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To do I know not what: but it sufficeth,
Follow me then.
A Room in Cæsar's Palace.
Thunder and Lightning. Enter CÆSAR, in his
Night-gown. Cæs. Nor heaven, nor earth, have been at peace
to-night : Thrice hath Calphurnia in her sleep cried out, Help, ho! they murder Cæsar! Who 's within ?
Enter a Servant.
Seru. My lord ?
Cæs. Go bid the priests do present sacrifice,
Enter CALPHURNIA. Cal. What mean you, Cæsar? Think you to
walk forth? You shall not stir out of your house to-day. Cæs. Cæsar shall forth: The things that threaten'd
me, Ne'er look'd but on my back ; when they shall see The face of Cæsar, they are vanished.
Cal. Cæsar, I never stood on ceremonies ?, Yet now they fright me. There is one within,
7 Never paid a regard to prodigies or omens.
Besides the things that we have heard and seen,
What can be avoided,
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 end, Will come, when it will come.
Re-enter a Servant.
augurers ? Serv. They would not have you to stir forth
to-day. Plucking the entrails of an offering forth, They could not find a heart within the beast.
Cæs. The gods do this in shame of cowardice: Cæsar should
be a beast without a heart, If he should stay at home to-day for fear.
No, Cæsar shall not : Danger knows full well,
Alas, my lord, Your wisdom is consum'd in confidence. Do not go forth to-day : Call it my fear, That keeps you in the house, and not your own. We 'll send Mark Antony to the senate-house; And he shall say, you are not well to-day: Let me, upon my knee, prevail in this.
Cæs. Mark Antony shall say, I am not well; And, for thy humour, I will stay at home.
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 ?
cause, Lest I be laugh'd at, when I tell them so.
Cæs. The cause is in my will, I will not come ; That is enough to satisfy the senate. But, for your private satisfaction, Because I love you, I will let you know.
Calphurnia here, my wife, stays me at home:
Dec. This dream is all amiss interpreted ;
Cæs. And this way have you well expounded it.
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 mày 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.
Pub. Good morrow, Cæsar.
lean. What is 't o'clock. Bru
Cæsar, 'tis strucken eight.
your pains and courtesy.
See! Antony, that revels long o' nights,
So to most noble Cæsar.
Aside. That your best friends shall wish I had been
further. Ces. Good friends, go in, and taste some wine
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!