavius, Antony, and their army.

OCTAVIUS
line 2273Now, Antony, our hopes are answerèd.
line 2274You said the enemy would not come down
line 2275But keep the hills and upper regions.
line 2276It proves not so; their battles are at hand.
5line 2277They mean to warn us at Philippi here,
line 2278Answering before we do demand of them.
ANTONY
line 2279Tut, I am in their bosoms, and I know
line 2280Wherefore they do it. They could be content
line 2281To visit other places, and come down
10line 2282With fearful bravery, thinking by this face
line 2283To fasten in our thoughts that they have courage.
line 2284But ’tis not so.

Enter a Messenger.

line 2285MESSENGERPrepare you, generals.
line 2286The enemy comes on in gallant show.
15line 2287Their bloody sign of battle is hung out,
line 2288And something to be done immediately.
ANTONY
line 2289Octavius, lead your battle softly on
line 2290Upon the left hand of the even field.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 181 OCTAVIUS
line 2291Upon the right hand, I; keep thou the left.
ANTONY
20line 2292Why do you cross me in this exigent?
OCTAVIUS
line 2293I do not cross you, but I will do so.March.

Drum. Enter Brutus, Cassius, and their army including Lucilius, Titinius, and Messala.

line 2294BRUTUSThey stand and would have parley.
CASSIUS
line 2295Stand fast, Titinius. We must out and talk.
OCTAVIUS
line 2296Mark Antony, shall we give sign of battle?
ANTONY
25line 2297No, Caesar, we will answer on their charge.
line 2298Make forth. The Generals would have some words.
line 2299OCTAVIUSto his Officers Stir not until the signal.

The Generals step forward.

BRUTUS
line 2300Words before blows; is it so, countrymen?
OCTAVIUS
line 2301Not that we love words better, as you do.
BRUTUS
30line 2302Good words are better than bad strokes, Octavius.
ANTONY
line 2303In your bad strokes, Brutus, you give good words.
line 2304Witness the hole you made in Caesar’s heart,
line 2305Crying “Long live, hail, Caesar!”
line 2306CASSIUSAntony,
35line 2307The posture of your blows are yet unknown,
line 2308But, for your words, they rob the Hybla bees
line 2309And leave them honeyless.
line 2310ANTONYNot stingless too.
line 2311BRUTUSO yes, and soundless too,
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 183 40line 2312For you have stolen their buzzing, Antony,
line 2313And very wisely threat before you sting.
ANTONY
line 2314Villains, you did not so when your vile daggers
line 2315Hacked one another in the sides of Caesar.
line 2316You showed your teeth like apes and fawned like
45line 2317hounds
line 2318And bowed like bondmen, kissing Caesar’s feet,
line 2319Whilst damnèd Casca, like a cur, behind
line 2320Struck Caesar on the neck. O you flatterers!
CASSIUS
line 2321Flatterers?—Now, Brutus, thank yourself!
50line 2322This tongue had not offended so today
line 2323If Cassius might have ruled.
OCTAVIUS
line 2324Come, come, the cause. If arguing make us sweat,
line 2325The proof of it will turn to redder drops.
line 2326Look, I draw a sword against conspirators;

He draws.

55line 2327When think you that the sword goes up again?
line 2328Never, till Caesar’s three and thirty wounds
line 2329Be well avenged, or till another Caesar
line 2330Have added slaughter to the sword of traitors.
BRUTUS
line 2331Caesar, thou canst not die by traitors’ hands
60line 2332Unless thou bring’st them with thee.
line 2333OCTAVIUSSo I hope.
line 2334I was not born to die on Brutus’ sword.
BRUTUS
line 2335O, if thou wert the noblest of thy strain,
line 2336Young man, thou couldst not die more honorable.
CASSIUS
65line 2337A peevish schoolboy, worthless of such honor,
line 2338Joined with a masker and a reveler!
ANTONY
line 2339Old Cassius still.
line 2340OCTAVIUSCome, Antony, away!—
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 185 line 2341Defiance, traitors, hurl we in your teeth.
70line 2342If you dare fight today, come to the field;
line 2343If not, when you have stomachs.

Octavius, Antony, and their army exit.

CASSIUS
line 2344Why now, blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark!
line 2345The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.
BRUTUS
line 2346Ho, Lucilius, hark, a word with you.

Lucilius and Messala stand forth.

75line 2347LUCILIUSMy lord?

Brutus and Lucilius step aside together.

CASSIUS
line 2348Messala.
line 2349MESSALAWhat says my general?
line 2350CASSIUSMessala,
line 2351This is my birthday, as this very day
80line 2352Was Cassius born. Give me thy hand, Messala.
line 2353Be thou my witness that against my will
line 2354(As Pompey was) am I compelled to set
line 2355Upon one battle all our liberties.
line 2356You know that I held Epicurus strong
85line 2357And his opinion. Now I change my mind
line 2358And partly credit things that do presage.
line 2359Coming from Sardis, on our former ensign
line 2360Two mighty eagles fell, and there they perched,
line 2361Gorging and feeding from our soldiers’ hands,
90line 2362Who to Philippi here consorted us.
line 2363This morning are they fled away and gone,
line 2364And in their steads do ravens, crows, and kites
line 2365Fly o’er our heads and downward look on us
line 2366As we were sickly prey. Their shadows seem
95line 2367A canopy most fatal, under which
line 2368Our army lies, ready to give up the ghost.
MESSALA
line 2369Believe not so.
Act 5 Scene 1 - Pg 187 line 2370CASSIUSI but believe it partly,
line 2371For I am fresh of spirit and resolved
100line 2372To meet all perils very constantly.
BRUTUS
line 2373Even so, Lucilius.Brutus returns to Cassius.
line 2374CASSIUSNow, most noble Brutus,
line 2375The gods today stand friendly that we may,
line 2376Lovers in peace, lead on our days to age.
105line 2377But since the affairs of men rests still incertain,
line 2378Let’s reason with the worst that may befall.
line 2379If we do lose this battle, then is this
line 2380The very last time we shall speak together.
line 2381What are you then determinèd to do?
BRUTUS
110line 2382Even by the rule of that philosophy
line 2383By which I did blame Cato for the death
line 2384Which he did give himself (I know not how,
line 2385But I do find it cowardly and vile,
line 2386For fear of what might fall, so to prevent
115line 2387The time of life), arming myself with patience
line 2388To stay the providence of some high powers
line 2389That govern us below.
line 2390CASSIUSThen, if we lose this battle,
line 2391You are contented to be led in triumph
120line 2392Thorough the streets of Rome?
BRUTUS
line 2393No, Cassius, no. Think not, thou noble Roman,
line 2394That ever Brutus will go bound to Rome.
line 2395He bears too great a mind. But this same day
line 2396Must end that work the ides of March begun.
125line 2397And whether we shall meet again, I know not.
line 2398Therefore our everlasting farewell take.
line 2399Forever and forever farewell, Cassius.
line 2400If we do meet again, why we shall smile;
line 2401If not, why then this parting was well made.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 189 CASSIUS
130line 2402Forever and forever farewell, Brutus.
line 2403If we do meet again, we’ll smile indeed;
line 2404If not, ’tis true this parting was well made.
BRUTUS
line 2405Why then, lead on.—O, that a man might know
line 2406The end of this day’s business ere it come!
135line 2407But it sufficeth that the day will end,
line 2408And then the end is known.—Come ho, away!

They exit.


Scene 2

Alarum. Enter Brutus and Messala.

BRUTUS
line 2409Ride, ride, Messala, ride, and give these bills
line 2410Unto the legions on the other side!

He hands Messala papers.

Loud alarum.

line 2411Let them set on at once, for I perceive
line 2412But cold demeanor in Octavius’ wing,
5line 2413And sudden push gives them the overthrow.
line 2414Ride, ride, Messala! Let them all come down.

They exit.


Scene 3

Alarums. Enter Cassius carrying a standard and Titinius.

CASSIUS
line 2415O, look, Titinius, look, the villains fly!
line 2416Myself have to mine own turned enemy.
line 2417This ensign here of mine was turning back;
line 2418I slew the coward and did take it from him.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 191 TITINIUS
5line 2419O Cassius, Brutus gave the word too early,
line 2420Who, having some advantage on Octavius,
line 2421Took it too eagerly. His soldiers fell to spoil,
line 2422Whilst we by Antony are all enclosed.

Enter Pindarus.

PINDARUS
line 2423Fly further off, my lord, fly further off!
10line 2424Mark Antony is in your tents, my lord.
line 2425Fly therefore, noble Cassius, fly far off.
CASSIUS
line 2426This hill is far enough.—Look, look, Titinius,
line 2427Are those my tents where I perceive the fire?
TITINIUS
line 2428They are, my lord.
15line 2429CASSIUSTitinius, if thou lovest me,
line 2430Mount thou my horse and hide thy spurs in him
line 2431Till he have brought thee up to yonder troops
line 2432And here again, that I may rest assured
line 2433Whether yond troops are friend or enemy.
TITINIUS
20line 2434I will be here again even with a thought.He exits.
CASSIUS
line 2435Go, Pindarus, get higher on that hill.
line 2436My sight was ever thick. Regard Titinius
line 2437And tell me what thou not’st about the field.

