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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar • To print this text, click here • To save this text, go to your browser's File menu, then select Save As Act III, Scene 1 Rome. Before the Capitol; the Senate sitting above. A crowd of people; among them ARTEMIDORUS and the Soothsayer. Flourish. Enter CAESAR, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS BRUTUS, METELLUS CIMBER, TREBONIUS, CINNA, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, POPILIUS, PUBLIUS, and others. Caesar. [To the Soothsayer] The ides of March are come. Soothsayer. Ay, Caesar; but not gone. Artemidorus. Hail, Caesar! read this schedule. Decius Brutus. Trebonius doth desire you to o'erread, At your best leisure, this his humble suit. 1200 Artemidorus. O Caesar, read mine first; for mine's a suit That touches Caesar nearer: read it, great Caesar. Caesar. What touches us ourself shall be last served. Artemidorus. Delay not, Caesar; read it instantly. Caesar. What, is the fellow mad? 1205 Publius. Sirrah, give place. Cassius. What, urge you your petitions in the street? Come to the Capitol. [CAESAR goes up to the Senate-House, the rest following] 1210 Popilius. I wish your enterprise to-day may thrive. Cassius. What enterprise, Popilius? Popilius. Fare you well. Advances to CAESAR Brutus. What said Popilius Lena? 1215 Cassius. He wish'd to-day our enterprise might thrive. I fear our purpose is discovered. Brutus. Look, how he makes to Caesar; mark him. Cassius. Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention. Brutus, what shall be done? If this be known, 1220 Cassius or Caesar never shall turn back, For I will slay myself.
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Brutus. Cassius, be constant: Popilius Lena speaks not of our purposes; For, look, he smiles, and Caesar doth not change. 1225 Cassius. Trebonius knows his time; for, look you, Brutus. He draws Mark Antony out of the way. Exeunt ANTONY and TREBONIUS Decius Brutus. Where is Metellus Cimber? Let him go, And presently prefer his suit to Caesar. 1230 Brutus. He is address'd: press near and second him. Cinna. Casca, you are the first that rears your hand. Caesar. Are we all ready? What is now amiss That Caesar and his senate must redress? Metellus Cimber. Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Caesar, 1235 Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat An humble heart,— Kneeling Caesar. I must prevent thee, Cimber. These couchings and these lowly courtesies 1240 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 Caesar bears such rebel blood That will be thaw'd from the true quality 1245 With that which melteth fools; I mean, sweet words, Low-crooked court'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. 1250 Know, Caesar doth not wrong, nor without cause Will he be satisfied.
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