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When he doth run his course. Antonius!

Ant. Cæsar, my lord ?

Cæs. Forget not, in your speed, Antonius,
To touch Calpurnia; for our elders say,
The barren, touched in this holy chase,
Shake off their sterile curse.

I shall remember:
When Cæsar says 'do this,' it is perform'd.
Cæs. Set on; and leave no ceremony out.

Sooth. Cæsar !
Cæs. Ha! who calls ?
Casca. Bid every noise be still : peace yet again !

Cæs. Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry 'Cæsar!' Speak; Cæsar is turn'd to hear.

Sooth. Beware the ides of March.

What man is that?
Bru. A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of

Cæs. Set him before me; let me see his face.
Cas. Fellow, come from the throng; look upon

Cæs. What say'st thou to me now? speak once

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again. 4. run his course; the course make them give place. And of the Luperci, or priests of many noble women and gentleLupercus, the god of fertility, women also, go of purpose to at the Lupercalia, through the stand in their way, and do put streets of the city. Plutarch's forth their hands to be stricken, description (translated by North) persuading themselves that is : “That day there are divers being with child they shall have noble men's sons, young men good delivery, and also being (and some of them magistrates barren, that it will make them themselves that govern them), to conceive with child.' which run naked through the 9.

sterile curse,

of city, striking in sport them they sterility. meet in their way, with leather 18. the ides of March, March thongs, hair and all on, to 15.


Sooth. Beware the ides of March.
Cæs. He is a dreamer ; let us leave him : pass.

[Sennet. Exeunt all except

Brutus and Cassius.
Cas. Will you go see the order of the course ?
Bru. Not I.
Cas. I pray you, do.
Bru. I am not gamesome: I do lack some

Of that quick spirit that is in Antony.
Let me not hinder, Cassius, your desires;
I'll leave you.

Cas. Brutus, I do observe you now of late :
I have not from your eyes that gentleness
And show of love as I was wont to have :
You bear too stubborn and too strange a hand
Over your friend that loves you.

Be not deceived: if I have veil'd my look,
I turn the trouble of my countenance
Merely upon myself. Vexed I am
Of late with passions of some difference,
Conceptions only proper to myself,
Which give some soil perhaps to my behaviours ;
But let not therefore my good friends be grieved
Among which number, Cassius, be you one-
Nor construe any further my neglect,
Than that poor Brutus, with himself at war,
Forgets the shows of love to other men.
Cas. Then, Brutus, I have much mistook your

passion; By means whereof this breast of mine hath buried

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35. bear too stubborn and too 40. passions of some difference, strange a hand over, keep (like conflicting emotions. a restive horse) too severely and unkindly in check.

42. soil, blemish.


Thoughts of great value, worthy cogitations.
Tell me, good Brutus, can you see your face?

Bru. No, Cassius ; for the eye sees not itself,
But by reflection by some other things.

Cas. 'Tis just :
And it is very much lamented, Brutus,
That you

have no such mirrors as will turn
Your hidden worthiness into your eye,
That you might see your shadow. I have heard
Where many of the best respect in Rome,
Except immortal Cæsar, speaking of Brutus,
And groaning underneath this age's yoke,
Have wish'd that noble Brutus had his eyes.
Bru. Into what dangers would you lead me,

That you would have me seek into myself
For that which is not in me?
Cas. Therefore, good Brutus, be prepared to

hear :
And since you know you cannot see yourself
So well as by reflection, I, your glass,
Will modestly discover to yourself
That of yourself which you yet know not of.
And be not jealous on me, gentle Brutus:
Were I a common laugher, or did use
To stale with ordinary oaths my love
*To every new protester ; if


That I do fawn on men and hug them hard
And after scandal them, or if you know
That I profess myself in banqueting
To all the rout, then hold me dangerous.

(Flourish, and shout, 58. shadow, image.

73. stale, make vulgar. 69. discover, disclose. 71. jealous on, suspicious of.

76. scandal, slander. 72. laugher, jester. Rowe's 77. profess myself, make emendation of Ff laughter.' professions of friendship.

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Bru. What means this shouting? I do fear,

the people Choose Cæsar for their king. Cas.

Ay, do you fear it? 80 Then must I think you would not have it so.

Bru. I would not, Cassius; yet I love him well.
But wherefore do you hold me here so long ?
What is it that you would impart to me?
If it be aught toward the general good,
Set honour in one eye and death i' the other,
And I will look on both indifferently ;
For let the gods so speed me as I love
The name of honour more than I fear death.

Cas. I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus,
As well as I do know your outward favour.
Well, honour is the subject of my story.
I cannot tell what you and other men
Think of this life; but, for my single self,
I had as lief not be as live to be
In awe of such a thing as I myself.
I was born free as Cæsar; so were you :
We both have fed as well, and we can both
Endure the winter's cold as well as he :
For once, upon a raw and gusty day,
The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores,
Cæsar said to me 'Darest thou, Cassius, now
Leap in with me into this angry flood,
And swim to yonder point?' Upon the word,
Accoutred as I was, I plunged in
And bade him follow ; so indeed he did.
The torrent roar'd, and we did buffet it
With lusty sinews, throwing it aside
And stemming it with hearts of controversy ;
But ere we could arrive the point proposed,
Cæsar cried 'Help me, Cassius, or I sink !'
91. favour, countenance. 110. arrive, reach.

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I, as Æneas, our great ancestor,
Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder
The old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber
Did I the tired Cæsar. And this. man
Is now become a god, and Cassius is
A wretched creature and must bend his body,
If Cæsar carelessly but nod on him.
He had a fever when he was in Spain,
And when the fit was on him, I did mark
How he did shake : 'tis true, this god did shake :
His coward lips did from their colour fly,
And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world
Did lose his lustre : I did hear him groan:
Ay, and that tongue of his that bade the Romans
Mark him and write his speeches in their books,
Alas, it cried 'Give me some drink, Titinius,'
As a sick girl. Ye gods, it doth amaze me
A man of such a feeble temper should
So get the start of the majestic world,
And bear the palm alone. [Shout. Flourish.

Bru. Another general shout!
I do believe that these applauses are
For some new honours that are heap'd on Cæsar.
Cas. Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow

Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves.
Men at some time are masters of their fates :
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,



II2. Æneas, regarded in 123. bend, look (i.e. the gaze Roman legend as the progenitor bent upon a particular object). of the Roman people. He was 136. Colossus, the Colossus said to have borne his father of Rhodes ; a huge figure of Anchises on his shoulders from bronze traditionally said to have the flames of Troy (Vergil, Æn. stood astride the entrance of ii.).

the harbour.

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