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Julius Caesar

Act II, Scene 1

Rome. BRUTUS's orchard.
 
[Enter BRUTUS]
 
BRUTUS
            ,        ,
      What Lu|cius, ho?  (pickup)
         ,        ,        ,         ,         ,
      I can|not, by | the pro|gress of | the stars,
             ,           ,        ,     ,          ,
      Give^guess | how near | to day.| Lucius,| I say?
          ,          ,         ,          ,          ,       ->
      I would | it were | my fault | to sleep | so sound||ly.
        ,     ,         ,       ,              ,      ,     ->
5     When | Lucius,| when? A|wake, I | say: what || Lucius?
 
[Enter LUCIUS]
 
LUCIUS
       ,                ,
      Called you,| my lord?  (picked up)
 
BRUTUS
       ,    2     ,       ,       ,       ,
      Get me a | taper | in my | study,| Lucius:
        ,            ,         ,          ,         ,
      When it | is ligh|ted, come | and call | me here.
 
LUCIUS
          ,         ,
      I will,| my lord.   \\
 
[Exit]
 
BRUTUS
           ,        ,         ,                ,   ,
10    It must | be by | his death:| and for / my part,
          ,        ,    2     ,          ,         ,
      I know | no per|sonal cause | to spurn | at him,
           ,         ,    ,         ,           ,
      But for | the gen|eral.| He would | be crowned:
       ,      2          ,           ,          ,            ,
      How that might | change his | nature,| there's the | question.
        2            ,    ,           ,        ,          ,
      It is the / bright day | that brings | forth the | adder;
       .    T     T    T     ,          ,           ,
15    And that craves wa|ry wal|king. Crown | him that,
            ,        ,         ,        ,         ,
      And then | I grant | we put | a sting | in him,
            ,         ,        ,        ,        ,
      That at | his will | he may | do dang|er with.
         2   ,         ,          ,         ,        ,
      The abuse | of great|ness, is,| when it | disjoins
          ,            ,        2     ,       ,         ,
      Remorse | from power:| and to speak | truth of | Caesar,
                ,    ,           ,       ,           ,
20    I have / not known | when his | affec|tions swayed
        ,              ,        ,        2   ,        ,
      More than | his rea|son. But | 'tis a com|mon proof,
            ,      ,         ,        ,         ,       ->
      That low|liness | is young | ambi|tion's lad||der,
        ,     2      ,       ,        ,           ,
      Where|to the clim|ber-up|ward turns | his face;
            ,         ,        ,          ,        ,
      But when | he once | attains | the up|most round.
           ,       ,        ,        ,           ,
25    He then | unto | the lad|der turns | his back,
        ,               ,       ,              ,        ,
      Looks in | the clouds,| scorning | the base | degrees
           ,         ,        ,        ,       ,
      By which | he did | ascend.| So Cae|sar may.
             ,        ,         ,          ,            x
      Then lest | he may,| prevent.| And since | the quarrel
             ,        ,      ,          ,         ,
      Will bear | no co|lor for | the thing | he is,
        ,    2       ,            ,        ,      ,
30    Fashion it | thus; that | what he | is aug|mented,
             ,         ,           ,        ,      ,
      Would run | to these | and these | extre|mities:
            ,          ,          ,      ,          ,
      And there|fore think | him as | a ser|pent's egg
               ,             ,         ,          ,       ,
      Which^hatched,| would as | his kind | grow mis|chievous;
            ,         ,         ,
      And kill | him in | the shell.    \\
 
[Re-enter LUCIUS]
 
LUCIUS
           ,      ,        ,         ,        ,
35    The ta|per bur|neth in | your clo|set, sir:
        ,              ,       ,        ,         ,
      Searching | the win|dow for | a flint,| I found
            ,        ,       T    T   T     2     ,
      This pa|per, thus | sealed up; and,| I am sure,
          ,         ,            ,        ,        ,
      It did | not lie | there when | I went | to bed.
 
[Gives him the letter]
 
BRUTUS
       ,            ,       ,             ,   ,
      Get you | to bed | again;| it is / not day.
          ,       ,        ,          ,         ,
40    Is not | tomor|row (boy)| the ides | of March?
 
LUCIUS
          ,     ,
      I know | not, sir.  (pickup)
 
BRUTUS
        ,            ,     ,          ,          ,
      Look in | the ca|lendar,| and bring | me word.
 
