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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 wife 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, That love my friend; and that they know full well, That give me publick leave to speak of him: For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, Action nor utt'rance, nor the power of speech, To stir mens blood , I only speak right on. I tell you that which you your felves do know, Shew you sweet Cafar's wounds, poor,poor dumb mouths! And bid them speak for me. But were I Brutus, And Brutus Antony, there were an Antony Would ruffle up your spirits, and put a tongue In every wound of Cæsar, that should move The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.

All. We'll mutinyi Pleb. We'll burn the house of Brutus. 3 Pleb. Away then, come, seek ţhe 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 Cafar thus deserv'd your loves? Alas, you know not; I must tell you then: You have forgot the Will I told you of,

Ail. Most true—the Will— let's stay and hear the Will.

Ant. Here is the Will, and under Cæsar's seal.
To ev'ry Roman citizen he gives,
To ev'ry several man, sev’nty five drachma's.

2 Pleb. Most noble Cæfar! we'll revenge his death.
3 Pleb. O royal Cafar!


Ant. Hear me with patience.

All, Peace, ho!

Ant. Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,
His private arbors, and new-planted orchards
On s'that fide Tiber, he hath left them you,
And to your heirs for ever; common pleasures,
To walk abroad, and recreate your selves.
Here was a Casar, when comes such another?

i Pleb. Never, never ; come, away, away ;
We'll burn his body in the holy place,
And with the brands fire all the traitors houses.
Take up the body.

2 Pleb, Go fetch fire.
3 Pleb. Pluck down benches.
4 Pleb. Pluck down forms, windows, any thing.

[Exeunt Plebeians' with the body. Ant. Now let it work; mischief, thou art afoot ; Take thou what course thou wilt!How now, fellow?

Enter a Servant.
Ser. Oétavius is already come to Rome.
Ant. Where is he?
Ser. He and Lepidus are at Cæfar's house.

Ant. And thither will I straight, to visit him
He comes upon a wish. Fortune is merry,
And in this mood will give us any thing.

Ser. I heard him fay, Brutus and Caffus
Are rid, like madmen, through the gates of Rome.

Ant. Belike they had some notice of the people,
How I had mov'd them. Bring me to Ostavius. [Exeunt.

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Enter Cinna tbe Poet, and after him the Plebeians.
Cin, I dreamt to-night, that I did feast with Cæfar,
And things unluckily charge my fantasie;
I have no will to wander forth of doors ;

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Yet fomething leads me forth.

i Pleb. What is your name?
2 Pleb. Whither are you going?
3 Pleb. Where do you dwell?
4 Pleb. Are you a married man, or a batchelor?
ż Pleb. Answer every man directly.
i Pleb. Ay, and briefly.
4 Pleb. Ay, and wisely.
3 Pleb. Ay, and truly, you were beft.

Cin. What is my name? whither am I going? where do I dwell ? am I a married man, or a batchelor? then to answer every man directly and briefly, wisely and truly; wisely, I say I am a batchelor.

2 Pleb. That's as much as to say, they are fools that marry ; you'll bear me a bang for that, í fear: proceed directly.

Cin. Directly, I am going to Cafar's funeral.
1 Pleb. As a friend, or an enemy?
Cin. As a friend.
2 Pleb. That matter is answered directly.
4 Pleb. For your dwelling ; briefly.
Cin. Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.
3 Pleb. Your name, Sir, truly.
Cin. Truly my name is Cinna.

Pleb. Tear him to pieces, he's a confpirator.
Cin. I am Canna the poet, I am Cinna the poet.

4 Pleh. Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his bad verses.

Cin. I am not Cinna the confpirator.

4 Pleb, It is no matter, his name's Cinna; pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn him going.

3 Pleb. Tear him, tear him; come, brands, ho, firebrands: To Brutus, to Calius, burn all. Some to Decimus's house, And fome to Calca's, fome to Ligarius : away, go. [Exs.


A C T IV. . SCENE I. A small Island in the little River Rhenus

near Bononia.

Enter Antony, O&avius, and Lepidus.

*Hese many then shall die, their names are prickt.
Oet. Your brother too must die; consent you,

Lepidus ?
Lep. I do consent.
ołt. Prick him down, Antony.
Lep. Upon condition Publius Thall 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 Cæsar's house ;
Fecch the Will hither, and we shall determine
How to cut off some charge in legacies.

Lep. What? Thall I find you here?
oet. Or here, or at the Capitol. [Exit Lepidus.

Ant. This is a Night unmeritable man,
Meet to be sent on errands : is it fit,
The three-fold world divided, he should stand
One of the three to share it?

Oet. So you thought him,
And took his voice who should be prickt to die,
In our black fentence and proscription.

Ant. Ostavius, I have seen more days than you ;
And though we lay these honours on this man,
To ease our felves of divers Nand'rous loads ;
He shall but bear them, as the ass bears gold,
To groan and sweat under the business,
Or led or driven, as we point the way ;
And having brought our treasure where we will,


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Then take we down his load, and turn him off
Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears,
And graze in common.

Ot. You may do your will ;
But he's a try'd and valiant soldier.

Ant. So is my horse, Oétavius, and for that
I do appoint him store of provender.
It is a creature that I teach to fight,
To wind, to stop, to run directly on,
His corporal motion govern'd by my spirit.
And in some taste, is Lepidus but fo;
He must be taught, and train'd, and bid go forth,
A barren-spirited fellow, one that feeds
On 6/abject orts,' and imitations,
Which out of use and ftal'd by other men,
Begin his fashion. Do not talk of him,
But as a property. And now, Ostavius,
Listen great things---- Brutus and Caius
Are levying powers; we must straight make head.
Therefore let our alliance be combin'd,
Our best friends made, and our best means stretcht out;
And let us presently go sit in council,
How covert matters may be best disclos'd,
And open perils surest answered.

OE. Let us do fo ; for we are at the stake,
And bay'd about with many enemies ;
And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear,
Millions of mischiefs.


Before Brutus's tent, in the Camp near Sardis.
Drum. Enter Brutus, Lucilius, and Soldiers : Titinius

and Pindarus meeting them.
Tand, ho!
Luc. Give the word, ho! and stand!

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Bru. Stand

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