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Serv. I heard him say, Brutus and Cassius Are rid like madmen through the gates of Rome.

Ant. Belike they had some notice of the people, How I had moved them. Bring me to Octavius.

[Exeunt.

SCENE III. A street.

Enter Cinna the poet.
Cin. I dreamt to-night that I did feast with

Cæsar,
And things unluckily charge my fantasy :
I have no will to wander forth of doors,
Yet something leads me forth.

Enter Citizens.

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First Cit. What is your name?
Sec. Cit. Whither are you going ?
Third Cit. Where do you dwell ?

Fourth Cit. Are you a married man bachelor ?

Sec. Cit. Answer every man directly.
First Cit. Ay, and briefly.
Fourth Cit. Ay, and wisely.
Third Cit. Ay, and truly, you were best.
Cin. What is my name? Whither

am

I going? Where do I dwell ? Am I a married man or a bachelor ? Then, to answer every man directly and briefly, wisely and truly : wisely I say, I am a bachelor.

Sec. Cit. That's as much as to say, they are

2. unluckily, ominously. Craik means that he is conscious his read 'unlikely'; but Cinna fancies are of ill omen. VOL. VIII

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fools that marry: you 'll bear me a bang for that,
I fear. Proceed ; directly.

Cin. Directly, I am going to Cæsar's funeral.
First Cit. As a friend or an enemy?
Cin. As a friend.
Sec. Cit. That matter is answered directly.
Fourth Cit. For your dwelling, -briefly.
Cin. Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.
Third Cit. Your name, sir, truly.
Cin. Truly, my name is Cinna.

First Cit. Tear him to pieces; he 's a conspirator.

Cin. I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet.

Fourth Cit. Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his bad verses.

Cin. I am not Cinna the conspirator.

Fourth Cit. It is no matter, his name 's Cinna ; pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn him going. Third Cit. Tear him, tear him!

Come, 40 brands, ho! fire-brands: to Brutus', to Cassius'; burn all : some to Decius' house, and some to Casca's; some to Ligarius': away, go!

[Exeunt. 20. bear me a bang, come in for a blow from me.

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ANTONY, OCTAVIUS, and LEPIDUS, seated at a

table. Ant. These many, then, shall die; their names

are prick'd. Oct. Your brother too must die; consent you,

Lepidus ?
Lep. I do consent-
Oct.

Prick him down, Antony.
Lep. Upon condition Publius shall not live,
Who is your sister's son, Mark Antony.
Ant. He shall not live ; look, with a spot I

damn him.
But, Lepidus, go you to Cæsar's house;
Fetch the will hither, and we shall.determine
How to cut off some charge in legacies.

Lep. What, shall I find you here?
Oct. Or here, or at the Capitol. [Exit Lepidus.

Ant. This is a slight unmeritable man,
Meet to be sent on errands : is it fit,
The three-fold world divided, he should stand
One of the three to share it?
Oct.

So you thought him,
And took his voice who should be prick'd to die
In our black sentence and proscription.
Ant. Octavius, I have seen more days than

you: Scene 1. A house in Rome. triumvirs as 'in an island enThe original stage direction vironed about with a little river.' indicates no place. Plutarch But Shakespeare evidently indescribes the meeting of the tended it to be in Rome.

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And though we lay these honours on this man,
To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads,
He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold,
To

groan and sweat under the business,
Either led or driven, as we point the way;
And having brought our treasure where we will,
Then take we down his load and turn him off,
Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears,
And graze in commons.
Oct.

You may do your will ; But he's a tried and valiant soldier.

Ant. So is my horse, Octavius, and for that
I do appoint him store of provender :
It is a creature that I teach to fight,
To wind, to stop, to run directly on,
His corporal motion govern’d by my spirit.
And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so;
He must be taught, and train'd, and bid go forth;
A barren-spirited fellow; one that feeds
On abject orts and imitations,
Which, out of use and staled by other men,
Begin his fashion : do not talk of him,
But as a property. And now, Octavius,
Listen great things : Brutus and Cassius
Are levying powers: we must straight make head :
Therefore let our alliance be combined,
Our best friends made, our means stretch'd ;

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three terms. 34. in some taste, in some 39. Begin his fashion, come degree.

into use with him. 37. abject orts ; cast -away 42. make head, raise an scraps. Theobald's emendation armed force. of Ff'objects, arts. The close 44. So F. The metre shows connexion of the notions of this line to be corrupt, but no * abject' and 'ort,' compared satisfactory emendation has been with imitations,' makes this suggested.

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And let us presently go sit in council,
How covert matters may be best disclosed,
And open perils surest answered.

Oct. Let us do so: for we are at the stake,
And bay'd about with many enemies;
And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear,
Millions of mischiefs.

[Exeunt.

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SCENE II. Camp near Sardis. Before Brutus's

tent.

Drum. Enter BRUTUS, TITINIUS, LUCIUS, and

Soldiers; LUCILIUS and PINDARUS meeting

them,
Bru. Stand, ho!
Lucil. Give the word, ho! and stand.
Bru. What now, Lucilius! is Cassius near ?

Lucil. He is at hand ; and Pindarus is come
To do you salutation from his master.

Bru. He greets me well. Your master, Pindarus,
In his own change, or by ill officers,
Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
Things done, undone : but, if he be at hand,
I shall be satisfied.
Pin.

I do not doubt
But that my noble master will appear

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47. answered, met.

confer with Cassius, and who 48. at the stake ; an image brings Cassius' servant Pindarus from bear-baiting.

back with him.

The stage Sc, 2. Enter Brutus, Titinius, directions of the Ff are of too etc. The stage direction in Ff doubtful authenticity to stand is · Enter Brutus, Lucillius, and in the face of Shakespeare's the Army. Titinius and Pin- clear intention. darus meete them.' But it is 6. well, in friendly terms. evident that Brutus meets 7. In his own change, through Lucilius, whom he has sent to some change in himself.

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