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Cal. When beggars die, there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of
princes. Cæs. Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear; Seeing that death, a necessary erd, Will come, when it will come.
Re-enter a Servant.
What say the augurers ? Serv. They would not have you to stir, forth
Cæs. The gods do this in shame of cowardice:
Alas, my lord,
And he shall say, you are not well to-day:
Cæs. Mark Antony shall say, I am not well;
Here's Decius Brutus, he shall tell them so.
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,
Cæs. The cause is in my will, I will not come;
Came smiling, and did bathe their hands in it.
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. If you shall send them word, you will not come, Their minds may change. Besides, it were a mock Apt to be render'd, for some one to say, Break
the senate till another time, When Cæsar's wife shall meet with better dreams. If Cæsar hide himself, shall they not whisper, Lo, Cæsar is afraid? Pardon me, Cæsar; for my dear, dear love To your proceeding bids me tell you this; And reason to my love is liable. Cæs. How foolish do your fears seem now, Cal
phurnia ? I am ashamed I did yield to them.Give me my robe, for I will go :
Enter PUBLIUS, BRUTUS, LIGARIUS, METELLUS,
CASCA, TREBONIUS, and Cinna.
lean. What is't o'clock ? Bru.
Cæsar, 'tis strucken eight. Cæs. I thank you for your pains and courtesy.
See! Antony, that revels long o'nights,
So to most noble Cæsar.
call on me to-day: Be near me, that I may remember you.
T'reb, 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,
The Same. A street near the Capitol.
Enter ARTEMIDORUS, reading a paper. Art. 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 wrong'd Caius Ligarius. There is but one mind in all these men, and it is bent against Cæsar. If thou be’st 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 may'st live; If not, the fates with traitors do contrive. [Exit,
The Same. Another part of the same street, before the
house of Brutus.
Enter PORTIA and LUCIUS.