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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.
SCENE III. A street.
Enter Cinna the poet.
First Cit. What is your name?
Fourth Cit. Are you a married man bachelor ?
Sec. Cit. Answer every man directly.
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
fools that marry: you 'll bear me a bang for that,
Cin. Directly, I am going to Cæsar's funeral.
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.
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,
Prick him down, Antony.
Lep. What, shall I find you here?
Ant. This is a slight unmeritable man,
So you thought him,
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.
And though we lay these honours on this man,
groan and sweat under the business,
You may do your will ; But he's a tried and valiant soldier.
Ant. So is my horse, Octavius, and for that
32. wind, turn.
orts,' which co - ordinates the ib. directly, straight.
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.
F, has preferable to Staunton's'abjects, stretch'd out.'
And let us presently go sit in council,
Oct. Let us do so: for we are at the stake,
SCENE II. Camp near Sardis. Before Brutus's
Drum. Enter BRUTUS, TITINIUS, LUCIUS, and
Soldiers; LUCILIUS and PINDARUS meeting
Lucil. He is at hand ; and Pindarus is come
Bru. He greets me well. Your master, Pindarus,
I do not doubt
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.