Act 2, Scene 2
Rome. Caesar’s house.
- Thunder and lightning.
- Enter Julius Caesar in his night-gown.
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- Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace tonight.
- Thrice hath Calphurnia in her sleep cried out,
- “Help, ho! They murder Caesar!” Who’s within?
- Enter a Servant.
- My lord?
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- Go bid the priests do present sacrifice,
- And bring me their opinions of success.
- I will, my lord.
- Enter Calphurnia.
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- What mean you, Caesar? Think you to walk forth?
- You shall not stir out of your house today.
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- Caesar shall forth; the things that threaten’d me
- Ne’er look’d but on my back; when they shall see
- The face of Caesar, they are vanished.
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- Caesar, I never stood on ceremonies,
- Yet now they fright me. There is one within,
- Besides the things that we have heard and seen,
- Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch.
- A lioness hath whelped in the streets,
- And graves have yawn’d and yielded up their dead;
- Fierce fiery warriors fight upon the clouds
- In ranks and squadrons and right form of war,
- Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol;
- The noise of battle hurtled in the air;
- Horses did neigh, and dying men did groan,
- And ghosts did shriek and squeal about the streets.
- O Caesar, these things are beyond all use,
- And I do fear them.
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- What can be avoided
- Whose end is purpos’d by the mighty gods?
- Yet Caesar shall go forth; for these predictions
- Are to the world in general as to Caesar.
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- When beggars die there are no comets seen;
- The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.
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- 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.
- Enter a Servant.
- What say the augurers?
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- They would not have you to stir forth today.
- Plucking the entrails of an offering forth,
- They could not find a heart within the beast.
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- The gods do this in shame of cowardice;
- Caesar should be a beast without a heart
- If he should stay at home today for fear.
- No, Caesar shall not; Danger knows full well
- That Caesar is more dangerous than he.
- We are two lions litter’d in one day,
- And I the elder and more terrible;
- And Caesar shall go forth.
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- Alas, my lord,
- Your wisdom is consum’d in confidence.
- Do not go forth today; 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 today.
- Let me, upon my knee, prevail in this.
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- Mark Antony shall say I am not well,
- And for thy humor I will stay at home.
- Enter Decius.
- Here’s Decius Brutus, he shall tell them so.
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- Caesar, all hail! Good morrow, worthy Caesar,
- I come to fetch you to the Senate-house.
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- And you are come in very happy time
- To bear my greeting to the senators,
- And tell them that I will not come today.
- Cannot, is false; and that I dare not, falser:
- I will not come today. Tell them so, Decius.
- Say he is sick.
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- Shall Caesar send a lie?
- Have I in conquest stretch’d mine arm so far,
- To be afeard to tell greybeards the truth?
- Decius, go tell them Caesar will not come.
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- Most mighty Caesar, let me know some cause,
- Lest I be laugh’d at when I tell them so.
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- 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:
- She dreamt tonight she saw my statuë,
- Which, like a fountain with an hundred spouts,
- Did run pure blood; and many lusty Romans
- Came smiling and did bathe their hands in it.
- And these does she apply for warnings and portents
- And evils imminent, and on her knee
- Hath begg’d that I will stay at home today.
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- This dream is all amiss interpreted,
- It was a vision fair and fortunate.
- Your statue spouting blood in many pipes,
- In which so many smiling Romans bath’d,
- Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck
- Reviving blood, and that great men shall press
- For tinctures, stains, relics, and cognizance.
- This by Calphurnia’s dream is signified.
- And this way have you well expounded it.
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- 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 Caesar.
- 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 up the Senate till another time,
- When Caesar’s wife shall meet with better dreams.”
- If Caesar hide himself, shall they not whisper,
- “Lo Caesar is afraid”?
- Pardon me, Caesar, for my dear dear love
- To your proceeding bids me tell you this;
- And reason to my love is liable.
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- How foolish do your fears seem now, Calphurnia!
- I am ashamed I did yield to them.
- Give me my robe, for I will go.
- Enter Brutus, Ligarius, Metellus, Casca, Trebonius, Cinna,
- and Publius.
- And look where Publius is come to fetch me.
- Good morrow, Caesar.
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- Welcome, Publius.
- What, Brutus, are you stirr’d so early too?
- Good morrow, Casca. Caius Ligarius,
- Caesar was ne’er so much your enemy
- As that same ague which hath made you lean.
- What is’t a’ clock?
- Caesar, ’tis strucken eight.
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- I thank you for your pains and courtesy.
- Enter Antony.
- See, Antony, that revels long a-nights,
- Is notwithstanding up. Good morrow, Antony.
- So to most noble Caesar.
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- Bid them prepare within;
- I am to blame to be thus waited for.
- Now, Cinna; now, Metellus; what, Trebonius:
- I have an hour’s talk in store for you;
- Remember that you call on me today;
- Be near me, that I may remember you.
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- Caesar, I will;
- And so near will I be,
- That your best friends shall wish I had been further.
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- Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me,
- And we, like friends, will straightway go together.
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- That every like is not the same, O Caesar,
- The heart of Brutus earns to think upon!