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And put on fear, and cast yourself in wonder,
Casca. Indeed, they say, the senators to-morrow Mean to establish Cæsar as a king: And he shall wear his crown by sea, and land, In every place, save here in Italy.
Cas. I know where I will wear this dagger then;
Why birds, and beasts, from quality and kind; &c.] That is, Why they deviate from quality and nature.
-- and children calculate;] Calculate here signifies to foretel or prophesy.
prodigious grown,] Prodigious is portentous. * Have thewes and limbs — ] Thewes is an obsolete word implying nerves or muscular strength.
Cassius from bondage will deliver Cassius :
So can I:
Cas. And why should Cæsar be a tyrant then? Poor man! I know, he would not be a wolf, But that he sees the Romans are but sheep: He were no lion, were not Romans hinds. Those that with haste will make a mighty fire, Begin it with weak straws: What trash is Rome, What rubbish, and what offal, when it serves For the base matter to illuminate So vile a thing as Cæsar! But, O, grief! Where hast thou led me? I, perhaps, speak this Before a willing bondman: then I know My answer must be made:' But I am armid, And dangers are to me indifferent.
Casca. You speak to Casca; and to such a man, That is no fleering tell-tale. Hold my hand:' Be factious for redress of all these griefs; And I will set this foot of mine as far, As who goes farthest. Cas.
There's a bargain made.
9 My answer must be made :] I shall be called to accoant, and must answer as for seditious words.
Hold my hand:] Is the same as, Here's my hand. * Be factious för redress --] Factious seems here to mean active.
Now know you, Casca, I have mov'd already
Casca. Stand close awhile, for here comes one in
haste. Cas. 'Tis Cinna, I do know him by his gait; He is a friend.-Cinna, where haste you so?
Cin. To findout you: Who'sthat? Metellus Cimber?
Cas. No, it is Casca; one incorporate
Cin. I am glad on't. What a fearful night is this? There's two or three of us have seen strange sights.
Cas. Am I not staid for, Cinna? Tell me.
Cas. Be you content: Good Cinna, take this paper, , And look you lay it in the prætor's chair, Where Brutus may but find it; and throw th In at his window: set this up with wax Upon old Brutus' statue: all this done, Repair to Pompey's porch, where you shall find us. Is Decius Brutus, and Trebonius, there?
Cin. All but Metellus Cimber; and he's gone To seek you at your house. Well, I will hie, And so bestow these papers as you bade me.
• Is favour'd, -) To farour is to resemble.
Cas. That done, repair to Pompey's theatre.
[Exit Cinna. Come, Casca, you and I will, yet, ere day, See Brutus at his house: three parts of him Is ours already; and the man entire, Upon the next encounter, yields him ours.
Casca. O, he sits high, in all the people's hearts: And that, which would appear offence in us, His countenance, like richest alchymy, Will change to virtue, and to worthiness. Cas. Him, and his worth, and our great need of
him, You have right well conceited. Let us go, For it is after midnight; and, ere day, We will awake him, and be sure of him. [Exeunt.
SCENE I. The same. Brutus's Orchard.
Bru. What, Lucius! ho!I cannot, by the progress of the stars, Give guess how near to day.-Lucius, I say!I would it were my fault to sleep so soundly. When, Lucius, when? Awake, I say: What Lucius!
Enter Lucius. Luc. Call'd you, my lord?
Bru. Get me a taper in my study, Lucius: When it is lighted, come and call me here. Luc. I will, my lord.
[Exit. Bru. It must be by his death: and, for my part, I know no personal cause to spurn at him,
But for the general. He would be crown'd:-
question. It is the bright day, that brings forth the adder; And that craves wary walking. Crown him?
But 'tis a common proof,
may; Then, lest he may, prevent. And, since the quarrel Will bear no colour for the thing he is, Fashion it thus; that what he is, augmented, Would run to these, and these extremities: And therefore think him as a serpent's egg, Which, hatch'd, would, as his kind, grow mis
chievous; And kill him in the shell.
* Remorse from power:) Remorse is pity, tenderness.
-common proof,] Common proof means a matter proved by common experience.
base degrees -] Low steps.