LUCIUS
      T   T    T    oo
      I will, sir.|      (picked up)
 
[Exit]
 
BRUTUS
           ,    ,          ,        ,        ,
      The ex|hala|tions, whiz|zing in | the air,
            ,          ,          ,         ,         ,
45    Give^so | much^light | that I | may read | by them.
 
[Opens the letter and reads]
       ,               ,         ,         ,         ,
      Brutus | thou sleepst:| awake,| and see | thyself:
              ,        ,          ,       ,         ,
      Shall Rome,| et ce|tera./ Speak, strike,| redress.
       ,               ,         ,
      Brutus,| thou sleepst:| awake.
            ,     ,         ,          ,        ,
      Such^in|stiga|tions have | been of|ten dropped
            ,          ,          ,
50    Where I | have took | them up.  (match prev two lines)
              ,        ,   2     ,        2    ,         ,
      Shall Rome,| et ce|tera. Thus | must^I piece | it out:
              ,      ,     2      T    T    T            ,
      Shall Rome | stand under | one man's awe?| What, Rome?
          ,  ,         ,                ,           ,
      My an|cestors | did from | the streets | of Rome
           ,         ,           ,          ,         ,
      The Tar|quin drive,| when he | was called | a king.
       ___       ,         ,         ,      ,
55    Speak,| strike, re|dress. Am | I en|treated
           ,            ,         ,        ,          ,        ->
      To speak,| and strike?| O Rome,| I make | thee pro||mise,
       ,      2    ,           ,         ,        ,
      If | the redress | will fol|low, thou | receivst
            ,       ,       ,         ,        ,       ->
      Thy full | peti|tion at | the hand | of Bru||tus.
 
[Re-enter LUCIUS]
 
LUCIUS
         ,      ,         ,         T   T    T
        Sir,| March is | wasted | fourteen days.
 
[Knocking within]
 
BRUTUS
             ,     ,            ,      ,          ,
60    'Tis good.| Go to | the gate,| somebo|dy knocks.
 
[Exit LUCIUS]
             ,         ,           ,      2    ,      ,
      Since Cas|sius first | did whet | me against | Caesar,
      _    __    ___    ___    oo
      I | have | not | slept.|
          ,          ,       ,       ,         ,
      Between | the ac|ting of | a dread|ful thing
         2      ,      ,        ,         ,     ,
      And the first | motion,| all the | inter|im is
        ,           ,       ,      ,   2     ,
65    Like a | phantas|ma, or | a hid|eous dream:
           ,       ,         ,       ,       ,
      The Gen|ius and | the mor|tal in|struments
            ,         ,        ,          ,         ,
      Are then | in coun|cil; and | the state | of man,
        ,          ,        ,        ,         ,
      Like to | a lit|tle king|dom, suf|fers then
           ,       ,       ,     ,
      The na|ture of | an in|surrec|tion.
 
[Re-enter LUCIUS]
 
LUCIUS
      <-  ,       ,          ,         ,         ,        __
70       Sir,|| 'tis your | brother | Cassius | at the | door,
            ,        ,        ,
      Who doth | desire | to see | you.
 
BRUTUS
                                         ,         ,
                                        Is | he alone?
 
LUCIUS
       ,   ,                  ,    ,
      No, sir,/ there are | more with / him.
 
BRUTUS
                                               2        ,
                                             Do you | know them?
 
LUCIUS
       ,               ,           ,         ,            ,
75    No sir,| their hats | are plucked | about | their ears,
            ,           ,      ,       ,            ,
      And half | their fa|ces bur|ied in | their cloaks,
            ,        ,        ,        ,       ,
      That by | no means | I may | disco|ver them
         ,      ,        ,
      By a|ny mark | of fa|vor.
 
BRUTUS
                                 ,         ,      ->
                                Let | 'em en||ter.
 
[Exit LUCIUS]
        ,       2     ,        ,        ,    ,
80    They | are the fac|tion. O | conspir|acy,
        ,                ,         ,    2      ,         ,
      Shamst thou | to show | thy dan|gerous brow | by night,
           ,              ,    ,        ,        ,
      When e|vils are / most free?| O then | by day
              ,           ,       ,        ,       ,
      Where wilt | thou find | a ca|vern dark | enough
           ,         ,          ,         ,      ,         ,  2  ->
      To mask | thy mon|strous vis|age? Seek | none con||spiracy;
        ,             ,          ,    ,     , ->
85    Hide it | in smiles,| and af|fabil||ity:
           ,          ,         ,       ,           , ->
      For if | thou path | thy na|tive sem||blance on,
          ,    ,        ,          ,        ,   ->
      Not E|rebus | itself | were dim || enough
           ,           ,        ,       o
      To hide | thee from | preven|tion.
 
