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Sign'd in thy spoil, and crimson'd in thy lethe.
Cas. Mark Antony!
Pardon me, Caius Cassius :
Cas. I blame you not for praising Cæsar so,
Ant. Therefore I took your hands; but was, indeed,
Bru. Or else were this a savage spectacle.
That's all I seek:
Bru. You shall, Mark Antony.
Brutus, a word with you. -
By your pardon;
Be it so;
He speaks by leave and by permission ;
Cas. I know not what may fall: I like it not.
Bru. Mark Antony, here, take you Cæsar's body.
my speech is ended.
[Exeunt all but ANTONY.
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
Enter a Servant.
Serv. I do, Mark Antony.
Serv. He did receive his letters, and is coming,
[Seeing the Body.
Serv. He lies to-night within seven leagues of Rome.
Ant. Post back with speed, and tell him what hath chanc'd. Here is a mourning Rome, a dangerous Rome, No Rome of safety for Octavius yet : Hie hence, and tell him so. Yet, stay a while; Thou shalt not back, till I have borne this corse Into the market-place: there shall I try, 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.
[Ereunt, with CÆSAR's Body.
The Same. The Forum.
Bru. Then follow me, and give me audience, friends.
And public reasons shall be rendered
I will hear Brutus speak.
[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 honour, and have respect to mine honour, 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 honour him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him. There is tears for his love; joy for his fortune; honour for his valour; 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.
All. None, Brutus, none.
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.
All. Live, Brutus ! live! live!
Cæsar's better parts
1 Cit. We 'll bring him to his house with shouts and clamours. Bru. My countrymen, 2 Cit.
Peace! silence ! Brutus speaks. 1 Cit. Peace, ho!
Bru. Good countrymen, let me depart alone;
[Exit. 1 Cit. Stay, ho! and let us hear Mark Antony.
3 Cit. Let him go up into the public chair We 'll bear him. — Noble Antony, go up.
Ant. For Brutus' sake, I am beholding to you.
He says, for Brutus' sake, He finds himself beholding to us all.
4 Cit. 'T were best he speak no harm of Brutus her
Nay, that's certain.
2 Cit. Peace! let us hear what Antony can say.
Peace, ho! let us hear him.