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Cæs. Stand you directly in Antonius' way,'
Cæs. Forget not, in your speed, Antonius,
I shall remember;
When Cæsar says, Do this, it is performed.
Cæs. Set on; and leave no ceremony out. [Music Sooth. Cæsar!
Cæs. Ha! who calls?
Casca. Bid every noise be still.-Peace yet again.
[Music ceases Cæs. Who is it in the press that calls on me I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music, Cry, Cæsar. Speak; Cæsar is turned to hear. Sooth. Beware the ides of March. Cæs.
What man is that?
Bru. A soothsayer, bids you beware the ides of
Cas. Set him before me; let me see his face.
Cæs. What say'st thou to me now? Speak once again.
Sooth. Beware the ides of March.
Cæs. He is a dreamer; let us leave him ;-pass.
Cas. Will you go see the order of the course?
Cas. I pray you, do.
Bru. I am not gamesome; I do lack some part Of that quick spirit that is in Antony.
Let me not hinder, Cassius, your desires;
I'll leave you.
1 The old copy reads "Antonio's way;" in other places we have Octavio, Flavio. The players were more accustomed to Italian that Latin terminations. The allusion is to a custom at the Lupercalia. 2 See King Henry VIII. Act ii. Sc. 4.
Cas. Brutus, I do observe you now of late. I have not from your eyes that gentleness, And show of love, as I was wont to have; You bear too stubborn and too strange a hand Over your friend that loves you.
Be not deceived; if I have veiled my look,
Of late, with passions of some difference,
Which give some soil, perhaps, to my behaviors;
Than that poor Brutus, with himself at war,
Čas. Then, Brutus, I have much mistook your pas
By means whereof, this breast of mine hath buried
Cas. 'Tis just;
And it is very much lamented, Brutus,
That you have no such mirrors, as will turn
That you might see your shadow. I have heard,
Bru. Into what dangers would you lead me, Cassius, That you would have me seek into myself
For that which is not in me?
Cas. Therefore, good Brutus, be prepared to hear; And, since you know you cannot see yourself
1 i. e. the nature of the feelings which you are now suffering
So well as by reflection, I, your glass,
That of yourself which you yet know not of.
[Flourish and shout. Bru. What means this shouting? I do fear the
Choose Cæsar for their king.
Ay, do you
Bru. I would not, Cassius; yet I love him well.-
1 Johnson has erroneously given the meaning of allurement to stale, in this place. "To stale with ordinary oaths my love," is "to prostitute my love."
Cæsar said to me, Dar'st thou, Cassius, now
And bade him follow; so, indeed, he did.
And stemming it with hearts of controversy.
Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder
The old Anchises bear, so, from the waves of Tyber,
Did I the tired Cæsar. And this man
Is now become a god; and Cassius is
A wretched creature, and must bend his body,
He had a fever when he was in Spain,
And, when the fit was on him, I did mark
How he did shake. 'Tis true, this god did shake :
And that same eye,
whose bend doth awe the world,
Ay, and that tongue of his, that bade the Romans
Bru. Another general shout!
I do believe that these applauses are
For some new honors that are heaped on Cæsar.
Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
To find ourselves dishonorable graves.
1 The verb arrive is also used by Milton without the preposition. ? Some commentators suppose that the allusion here is to a coward's desertion of his standard. Probably nothing more was intended than to describe the effect of the disease on the appearance of the lips.
3 Temperament, constitution.
Men at some time are masters of their fates:
Brutus, and Cæsar! what should be in that Cæsar?
O! you and I have heard our fathers say,
There was a Brutus once, that would have brooked
Bru. That you do love me, I am nothing jealous;
Than to repute himself a son of Rome,
Is like to lay upon us.
1 The first folio reads walks.
2 "Lucius Junius Brutus."
3 1. e. guess.
4 Ruminate on this.
5 As, according to Tooke, is an article, and means the same as that, which, or it; accordingly we find it often so employed by old writers, and particularly in our excellent version of the Bible.