[Enter the conspirators: CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS BRUTUS, CINNA, METELLUS CIMBER, and TREBONIUS]
 
CASSIUS
          ,               ,    ,      ,           ,
      I think | we are / too bold | upon | your rest:
            ,       ,        ,        ,       ,
90    Good mor|row Bru|tus; do | we trou|ble you?
 
BRUTUS
      ,              ,          ,       ,          ,
      I have | been up | this hour,| awake | all night:
           ,          ,           ,       ,          ,
      Know I | these men | that come | along | with you?
 
CASSIUS
       ,           ,                     ,  ,    ,
      Yes, ev|ery man | of them, and // no man here
           ,       ,         ,      ,           ,
      But ho|nors you;| and ev|ery one | doth wish
           ,          ,      ,       ,         ,
95    You had | but that | opin|ion of | yourself
             ,      ,      ,       ,         ,
      Which ev|ery no|ble Ro|man bears | of you.
        ,    2     ,  2
      This is Tre|bonius.
 
BRUTUS
                             ,       ,         ,
                            He is | welcome | hither.
 
CASSIUS
        ,    ,         ,
      This, De/cius | Brutus.
 
BRUTUS
                                2    ,        ,
100                           He is wel|come too.
 
CASSIUS
        T    T  T     T    T  T         ,        ,       ,      ->
      This, Casca;| this, Cinna;| and this,|| Metel|lus Cim|ber.
 
BRUTUS
        ,         ,     ,
      They | are all | welcome.
             ,         ,         ,      ,          ,
      What watch|ful cares | do in|terpose | themselves
          ,            ,          ,
      Betwixt | your eyes | and night?
 
CASSIUS
        ,           ,         ,
105   Shall I | entreat | a word?  (tri with prev)
 
[BRUTUS and CASSIUS whisper]
 
DECIUS BRUTUS
              ,          ,          ,     .   T    T     T
      Here* lies | the east:| doth^not | the day break here?
 
CASCA
       ,
      No.   ????
 
CINNA
         ,        ,         ,     .   T    T    T
      O par|don, sir,| it doth;| and yon gray lines,
             ,           ,          ,       ,        ,
      That fret | the clouds,| are mes|sengers | of day.
 
CASCA
            ,          ,          ,          ,         ,
      You shall | confess | that you | are both | deceived.
        ,     2      ,          ,           ,     ,
110   Here, as I | point my | sword, the | sun a|rises,
        ,     2      T    T    T       ,         ,
      Which is a | great way grow|ing on | the south,
        ,              ,        ,       ,         ,
      Weighing | the youth|ful sea|son of | the year.
            ,             ,          ,        ,           ,
      Some two | months^hence | up high|er toward | the north
           ,          ,           ,                ,    ,
      He first | presents | his fire;| and the / high east
         ,             ,    ,        ,       ,
115   Stands as | the Cap|itol,| direct|ly here.
 
BRUTUS
        ,              ,         ,       ,        ,
      Give me | your hands | all^o|ver, one | by one.
 
CASSIUS
           ,         ,          ,    ,
      And let | us swear | our re|solu|tion.
 