Pindarus goes up.

line 2438This day I breathèd first. Time is come round,
25line 2439And where I did begin, there shall I end;
line 2440My life is run his compass.—Sirrah, what news?
line 2441PINDARUSabove. O my lord!
line 2442CASSIUSWhat news?
PINDARUS
line 2443Titinius is enclosèd round about
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 193 30line 2444With horsemen that make to him on the spur,
line 2445Yet he spurs on. Now they are almost on him.
line 2446Now Titinius! Now some light. O, he lights too.
line 2447He’s ta’en.Shout.
line 2448And hark, they shout for joy.
35line 2449CASSIUSCome down, behold no more.—
line 2450O, coward that I am to live so long
line 2451To see my best friend ta’en before my face!

Pindarus comes down.

line 2452Come hither, sirrah.
line 2453In Parthia did I take thee prisoner,
40line 2454And then I swore thee, saving of thy life,
line 2455That whatsoever I did bid thee do
line 2456Thou shouldst attempt it. Come now, keep thine
line 2457oath.
line 2458Now be a freeman, and with this good sword,
45line 2459That ran through Caesar’s bowels, search this
line 2460bosom.
line 2461Stand not to answer. Here, take thou the hilts,
line 2462And, when my face is covered, as ’tis now,
line 2463Guide thou the sword.Pindarus stabs him.
50line 2464Caesar, thou art revenged
line 2465Even with the sword that killed thee.He dies.
PINDARUS
line 2466So I am free, yet would not so have been,
line 2467Durst I have done my will.—O Cassius!—
line 2468Far from this country Pindarus shall run,
55line 2469Where never Roman shall take note of him.

He exits.

Enter Titinius and Messala.

MESSALA
line 2470It is but change, Titinius, for Octavius
line 2471Is overthrown by noble Brutus’ power,
line 2472As Cassius’ legions are by Antony.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 195 TITINIUS
line 2473These tidings will well comfort Cassius.
MESSALA
60line 2474Where did you leave him?
line 2475TITINIUSAll disconsolate,
line 2476With Pindarus his bondman, on this hill.
MESSALA
line 2477Is not that he that lies upon the ground?
TITINIUS
line 2478He lies not like the living. O my heart!
MESSALA
65line 2479Is not that he?
line 2480TITINIUSNo, this was he, Messala,
line 2481But Cassius is no more. O setting sun,
line 2482As in thy red rays thou dost sink to night,
line 2483So in his red blood Cassius’ day is set.
70line 2484The sun of Rome is set. Our day is gone;
line 2485Clouds, dews, and dangers come. Our deeds are
line 2486done.
line 2487Mistrust of my success hath done this deed.
MESSALA
line 2488Mistrust of good success hath done this deed.
75line 2489O hateful error, melancholy’s child,
line 2490Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men
line 2491The things that are not? O error, soon conceived,
line 2492Thou never com’st unto a happy birth
line 2493But kill’st the mother that engendered thee!
TITINIUS
80line 2494What, Pindarus! Where art thou, Pindarus?
MESSALA
line 2495Seek him, Titinius, whilst I go to meet
line 2496The noble Brutus, thrusting this report
line 2497Into his ears. I may say “thrusting it,”
line 2498For piercing steel and darts envenomèd
85line 2499Shall be as welcome to the ears of Brutus
line 2500As tidings of this sight.
Act 5 Scene 3 - Pg 197 line 2501TITINIUSHie you, Messala,
line 2502And I will seek for Pindarus the while.

Messala exits.

line 2503Why didst thou send me forth, brave Cassius?
90line 2504Did I not meet thy friends, and did not they
line 2505Put on my brows this wreath of victory
line 2506And bid me give it thee? Didst thou not hear their
line 2507shouts?
line 2508Alas, thou hast misconstrued everything.
95line 2509But hold thee, take this garland on thy brow.

Laying the garland on Cassius’ brow.

line 2510Thy Brutus bid me give it thee, and I
line 2511Will do his bidding.—Brutus, come apace,
line 2512And see how I regarded Caius Cassius.—
line 2513By your leave, gods, this is a Roman’s part.
100line 2514Come, Cassius’ sword, and find Titinius’ heart!

