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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 wronged 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.
Another Part of the same Street, before the House of
Enter Portia and Lucius. Por. I pr’ythee, boy, run to the senate-house ; Stay not to answer me, but get thee gone : Why dost thou stay? Luc.
To know my errand, madam. Por. I would have had thee there, and here again, Ere I can tell thee what thou should'st do there:
O constancy, be strong upon my side!
Madam, .what should I do?
Luc. I hear none, madam.
Pr'ythee, listen well;
Luc. Sooth ?, madam, I hear nothing.
Enter Soothsayer. Por.
Come hither, fellow : Which
hast thou been ? Sooth.
At mine own house, good lady. Por. What is 't o'clock ? Sooth.
About the ninth hour, lady. Por. Is Cæsar yet gone to the Capitol ?
Sooth. Madam, not yet ; I go to take my stand, To see him pass on to the Capitol. Por. Thou hast some suit to Cæsar, hast thou Sooth. None that I know will be, much that I fear
not? Sooth. That I have, lady: if it will please Cæsar To be so good to Cæsar, as to hear me, I shall beseech him to befriend himself. Por. Why, know'st thou any harm's intended
3 In truth.
Good-morrow to you. Here the street is narrow :
Ah me! how weak a thing
ACT THE THIRD,
The Capitol; the Senate sitting.
A Crowd of People in the Street leading to the
Capitol : among them ARTEMIDORUS," and the Soothsayer. Flourish. Enter CÆSAR, BRUTUS, Cassius, Casca, Decius, METELLUS, TREBONIUS, Cinna, AntonY, LEPIDUS, POPILIUS, PUBLIUS, and Others.
Cæs. The ides of March are come.
Dec. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read,
Art. 0, Cæsar, read mine first; for mine's a suit
Sirrah, give place.
CÆSAR enters the Capitol, the rest following.
All the Senators rise.
[Advances to CÆSAR.
Bru. Look, how he makes to Cæsar : Mark him.
Cas. Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention.-
Cassius, be constant :
[Exeunt Antony and TREBONIUS. CÆSAR
and the Senators take their Seats. Dec. Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him go, And presently prefer his suit to Cæsar.
Bru. He is address'd * : press near, and second
him. Cin. Casca, you are the first that rears your
I must prevent thee, Cimber. These couchings, and these lowly courtesies, Might fire the blood of ordinary men, And turn pre-ordinance, and first decree, Into the law of children. Be not fond, To think that Cæsar bears such rebel blood, That will be thaw'd from the true quality With that which melteth fools; I mean, sweet
words, Low-crooked curt'sies, and base spaniel fawning. Thy brother by decree is banished; If thou dost bend, and pray, and fawn for him, I spurn
thee like a cur out of my way. Know, Cæsar doth not wrong; nor without cause Will he be satisfied. Met. Is there no voice more worthy than my
own, To sound more sweetly in great Cæsar's ear, For the repealing of my banish'd brother?
Bru. I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Cæsar;
Cæs. What, Brutus !
Pardon, Cæsar ; Cæsar, pardon :.