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First Citizen . I will hear Brutus speak. Second Citizen . I will hear Cassius; and compare their reasons, 1540 When severally we hear them rendered. [Exit CASSIUS, with some of the Citizens. BRUTUS goes into the pulpit] Third Citizen . The noble Brutus is ascended: silence! Brutus . Be patient till the last. 1545 Romans, countrymen, and lovers! hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear: believe me for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour, that you may believe: censure me in your wisdom, and awake your senses, that you may the better judge. 1550 If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: —Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved 1555 Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men? As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was
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