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all slaves, than that Cæsar were dead, to live all freemen? 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 sc 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.
33 ALL. None, Brutus, none. BRUTUS. 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
46 ALL. Live, Brutus ! live, live! FIRST CITIZEN. Bring him with triumph home unto his
house. SECOND CITIZEN. Give him a statue with his ancestors. THIRD CITIZEN. Let him be Cæsar. FOURTH CITIZEN.
Cæsar's better parts Shall be crown'd in Brutus.
51 FIRST CITIZEN. We 'll bring him to his house with shouts
BRUTUS. My countrymen,-
Peace, silence! Brutus speaks.
And, for my sake, stay here with Antony :
60 Save I alone, till Antony have spoke.
[Exit. FIRST CITIZEN. Stay, ho! and let us hear Mark An
tony. THIRD CITIZEN. Let him go up into the public chair ;
We'll hear him. Noble Antony, go up.
[Goes into the pulpit. FOURTH CITIZEN. What does he say of Brutus ? THIRD CITIZEN.
He says, for Brutus' sake,
Nay, that's certain :
no SECOND CITIZEN. Peace ! let us hear what Antony can
say. ANTONY. You gentle Romans,CITIZENS.
Peace, ho ! let us hear him. ANTONY. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
then to mourn for him ?
And I must pause till it come back to me.
sayings. SECOND CITIZEN. If thou consider rightly of the matter,
Cæsar has had great wrong. THIRD CITIZEN.
Has he, masters ? 110 I fear there will a worse come in his place.
FOURTH CITIZEN. Mark'd his words ? He would not
take the crown ; Therefore 'tis certain he was not ambitious. FIRST CITIZEN. If it be found so, some will dear abide it. SECOND CITIZEN. Poor soul ! his eyes are red as fire with
weeping. THIRD CITIZEN. There's not a nobler man in Rome than
Antony. FOURTH CITIZEN. Now mark him, he begins again to
Have stood against the world ; now lies he there,
130 Which, pardon me, I do not mean to readAnd 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. FOURTH CITIZEN. We'll hear the will : read it, Mark
Antony. ALL. The will ! the will! we will hear Cæsar's will. ANTONY. Have patience, gentle friends, I must not
read it ;
It is not meet you know how Cæsar lov'd
For, if you should, 0, what would come of it!
You shall read us the will, Cæsar's will.
150 I fear I wrong the honourable men
Whose daggers have stabb'd Cæsar; I do fear it.
Then make a ring about the corpse of Cæsar,
Shall I descend ? and will you give me leave ? 160
[He comes down from the pulpit.