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Why dost thou stay?
To know my errand, madam.
Luc. ; Madam, what should I do?
Luc. I hear none, madam.
Pr’ythee, listen well:
Luc. Sooth, madam, I hear nothing.
Come hither, fellow:
At mine own house, good 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 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
towards him? . Sooth. None that I know will be, much that I fear
may 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
ACT II. SCENE I. The same. The Capitol; the Senate sitting,
A Croud of People in the Street leading to the
Capitol; among them ARTEMIDORUS, and the
Dec. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read,
Art. O, Cæsar, read mine first; for mine's a suit That touches Cæsar nearer: Read it, great Cæsar.
Ces. What touches us ourself, shall be last sery'd.
Sirrah, give place.
the Senators rise.
Fare you well.
[Advances to CÆSAR. Bru. What said Popilius Lena?
Cas. Hewish'd, to-day our enterprize might thrive. I fear, our purpose is discovered.
Bru. Look, how he makes to Cæsar: Mark him.
Cas. Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention.: Brutus, what shall be done? If this be known, Cassius or Cæsar never shall turn back, For I will slay myself. Bru.
Cassius, be constant: Popilius Lena speaks not of our purposes; For, look, he smiles, and Cæsar doth not change. · Cas. Trebonius knows his time; for, look you,
He draws Mark Antony out of the way.
[Exeunt ANTONY and TREBONIUS. CÆSAR
and the Senators take their. Seats. Dec. Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him go, And presently prefer his suit to Cæsar.
Bru. He is address'd :: press near, and second him.
s Ile is address'd;] i, e. he is ready.
Cæs. Are we all ready? what is now amiss, That Cæsar, and his senate, must redress? ✓ Met. Most high, most mighty, and most puissant
I must prevent thee, Cimber. These couchings, and these lowly courtesies, Might fire the blood of ordinary men; And turn pre-ordinance, and first decree, Into the law of children. Be not fond, To think that Cæsar bears such rebel blood, That will be thaw'd from the true quality With that which melteth fools; I mean, sweet words, Low-crooked curt’sies, and base spaniel fawning. Thy brother by decree is banished; If thou dost bend, and pray, and fawn for him, I spurn thee like a cur out of my way. Know, Cæsar doth not wrong; nor without cause Will he be satisfied. Live Met. Is there no voice more worthy than my own, To sound more sweetly in great Cæsar's ear, For the repealing of my banish'd brother?
Bru. I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Cæsar; Desiring thee, that Publius Cimber may Have an immediate freedom of repeal.
Cæs. What, Brutus !
Cas... Pardon, Cæsar; Cæsar, pardon: As low as to thy foot doth Cassius fall, To beg enfranchisement for Publius Cimber.
Cees. I could be well mov'd, if I were as you; If I could pray to move, prayers would move me: But I am constant as the northern star, Of whose true-fix'd, and resting quality,
And turn pre-ordinance,] Pre-ordinance, for ordinance already established.
of motion.ds on his
There is no fellow in the firmament.
Cin. O Cæsar,
Doth not Brutus bootless kneel?
catches hold of his Arm. He is then stabbed
Cas. Some to the common pulpits, and cry out,
Bru. People, and senators! be not affrighted; Fly not; stand still :-ambition's debt is paid.
Casca. Go to the pulpit, Brutus.
7- apprehensive;] i, e. intelligent, capable of apprehending. 8 Unshak'd of motion:] i. e. Unshak’d by suit or solicitation.
9 Go to the pulpit, Brutus.] We have now taken leave of Casca. Shakspeare for once knew that he had a sufficient number of heroes on his hands, and was glad to lose an individual in the croud. It may be added, that the singularity of Casca's manners would have