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Julius Caesar: Act 3, Scene 2

Julius Caesar
Act 3, Scene 2

The Forum.

  1. Enter Brutus and Cassius with the Plebeians.

All Plebeians

2
  1. We will be satisfied! Let us be satisfied!

Brutus

3 - 9
  1. Then follow me, and give me audience, friends.
  2. Cassius, go you into the other street,
  3. And part the numbers.
  4. Those that will hear me speak, let ’em stay here;
  5. Those that will follow Cassius, go with him;
  6. And public reasons shall be rendered
  7. Of Caesar’s death.

First Plebeian

10
  1.                    I will hear Brutus speak.

Second Plebeian

11 - 12
  1. I will hear Cassius, and compare their reasons,
  2. When severally we hear them rendered.
  1. Exit Cassius with Second Plebeian and some of the Plebeians.
  1. Brutus goes into the pulpit.

Third Plebeian

15
  1. The noble Brutus is ascended; silence!

Brutus

16 - 36
  1. Be patient till the last.
  2. Romans, countrymen, and lovers, hear me for my cause, and be
  3. silent, that you may hear. Believe me for mine honor, and
  4. have respect to mine honor, that you may believe. Censure me
  5. in your wisdom, and awake your senses, that you may the
  6. better judge. If there be any in this assembly, any dear
  7. friend of Caesar’s, to him I say, that Brutus’ love to
  8. Caesar was no less than his. If then that friend demand why
  9. Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: Not that I
  10. lov’d Caesar less, but that I lov’d Rome more. Had you
  11. rather Caesar were living, and die all slaves, than that
  12. Caesar were dead, to live all freemen? As Caesar lov’d me, I
  13. weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he
  14. was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew
  15. him. There is tears for his love; joy for his fortune; honor
  16. for his valor; and death for his ambition. Who is here so
  17. base that would be a bondman? If any, speak, for him have I
  18. offended. Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If
  19. any, speak, for him have I offended. Who is here so vile
  20. that will not love his country? If any, speak, for him have
  21. I offended. I pause for a reply.

All Plebeians

37
  1. None, Brutus, none.

Brutus

38 - 49
  1. Then none have I offended. I have done no more to Caesar
  2. than you shall do to Brutus. The question of his death is
  3. enroll’d in the Capitol: his glory not extenuated, wherein
  4. he was worthy; nor his offenses enforc’d, for which he
  5. suffer’d death.
  6. Enter Mark Antony and others with Caesar’s body.
  7. Here comes his body, mourn’d by Mark Antony, who, though he
  8. had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his
  9. dying, a place in the commonwealth, as which of you shall
  10. not? With this I depart, that, as I slew my best lover for
  11. the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it
  12. shall please my country to need my death.

All Plebeians

50
  1. Live, Brutus, live, live!

First Plebeian

51
  1. Bring him with triumph home unto his house.

Third Plebeian

52
  1. Give him a statue with his ancestors.

Fourth Plebeian

53
  1. Let him be Caesar.

Fifth Plebeian

54 - 55
  1.                    Caesar’s better parts
  2. Shall be crown’d in Brutus.

First Plebeian

56 - 57
  1.                             We’ll bring him to his house
  2. With shouts and clamors.

Brutus

58
  1.                          My countrymen

Third Plebeian

59
  1. Peace, silence! Brutus speaks.

First Plebeian

60
  1.                                Peace ho!

Brutus

61 - 67
  1. Good countrymen, let me depart alone,
  2. And, for my sake, stay here with Antony.
  3. Do grace to Caesar’s corpse, and grace his speech
  4. Tending to Caesar’s glories, which Mark Antony
  5. (By our permission) is allow’d to make.
  6. I do entreat you, not a man depart,
  7. Save I alone, till Antony have spoke.
  1. Exit.

First Plebeian

69
  1. Stay ho, and let us hear Mark Antony.

Fourth Plebeian

70 - 71
  1. Let him go up into the public chair,
  2. We’ll hear him. Noble Antony, go up.

Mark Antony

72
  1. For Brutus’ sake, I am beholding to you.
  1. Goes into the pulpit.

Fifth Plebeian

74
  1. What does he say of Brutus?

Fourth Plebeian

75 - 76
  1.                             He says, for Brutus’ sake
  2. He finds himself beholding to us all.

Fifth Plebeian

77
  1. ’Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here!

First Plebeian

78
  1. This Caesar was a tyrant.

Fourth Plebeian

79 - 80
  1.                           Nay, that’s certain:
  2. We are blest that Rome is rid of him.

Third Plebeian

81
  1. Peace, let us hear what Antony can say.

Mark Antony

82
  1. You gentle Romans

All Plebeians

83
  1.                    Peace ho, let us hear him.

