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In my oration, how the people take
The cruel issue of these bloody men ;-
According to the which, thou shalt discourse
To young Octavius of the state of things.
Lend me your hand. [Exeunt, with Cæsar's body.

SCENE II.

The same.

The Forum.

Enter BRUTUS and Cassius, and a throng of

CITIZENS.

Cit. We will be satisfied ; let us be satisfied.
Bru. Then follow me, and give me audience,

friends.-
Cassius, go you into the other street,
And part the numbers.
Those that will hear me speak, let them stay here;
Those that will follow Cassius, go with him ;
And public reasons shall be rendered
Of Cæsar's death.
1 Cit.

I will hear Brutus speak. 2 Cit. I will hear Cassius; and compare their

reasons, When severally we hear them rendered. [Exit Cassius with some of the Citizens. Brutus

goes into the rostrum. 3 Cit. The noble Brutus is ascended. Silence !

Bru. Be patient till the last. Romans, countrymen, and lovers ! hear me for my cause, and be silent that you may hear : believe me for mine honor, and have respect to mine honor, that you may believe : censure me in your wisdom, and awake your senses, that you may the better judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Cæsar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Cæsar was no less than his. If then that friend demand, why Brutus rose against Cæsar, this is my answer ;-Not that I loved Cæsar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Cæsar were living, and die all slaves; than that Cæsar were dead, to live all free men ? As Cæsar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honor him ; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him. There is tears for his love, joy for his fortune, honor for his valor, and death for his ambition. Who is here so base, that would be a bondman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so rude, that would not be a Roman? If any, speak; for him have I offended. Who is here so vile, that will not love his country? If any, speak; for him have I offended. I pause for a reply. Cit. None, Brutus, none.

(several speaking at once. Bru. Then none have I offended. I have done no more to Cæsar than you shall do to Brutus. The question of his death is enrolled in the Capitol: his glory not extenuated, wherein he was worthy; nor his offences enforced, for which he suffered death.

4 Cit.

Enter ANTONY and others, with Cæsar's body. Here comes his body, mourned by Mark Antony; who, though he had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his dying, a place in the commonwealth ; as which of you shall not ? With this I depart;—that, as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death.

Cit. Live, Brutus, live! live! 1 Cit. Bring him with triumph home unto his

house. 2 Cit. Give him a statue with his ancestors. 3 Cit. Let him be Cæsar.

Cæsar's better parts Shall now be crown'd in Brutus. 1 Cit. We'll bring him to his house with shouts

and clamors. Bru. My countrymen,2 Cit.

Peace; silence! Brutus speaks. 1 Cit. Peace, ho !

Bru. Good countrymen, let me depart alone, And, for my sake, stay here with Antony: Do grace to Cæsar's corpse, and grace his speech, Tending to Cæsar's glories, which Mark Antony, By our permission, is allow'd to make. I do entreat you, not a man depart, Save I alone, till Antony have spoke. [Exit.

1 Cit. Stay, ho! and let us hear Mark Antony.

3 Cit. Let him go up into the public chair : We'll hear him.-Noble Antony, go up.

Ant. For Brutus' sake, I am beholden to you.
4 Cit. What does he say of Brutus ?
3 Cit.

He says, for Brutus' sake, He finds himself beholden to us all. 4 Cit. 'Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus

here. 1 Cit. This Cæsar was a tyrant. 3 Cit.

Nay, that's certain : We are bless'd that Rome is rid of him.

2 Cit. Peace : let us hear what Antony can say. Ant. You gentle Romans,— Cit.

Peace, ho! let us hear him. Ant. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your

ears ;
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 Cæsar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you, Cæsar was ambitious :
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Cæsar answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Brutus, and the rest,
(For Brutus is an honorab man;
So are they all, all honorable men)
Come I to speak in Cæsar's funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honorable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Cæsar seem ambitious ?

When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff :
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honorable man.
You all did see, that, on the Lupercal,
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse :-was this ambition ?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And, sure, he is an honorable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause;
What cause withholds you then to mourn for him ?
O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason !-Bear with me :
My heart is in the coffin there with Cæsar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.
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. 2 Cit. Poor soul! his eyes are red as fire with

weeping 3 Cit. There's not a nobler man in Rome than

Antony.

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