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4 Cit. Now mark him, he begins again to speak.
Ant. But yesterday the word of Cæsar might Have stood against the world : now lies he there, And none so poor to do him reverence.1 O masters ! if I were disposed to stir Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage, I should do Brutus wrong and Cassius wrong, Who, you all know, are honorable men. I will not do them wrong; I rather choose To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you, Than I will wrong such honorable men: But here's a parchment, with the seal of Cæsar,I found it in his closet ; 'tis his will : Let but the commons hear this testament, (Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read) And they would go and kiss dead Cæsar's wounds, And dip their napkins in his sacred blood; Yea, beg a hair of him for memory, And, dying, mention it within their wills, Bequeathing it, as a rich legacy, Unto their issue. 4 Cit. We'll hear the will : read it, Mark An.
tony. Cit. The will, the will: we will hear Cæsar's
Ant. Have patience, gentle friends; I must not
ii. e. the meanest man is now too high to show him aus respect,
It is not meet you know how Cæsar loved you.
mad. 'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs ; For if you should, O, what would come of it!
4 Cit. Read the will; we will hear it, Antony : You shall read us the will, Cæsar's will.
Ant. Will you be patient? Will you stay awhile ? I have o'ershot myself, to tell you
of it. I fear, I wrong the honorable men, Whose daggers have stabb’d Cæsar : I do fear it.
4 Cit. They were traitors. Honorable 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 ?
Cit. Come down.
body. 2 Cit. Room for Antony,-most noble Antony. Ant. Nay, press not so upon me; stand far off. Cit. Stand back! room! bear back! Ant. If you have tears, prepare to shed them
You all do know this mantle : I remember
1 Statua, for statue, is common among the writers of our author's time.
Here is himself, marr'd, as you see, with traitors.
1 Cit. O piteous spectacle !
2 Cit. We will be revenged : revenge; about, seek,-burn,-fire,-kill, -slay !-let not a traitor live.
Ant. Stay, countrymen.
2 Cit. 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 honorable : What private griefs 1 they have, alas, I know not, That made them do it: they are wise and honorable, 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 gave me public leave to speak of him. For I have neither writ, nor words, nor worth, Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech,
1 For grievances. ? 1. e. no penned or premeditated oration.
To stir men's blood : I only speak right on;
Cit. We'll mutiny.
speak. Cit. Peace, ho! Hear Antony, most noble 10
tony. Ant. Why, friends, you go to do you know not
what. Wherein hath Cæsar thus deserved your loves ? Alas, you know not: I must tell
then. You have forgot the will I told you of. Cit. Most true; the will: let's stay, and hear
the will. Ant. Here is the will, and under Cæsar's seal. To every Roman citizen he gives, To every several man, seventy-five drachmas.1 2 Cit. Most noble Cæsar !–We'll revenge his
1 A drachma was of the value of 7d. sterling.