Mark Antony

84 - 118
  1. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!
  2. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
  3. The evil that men do lives after them,
  4. The good is oft interred with their bones;
  5. So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
  6. Hath told you Caesar was ambitious;
  7. If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
  8. And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
  9. Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest
  10. (For Brutus is an honorable man,
  11. So are they all, all honorable men),
  12. Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.
  13. He was my friend, faithful and just to me;
  14. But Brutus says he was ambitious,
  15. And Brutus is an honorable man.
  16. He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
  17. Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill;
  18. Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
  19. When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;
  20. Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
  21. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
  22. And Brutus is an honorable man.
  23. You all did see that on the Lupercal
  24. I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
  25. Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?
  26. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
  27. And sure he is an honorable man.
  28. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
  29. But here I am to speak what I do know.
  30. You all did love him once, not without cause;
  31. What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
  32. O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,
  33. And men have lost their reason. Bear with me,
  34. My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
  35. And I must pause till it come back to me.

First Plebeian

119
  1. Methinks there is much reason in his sayings.

Third Plebeian

120 - 121
  1. If thou consider rightly of the matter,
  2. Caesar has had great wrong.

Fourth Plebeian

122 - 123
  1.                             Has he, masters?
  2. I fear there will a worse come in his place.

Fifth Plebeian

124 - 125
  1. Mark’d ye his words? He would not take the crown,
  2. Therefore ’tis certain he was not ambitious.

First Plebeian

126
  1. If it be found so, some will dear abide it.

Third Plebeian

127
  1. Poor soul, his eyes are red as fire with weeping.

Fourth Plebeian

128
  1. There’s not a nobler man in Rome than Antony.

Fifth Plebeian

129
  1. Now mark him, he begins again to speak.

Mark Antony

130 - 149
  1. But yesterday the word of Caesar might
  2. Have stood against the world; now lies he there,
  3. And none so poor to do him reverence.
  4. O masters! If I were dispos’d to stir
  5. Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
  6. I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong,
  7. Who (you all know) are honorable men.
  8. I will not do them wrong; I rather choose
  9. To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
  10. Than I will wrong such honorable men.
  11. But here’s a parchment with the seal of Caesar,
  12. I found it in his closet, ’tis his will.
  13. Let but the commons hear this testament
  14. Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read
  15. And they would go and kiss dead Caesar’s wounds,
  16. And dip their napkins in his sacred blood;
  17. Yea, beg a hair of him for memory,
  18. And dying, mention it within their wills,
  19. Bequeathing it as a rich legacy
  20. Unto their issue.

Fifth Plebeian

150
  1. We’ll hear the will. Read it, Mark Antony.

All Plebeians

151
  1. The will, the will! We will hear Caesar’s will.

Mark Antony

152 - 158
  1. Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it.
  2. It is not meet you know how Caesar lov’d you:
  3. You are not wood, you are not stones, but men;
  4. And, being men, hearing the will of Caesar,
  5. It will inflame you, it will make you mad.
  6. ’Tis good you know not that you are his heirs,
  7. For if you should, O, what would come of it?

Fifth Plebeian

159 - 160
  1. Read the will, we’ll hear it, Antony.
  2. You shall read us the will, Caesar’s will.

Mark Antony

161 - 164
  1. Will you be patient? Will you stay awhile?
  2. I have o’ershot myself to tell you of it.
  3. I fear I wrong the honorable men
  4. Whose daggers have stabb’d Caesar; I do fear it.

Fifth Plebeian

165
  1. They were traitors; honorable men!

All Plebeians

166
  1. The will! The testament!

Third Plebeian

167
  1. They were villains, murderers. The will, read the will!

Mark Antony

168 - 171
  1. You will compel me then to read the will?
  2. Then make a ring about the corpse of Caesar,
  3. And let me show you him that made the will.
  4. Shall I descend? And will you give me leave?

All Plebeians

172
  1. Come down.

Third Plebeian

173
  1. Descend.

Fourth Plebeian

174
  1. You shall have leave.
  1. Antony comes down from the pulpit.

Fifth Plebeian

176
  1. A ring, stand round.

First Plebeian

177
  1. Stand from the hearse, stand from the body.

Third Plebeian

178
  1. Room for Antony, most noble Antony.

Mark Antony

179
  1. Nay, press not so upon me, stand far off.

All Plebeians

180
  1. Stand back; room, bear back!

Mark Antony

181 - 210
  1. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
  2. You all do know this mantle. I remember
  3. The first time ever Caesar put it on;
  4. ’Twas on a summer’s evening, in his tent,
  5. That day he overcame the Nervii.
  6. Look, in this place ran Cassius’ dagger through;
  7. See what a rent the envious Casca made;
  8. Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb’d,
  9. And as he pluck’d his cursed steel away,
  10. Mark how the blood of Caesar followed it,
  11. As rushing out of doors to be resolv’d
  12. If Brutus so unkindly knock’d or no;
  13. For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel.
  14. Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar lov’d him!
  15. This was the most unkindest cut of all;
  16. For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
  17. Ingratitude, more strong than traitors’ arms,
  18. Quite vanquish’d him. Then burst his mighty heart,
  19. And in his mantle muffling up his face,
  20. Even at the base of Pompey’s statue
  21. (Which all the while ran blood) great Caesar fell.
  22. O, what a fall was there, my countrymen!
  23. Then I, and you, and all of us fell down,
  24. Whilst bloody treason flourish’d over us.
  25. O now you weep, and I perceive you feel
  26. The dint of pity. These are gracious drops.
  27. Kind souls, what weep you when you but behold
  28. Our Caesar’s vesture wounded? Look you here,
  29. Lifting Caesar’s mantle.
  30. Here is himself, marr’d as you see with traitors.

