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Dec. Cæsar, all hail! Good morrow, worthy Cæsar: I come to fetch you to the senate-house.
Cæs. And you are come in very happy time,
Cal. Say he is sick.
Shall Cæsar send a lie ?
Dec. Most mighty Cæsar, let me know some cause, Lest I be laugh'd at when I tell them so.
Cæs. The cause is in my will, I will not come ;
Dec. This dream is all amiss interpreted ;
Cæs. And this way have you well expounded it.
Dec. I have when you have heard what I can say: And know it now; the senate have concluded
To give, this day, a crown to mighty Cæsar.
Casca, TREBONIUS, and Cinna.
Pub. Good morrow, Cæsar.
Cæsar, 't is strucken eight.
Ant. So to most noble Cæsar.
Cæs. Bid them prepare within : I am to blame to be thus waited for. Now, Cinna :-Now, Metellus :-What, Trebonius ! I have an hour's talk in store for you ;
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 further. 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!
[Exeunt. SCENE III.-— The same. A Street near the
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 beest 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 mayst live : If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive. [Exit.
SCENE IV.-The same. Another part of the same
Street, before the House of Brutus.
Enter PORTIA and LUCIUS.
To know my errand, madam. Por. I would have had thee there, and here again,
Ere I can tell thee what thou shouldst do there.-
Madam, what should I do?
Por. Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lord look well,
Luc. I hear none, madam.
Prithee, listen well.
Come hither, fellow : Which way hast thou been ? Sooth.
At mine own house, good lady. Por. What is 't o'clock? Sooth.
About the ninth hour, lady. Por. Is Cæsar yet gone to the Capitol ?
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 To be so good to Cæsar as to hear me, I shall beseech him to befriend himself. Por. Why, know'st thou any harm 's intended to
wards him? Sooth. None that I know will be, much that I fear
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