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In my oration, how the people take
Enter BRUTUS and Cassius, and a throng of
Cit. We will be satisfied ; let us be satisfied.
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.
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.
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
When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept:
Has he, masters ? I fear, there will a worse come in his place.
4 Cit. Mark'd ye his words ? He would not take
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