First Plebeian

211
  1. O piteous spectacle!

Third Plebeian

212
  1. O noble Caesar!

Fourth Plebeian

213
  1. O woeful day!

Fifth Plebeian

214
  1. O traitors, villains!

First Plebeian

215
  1. O most bloody sight!

Third Plebeian

216
  1. We will be reveng’d!

All Plebeians

217 - 218
  1. Revenge! About! Seek! Burn! Fire! Kill! Slay! Let not a
  2. traitor live!

Mark Antony

219
  1. Stay, countrymen.

First Plebeian

220
  1. Peace there, hear the noble Antony.

Third Plebeian

221
  1. We’ll hear him, we’ll follow him, we’ll die with him.

Mark Antony

222 - 242
  1. Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up
  2. To such a sudden flood of mutiny.
  3. They that have done this deed are honorable.
  4. What private griefs they have, alas, I know not,
  5. That made them do it. They are wise and honorable,
  6. And will no doubt with reasons answer you.
  7. I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts.
  8. I am no orator, as Brutus is;
  9. But (as you know me all) a plain blunt man
  10. That love my friend, and that they know full well
  11. That gave me public leave to speak of him.
  12. For I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth,
  13. Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech
  14. To stir men’s blood; I only speak right on.
  15. I tell you that which you yourselves do know,
  16. Show you sweet Caesar’s wounds, poor, poor, dumb mouths,
  17. And bid them speak for me. But were I Brutus,
  18. And Brutus Antony, there were an Antony
  19. Would ruffle up your spirits, and put a tongue
  20. In every wound of Caesar, that should move
  21. The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.

All Plebeians

243
  1. We’ll mutiny.

First Plebeian

244
  1.               We’ll burn the house of Brutus.

Fourth Plebeian

245
  1. Away then, come, seek the conspirators.

Mark Antony

246
  1. Yet hear me, countrymen, yet hear me speak.

All Plebeians

247
  1. Peace ho, hear Antony, most noble Antony!

Mark Antony

248 - 251
  1. Why, friends, you go to do you know not what.
  2. Wherein hath Caesar thus deserv’d your loves?
  3. Alas you know not! I must tell you then:
  4. You have forgot the will I told you of.

All Plebeians

252
  1. Most true. The will! Let’s stay and hear the will.

Mark Antony

253 - 255
  1. Here is the will, and under Caesar’s seal:
  2. To every Roman citizen he gives,
  3. To every several man, seventy-five drachmaes.

Third Plebeian

256
  1. Most noble Caesar! We’ll revenge his death.

Fourth Plebeian

257
  1. O royal Caesar!

Mark Antony

258
  1. Hear me with patience.

All Plebeians

259
  1. Peace ho!

Mark Antony

260 - 265
  1. Moreover, he hath left you all his walks,
  2. His private arbors and new-planted orchards,
  3. On this side Tiber; he hath left them you,
  4. And to your heirs for ever-common pleasures,
  5. To walk abroad and recreate yourselves.
  6. Here was a Caesar! When comes such another?

First Plebeian

266 - 269
  1. Never, never! Come, away, away!
  2. We’ll burn his body in the holy place,
  3. And with the brands fire the traitors’ houses.
  4. Take up the body.

Third Plebeian

270
  1. Go fetch fire.

Fourth Plebeian

271
  1. Pluck down benches.

Fifth Plebeian

272
  1. Pluck down forms, windows, any thing.
  1. Exeunt Plebeians with the body.

Mark Antony

274 - 277
  1. Now let it work. Mischief, thou art afoot,
  2. Take thou what course thou wilt!
  3. Enter Octavius’s Servant.
  4. How now, fellow?

Octavius’s Attendant

278
  1. Sir, Octavius is already come to Rome.

Mark Antony

279
  1. Where is he?

Octavius’s Attendant

280
  1. He and Lepidus are at Caesar’s house.

Mark Antony

281 - 283
  1. And thither will I straight to visit him;
  2. He comes upon a wish. Fortune is merry,
  3. And in this mood will give us any thing.

Octavius’s Attendant

284 - 285
  1. I heard him say, Brutus and Cassius
  2. Are rid like madmen through the gates of Rome.

Mark Antony

286 - 287
  1. Belike they had some notice of the people,
  2. How I had mov’d them. Bring me to Octavius.
  1. Exeunt.
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