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Mar. What meanest thou by that? Mend me, thou saucy fellow ?
2 Cit. Why, Sir, cobble you.
Flav. Thou art a cobbler, art thou?
2 Cit. Truly, Sir, all that I live by is, with the awl: I meddle with no tradesman's matters, nor women's matters, but with awl. I am, indeed, Sir, a surgeon to old shoes; when they are in great danger, I recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon neat's leather, have gone upon my handiwork.
Flav. But wherefore art not in thy shop to-day?
Why dost thou lead these men about the streets?
2 Cit. Truly, Sir, to wear out their shoes, to get myself into more work. But, indeed, Sir, we make holiday to see Cæsar, and to rejoice in his triumph.
Mar. Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home? What tributaries follow him to Rome,
To grace in captive bonds his chariot wheels ?
You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!
And do you now put on your best attire?
Run to your houses, fall upon your knees,
Flav. Go, go, good countrymen, and, for this fault,
If you do find them deck'd with ceremonies.*
You know, it is the feast of Lupercal.
Be hung with Cæsar's trophies. I'll about
And drive away the vulgar from the streets:
Who else would soar above the view of men,
SCENE II-The same. A Public Place.
Enter, in Procession with Music, CESAR; ANTONY, for the course; CALPHURNIA, PORTIA, DECIUS, CICERO, Brutus, CASSIUS, and CASCA, a great crowd following, among them a SOOTHSAYER.
Casca. Peace, ho! Cæsar speaks.
Cal. Here, my lord.
Cas. Stand you directly in Antonius' way, When he doth run his course.*-Antonius. Ant. Cæsar, my lord.
Cas. Forget not, in your speed, Antonius, To touch Calphurnia: for our elders say, The barren, touched in this holy chase, Shake off their steril curse.
Ant. I shall remember:
When Cæsar says, Do this, it is perform'd.
Cæs. Ha! who calls?
Casca. Bid every noise be still :-Peace yet again.
Cas. Who is it in the press,t that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Caes. What man is that!
Bru. A soothsayer, bids you beware the ides of March.
Cas. Fellow, come from the throng: Look upon Cæsar.
Cæs. He is a dreamer: let us leave him;-pass.
[Sennet. Exeunt all but BRUTUS and CASSIUS. Cas. Will you go see the order of the course? Bru. Not I.
Cas. I pray you do.
Bru. I am not gamesome: I do lack some part Of that quick spirit that is in Antony.
Let me not hinder, Cassius, your desires;
I'll leave you.
Cas. Brutus, I do observe you now of late:
* A ceremony observed at the feast of Lupercalia.
I have not from your eyes that gentleness,
You bear too stubborn and too strange* a hand
Be not deceived: if I have veil'd my look,
Of late, with passions of some difference,
Which give some soil, perhaps, to my behaviours:
Than that poor Brutus, with himself at war,
Forgets the shows of love to other men.
Cas. Then, Brutus, I have much mistook your passion,†
By means whereof, this breast of mine hath buried
Thoughts of great value, worthy cogitations.
Tell me, good Brutus, can you see your face?
And it is very much lamented, Brutus,
That you might see your shadow. I have heard,
Have wish'd that noble Brutus had his eyes.
Bru. Into what dangers would you lead me, Cassius, That you would have me seek into myself
For that which is not in me?
Cas. Therefore, good Brutus, be prepared to hear:
And, since you know you cannot see yourself
So well as by reflection, I, your glass,
Will modestly discover to yourself
That of yourself which you yet know not of.
And be not jealous of me, gentle Brutus:
That I do fawn on men, and hug them hard,
And after scandal them; or if you know
That I profess myself in banqueting
To all the rout, then hold me dangerous.
[Flourish and shout.
Bru. What means this shouting? I do fear, the people
Choose Cæsar for their king.
Cas. Ay, do you fear it?
Then must I think you would not have it so.
Bru. I would not, Cassius; yet I love him well:
Make stale, cheap.
But wherefore do you hold me here so long?
And bade him follow: so, indeed, he did.
Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder
The old Anchises bear, so, from the waves of Tyber
Did I the tired Cæsar: And this man
Is now become a god; and Cassius is
A wretched creature, and must bend his body,
He had a fever when he was in Spain,
And, when the fit was on him, I did mark
How he did shake: 'tis true, this god did shake:
And that same eye, whose bend doth awe the world,
Ay, and that tongue of his, that bade the Romans
As a sick girl. Ye gods, it doth amaze me,
A man of such a feeble temper* should
And bear the palm alone.
Bru. Another general shout!
I do believe, that these applauses are
For some new honours that are heap'd on Cæsar.
Cas. Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world, Like a Colossus; and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves.
Men at some time are masters of their fates:
Brutus, and Cæsar: What should be in that Cæsar?
O! you and I have heard our fathers say,
Bru. That you do love me, I am nothing jealous;
Than to repute himself a son of Rome
Under these hard conditions as this time
Is like to lay upon us.
Cas. I am glad, that my weak words
Have struck but this much show of fire from Brutus.
Re-enter CESAR, and his Train.
Bru. The games are done, and Cæsar is returning.
Cas. As they pass by, pluck Casca by the sleeve;
And he will, after his sour fashion, tell you