BRUTUS
      <- ,     ,        __        ,          ,        ,
        No,|| not an | oath:| if not | the face | of men,
           ,     2     ,         ,           ,         ,
      The suf|ferance of | our souls,| the time's | abuse,
           ,         ,         ,           ,        ,
120   If these | be mo|tives weak,| break^off | betimes,
           ,      ,      ,            ,      ,
      And ev|ery man | hence to | his i|dle bed;
       .  T    T    T       ,     ,          ,
      So let high-sigh|ted ty|ranny | range^on,
        .    T   T    T        ,    2    ,         ,
      Till^each man drop | by lot|tery. But | if these
          ,        ,          ,           ,       ,
      (As I | am sure | they do)| bear* fire | enough
          ,       ,        ,         ,           ,     2->
125   To kin|dle cow|ards and | to steel | with va||lor
           ,         ,     2    ,        ,      ,   2
      The mel|ting spir|its of wo|men, then | countrymen,
             ,       ,      ,               ,    ,
      What need | we a|ny spur | but our / own cause,
           ,         ,       ,          ,        ,
      To prick | us to | redress?| What o|ther bond
            ,       ,         ,           ,           ,
      Than se|cret Ro|mans, that | have spoke | the word,
            ,         ,        ,         ,        ,
130   And will | not pal|ter? And | what o|ther oath
            ,    ,        ,    ,        ,
      Than ho|nesty | to ho|nesty | engaged,
             ,           ,       ,          ,         ,
      That this | shall be,| or we | will fall | for it,
        T      T     .   T              ,   ,      ,
      Swear priests and cow|ards and / men cau|telous,
       T    Tx    T    2           ,   ,     2     ,
      Old feeble car|rions and / such suf|fering souls
            ,          ,             ,   ,        ,
135   That wel|come wrongs;| unto / bad cau|ses swear
             ,              ,    ,          ,         ,
      Such crea|tures as / men doubt;| but do | not stain
          ,      ,       ,        ,      ,
      The e|ven vir|tue of | our en|terprise,
         2     ,      ,        ,       ,          x
      Nor the in|suppres|sive met|tle of | our spirits,
           ,           ,         ,         ,        ,        2->
      To think,| that or | our cause,| or our | perfor||mance
            ,         ,          ,       ,         ,
140   Did need | an oath;| when ev|ery drop | of blood
            ,      ,       ,          ,       ,
      That ev|ery Ro|man bears,| and no|bly bears
           ,      ,      ,    2   ,      ,
      Is guil|ty of | a sev|eral bas|tardy,
          ,        ,           ,        ,     ,
      If he | do break | the smal|lest par|ticle
         ,     ,         ,            ,           ,
      Of a|ny pro|mise that | hath passed | from him.
 
CASSIUS
            ,        ,    ,     ,          ,
145   But what | of Ci|cero?| Shall we | sound him?
          ,                 ,    ,       ,           ,
      I think | he will / stand ve|ry strong | with us.
 
CASCA
           ,         ,          ,
      Let us | not leave | him out.
 
CINNA
                                     ,            ,
                                    No, by | no means.
 
METELLUS CIMBER
         ,         ,          ,         ,        ,
      O let | us have | him, for | his sil|ver hairs
            ,         ,       ,      ,
150   Will pur|chase us | a good | opin|ion
      <- ,      T    T    T       ,        ,          ,
        And || buy men's voi|ces to | commend | our deeds:
           ,          ,          ,         ,           ,
      It shall | be said,| his judg|ment ruled | our hands;
             ,           ,         ,          ,        ,
      Our youths | and wild|ness shall | no whit | appear,
           ,        ,       ,        ,     ,
      But all | be bu|ried in | his gra|vity.
 
BRUTUS
          ,         ,         ,         ,           ,
155   O name | him not:| let us | not break | with him;
           ,         ,      ,      ,     ,
      For he | will ne|ver fol|low a|nything
           ,       ,       ,
      That o|ther men | begin.
 
CASSIUS
                                      ,          ,
                               Then leave | him out.
 
CASCA
          ,             ,   ,    oo
      Indeed | he is / not fit.|
 
DECIUS BRUTUS
      <-       ,         ,          ,           ,      ,
160     Shall no || man else | be touched | but on|ly Cae|sar?
 
CASSIUS
      <- ,           ,    ,         ,              ,    ,
        De||cius,/ well urged:| I think | it is / not meet,
        ,   ,             ,        ,         ,       ->
      Mark An/tony,| so well | beloved | of Cae||sar,
                ,   ,     ,         2        ,        ,
      Should / outlive | Caesar:| we shall find | of him
           ,         ,        ,          ,          ,
      A shrewd | contri|ver. And | you know,| his means
          ,       ,            ,            ,          ,
165   If he | improve | them, may | well stretch | so far
       ,         ,        ,      ,             ,
      As to | annoy | us all:| which to | prevent,
           ,    ,        ,        ,       ,      2->
      Let An|tony | and Cae|sar fall | toge||ther.
 
