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Bru. Look how he makes to Cæfar; mark him,

Caf. Cafca, be sudden, for we fear prevention.
Brutus, what shall be done? If this be known,
Caffius or Cafar never fhall turn back,
For I will flay myself.

[ Cæsar being arrived at his feat, Popilius

whispers him and smiles.
Bru. Cafius, bé conftant:
Popilius Lena (peaks not of our purpofes;
For look, he fpìles, and Cefar doth not change.

Caf. Trebonius knows his time; for look you, Brutus, He draws Mark Antony out of the way. [• Exeunt Antony and Trebonius converfing. Cæsar and the

Senate being feated, Metellus advances towards Cæsar, Der. Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him

go, And presently prefer his suit to Cæfar.

Bru. He is addrest: press near and second him. Cin, Cafia, you are the first that "rear your hand, (The Conspirators follow Metellus, and range themselves

about Cæfar. Cef. Are we all ready? What is now amiss, That Cæfar and his Senate must redress?

Met. Most high, moft mighty, and most puissant Cæfar, Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat [* Kneeling An huinble heart. .,

Caf. I must prevent thee, Cimber,

$ Nor this,

w The fo's, R. P.T.W. and 7. raars 'T. H. W. and 7. purpose for para for rear. poses.

* No direction in the fo's. C. direets • No direction in any edition before [prefirating bimself, C.


These couchings, and these lowly ' courtesies,
Might ? fire the blood of ordinary men,
Ani turn pre-ordinance, and first decree,
Into the lane of children... Be not fond,
To think that Cafar bears such rebel blood,
That will be thaw'd from the true quality
With that which melteth fools; I mean, sweet words,
Low-crooked court'sies, and base spaniel fawning.
Thy brother by decree is banist ed :
If thou dost bend and pray and fawn for him,
I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.
Know, Cafar doth not wrong, nor without cause
Will he be satis. cd,


y so the two first fo's and C; the what follows, fourth f. and R.'s octavo, cursfies; the

I only speak right on. reft, curtefies.

I tell you that, which you yourselves de W. reads ftir for fore; “ Submission,

know; “ says he, does not fire the blood, but Shew you (weet Cafer's wounds, poor, " melts ir to compassion; or, as he says poor, dumb mouths! just afrer, baw it. So afterwards in And bid them speak for me.

But were « this play he says,

I Brutus, Tbe power of specsb to stir mer's bloods,” And Brulus, Antony, there were an An


1977 Bur is it pot fire, that firs, meles, and Would ruffle up your spirits, and put a ibaws ?- Fire is a term made use of to tongue express the moving or kindling all the in every wound of Cæfar, that should paffiones; and fir is very upluckily giou pitchied upon to supply it's place in this The ftones of Rome to rise and mutiny. passage, being more properly applied to So that to flir men's bloods, to ruffle abeir the turbulent and boilterous passions ; Spirits, and to move to infurretion and in Othello we read, the spirie - Atirring mutiny, are all of them phrases which drum; and the sense of sir in the pal- here signify to inspire them with revenge sage above-quoted by W. is not to pir of Cæsar's death. compassion, but revenge, as is plain by a 7. conje&tures law for lane.


Met. Is there no voice more worthy than my own,
To found more sweetly in great Cæsar's ear,
For the repealing of my banish'd brother?

Bru. I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Cæfar;
Defiring thee, that Publius Cimber may
Have an immediate freedom of repeal.

Cæs. What, Brutus !

Casi Pardon, Cæfar; Cesar, pardon:
As blow as to thy foot doth Casius fall,
To beg enfranchisement for Publius Cimber.

Caf. 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, fixt, and resting quality,
There is no fellow in the firinament.
The skies are painted with unnumber'd sparks,
They are all fire, and every one doth shine;
But there's but one in all doth hold his place:
So in the world, 'tis furnith'd well with men,
And men are flesh and blood, and apprehensive,
Yet in the number, I do know but one
That unaflailable holds on his rank,
Unshak'd of motion ; and that I am he,
Let me a little fhew it, even in this;
That I was constant Cimber should be banilh'd
And constant do remain to keep him fo.

• The second f. love for low.

4.7. conje&tures race for rank. c The ten following lines are omitted Upron conje&tures notion for motion. by P, and H. in their text, but preserved Crit. Opl. Book ii. Sect. 10. in the margia.

Cin. O Cafar;-
Cæf. Hence! Wilt thou lift up Olympus ?
Dec. Great Cæfar,
Cæf. : Doth not Brutus bootless kneel?
Casc. Speak, hands, for me! [* Stabbing him in the neck.

Cæsar rises, catches at the dagger, and struggles with

him: defends himself, for a time, agninst him, and
against the other Conspirators; but, frabbed by

Caf. Et tu, Brute ? Then fall, Cafur.

[t be submits; muffles up his face in his mantle;

falls, and dies. Senate in confufioni Cin. Liberty! Freedomn! Tyranny is dead ! Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets.

Caf. Some to the common pulpits, and cry out, Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement !

Bru. People, and senators, be not affrighted; Fly not, stand still; ambition 's debt is paid.

Casc. Go to the pulpit, Brutus.

The first f. gives this speech-te Dotb, yet he says he would read Da Cinna, his name being put without ab- The mçaning of Cajør's speech is plaima breviation before the speech, viz. Cinna; by this, Doch not Bruss kneel without the other fo's, H. and C. contracted, vir. effect? Bruites, whom I most csteem Cin. R. P.T.W. and J. Cimi. So that among you . and can you, Caffius, Cinns, by a mistake of the press in R.'s edition and Decius, expect to prevail? this speech is given by the reft to Meicia h I have copied these directions from las Cimber.

C; the rest have only (Tbey fab Cxfax. & So the first f. T. W. J. and C; C. bas copied these directions from Plus the three last fo's and the rest, for Dotb tarch, neü-O de Keskat si pe waite wapa tead Do; but then the fo's have a point còn :'xira, &c. of interro?ation at the end of the speech, † The fo's and R. hare no direction which seems to thew that Do was an er- here, the reft (Dies. ror of the press. Although J. reads


Dec. And Casius too.
Bru. Where's Publius?
Cin. Here, quite confounded with this mutiny,

Met. Stand fast together, lest some i friend of Cæsar's
Should chance

Bru. Talk not of standing.- Publius, good cheer;
There is no harm intended to your person,
Nor to no Roman elfe; fo tell them, Publius.

Caf. And leave us, Publius, left that the people,
Rushing on us, should do your age some mischief,

Brx. Do fo; and let no man abide this deed, But we the doers.

[* Exeunt all but Conspiratorsa

"Enter Trebonius, Caf. Where is Antony ?

Tre. Fled to his house amaz'd:
Men, wives, and children, stare, cry out, and run,
As it were doom's-day.

Bru. Fates, we will know your pleasures ;
That we shall die, we know ; 'tis but the time,
And drawing days out, that inen stand upon,

· Casc. Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life, Cuts off so many years of fearing death.

Bru. Grant that, and then is death a benefit : So are we Cæfar's friends, that have abridg’d

Pi's duodecimo, T.W. and 7. friends mo So the fo's, R. T. W. and 7; the for friend

reft, Where's for Wbere is. * This direction firf put in by C. A The fo's and R. give this specch to

| Here P. H. W. and C. begin theis Casca; the rest to Caffius fecond Scene.

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