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Re-enter a SERVANT.
What say the augurers ?
Serv. They would not have you to stir forth to-day.
Plucking the entrails of an offering forth,
They could not find a heart within the beast.
Cæs. The gods do this in shame of cowardice :
Cæsar should be a beast without a heart,
If he should stay at home to-day for fear.
No, Cæsar shall not : Danger knows full well,
That Cæsar is more dangerous than he.
We are two lions littered in one day,
And I the elder and more terrible;
And Cæsar shall go forth.
Cal. Alas, my lord,
Your wisdom is consumed in confidence.
Do not go forth to-day : Call it my fear,
That keeps you in the house, and not your own,
We'll send Mark Antony to the senate-house ;
And he shall say, you are not well to-day :
Let me, upon my knee, prevail in this.
240. Cæs. Mark Antony shall say, I am not well;
And, for thy humour, I will stay at home.
Here's Decius Brutus, he shall tell them so.
Dec. Cæsar, all hail! Good morrow, worthy Cæsar :
I come to fetch you to the senate-house.
Cæs. And you are come in very happy time
To bear my greeting to the senators,
And tell them, that I will not come to-day :
Cannot, is false ; and that I dare not, falser:
I will not come to-day: Tell them so, Decius.
Cal. Say, he is sick.
Cæs. Shall Cæsar send a lie ?
Have I in conquest stretched mine arm so far
To be afeard to tell grey-beards the truth?
Decius, go tell them, Cæsar will not come. 245. Dec. Most mighty Cæsar, let me know some cause,
Lest I be laughed at, when I tell them so.
Cæs. The cause is in my will, I will not come;
That is enough to satisfy the senate.
But, for your private satisfaction,
Because I love you, I will let you know.
Calphurnia here, my wife, stays me at home :
She dreamt to-night she saw my statue,
Which like a fountain, with an hundred spouts,
Did run pure blood ; and many lusty Romans
Came smiling, and did bathe their hands in it.
And these does she apply for warnings, and portents,
Of evils imminent; and on her knee
Hath begged, that I will stay at home to-day.
Dec. This dream is all amiss interpreted :
It was a vision fair and fortunate:
Your statue spouting blood in many pipes,
In which so many smiling Romans bathed,
Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck
Reviving blood; and that great men shall press
For tinctures, stains, relics, and cognizance.
This by Calphurnia's dream is signified.
Cæs. And this way have you well expounded it.
Dec. I have, when you have heard what I can say :
And know it now; The senate have concluded
To give this day a crown to mighty Cæsar.
If you shall send them word you will not come,
Their minds may change. Besides, it were a mock
Apt to be rendered, for some one to say,
Break up the senate till another time,
When Cæsar's wife shall meet with better dreams.
If Cæsar hide himself, shall they not whisper,
Lo, Cæsar is afraid ?
Pardon me, Cæsar ; for my dear, dear love
To your proceeding bids me tell you this ;
And reason to my love is liable. 250. Cæs. How foolish do your fears seem now, Calphurnia !
I am ashamed I did yield to them.-
Give me my robe, for I will go :-
Enter PUBLIUS, BRUTUS, LIGARIUS, METELLUS, CASCA,
TREBONIUS, and CINNA.
And look where Publius is come to fetch me.
Pub. Good morrow, Cæsar.
Cæs. Welcome, Publius.—
What Brutus, are you stirred so early too ?-
Good morrow, Casca.-Caius Ligarius,
Cæsar was ne'er so much your enemy,
As that same ague which hath made you lean.-
What is't o'clock ?
Bru. Cæsar, 'tis strucken eight.
Cæs. I thank you for your pains and courtesy.
See! Antony, that revels long o’nights,
Is, notwithstanding, up :-
Good morrow, Antony.
255. Ant. So to most noble Cæsar.
Cæs. Bid them prepare within :-
I am to blame to be thus waited for.
Now, Cinna :-Now, Metellus :- What, Trebonius!
I have an hour's talk in store for you;
Remember that you call on me to-day :
Be near me, that I may remember you.
Treb. Cæsar, I will :-and so near will I be,
That your best friends shall wish I had been farther. [Aside.
Cæs. Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me;
And we, like friends, will straightway go together.
Bru. That every like is not the same, O Cæsar,
The heart of Brutus yearns to think upon! [Aside. Exeunt.
SCENE III.—The same. A street near the Capitol.
