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Ant. Thy heart is big; get thee apart and weep.
Šerv. He lies to-night within seven leagues of Rome.
SCENE II. The same.
Enter Brutus and Cassius, and a throng of Citizens.
Cit. We will be satisfied ; let us be satisfied.
I will hear Brutus speak.
reasons, When severally we hear them rendered.
[Ēxit Cassius, with some of the Citizens ;
BRUTUS goes into the rostrum.
| This jingling quibble upon Rome and room has occurred before in Act i. Sc. 2. It is deserving of notice on no other account than as it shows the pronunciation of Řome in Shakspeare's time,
3 Cit. The noble Brutus is ascended. Silence!
Bru. Be patient till the last. Romans, countrymen, and lovers! hear me for my cause; and be silent, that you may hear: believe me for mine honor; and have respect to mine honor, that you may believe: censure me in your wisdom; and awake your senses, that you may the better judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Cæsar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Cæsar was no less than his. If then that friend demand, why Brutus rose against Cæsar, this is my answer,-not that I loved Cæsar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Cæsar were living, and die all slaves; than that Cæsar were dead, to live all free men ? As Cæsar loved me, I weep for him ; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him. There is tears, for his love; joy, for his fortune ; honor, for his valor; and death, for his ambition. Who is here so base, that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so rude, that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so vile, that will not love his country? If any, speak; for him have I offended. I a reply. Cit. None, Brutus, none.
[Several speaking at once. Bru. Then none have I offended. I have done no more to Cæsar, than you shall do to Brutus. The question of his death is enrolled in the Capitol; his glory not extenuated, wherein he was worthy; nor his offences enforced, for which he suffered death.
I pause for
Enter Antony and others, with CÆSAR's body. Here comes his body, mourned by Mark Antony; who, though he had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his dying, a place in the commonwealth ; as which of you shall not ?
my best lover? for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death.
Cit. Live, Brutus, live! live!
Cæsar's better parts
Peace ; silence! Brutus speaks.
Bru. Good countrymen, let me depart alone,
3 Cit. Let him go up into the public chair ; We'll hear him.--Noble Antony, go up.
Ant. For Brutus' sake, I am beholden to you.
He says, for Brutus' sake,
4 Cit. 'Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here.
Nay, that's certain.
2 Cit. Peace; let us hear what Antony can say.
I Lover and friend were synonymous with our ancestors.
The evil that men do, lives after them;
Has he, masters ? I fear there will a worse come in his place.
4 Cit. Marked ye his words? He would not take
the crown ;
1 Cit. If it be found so, some will dear abide it.
Ant. But yesterday, the word of Cæsar might
4 Cit. We'll hear the will ; read it, Mark Antony. Cit. The will, the will; we will hear Cæsar's will. Ant. Have patience, gentle friends; I must not read
It is not meet you know how Cæsar loved
you. You are not wood, you are not stones, but men; And being men, hearing the will of Cæsar, It will inflame you, it will make you mad. 'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs ; For if you should, 0, what would come of it!