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24 Cry Havock, and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.
You serve Octavius Cæsar,
Sero. I do, Mark Antony.
Ant. Cæsar did write for him, to come to Rome.
Sero. He did receive his letters, and is coming :
And bid me say to you by word of mouth,-
[Seeing the body.
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
Ant. Post back with speed, and tell him what hath
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 corse
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 discours
To young Octavius of the state of things.
Lend me your hand. [Exeunt, with Cæsar's body.
Enter BRUTUS, and Cassius, and a throng of
Cit. We will be satisfied; let us be satisfied.
Bru. Then follow me, and give me audience,
Cassius, go you into the other street,
And part the numbers.-
Those that will hear me speak, let them stay here ;
Those that will follow Cassius, go with him;
And publick reasons shall be rendered
Of Cæsar's death.
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!
Bru. Be patient till the last. 25 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 de-
mand, 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 free men? As Cæsar loved
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;
for him have I offended. I pause for a reply.
Cit. None, Brutus, none.
[several speaking at once.
Bru. Then none have I offended. I have done no
more to Cæsar, than you should do to Brutus. The
question of his death is enrolld in the Capitol : his
glory not extenuated, wherein he was worthy; nor
his offences enforced, for which he suffer'd death.
Enter Antony and Others, with Cæsar's body. Here comes his body, mourn'd 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. 2 Cit. Give him a statue with his ancestors. 3 Cit. Let him be Cæsar.
Cæsar's better parts, Shall now be crown'd in Brutus. i Cit. We'll bring him to his house with shouts
and clamours. Bru. My countrymen,2 Cit.
Peace; silence! Brutus speaks. i Cit. Peace, ho!
Bru. Good countrymen, let me depart alone,
And, for my sake, stay here with Antony:
Do grace to Cæsar's corpse,
Tending to Cæsar's glories; which Mark Antony,
By our permission is allow'd to make.
I do entreat you, not a man depart,
Save I alone, till Antony have spoke.
[Exit. i 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.
Ant. For Brutus' sake, I am beholden to you.
4 Cit. What does he say of Brutus ?
for Brutus' sake, He finds himself beholden to us all.
4 Cit. 'T'were best he speak no harm of Brutus
here. i Cit. This Cæsar was a tyrant. 3 Cit.
Nay, that's certain : We are bless'd that Rome is rid of him.
2 Cit. Peace: let us hear what Antony can say.
Ant. You gentle Romans,-
Peace, ho! let us hear lim. Ant. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your
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 answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Brutus, and the rest,
(For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men;)
Come I to speak in Cæsar's funeral.
le was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says, he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable 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: