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That by no means I may discover them
Let them enter. [Exit Lucius.
Enter CASSIUS, Casca, Decius, CINNA, METELLUS
CIMBER, and TREBONIUS.
Cas. I think, we are too bold upon your rest: Good morrow, Brutus; Do we trouble you?
Bru. I have been up this hour; awake, all night. Know I these men, that come along with you?
Cas. Yes, every man of them; and no man here, But honours you: and every one doth wish, You had but that opinion of yourself, Which every noble Roman bears of you. This is Trebonius.
any mark of favour.] Any distinction of countenance.
JOHNSON. See Vol. IV. p. 323, n. 3. STEEVENS.
3 For if thou path, thy native semblance on,] If thou walk in thy true form. Johnson. The fame verb is used by Drayton in his Polyolbion, Song II: « Where, from the neighbouring hills, her paffage Wey
doth path." Again, in his Epistle from Duke Humphrey to Elinor Cobham :
“ Pathing young Henry's unadvised ways." Steevens.
He is welcome hither.
He is welcome too.
They are all welcome. What watchful cares do interpose themselves 4 Betwixt your eyes and night?
Cas. Shall I entreat a word? [They whisper. Dec. Here lies the east: Doth not the day break
here? Casca. No. Cin. O, pardon, fir, it doth; and yon grey lines, That fret the clouds, are messengers of day. Casca. You shall confess, that you are both de
ceiv’d. Here, as I point my sword, the sun arises ; Which is a great way growing on the south, Weighing the youthful season of the year. Some two months hence, up higher toward the
Bru. Give me your hands all over, one by one.
do interpose themselves &c.] For the sake of measure I am willing to think our author wrote as follows, and that the word themselves, is an interpolation :
What watchful cares de interpose betwixt
Shall I entreat a word? STEEVENS. 5 No, not an oath : If not the face of men, &c.] Dr. Warburton would read fate of men'; but his elaborate emendation is, I think,
The face of men is the countenance, the regard, the
The sufferance of our souls, the time's abuse,
efteem of the publick; in other terms, honour and reputation ; or the face of men may mean the dejected look of the people. JOHNSON,
So, Tully in Catilinam-Nihil horum ora vuliufque moverunt ? Shakspeare formed this speech on the following passage in Sir T. North's translation of Plutarch:-" The conspirators having never taken oaths together, nor taken or given any caution or alurance, nor binding themselves one to another by any religious oaths, they kept the matter so secret to themselves,”' &c. Steevens. · I cannot reconcile myself to Johnson's explanation of this passage, but believe we should read
If not the faith of men, &c. which is supported by the following passages in this very speech :
What other bond
when every drop of blood
Of any promise that hath pali'd from him, Both of which prove, that Bruttis considered the faith of men as their firmest security in each other. M. MASON.
In this sentence, [i. e. the two first lines of the speech] as in several others, Shakspeare, with a view perhaps to imitate the abruptness and inaccuracy of discourse, has constructed the latter part without any regard to the beginning. “ If the face of men, the fufferance of our souls, &c. If these be not fufficient; if these be motives weak,” &c. So, in The Tempeft:
" I have with such provision in mine art,
No, not so much perdition,” &c. Mr. M. Mafon would read—if not the faith of men—. If the text be corrupt, faiths is more likely to have been the poet's word; which might have been easily confounded by the ear with face, the word exhibited in the old copy. So, in Antony and Cleopatra :
the manner of their deaths ? “ I do not see them bleed." Again, in King Henry VI. P. III.
“ And with their helps only defend ourselves." Again, more appositely, in The Rape of Lucrece:
You, fair lords, quoth she, “ Shall plight your honourable faiths to me." MALOXE.
And every man hence to his idle bed ;
• Till each man drop by lottery.) Perhaps the poet alluded to the custom of decimation, i. e. the selection by lot of every tenth foldier, in a general mutiny, for punishment. He speaks of this in Coriolanus :
By decimation, and a tithed death,
“ Take thou thy fate.” Steevens. ? And will not palter ?) And will not fly from his engagements. Cole in his Dictionary, 1679, renders to palier, by tergiversor. In Macbeth it signifies, as Dr. Johnson has observed, to fouffle with ambiguous expressions : and, indeed, here also it may mean to Jouffle; før he whose actions do not correspond with his promises is properly called a fouffler. Malone. & Swear priests, &c.] This is imitated by Otway: • When you would bind me, is there need of oaths ?" &c.
Venice Preserved. Johnson, cautelous,] Is here cautious, sometimes infidious. So, in Woman is a Weathercock, 1612: “ Yet warn you, be as cautelous not to wound my integrity.” Again, in Drayton's Miseries of Queen Margaret :
“ Witty, well-spoken, cautelous, though young." Again, in the second of these two senses in the romance of Kynge Appolyn of Thyre, 1610:“ — a fallacious policy and cautelous wyle"
Again, in Holinshed, p. 945: -the emperor's councell thought by a cautell to have brought the king in mind to sue for a licence from the pope." Steevens.
Bullokar in his English Expositor, 1616, explains cautelous thus : " Warie, circumspect;" in which fense it is certainly used here.
Old feeble carrions, and such suffering souls
Cas. But what of Cicero? Shall we found him? I think, he will stand very strong with us.
CASCA. Let us not leave him out.
No, by no means.
Then leave him out.
9 The even virtue of our enterprize,] The calm, equable, temperate fpirit that actuates us. MALONE. Thus in Mr. Pope's Eloisa to Abelard :
“ Desires compos'd, affections ever even,—," STEEVENS. opinion,) i. e. character. So, in King Henry IV. P. I:
Thou hast redeem'd thy loft opinion. The quotation is Mr. Reed's. See Vol. VIII. p. 585, n. 7.