BRUTUS
             ,            ,          ,       ,      ,       2->
      Our course | will seem | too blood|y, Cai|us Cas||sius,
          ,          ,                ,    ,          ,
      To cut | the head | off and / then hack | the limbs,
             ,          ,          ,     ,      ,
170   Like wrath | in death | and en|vy af|terwards;
           ,    ,     3   3    ,        ,
      For An|tony | is but a limb | of Cae|sar:
      <- ,       2    ,     ,      2     ,     ,          ,
        Let || us be sac|rifi|cers, but not | butchers | Caius.
          ,           ,       ,          ,     2    ,       ->
      We all | stand^up | against | the spi|rit of Cae||sar;
       ,      2     ,     2    ,           ,        ,
      And | in the spi|rit of men | there is | no blood:
          ,         ,            ,        ,           x
175   O that | we then | could come | by Cae|sar's spirit,
           ,        ,       ,        ,      ,
      And not | dismem|ber Cae|sar! But |(alas)
       ,              ,          ,        ,         ,
      Caesar | must bleed | for it.| And gen|tle friends,
              ,          ,             ,    ,       ,
      Let's kill | him bold|ly, but / not wrath|fully;
              ,          ,       ,     ,              ,
      Let's carve | him as | a dish | fit for | the gods,
           ,         ,      ,        ,           ,
180   Not hew | him as | a car|cass fit | for hounds:
           ,           ,         ,       ,        ,
      And let | our hearts,| as sub|tle mas|ters do,
        ,              ,         ,       ,         ,
      Stir up | their ser|vants to | an act | of rage,
           ,       ,         ,           ,            ,
      And af|ter seem | to chide |'em. This | shall make
           ,        ,     ,   2     ,     ,  2
      Our pur|pose ne|cessa|ry and not | envious:
             ,       ,       ,        ,        ,
185   Which^so | appear|ing to | the com|mon eyes,
       ,               ,      ,             ,      ,
      We shall | be called | purgers,| not mur|derers.
                  ,   ,    ,          ,        ,
      And for / Mark An|tony,| think not | of him;
           ,        ,        ,          ,         ,
      For he | can do | no more | than Cae|sar's arm
            ,          ,        ,
      When Cae|sar's head | is off.
 
CASSIUS
                                     ,        ,
190                                 Yet I | fear him;
           ,      2    ,        ,         ,         ,      2->
      For in | the ingraf|ted love | he bears | to Cae||sar.
 
BRUTUS
        ,          ,         ,         ,         ,
      Alas,| good Cas|sius, do | not think | of him:
          ,         ,        ,          ,        ,
      If he | love Cae|sar, all | that he | can do
       ,   2      ,             ,           ,         ,
      Is to him|self, take | thought and | die for | Caesar:
            ,           ,          ,          ,        x
195   And that | were much | he should;| for he | is given
            ,          ,                ,   ,     ,
      To sports,| to wild|ness, and / much com|pany.
 
TREBONIUS
             ,        ,        ,               ,   ,
      There is | no fear | in him;| let him / not die;
           ,          ,          ,          ,        ,      ->
      For he | will live,| and laugh | at this | hereaf||ter.
 
[Clock strikes]
 
BRUTUS
        ,       ,           ,
      Peace,| count the | clock.
 
CASSIUS
                                        ,             ,          ,   ->
200                             The | clock hath | stricken || three.
 
TREBONIUS
               ,         ,
      'Tis | time to | part.
 
CASSIUS
                                     2     ,        ,
                             But | it is doubt|ful yet,
       ,         ,    2              ,        ,        ,
      Whether | Caesar will | come forth | today,| or no;
           ,       ,     ,          ,          ,
      For he | is su|persti|tious grown | of late,
        ,                ,      ,             ,    ,
205   Quite from | the main | opin|ion he / held once
          ,     ,         ,          ,    ,       ->
      Of fan|tasy,| of dreams,| and ce|remo||nies:
       ,    ,            2   ,       ,      ,
      It | may be,| these appar|ent pro|digies,
           ,    ,         ,       ,          ,
      The un|accus|tomed ter|ror of | this night,
       ,            ,        ,        ,     ,
      And the | persua|sion of | his au|gurers,
            ,          ,         ,    ,       ,
210   May hold | him from | the Ca|pitol | today.
 
