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Either a coward or a flatterer.-
Here didst thou fall; aud here thy hunters stand,
Cas. Mark Antony,
Pardon me, Caius Cassius: The enemies of Cæsar shall say this; Then, in a friend, it is cold modesty.
Cas. I blame you not for praising Cæsar so; But what compact mean you to have with us?Will you be prick'd in number of our friends; Or shall we on, and not depend on you? Ant. Therefore I took your hands; but was, in
Bru. Or else were this a savage spectacle:
That's all I seek:.
And in the pulpit, as becomes a friend,
Bru. You shall, Mark Antony.
Brutus, a word with
you. You know not what you do; Do not consent,
[Aside. That Antony speak in his funeral : Know you how much the people may be mov'd By that which he will utter? Bru.
By your pardon ;I will myself into the pulpit first, And show the reason of our Cæsar's death : What Autony shall speak, I will protest He speaks by leave and by permission; And that we are contented, Cæsar shall Have all true rites, and lawful ceremonies. It shall advantage more, than do us wrong.
Cas. I know not what may fall; I like it not.
Bru. Mark Antony, here, take you Cæsar's body.
Be it so ;
[Ereunt all but Antony.
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Enter a Servant.
You serve Octavius Cæsar, do you not?
Serv. I do, Mark Antony.
Serv. He did receive his letters, and is coming:
[seeing the body.
• The signal for giviug no quarter.
+ To let slip a dog at a deer, &c. was the techni. cal phrase of Shakspeare's time.
In my oration, how the people take
Enter Brutus and Cassius, and a throng of Citi.
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.
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
; 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 de. mand, 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 honourhim: but, as he was ambitious, I slew him ; There is lears, for his love; joy, for his fortune; honour, for his valour; and death, for bis 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 speuking at once. Bru. Then pone have I offended. I have done no more to Cæsar, than you should 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!