He dies on Cassius’ sword.

Alarum. Enter Brutus, Messala, young Cato, Strato, Volumnius, and Lucilius, Labeo, and Flavius.

BRUTUS
line 2515Where, where, Messala, doth his body lie?
MESSALA
line 2516Lo, yonder, and Titinius mourning it.
BRUTUS
line 2517Titinius’ face is upward.
line 2518CATOHe is slain.
BRUTUS
105line 2519O Julius Caesar, thou art mighty yet;
line 2520Thy spirit walks abroad and turns our swords
line 2521In our own proper entrails.Low alarums.
line 2522CATOBrave Titinius!—
line 2523Look whe’er he have not crowned dead Cassius.
BRUTUS
110line 2524Are yet two Romans living such as these?—
line 2525The last of all the Romans, fare thee well.
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 199 line 2526It is impossible that ever Rome
line 2527Should breed thy fellow.—Friends, I owe more
line 2528tears
115line 2529To this dead man than you shall see me pay.—
line 2530I shall find time, Cassius; I shall find time.—
line 2531Come, therefore, and to Thasos send his body.
line 2532His funerals shall not be in our camp,
line 2533Lest it discomfort us.—Lucilius, come.—
120line 2534And come, young Cato. Let us to the field.—
line 2535Labeo and Flavius, set our battles on.
line 2536’Tis three o’clock, and, Romans, yet ere night
line 2537We shall try fortune in a second fight.

They exit.


Scene 4

Alarum. Enter Brutus, Messala, Cato, Lucilius, and Flavius.

BRUTUS
line 2538Yet, countrymen, O, yet hold up your heads!

Brutus, Messala, and Flavius exit.

CATO
line 2539What bastard doth not? Who will go with me?
line 2540I will proclaim my name about the field.
line 2541I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho!
5line 2542A foe to tyrants and my country’s friend.
line 2543I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho!

Enter Soldiers and fight.

LUCILIUS
line 2544And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus, I!
line 2545Brutus, my country’s friend! Know me for Brutus.

Cato is killed.

line 2546O young and noble Cato, art thou down?
Act 5 Scene 4 - Pg 201 10line 2547Why, now thou diest as bravely as Titinius
line 2548And mayst be honored, being Cato’s son.
FIRST SOLDIERseizing Lucilius
line 2549Yield, or thou diest.
line 2550LUCILIUSOnly I yield to die.
line 2551There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight.

Offering money.

15line 2552Kill Brutus and be honored in his death.
FIRST SOLDIER
line 2553We must not. A noble prisoner!

Enter Antony.

SECOND SOLDIER
line 2554Room, ho! Tell Antony Brutus is ta’en.
FIRST SOLDIER
line 2555I’ll tell the news. Here comes the General.—
line 2556Brutus is ta’en, Brutus is ta’en, my lord.
20line 2557ANTONYWhere is he?
LUCILIUS
line 2558Safe, Antony, Brutus is safe enough.
line 2559I dare assure thee that no enemy
line 2560Shall ever take alive the noble Brutus.
line 2561The gods defend him from so great a shame!
25line 2562When you do find him, or alive or dead,
line 2563He will be found like Brutus, like himself.
ANTONY
line 2564This is not Brutus, friend, but I assure you,
line 2565A prize no less in worth. Keep this man safe.
line 2566Give him all kindness. I had rather have
30line 2567Such men my friends than enemies. Go on,
line 2568And see whe’er Brutus be alive or dead,
line 2569And bring us word unto Octavius’ tent
line 2570How everything is chanced.

They exit in different directions.

Act 5 Scene 5 - Pg 203

Scene 5

Enter Brutus, Dardanus, Clitus, Strato, and Volumnius.

BRUTUS
line 2571Come, poor remains of friends, rest on this rock.

He sits down.

CLITUS
line 2572Statilius showed the torchlight, but, my lord,
line 2573He came not back. He is or ta’en or slain.
BRUTUS
line 2574Sit thee down, Clitus. Slaying is the word;
5line 2575It is a deed in fashion. Hark thee, Clitus.

He whispers to Clitus.

CLITUS
line 2576What, I, my lord? No, not for all the world.
BRUTUS
line 2577Peace, then, no words.
line 2578CLITUSI’ll rather kill myself.
BRUTUS
line 2579Hark thee, Dardanus.He whispers to Dardanus.
10line 2580DARDANUSShall I do such a deed?
line 2581CLITUSO Dardanus!
line 2582DARDANUSO Clitus!

