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Like a Colossus; and we petty men . Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves. Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings. Brutus, and Cæsar: What should be in that Cæsar? Why should that name be sounded more than yours? Write them together, yours is as fair a name; Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well; Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure them, Brutus will start a spirit as soon as Cæsar. [Shout. Now in the names of all the gods at once, Upon what meat doth this our Cæsar feed, That he is grown so great! Age, thou art sham’d: Rome, thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods! When went there by an age, since the great flood, But it was fam'd with more than with one man? When could they say, till now, that talk'd of Rome, That her wide walks encompass’d but one man? Now is it Rome indeed, and room enough, When there is in it but one only man. O! you and I have heard our fathers say, There was a Brutus once,' that would have brook'd The eternal devil to keep his state in Rome, As easily as a king.
Bru. "That you do love me, I am nothing jealous; What you would work me to, I have some aim;a How I have thought of this, and of these times, I shall recount hereafter; for this present, . I would not, so with love I might entreat you, Be any further mov'd. What you have said, I will consider;, what you have to say, I will with patience hear: and find a time
There was a Brutus once,] i. e. Lucius Junius Brutus.
gim;] i, e. guess.
Both meet to hear, and answer, such high things,
Cas. I am glad, that my weak words
. Re-enter CÆSAR, and his Train...
Cas. As they pass by, pluck Casca by the sleeve;
Bru. I will do so:- But, look you, Cassius,
Cas. Casca will tell us what the matter is.
Ces. Let me have men about me that are fat;
Ant. Fear him not, Cæsar, he's not dangerous He is a noble Roman, and well given.
Cæs. 'Would he were fatter:-But I fear him not: Yet if my name were liable to fear, I do not know the man I should avoid So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much; "
chew upon this;] Consider this at leisure ; ruminate on - ferret -] A ferret has red eyes."
re they is to be an Coe is deata.
He is a great observer, and he looks
[Exeunt CÆSAR and his ?rain. CASCA stays
behind. Casca. You pull'd me by the cloak; Would you speak with me?
Bru. Ay, Casca; tell us what hath.chanc'd to-day, That Cæsar looks so sad.
Casca. Why you were with him, were you not?
Casca. Why, there was a crown offered him; and being offered him, he put it by with the back of his hand, thụs; and then the people fell a' shouting.
Bru. What was the second noise for?
Bru. Was the crown offer'd him thrice? . - Casca. Ay, marry, was't, and he put it by thrice, every time gentler than other; and at every putting by, inine honest neighbours shouted.
Cas. Who offered him the crown? - Casca, Why, Antony..... .
Brü. Tell us the manner of it, gentle Casca.
Casca. I can as well be hanged, as tell the manner of it: it was mere foolery, I did not mark it. I saw
Mark Antony offer him a crown ;-yet 'twas not a crown neither, 'twas one of these coronets; and, as I told you, he put it by once; but, for all that, to my thinking, he would fain have had it. Then he offered it to him again; then he put it by again: but, to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his fingers off it. And then he offered it the third time; he put it the third time by: and still as he refused it, the rabblement hooted, and clapped their chopped hands, and threw up their sweaty night-caps, and uttered such a deal of stinking breath because Cæsar refused the crown, that it had almost choked Cæar; for he swooned, and fell down at it: And for mine own part, I durst not laugh, for fear of opening my lips, and receiving the bad air. Cas. But, soft, I pray you: What? Did Cæsar
swoon? Casca. He fell down in the market-place, and foamed at mouth, and was speechless.
Bru. 'Tis very like: he hath the falling-sickness.
Cas. No, Cæsar hath it not; but you, and I, And honest Casca, we have the falling sickness. · Casca. I know not what you mean by that; but, I am sure, Cæsar fell down. If the tag-rag people did not clap him, and hiss him, according as he pleased, and displeased them, as they use to do the players in the theatre, I am no true man.
Bru. What said he, when he came unto himself?
Casca. Marry, before he fell down, when he perceiv'd the common herd was glad he refused the crown, he plucked me ope his doublet, and offered them his throat to cut.-An I had been a man of any occupation, if I would not have taken him at a word, I would I might go to hell among the
5- no true man.] No honest man.
O a man of any occupation,] Had I been a mechanick, ono of the Plebeians to whom he offered his throat.
rogues:--and so he fell. When he came to himself again, he said, If he had done or said, any thing amiss, he desired their worships to think it was his infirinity. Three or four wenches, where I stood, cried, Alas, good soul!_and forgave him with all their hearts: But there's no heed to be taken of them; if Cæsar had stabbed their mothers, they would have done no less.,
Bru. And after that, he came, thus sad, away?
Casca. Nay, an I tell you that, I'll ne'er look you i' the face again: But those, that understood him, smiled at one another, and shook their heads: but, for mine own part, it was Greek to me. I could tell you more news too: Marullus and Flavius, for pulling scarfs off Cæsar's images, are put to silence. Fare you well. There was more foolery yet, if I could remember it.
Cas. Will you sup with me to-night, Casca?
Cas. Will you dine with me to-morrow? :' Casca. Ay, if I be alive, and your mind hold, and your dinner worth the eating.
i . Cas. Good; I will expect you. Casca. Do so: Farewell, both. [Exit Casca.
Bru. What a blunt fellow is this grown to be? He was quick mettle, when he went to school.
Cas. So is he now, in execution : Of any bold or noble enterprize, However he puts on this tardy form.
This 'rudeness is a sauce to his good wit, Which gives men stomach to digest his words With better appetite.
Bru. And so it is. For this time I will leave you: To-morrow, if you please to speak with me,