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Ant. Nay, press not so upon me, stand far off.
All. Stand back room bear back
Ant. If you have tears, prepare to shed them it now.
You all do know this mantle; I remember,
The first time ever Caesar put it on;
'Twas on a summer's evening in his tent,
That day he overcame the Nervii
Look! in this place ran Cassius' dagger through :—
See, what a rent the envious Casca made.
Through this, the well beloved Brutus stabb'd;
And, as he pluck'd his cursed steel away,
Mark how the blood of Caesar follow'd it!
As rushing out of doors, to be resolv'd
If Brutus so unkindly knock'd or no?
For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel.
Judge, oh you gods! how dearly Caesar lov'd him,
This, this was the unkindest cut of all;
For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms,
Quite vanquish'd him: then burst his mighty heart;
And in his mantle muffling up his face,
Even at the base of Pompey's statue,
(Which all the while ran blood) great Caesar fell.
O what a fall was there, my countrymen!
Then I, and you, and all of us fell down:
Whilst bloody treason flourish'd over us.
O, now you weep, and, I perceive, you feel
The dint of pity: these are gracious drops.
Kind souls! what, weep you when you but behold
Our Caesar's vesture wounded ! look you here! ^ *-'
Here is himself, marr'd, as you see, by traitors!
1 Pleb. O piteous spectacle!
2 Pleb. O noble Caesar!
3 Pleb. O woful day!
4 Pleb. O traitors, villains!
1 Pleb. O most bloody sight!
2 Pub. We will be reveng'd: reveng'd: about—
seek burn fire kill slay! let not a
Ant. Stay, countrymen
1 Pleb. Peace there, hear the noble Antony.
2 Pleb. We'll hear him, we'll follow him, we'll die with him.
Ant. Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up To such a sudden flood of mutiny: They, that have done this deed, are honourable. What private griefs they have, alas, I know not, That made them do it; they are wise and honourable, And will, no doubt, with reasons answer you. I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts: I am no orator, as Brutus is: But, as you know me well, a plain, blunt man, That love my friends, and that they know full welt, That give me public leave to speak of him; For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, Action or utt'range, nor the power of speech, To stir men's blood ; I only speak right on. I tell you that which you yourselves do know; Show you sweet Caesar's wounds, poor, poor dumb
mouths, And bid them speak forme. But were I Brutus, And Brutus Antony, there were an Antony Would ruffle up your spirits, and put a tongue In every wound of Caesar, that should move ^
The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny. N a 1
All. We'll mutiny
1 Pleb. We'll burn the house of Brutus.
3 Pleb. Away then, come,seek the conspirators. Ant. Yet hear me, countrymen, yet hear me speak. All. Peace ho, hear Antony, most noble Antony. Ant. Why, friends, you go to do you know not
what. Wherein hath Caesar thus deserv'd your loves? I
Alas, you know not ; I must tell you then:
All. Most true the will let's stay and hear
Ant. Here is the will, and under Caesar's seal.
2 Heb. Most noble Caesar! we'll revenge his death.
3 Pleb. O, royal Caesar!
Ant. Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,
1 Pleb. Never, never: come, away, away!
[Exeunt Plebeians with the Body.
Ant. Now let it work ; Mischief, thou art afoot, Take thou what course thou wilt! [Exit.
ACT THE FOURTH.
Ant. These many, then, shall die; their names are prick'd.
Oct. Your brother too must die; consent you, Lepidus? ,
Lep. I do consent.
Oct. Prick him down, Antony.
Lep. Upon condition Publius shall not live, Who is your sister's son, Mark Antony.
Ant. He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him. But, Lepidus, go you to Caesar's house; Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine How to cut off some charge in legacies.
Lep. What, shall I find you here?
Oct. Or here, or at the capitol. [Exit Lepidus.
Ant. This is a slight unmeritable man,
Oct. So you thought him,
Ant. Octavius, I have seen more days than you;
Oct. You may do your will;
Ant. So is my horse, Octavius: and, for that,
Do not talk of him,
But as a property. And now, Octavius,
Listen great things Brutus and Cassius
Are levying powers; we must straight make head.
Therefore let our alliance be combin'd,
Our best friends made, and our best means stretch'd
Oct. Let us do so; for we are at the stake,
Brutus' Tent, in the Camp at Sardis.
Enter Brutus, Trebonius, and Soldiers: Pin Darus meeting them.
Bru. Stand, hoa!
Tre. Give the word, hoa! and stand.
Bru. What now, Trebonius, is Cassius near?
Tre. He is at hand, and Pindarus is come To do you salutation from his master.
Bru. He greets me well. Vtfwur master, Pindarus,
Pind. I do not doubt,