Dardanus and Clitus step aside.

CLITUS
line 2583What ill request did Brutus make to thee?
DARDANUS
line 2584To kill him, Clitus. Look, he meditates.
CLITUS
15line 2585Now is that noble vessel full of grief,
line 2586That it runs over even at his eyes.
BRUTUS
line 2587Come hither, good Volumnius. List a word.
VOLUMNIUS
line 2588What says my lord?
line 2589BRUTUSWhy this, Volumnius:
Act 5 Scene 5 - Pg 205 20line 2590The ghost of Caesar hath appeared to me
line 2591Two several times by night—at Sardis once
line 2592And this last night here in Philippi fields.
line 2593I know my hour is come.
line 2594VOLUMNIUSNot so, my lord.
BRUTUS
25line 2595Nay, I am sure it is, Volumnius.
line 2596Thou seest the world, Volumnius, how it goes.
line 2597Our enemies have beat us to the pit.Low alarums.
line 2598It is more worthy to leap in ourselves
line 2599Than tarry till they push us. Good Volumnius,
30line 2600Thou know’st that we two went to school together;
line 2601Even for that our love of old, I prithee,
line 2602Hold thou my sword hilts whilst I run on it.
VOLUMNIUS
line 2603That’s not an office for a friend, my lord.

Alarum continues.

CLITUS
line 2604Fly, fly, my lord! There is no tarrying here.
BRUTUS
35line 2605Farewell to you—and you—and you, Volumnius.—
line 2606Strato, thou hast been all this while asleep.
line 2607Farewell to thee, too, Strato.—Countrymen,
line 2608My heart doth joy that yet in all my life
line 2609I found no man but he was true to me.
40line 2610I shall have glory by this losing day
line 2611More than Octavius and Mark Antony
line 2612By this vile conquest shall attain unto.
line 2613So fare you well at once, for Brutus’ tongue
line 2614Hath almost ended his life’s history.
45line 2615Night hangs upon mine eyes; my bones would rest,
line 2616That have but labored to attain this hour.

Alarum. Cry within “Fly, fly, fly!”

CLITUS
line 2617Fly, my lord, fly!
line 2618BRUTUSHence. I will follow.

All exit but Brutus and Strato.

Act 5 Scene 5 - Pg 207 line 2619I prithee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord.
50line 2620Thou art a fellow of a good respect;
line 2621Thy life hath had some smatch of honor in it.
line 2622Hold, then, my sword, and turn away thy face
line 2623While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strato?
STRATO
line 2624Give me your hand first. Fare you well, my lord.
BRUTUS
55line 2625Farewell, good Strato.

Brutus runs on his sword.

line 2626Caesar, now be still.
line 2627I killed not thee with half so good a will.He dies.

Alarum. Retreat. Enter Antony, Octavius, Messala, Lucilius, and the army.

line 2628OCTAVIUSWhat man is that?
MESSALA
line 2629My master’s man.—Strato, where is thy master?
STRATO
60line 2630Free from the bondage you are in, Messala.
line 2631The conquerors can but make a fire of him,
line 2632For Brutus only overcame himself,
line 2633And no man else hath honor by his death.
LUCILIUS
line 2634So Brutus should be found.—I thank thee, Brutus,
65line 2635That thou hast proved Lucilius’ saying true.
OCTAVIUS
line 2636All that served Brutus, I will entertain them.—
line 2637Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me?
STRATO
line 2638Ay, if Messala will prefer me to you.
OCTAVIUS
line 2639Do so, good Messala.
70line 2640MESSALAHow died my master, Strato?
STRATO
line 2641I held the sword, and he did run on it.
Act 5 Scene 5 - Pg 209 MESSALA
line 2642Octavius, then take him to follow thee,
line 2643That did the latest service to my master.
ANTONY
line 2644This was the noblest Roman of them all.
75line 2645All the conspirators save only he
line 2646Did that they did in envy of great Caesar.
line 2647He only in a general honest thought
line 2648And common good to all made one of them.
line 2649His life was gentle and the elements
80line 2650So mixed in him that nature might stand up
line 2651And say to all the world “This was a man.”
OCTAVIUS
line 2652According to his virtue, let us use him
line 2653With all respect and rites of burial.
line 2654Within my tent his bones tonight shall lie,
85line 2655Most like a soldier, ordered honorably.
line 2656So call the field to rest, and let’s away
line 2657To part the glories of this happy day.

They all exit.


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