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352. Ant. Therefore I took your hands; but was, indeed,
Swayed from the point, by looking down on Cæsar.
Why, and wherein, Cæsar was dangerous. 353. Bru. Or else were this a savage spectacle.
Our reasons are so full of good regard,
You should be satisfied. 354. Ant. That's all I seek :
And am moreover suitor that I may
Bru. You shall, Mark Antony. 356. Cas. Brutus, a word with you. –
You know not what you do. Do not consent
[Aside. 357. 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,
Ant. Be it so;
I do desire no more. 361. Bru. Prepare the body, then, and follow us.
[Exeunt all but ANTONY. 362. Ant. O, 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. 365. Serv. He did receive his letters, and is coming:
And bid me say to you by word of mouth,
[Seeing the Body. 366. Ant. Thy heart is big; get thee apart and weep.
Passion, I see, is catching; for mine eyes, Seeing those beads of sorrow stand in thine, · Began to water. Is thy master coming?
Serv. He lies to-night within seven leagues of Rome. 368. Ant. Post back with speed, and tell him what hath
Into the market-place: there shall I try,
SCENE II.- The same. The Forum. Enter Brutus and Cassius, and a throng of CITIZENS. 369. Cit. We will be satisfied; let us be satisfied. 370. Bru. Then follow me, and give me audience, friends.
Cassius, go you into the other street,
i Cit. I will hear Brutus speak. 372. 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. 373. 3 Cit. The noble Brutus is ascended. Silence! 374. Bru. Be patient till the last.
Romans, countrymen, and lovers ! hear me for my cause;
his fortune; honor 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; for
him have I offended. I pause for a reply. 375. Cit. None, Brutus, none. [Several speaking at once. 376. 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.
Cit. Live, Brutus, live! live!
3 Cit. Let him be Cæsar. 381. 4 Cit. Cæsar's better parts
Shall now be crowned in Brutus.
i Cit. Peace, ho!
And, for my sake, stay here with Antony:
[Exit. 1 Cit. Stay, hol and let us hear Mark Antony.
3 Cit. Let him go up into the public chair; We'll hear him. — Noble Antony, go up. 389. 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.
I Cit. This Cæsar was a tyrant. 394. 3 Cit. Nay, that's certain :
We are blest that Rome is rid of him.
2 Cit. Peace, let us hear what Antony can say.
Cit. Peace, ho! let us hear him. 398. Ant. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your
ears; I come to bury Cæsar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones : So let it be with Cæsar. The noble Brutus Hath told you, Cæsar was ambitious : If it were so, it was a grievous fault; And grievously hath Cæsar answered it. Here, under leave of Brutus, and the rest (For Brutus is an honorable man; So are they all, all honorable men), Come I to speak in Cæsar's funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says, he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man. He hath brought many captives home to Rome, Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Cæsar seem ambitious ? When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. Yet Brutus says, he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man. You all did see, that on the Lupercal I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says, he was ambitious; And, sure, he is an honorable man.