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But here I am to speak what I do know.
1 Cit. Methinks, there is much reason in his sayings. 2 Cit. If thou consider rightly of the matter, Cæsar has had great wrong.
3 Cit. Has he, masters? I fear, there will a worse come in his place. 4 Cit. Mark'd ye his words? He would not take the crown;
Therefore, 'tis certain, he was not ambitious.
1 Cit. If it be found so, some will dear abide it.
3 Cit. There's not a nobler man in Rome, than
4 Cit. Now mark him, he begins again to speak.
And dip their napkins us sacred lood:
4 Cit. We'll hear the vil: Read Cit. The will. he will: ve v Ant. Have patience. rente bends. I must not read It is not meet you know how Cæsar ovi ou. You are not wood. you are not stones. but nen: And, being men, hearing te vil of Cesar. It will indame you. it will make you nad: 'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs: For if you shonid. O. what would come of it!
4 Cit. Read the will: we will hear it. Antony: You shall read us the will; Caesar's will.
Ant. Will you be patient? Will you stay a while? I have o'ershot myself, to tell you or it. I fear, I wrong the honourable men, Whose daggers have stabb'd Cæsar: I do fear it. 4 Cit. They were traitors: Honourable men! Cit. The will! the testament!
2 Cit. They were villains, murderers: The will! read the will!
Ant. You will compel me then to read the will? Then make a ring about the corpse of Caesar, And let me show you him that made the will. Shall I descend! And will you give me leave?
Cit. Come down.
2 Cit. Descend. [He comes do
You all do know this mantle: I remember
For when the noble Cæsar saw him stab,
2 Cit. O noble Cæsar!
3 Cit. O woful day!
4 Cit. O traitors, villains!
2 Cit. We will be revenged: revenge: about,seek,-burn,-fire,-kill,-slay!--let not a traitor
Ant. Stay, countrymen.
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The impression of pity.
1 Cit. Peace there:-Hear the noble Antony. 2 Cit. We'll hear him, we'll follow him, we'll die with him.
Ant. Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir To such a sudden flood of mutiny. [you up 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 all, a plain blunt man,
And bid them speak for me: But were I Brutus,
Cit. We'll mutiny.
1 Cit. We'll burn the house of Brutus.
3 Cit. Away then, come, seek the conspirators. Ant. Yet hear me, countrymen; yet hear me speak.
Cit. Peace, ho! Hear Antony, most noble Antony. Ant. Why, friends, you go to do you know not what:
Wherein hath Cæsar thus deserv'd your loves?
Cit. Most true;-the will:-let's stay and hear the
Ant. Here is the will, and under Cæsar's seal. [J. CES. 51]
Roman citizen he gives,
To every several man, seventy-five drachmas.'
2 Cit. Most noble Cæsar!-we'll revenge his death. 3 Cit. O royal Cæsar!
Ant. Hear me with patience.
Cit. Peace, ho!
Ant. Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,
And with the brands fire the traitors' houses.
2 Cit. Go, fetch fire.
3 Cit. Pluck down benches.
4 Cit. Pluck down forms, windows, any thing. [Exeunt Citizens, with the body. Ant. Now let it work: Mischief, thou art afoot, Take thou what course thou wilt!-How now, fellow?
Enter a Servant.
Serv. Sir, Octavius is already come to Rome.
Serv. He and Lepidus are at Cæsar's house.
Serv. I heard him say, Brutus and Cassius
A drachma was a Greek coin of the value of seven-pence three farthings.
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