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Whose end is purpos'd by the mighty Gods ?
Cal. When beggars die, there are no comets seen; The heav'ns themselves blaze forth the death of princes.
Against the Fears of Death. Cowards die
times before their deaths ; The valiant never taste of death but once: Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange, that men should fear: (8) Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come, when it will come.
Danger knows full well,
My heart laments, that virtue cannot live Out of the teeth of emulation,
ACT (8) Seeing, &c.]
The term of life is limited,
Nor leave his stand until his captaine bed. Spenser. () We are, &c.] The old folios read Wce beare, which Mr. Thiobald, ingeniously enough altered to we were ; and Mr. Upton to we are, which is not only nearer the traces of the leto ters, but more agreeable to the sense of the passage ; for Cæfar speaks all through in the present tense: Danger knows, that Cæsar is more dangerous than he : we are two lions, twins, Hitier'd in one day, and I am the elder and more terrible.
Antony to the Corps of Cæfar.
His Address to the Conspirators.
bear me hard,
SCENE IV. Revenge.
(10) Cæfar's fpirit, raging for revenge, With Atc by his side, come hot from hell,
(10) Cæsar's, &c.] Mr. Seward obferves, that in those terrille
graces fpoken of just now (note 5.) no followers of ShakeSpear approach fo near him as Braumont and Fletcher; of which he adds the lines here quoted as a strong proof:
Fix not your empire
The False One, A. 2. S. 1.
Shall in these confines, with a monarch's voice,
Scene V. Brutus's Speech to the People.
If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Cæfar's, to him I fay, that Brutus's love to Cæfar was no less than his. If then that friend demand, why Brutus rose against Cefar, this is my answer; not that I lov'd Cæfar less, but that I lov'd Rome more. Had you rather Cæfar were living, and die all flaves ; than that Cæfar were dead, to live all free-men? As Cæfar lov'd 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 flew him. There are tears for his love, joy for his fortune, honour for his valour, and death for his ambition. Who here fo base, that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here fo rude, that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here fo vile, that will not love his country? If any, speak; for him have I offended.
Scene VI. Antony's Funeral Oration. Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your cars ; 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 Casar! noble Brutus
There is something very great and astonishing in the following passage from Ben Jonson, though not very famous for such daring flights. Catiline says to his foldiers,
Methinks I see death, and the furies waiting
See Catiline, Act 5.
Hath told you Cæfar was ambitious ;
-Bear with me,
But yesterday the word of Cafar might
To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
tony. All. The will; the will: we will hear Cæfar's will.
Ant. Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read It is not meet you know how Cæfar lov'd you ; You are not wood, you are not stones, but men: And, being men, hearing the will of Cæfar, It will inflame you, it will make you
mad. 'Tis good you know not, that you are his heirs; For if you
should what would come of it? 4 Pleb. Read the will, we will hear it, Antony : You shall read us the will, Cæfar's will.
Ant. Will you be patients will you stay a while? (I have o'er-shot myself, to tell you of it.)
ear I wrong the honourable men,
4 Pleb. They were traitors—honourable men !
All. Come down.
[He comes down from the pulpit. Ant. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.