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Cas. I know not what may fall; I like it not.
You shall not in your funeral speech blame us,
Ant. Be it so ;
[Exeunt all but ANTONT.
Enter a SERVANT.
Serv. I do, Mark Antony.
Serv. He did receive his letters, and is coming :
[Seeing the Body.
Serv. He lies to-night within seven leagues of Rome.
Ant. Post back with speed, and tell him what hath chanced : Here is a mourning Rome, a dangerous Rome, No Rome of safety for Octavius yet; Hie hence, and tell him so. Yet, stay a while ; Thou shalt not back, till I have borne this corpse Into the market-place : there shall I try, In my oration, how the people take The cruel issue of these bloody men ; According to the which, thou shalt discourse To young Octavius of the state of things. Lend me your hand.
[Exeunt with CÆSAR’s body.
SCENE II.-The same. The Forum.
Enter Brutus and Cassius, and a throng of CITIZENS.
370. Cit. We will be satisfied ; let us be satisfied.
Bru. Then follow me, and give me audience, friends.-
1 Cit. I will hear Brutus speak.
2 Cit. I will hear Cassius ; and compare their reasons, When severally we hear them rendered.
[Exit CASSIUS with some of the CITIZENS.
BRUTUS goes into the Rostrum. 3 Cit. The noble Brutus is ascended : Silence! 375. Bru. Be patient till the last.
Romans, countrymen, and lovers! hear me for my cause ; and be silent, that you may hear: believe me for mine honour ; and have respect to mine honour, that you may believe : censure me in your wisdom ; and awake your senses, that you may the better judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Cæsar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Cæsar was no less than his. If, then, that friend demand, why Brutus rose against Cæsar, this is my answer ;-Not that I loved Cæsar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Cæsar were living, and die all slaves, than that Cæsar were dead, to live all freemen? As Cæsar loved me, I weep for him ; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it ; as he was valiant, I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I slew him. There is tears, for his love; joy, for his fortune; honour, for his valour; and death, for his ambition. Who is here so base, that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so rude, that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who
is here so vile, that will not love his country? If any, speak;
[Several speaking at once. Bru. Then none have I offended. I have done no more to Cæsar, than you shall do to Brutus. The question of his death is enrolled in the Capitol : his glory not extenuated, wherein he was worthy ; nor his offences enforced, for which he suffered death.
Enter Antony and others, with CÆSAR’s Body. Here comes his body, mourned by Mark Antony: who, though he had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his dying, a place in the commonwealth ; as which of you shall not? With this I depart; That, as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death.
Cit. Live, Brutus, live! live!
1 Cit. Bring him with triumph home unto his house. 380. 2 Cit. Give him a statue with his ancestors.
3'Cit. Let him be Cæsar.
4 Cit. Cæsar's better parts Shall now be crowned in Brutus.
1 Cit. We'll bring him to his house with shouts and clamours.
Bru. My countrymen,385. 2 Cit. Peace; silence! Brutus speaks.
1 Cit. Peace, ho!
Bru. Good countrymen, let me depart alone,
[Exit. 1 Cit. Stay, ho! and let us hear Mark Antony.
3 Cit. Let him go up into the public chair; We'll hear him :-Noble Antony, go up. 390. Ant. For Brutus' sake, I am beholden to you.
4. Cit. What does he say of Brutus ?
3 Cit. He says, for Brutus' sake, He finds himself beholden to us all.
4 Cit. 'Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here.
1 Cit. This Cæsar was a tyrant.
2 Cit. Peace; let us hear what Antony can say.
I come to bury Cæsar, not to praise him.
And I must pause till it come back to me.
2 Cit. If thou consider rightly of the matter,
3 Cit. Has he not, masters ?
4 Cit. Marked ye his words ? He would not take the crown; Therefore, 'tis certain he was not ambitious.
1 Cit. If it be found so, some will dear abide it.
3 Cit. There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony.
Ant. But yesterday, the word of Cæsar might
O masters! if I were disposed to stir
4 Cit. We'll hear the will: Read it, Mark Antony. 410. Cit. The will, the will: we will hear Cæsar's will.
Ant. Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it ;
4 Cit. Read the will; we will hear it, Antony; you shall read us the will; Cæsar's will.
Ant. Will you be patient ? Will you stay a while ?
4 Cit. They were traitors : Honourable men! 415. Cit. The will! the testament!
2 Cit. They were villains, murderers : The will, read the will!
Ant. You will compel me, then, to read the will ?
Cit. Come down.
[He comes down from the pulpit. 420. 3 Cit. You shall have leave.
4 Cit. A ring ; stand round.
Ant. Nay, press not so upon me; stand far off. 4:25. Cit. Staná back! room! bear back!
Ant. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now,