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Though now we must appear bloody and cruel,
Cas. Your voice shall be as strong as any man's
The multitude, beside themselves with fear,
Have thus proceeded.
Let each man render me his bloody hand:
O world! thou wast the forest to this hart;
Cas. Mark Antony,
The enemies of Cæsar shall say this ;
Then, in a friend, it is cold modesty.
But what compact mean you to have with us!
you be pricked in number of our friends;
Swayed from the point, by looking down on Cæsar.
Why, and wherein, Cæsar was dangerous. 354. Bru. Or else were this a savage spectacle.
Our reasons are so full of good regard,
You should be satisfied. 355. Ant. That's all I seek :
And am moreover suitor, that I may
Bru. You shall, Mark Antony. 357. Cas. Brutus, a word with you.—
You know not what you do; Do not consent
[Aside. 358. Bru. By your pardon ;
I will myself into the pulpit first,
It shall advantage more than do us wrong.
You shall not in your funeral speech blame us,
But speak all good you can devise of Cæsar ,
Ant. Be it so ;
[Exeunt all but ANTONY. 363. Ant. 0, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers !
Enter a SERVANT.
Serv. I do, Mark Antony.
Ant. Cæsar did write for him to come to Rome. 366. Serv. He did receive his letters, and is coming :
And bid me say to you by word of mouth,
[Seeing the Body. 367. Ant. Thy heart is big; get thee apart and weep.
Passion, I see, is catching; for mine eyes,
Began to water. Is thy master coming ?
Serv. He lies to-night within seven leagues of Rome.
Here is a mourning Rome, a dangerous Rome,
[Exeunt with CÆSAR’s body. All the heading that we have to this Act in the original copy,
where the whole is thrown into one scene, is, “ Flourish. Enter Cæsar, Brutus, Cassius, Caska, Decius, Metellus, Trebonius, Cynna, Antony, Lepidus, Artemidorus, Publius, and the Soothsayer."-A Flourish is defined by Johnson "a kind of musical prelude." It is commonly, if not always, of trumpets. Webster has omitted this sense of the word. It is of continual occurrence in the stage directions of our old Plays; and Shakespeare has, not only in his Richard the Third, iv. 4,
“A flourish, trumpets !-strike alarum, drums!” but in Titus Andronicus, iv. 2,
“Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus ?” 283. Doth desire you to o’er-read.-Over (or o'er) in composition has four meanings:-1. Throughout (or over all), which is its effect here (answering to the per in the equivalent peruse); 2. Beyond, or in excess, as in overleap, overpay; 3. Across, as in one sense of overlook; 4. Down upon, as in another sense of the same verb.
283. At your best leisure.—Literally, at the leisure that is best for your convenience, that best suits you. The phrase, however, had come to be understood as implying that the leisure was also to be as early as could be made convenient.
283. This his humble suit.-Suit is from sue (which we also have in composition in ensue, issue, pursue); and sue is the French suivre (which, again, is from the Latin sequor, secutus). A suit of clothes is a set, one piece following or corresponding to another. Suite is the same word, whether used for a retinue, or for any other kind of succession (such as a suite of apartments).
285. That touches us ? Ourself shall be last served.This is the correction of Mr Collier's MS. annotator. The common reading is, “What touches us ourself shall be last served.” To serve, or attend to, a person is a familiar form of expression; to speak of a thing as served, in the sense of attended to, would, it is apprehended, be unexampled. The “us ourself," however, would be unobjectionable. Whatever may be the motive or view which has led to the substitution of the plural for the singular personal pronoun in certain expressions, it is evident that the plurality of the pronoun could not conveniently be allowed to carry along with it a corresponding transformation of all the connected words. Although an English king might speak of himself as We, it would be felt that the absurdity was too great if he were to go on to say, "We the Kings of England." Hence such awkward combinations as We ourself,” or “ Us ourself;" which, however, are only exemplifications of the same construction which we constantly employ in common life when in addressing an individual we say "You yourself.” The same contradiction, indeed, is involved in the word Yourself standing alone. It may be observed, however, that the verb always follows the number of the pronoun which is its nominative, so that there is never any violation of the ordinary rule of grammatical concord. Upon the nature of the word Self, see Latham, Eng. Lan. 416. See also the note on 54, Did lose his lustre.
289. There is no such stage direction in the old editions as we now have at the end of this speech.