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Cas. Good: I will expect you.
[Exit. Bru. What a blunt fellow is this grown to be! He was quick mettle when he went to school.
Cas. So is he now in execution
Bru. And so it is. For this time I will leave you :
[Exit Brutus. Well, Brutus, thou art noble; yet, I see, Thy honourable metal may be wrought From that it is disposed : therefore it is meet That noble minds keep ever with their likes; For who so firm that cannot be seduced ? Cæsar doth bear me hard; but he loves Brutus : If I were Brutus now and he were Cassius, He should not humour me. I will this night, In several hands, in at his windows throw, As if they came from several citizens, Writings all tending to the great opinion That Rome holds of his name; wherein obscurely Cæsar's ambition shall be glanced at: And after this let Cæsar seat him sure; For we will shake him, or worse days endure.
[Exit. 303. tardy form, boorish Brutus should not work up.
on me, as I have done upon 317. bear me hard, bear a him. Others understand he' grudge against me.
of Cæsar. But this is foreign 319. He should not humour
to the context.
Thunder and lightning. Enter, from opposite sides, CASCA, with his sword drawn, and CICERO.
Cic. Good even, Casca: brought you Cæsar home? Why are you breathless ? and why stare you so ? Casca. Are not you moved, when all the sway
Cic. Why, saw you any thing more wonderful ?
controlled and 21. glared; Rowe's emenda. regular order. The notion of tion for Ff glazed.' The
balanced swing,' or the like, Camb. edd. retain this, but more obvious to us,
Shakespeare always elsewhere supported by Shakespeare's use uses 'glare' and 'glaze' in their of the word.
perfectly distinct modern senses ; 18. Not sensible of, insensible and 'glaze' has not been ad
duced in any other.
Without annoying me: and there were drawn
Cic. Indeed, it is a strange-disposed time :
Casca. He doth ; for he did bid Antonius
sky Is not to walk in. Casca.
Farewell, Cicero. [Exit Cicero. 40
Casca, by your voice. Casca. Your ear is good. Cassius, what night
is this! Cas. A very pleasing night to honest men. Casca. Who ever knew the heavens menace so ? Cas. Those that have known the earth so full
of faults. 22. drawn, huddled.
cording their individual 23. Upon a heap, into a
35. from, away from, con32. climate, region.
trary to. 34. after their fashion, ac- 42. what night, what a night. VOL. VIII
For my part, I have walk'd about the streets,
Cas. You are dull, Casca, and those sparks of life
You look pale and gaze
48. unbraced, with doublet as he might avoid them if he open.
Elizabethan dress is would consider the true case' assumed throughout. Cf. i. of the marvels. 2. 267.
64. from ; cf. v. 35. 50. cross, forked.
ib. kind, nature. 56. astonish, stun with terror. 65. fool, act like fools, lose
60. cast yourself in wonder, their heads ; Mitford's probable throw yourself into a state of emendation of Ff 'fooles.' wonder. Casca's fear
65. calculate, prognosticate. wonder are in so far voluntary 67. preformed, original.
Most like this dreadful night,
Casca. Indeed, they say the senators to-morrow
Cas. I know where I will wear this dagger then; Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius : Therein, ye gods, you make the weak most strong; Therein, ye gods, you tyrants do defeat: Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass, Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron, Can be retentive to the strength of spirit ; But life, being weary of these worldly bars, Never lacks power to dismiss itself. If I know this, know all the world besides, That part of tyranny that I do bear I can shake off at pleasure. [Thunder still. Casca.
So can I: So every bondman in his own hand bears The power to cancel his captivity.
Cas. And why should Cæsar be a tyrant then?
77. prodigious, portentous.