DECIUS BRUTUS
       ,        ,             ,       ,        ,
      Never | fear that:| if he | be so | resolved,
         ,         ,          ,         ,          ,
      I can | oresway | him; for | he loves | to hear
           ,     ,          ,        ,            ,
      That u|nicorns | may be | betrayed | with trees,
            ,            ,        ,     ,            ,
      And bears | with glas|ses, el|ephants | with holes,
       ,             ,          ,           ,      ,
215   Lions | with toils,| and men | with flat|terers;
       ,              ,                ,     ,      ,
      But, when | I tell | him, he / hates flat|terers,
           ,         ,              ,    ,      ,
      He says,| he does;| being / then most | flattered.
       ,        __
      Let me | work:  \\
          ,         ,         ,             ,    ,
      For I | can give | his hu|mor the / true bent,
          ,          ,          ,        ,    ,
220   And I | will bring | him to | the Ca|pitol.
 
CASSIUS
       ,     2        ,        ,         ,          ,
      Nay, we will | all of | us, be | there to | fetch him.
 
BRUTUS
                  ,     ,         ,         ,      ,
      By the / eighth hour:| is that | the ut|termost?
 
CINNA
           ,         ,      ,          ,          ,
      Be that | the ut|termost,| and fail | not then.
 
METELLUS CIMBER
       ,         ,   2    ,           ,        ,
      Caius | Liga|rius doth | bear* Cae|sar hard,
           ,      ,          ,         ,        ,       ->
225   Who ra|ted him | for spea|king well | of Pom||pey:
      ,    ,         ,        ,            ,      2
      I | wonder | none of | you have | thought of him.
 
BRUTUS
            ,       ,       ,      ,        ,
      Now good | Metel|lus go | along | by him:
           ,          ,        ,         ,    2     ,        ->
      He loves | me well,| and I | have gi|ven him rea||sons;
        ,       2     ,        ,          ,        ,
      Send | him but hi|ther, and | I'll fa|shion him.
 
CASSIUS
           ,         ,         x             ,          ,      2->
230   The mor|ning comes | upon us:| we'll leave | you Bru||tus,
             ,           ,            ,          ,       ,      ->
      And friends | disperse | yourselves;| but all | remem||ber
        ,       2       ,          ,           ,            ,      2->
      What | you have said,| and show | yourselves | true* Ro||mans.
 
BRUTUS
            ,      ,           ,          ,     ,
      Good gen|tlemen,| look fresh | and mer|rily;
           ,          ,          ,        ,     ,
      Let not | our looks | put on | our pur|poses,
            ,        ,        ,      ,       ,
235   But bear | it as | our Ro|man ac|tors do,
            ,   ,    ,              ,        ,        , ->
      With un|tired spi/rits and | formal | constan||cy:
             ,         ,         2     ,      ,
      And | so good | morrow | to you ev|ery one.
 
[Exeunt all but BRUTUS]
      ___    ,         ,       ,     2           x
      Boy:| Lucius:| Fast a|sleep? It is | no matter,
         ,         ,      ,      ,         ,       ->
      Enjoy | the ho|ney-hea|vy dew | of slum||ber:
        ,        2    ,         ,        ,      ,
240   Thou | hast no fig|ures, nor | no fan|tasies,
             ,      ,      ,               ,         ,
      Which bu|sy care | draws in | the brains | of men;
        ,                 ,           ,
      Therefore | thou sleepst | so sound.
 
[Enter PORTIA]
 
PORTIA
                                             ,           ,
                                           Brutus,| my lord.
 
BRUTUS
       ,              ,           ,          ,         ,
      Portia:| what mean | you? Where|fore rise | you now?
       ,       ,                ,       ,           ,
245   It is | not for | your health | thus to | commit
             ,        ,        2       ,    ,     ,
      Your weak | condi|tion to the / raw cold | morning.
 
