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Dec. I have, when you have heard what I can say:
Cæs. How foolish do your fears seem now, Calphurnia ?
TREBONIUS, and CINNA.
Pub. Good morrow, Cæsar.
Cæsar, 't is stricken eight.
Ant. So to most noble Cæsar.
Bid them prepare within:
Remember that you call on me to-day:
Treb. Cæsar, I will: - and so near will I be, [Aside. That your best friends shall wish I had been farther.
Cæs. Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me, And we, like friends, will straightway go together.
Bru. That every like is not the same, O Cæsar! The heart of Brutus yearns to think upon.
Enter ARTEMIDORUS, reading a Paper. Art. “Cæsar, beware of Brutus; take heed of Cassius; come not near Casca; have an eye to Cinna; trust not Trebonius; mark well Metellus Cimber; Decius Brutus loves thee not; thou hast wronged Caius Ligarius. There is but one mind in all these men, and it is bent against Cæsar. If thou be'st not immortal, look about you: security gives way to conspiracy. The mighty gods defend thee! Thy lover,
" ARTEMIDORUS." Here will I stand till Cæsar pass along, And as a suitor will I give him this. My heart laments that virtue cannot live Out of the teeth of emulation. If thou read this, O Cæsar! thou may'st live; If not, the fates with traitors do contrive.
SCENE IV. The Same. Another Part of the same Street, before the House of
Enter PORTIA and LUCIUS.
Por. I would have had thee there, and here again,
Madam, what should I do?
Por. Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord look well,
Luc. I hear none, Madam.
Pr'ythee, listen well:
Luc. Sooth, Madam, I hear nothing.
Enter the Soothsayer. Por.
Come hither, fellow.
At mine own house, good lady.
About the ninth hour, lady.
Sooth. Madam, not yet: I go to take my stand, To see him pass on to the Capitol.
Por. Thou hast some suit to Cæsar, hast thou not?
Sooth. That I have, lady: if it will please Cæsar
Por. Why, know'st thou any harm's intended towards him?
chance. Good morrow to you. Here the street is narrow:
The throng that follows Cæsar at the heels,
Por. I must go in. Ah me! how weak a thing
Brutus hath a suit ,
The Same. The Capitol; the Senate sitting.
them ARTEMIDORUS, and the Soothsayer. Flourish. Enter
Dec. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read,
Art: 0, Cæsar! read mine first; for mine 's a suit
Cæs. What touches us ourself shall be last serv'd.
Sirrah, give place.
CÆSAR enters the Capitol, the rest following. All the Senators
Fare you well.
(Advances to CÆSAR. Bru. What said Popilius Lena?
Cas. He wish'd, to-day our enterprize might thriye. I fear, our purpose is discovered.
Bru. Look, how he makes to Cæsar: mark him.
Cas. Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention.
Cassius, be constant:
Cas. Trebonius knows his time; for, look Brutus,
[Exeunt ANTONY and TREBONIUS. CÆSAR and the
Senators take their Seats.
Bru. He is address'd: press near, and second him.
Cæs. Are we all ready? what is now amiss,
Met. Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Cæsar , Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat An humble heart:
I must prevent thee, Cimber.