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Julius Caesar: Act 4, Scene 1

Julius Caesar
Act 4, Scene 1

Scene 1

A house in Rome.

  1. Enter Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus.

Mark Antony

2
  1. These many then shall die, their names are prick’d.

Octavius

3
  1. Your brother too must die; consent you, Lepidus?

Lepidus

4
  1. I do consent

Octavius

5
  1.               Prick him down, Antony.

Lepidus

6 - 7
  1. Upon condition Publius shall not live,
  2. Who is your sister’s son, Mark Antony.

Mark Antony

8 - 11
  1. He shall not live; look, with a spot I damn him.
  2. But, Lepidus, go you to Caesar’s house;
  3. Fetch the will hither, and we shall determine
  4. How to cut off some charge in legacies.

Lepidus

12
  1. What? Shall I find you here?

Octavius

13
  1. Or here or at the Capitol.
  1. Exit Lepidus.

Mark Antony

15 - 18
  1. This is a slight unmeritable man,
  2. Meet to be sent on errands; is it fit,
  3. The threefold world divided, he should stand
  4. One of the three to share it?

Octavius

19 - 21
  1.                               So you thought him,
  2. And took his voice who should be prick’d to die
  3. In our black sentence and proscription.

Mark Antony

22 - 31
  1. Octavius, I have seen more days than you,
  2. And though we lay these honors on this man
  3. To ease ourselves of divers sland’rous loads,
  4. He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold,
  5. To groan and sweat under the business,
  6. Either led or driven, as we point the way;
  7. And having brought our treasure where we will,
  8. Then take we down his load, and turn him off
  9. (Like to the empty ass) to shake his ears
  10. And graze in commons.

Octavius

32 - 33
  1.                       You may do your will;
  2. But he’s a tried and valiant soldier.

Mark Antony

34 - 52
  1. So is my horse, Octavius, and for that
  2. I do appoint him store of provender.
  3. It is a creature that I teach to fight,
  4. To wind, to stop, to run directly on,
  5. His corporal motion govern’d by my spirit;
  6. And in some taste is Lepidus but so:
  7. He must be taught, and train’d, and bid go forth;
  8. A barren-spirited fellow; one that feeds
  9. On objects, arts, and imitations,
  10. Which, out of use and stal’d by other men,
  11. Begin his fashion. Do not talk of him
  12. But as a property. And now, Octavius,
  13. Listen great things. Brutus and Cassius
  14. Are levying powers; we must straight make head;
  15. Therefore let our alliance be combin’d,
  16. Our best friends made, our means stretch’d,
  17. And let us presently go sit in council,
  18. How covert matters may be best disclos’d,
  19. And open perils surest answered.

Octavius

53 - 56
  1. Let us do so; for we are at the stake,
  2. And bay’d about with many enemies,
  3. And some that smile have in their hearts, I fear,
  4. Millions of mischiefs.
  1. Exeunt.
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