PORTIA
       ,          ,    ,                    ,       ,      ->
      Nor for | yours nei/ther. You've^|ungent|ly, Bru||tus,
        ,         2    ,         ,       ,           x
      Stole | from my bed:| and yes|ternight | at supper
           ,      ,      ,           ,        ,
      You sud|denly | arose,| and walked | about,
       ,             ,         ,           ,       ,
250   Musing,| and sigh|ing, with | your arms | across,
            ,        ,           ,         ,       ,
      And when | I asked | you what | the mat|ter was,
             ,       ,               , ,        ,
      You stared | upon | me with / ungen|tle looks;
          ,          ,          ,            ,              ,
      I urged | you fur|ther, then | you scratched | your head,
           ,       ,       ,      ,                  ,
      And too | impa|tiently | stamped with | your foot;
          ,      ,        ,         ,         ,
255   Yet I | insis|ted, yet | you an|swered not,
            ,        ,      ,        ,          ,
      But with | an an|gry waf|ture of | your hand,
        ,    ,                  ,           ,      ,
      Gave sign / for me | to leave | you: so | I did;
        ,             ,          ,       ,
      Fearing | to streng|then that | impa|tience
      <-   ,         T    T    T       ,         ,        ,
         Which || seemed too much | enkin|dled, and | withal,
       ,        ,        ,    2     ,        ,
260   Hoping | it was | but an ef|fect of | humour,
              ,         ,          ,          ,      ,
      Which some|time hath | his hour | with ev|ery man.
           ,         ,         ,          ,          ,
      It will | not let | you eat,| nor talk,| nor sleep,
            ,          ,         ,      ,           ,
      And could | it work | so much | upon | your shape
       ,   2         ,         ,          ,       ,
      As it hath | much pre|vailed on | your con|dition,
           ,           ,         ,         ,         ,
265   I should | not know | you Bru|tus. Dear | my lord,
        ,           ,         ,           ,          ,
      Make me | acquain|ted with | your cause | of grief.
 
BRUTUS
              ,    ,          ,           ,        ,
      I am / not well | in health,| and that | is all.
 
PORTIA
       ,            ,          ,        ,          ,
      Brutus | is wise,| and were | he not | in health,
           ,         ,           ,          ,     ,
      He would | embrace | the means | to come | by it.
 
BRUTUS
           ,      ,         ,       ,       ,
270   Why so | I do:| Good Por|tia go | to bed.
 
PORTIA
          ,        ,         ,       ,     ,
      Is Bru|tus sick?| And is | it phy|sical
           ,         ,           ,     ,        ,
      To walk | unbraced | and suck | up the | humors
                 ,   ,          ,        ,        ,
      Of the / dank mor|ning? What,| is Bru|tus sick?
            ,         ,      ,             ,         ,
      And will | he steal | out of | his whole|some bed
           ,          ,        ,       ,         ,
275   To dare | the vile | conta|gion of | the night
            ,           ,            , ,       ,
      And tempt | the rheu|my and / unpur|ged air
          ,       ,         ,         ,       ,       ->
      To add | unto | his sick|ness? No | my Bru||tus;
       ,        2       ,        ,         ,           ,
      You | have some sick | offence | within | your mind,
        ,              ,          ,       ,        ,
      Which by | the right | and vir|tue of | my place,
          ,          ,         ,      ,         ,
280   I ought | to know | of: and | upon | my knees,
          ,           ,        ,       ,       ,      ->
      I charm | you, by | my once-|commen|ded beau||ty,
       ,      2       ,         ,                 ,    ,
      By | all your vows | of love | and that / great vow
             ,       ,      ,          ,        ,
      Which did | incor|porate | and make | us one,
            ,        ,        ,         ,           ,
      That you | unfold | to me,| yourself,| your half
       ,             ,       ,          ,        ,
285   Why you | are hea|vy: and | what men | tonight
            ,      2    ,        ,          ,           ,
      Have had | to resort | to you:| for here | have been
            ,         x      ,          ,           ,
      Some six | or seven,| who did | hide their | faces
      ,   2         ,
      Even from | darkness.
 
BRUTUS
                              T    T    Tx      ,
                            Kneel not gentle | Portia.
 
PORTIA
           ,           ,     ,    2        ,        ,
290   I should | not need,| if you were | gentle | Brutus.
          ,          ,        ,           ,        ,       ->
      Within | the bond | of mar|riage, tell | me Bru||tus,
       ,     2   ,      ,            ,        ,       2->
      Is | it excep|ted I | should know | no se||crets
            ,      ,        ,       ,         ,
      That ap|pertain | to you?| Am I | yourself
       ,    2       ,         ,        ,    ,
      But as it | were in | sort or | limi|tation,
           ,          ,         ,      ,              ,
295   To keep | with you | at meals,| comfort | your bed,
            ,               ,   ,       ,    2        2     ,       ->
      And talk | to you / sometimes?| Dwell I but | in the sub||urbs
        2         ,    ,         ,       ,        ,
      Of your / good plea|sure? If | it be | no more,
       ,           ,        ,        ,          ,
      Portia | is Bru|tus' har|lot, not | his wife.
 