Enter ARTEMIDORUS, reading a Paper. 260. Art. Cæsar, beware of Brutus ; take heed of Cassius ; come
not near Casca; have an eye to Cinna ; trust not Trebonius; mark well Metellus Cimber; Decius Brutus loves thee not; thou hast wronged Caius Ligarius. There is but one mind in all these men, and it is bent against Cæsar. If thou be'st not immortal, look about you : Security gives way to conspiracy. The mighty gods defend thee! Thy lover,
Artemidorus. Here will I stand, till Cæsar pass along, And as a suitor will I give him this. My heart laments, that virtue cannot live Out of the teeth of emulation. If thou read this, O Cæsar, thou mayest live; If not, the fates with traitors do contrive.
SCENE IV.—The same. Another part of the same street
before the house of Brutus.
Enter PORTIA and LUCIUS.
Por. I pr’ythee, boy, run to the senate-house;
Stay not to answer me, but get thee gone :
Why dost thou stay?
Luc. To know my errand, madam.
Por. I would have had thee there, and here again,
Ere I can tell thee what thou should'st do there.
O Constancy, be strong upon my side!
Set a huge mountain 'tween my heart and tongue !
I have a man's mind, but a woman's might.
How hard it is for women to keep counsel !
Art thou here yet ?
Luc. Madam, what should I do?
Run to the Capitol, and nothing else?
And so return to you, and nothing else ?
265. Por. Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord look well,
For he went sickly forth : And take good note,
What Cæsar doth, what suitors press to him.
Hark, boy! what noise is that ?
Luc. I hear none, madam.
Por. Pr’ythee, listen well;
I heard a bustling rumour, like a fray,
And the wind brings it from the Capitol.
Luc. Sooth, madam, I hear nothing.
Enter THE SOOTHSAYER.
Por. Come hither, fellow; Which way hast thou been ?
270. Sooth. At mine own house, good lady.
Por. What is 't o'clock ?
Sooth. About the ninth hour, lady,
Por. Is Cæsar yet gone to the Capitol ?
Sooth. Madam, not yet ; I go to take my stand,
To see him pass on to the Capitol.
275. Por. Thou hast some suit to Cæsar, hast thou not?
Sooth. That I have, lady: if it will please Cæsar
To be so good to Cæsar as to hear me,
I shall beseech him to befriend himself.
Por. Why, knowest thou any harm’s intended towards him?
Sooth. None that I know will be, much that I fear may
Good morrow to you.
Here the street is narrow :
The throng that follows Cæsar at the heels,
Of senators, of prætors, common suitors,
Will crowd a feeble man almost to death :
I'll get me to a place more void, and there
Speak to great Cæsar as he comes along.
Por. I must go in.—Ay me! how weak a thing
The heart of woman is !
O Brutus !
The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise !-
Sure, the boy heard me :-Brutus hath a suit,
That Cæsar will not grant.-0, I grow faint :-
Run, Lucius, and commend me to my lord;
Say, I am merry, come to me again,
And bring me word what he doth say to thee. [Exeunt.
SCENE 1.—The same. The Capitol ; the Senate sitting,
A Crowd of People in the Street leading to the Capitol ; among
them ARTEMIDORUS and the SOOTHSAYER. Flourish. Enter
CÆSAR, BRUTUS, CassiuS, CASCA, DECIUS, METELLUS, TRE-
BONIUS, CINNA, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, POPILIUS, PUBLIUS, and
280. Cæs. The ides of March are come.
Sooth. Ay, Cæsar; but not gone.
Art. Hail, Cæsar, read this schedule.
Dec. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read,
At your best leisure, this his humble suit.
Art. O, Cæsar, read mine first; for mine's a suit
That touches Cæsar nearer : Read it, great Cæsar.
285. Cæs. That touches us ? Ourself shall be last served.
Art. Delay not, Cæsar; read it instantly.
Cæs. What, is the fellow mad ?
Pub; Sirrah, give place.
Cas. What, urge you your petitions in the street ?
Come to the Capitol.
CÆSAR enters the Capitol, the rest following. All the
290. Pop. I wish your enterprise to-day may thrive.
Cas. What enterprise, Popilius ?
Pop. Fare you well.
[Advances to CÆSAR. Bru. What said Popilius Lena ?
Cas. He wished to-day our enterprise might thrive.
I fear our purpose is discovered.
295. Bru. Look, how he makes to Cæsar: Mark him.
Cas. Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention.-
Brutus, what shall be done ? If this be known,
Cassius on Cæsar never shall turn back,
For I will slay myself..
Bru. Cassius, be constant :
Popilius Lena speaks not of our purposes ;
For, look, he smiles, and Cæsar doth not change.
Cas. Trebonius knows his time ; for, look you, Brutus,
He draws Mark Antony out of the way.
[Exeunt ANTONY and TREBONIUS. CÆSAR and the
SENATORS take their seats.
Dec. Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him go,
And presently prefer his suit to Cæsar.