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JULIUS CÆSA R.
Triumvirs, after the Death of Julius Cæsar.
Tribunes and Enemies to Cæsar,
Friends to Brutus and Caffius.
Servants to Brutus,
Calphurnia, Wife to Cæsar.
Guards and Attendants,
SCENE for the three first Aets, at Rome : after.
wards at an Ille near Mutina ; at Sardis; and Philippi.
of this play there is no copy earlier than that of 1623. Folio.
Enter Flavius, (1) Marullus, and certain Commoners.
TENCE ; home, you idle creatures.
Is this a holiday? What! know
Car. Why, Sir, a carpenter.
Mar. Where is thy leather apron, and thy rule? Y
Cob. Truly, Sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am but, as you would say, a cobler: 1770511Y 98313 Mar. But what trade art thou ? Answer
re&tly. What trade are thou? Answer med
Cob. A trade, Sir, that, I hope, I may use with a safe conscience ; which is indeed, Sir, a mender of bad Yoals.
I beseech you, Sir, be not out with me; be out, Sir, I mend
(1) Murellus,] I have, upon the authority of Plutarch, &c.
THEO. given to this tribune, his right name, Marullas, A 2
. (2) Mar, What mean'st thou by that? Mend me, thou faucy fellow? Cob. Why, Sir, cobble you. Flav. Thou art a cobler, art thou ?
Cob. Truly, Sir, all, that I live by, is the awl. I meddle with no tradesman's matters, nor woman's matters ; but with-all, I am, indeed, Sir, a surgeon to old moes; when they are in great danger, I recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon neats-leather have gone upon my handy-work.
Flav. But wherefore art not in thy shop to-day? Why dost thou lead these men about the streets ? Cob. Truly, Sir, to wear out their shoes, to get
work. holiday to see Cæfar, and to rejoice in his triumph. Mar. Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he
home? What tributaries follow him to Rome, Το grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels! You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless
hard hearts ! you cruel men of Rome! ouis Knew you not Pompey? many a time and oft Have you climb'd
to walls and battlements,
(2) Mar. What mean'st thou by that?] As the Gobler, in the preceding speech, replies to Flavius, not to Marullus ; 'tis plain, think this speech must be given to Flavius. THEOBALD.
I have replaced Marullus; who might properly enough reply to a saucy sentence directed to bis collegue, and to whom the . fpeech was probably given, that he might not stand too long unemployed upon the stage,