BRUTUS
       ,             ,         ,    ,       ,
      You are | my true | and ho|nora|ble wife,
           ,        ,       ,         ,       ,
300   As dear | to me | as are | the rud|dy drops
            ,           ,    ,     oo   oo
      That vi|sit my / sad heart.|    |
 
PORTIA
       ,     2         ,             ,         ,          ,
      If this were | true, then | should I | know this | secret.
          ,        ,      ,       ,        ,
      I grant | I am | a wo|man; but | withal
         ,              ,   ,        ,         ,
      A wo|man that / Lord Bru|tus took | to wife:
          ,        ,      ,       ,        ,
305   I grant | I am | a wo|man; but | withal
         ,       ,      ,       ,        ,        ->
      A wo|man well-|repu|ted: Ca|to's daugh||ter.
        ,         ,     2      ,        ,        ,
      Think | you I | am no strong|er than | my sex,
       ,          ,         ,        ,      ,
      Being | so fa|thered and | so hus|banded?
        ,    2         ,        ,         ,        ,
      Tell me your | counsels,| I will | not dis|close 'em:
                 ,     ,       ,            ,       ,
310   I have / made strong | proof of | my con|stancy,
       ,           ,       ,     ,      ,
      Giving | myself | a vo|lunta|ry wound
        ,              ,        2    ,      ,          ,
      Here, in | the thigh:| can I bear | that with | patience,
           ,        ,          ,
      And not | my hus|band's se|crets?
 
BRUTUS
                                        ,        ,
                                        O | ye gods!
       ,           ,       ,         ,       ,
315   Render | me wor|thy of | this no|ble wife.
 
[Knocking within]
        T     T    .     T      ,           ,      ,
      Hark, hark, one^knocks:| Portia,| go in | awhile;
           ,        ,        ,       ,          ,
      And by | and by | thy bo|som shall | partake
             ,         ,       ___    oo
      The | secrets | of my | heart.|
       ,           ,        ,       2     ,         ,
      All my | engage|ments I | will construe | to thee,
       ,            ,     ,            ,    ,
320   All the | charac|tery | of my / sad brows:
        ,               ,       ,         ,            __
      Leave me | with haste.|  Lucius,| who's that | knocks?
 
[Exit PORTIA.  Re-enter LUCIUS with LIGARIUS]
 
LUCIUS
       ,          ,     ,                 ,           ,
      He is | a sick | man that | would speak | with you.
 
BRUTUS
       ,   2    ,  2      ,      ,         ,
      Caius Li|garius,| that Me|tellus | spake of.
       T     T   .  T     ,         ,   2    ,
      Boy, stand aside.| Caius | Liga|rius, how?
 
LIGARIUS
             ,          ,        ,       ,         ,
325   Vouchsafe | good mor|row from | a fee|ble tongue.
 
BRUTUS
      ,     2      ,      2        T    T     T      ,
      O what a | time have you | chose out, brave | Caius,
           ,       ,           ,                 ,    ,
      To wear | a ker|chief? Would | you were / not sick.
 
LIGARIUS
              ,    ,        ,        ,         ,
      I am / not sick,| if Bru|tus have | in hand
      ,      T  T    T     2      ,        ,      ->
      Any | exploit wor|thy the name | of hon||or.
 
BRUTUS
        ,        ,   ,     ,             ,        ,  2  ->
330   Such | an ex|ploit have / I in | hand, Li||garius,
       ,     2      ,          ,         ,    2
      Had you a | healthful | ear to | hear of it.
 
LIGARIUS
          ,          ,          ,       ,        ,
      By all | the gods | that Ro|mans bow | before,
          ,         ,         ,          ,         ,
      I here | discard | my sick|ness. Soul | of Rome,
        T    T    .  T           ,    ,       ,
      Brave son, derived | from hon|ora|ble loins,
        ,             ,     ,          ,         ,
335   Thou like | an ex|orcist,| hast con|jured^up
          ,      ,     ,            ,        ,
      My mor|tified | spirit.| Now bid | me run,
          ,           ,             ,        ,     ,
      And I | will strive | with things | impos|sible;
       ,             ,       ,           ,          ,
      Yea get | the bet|ter of | them. What's | to do?
 
BRUTUS
          ,          ,        2       ,      T   T    T
      A piece | of work | that will make | sick men whole.
 
LIGARIUS
                 ,    ,      ,       2      T     T    T
340   But are / not some | whole that we | must make sick?
 
BRUTUS
             ,        ,       ,        ,       ,      ->
      That must | we al|so. What | it is | my Cai||us,
      ,        2    ,         ,     ,   2       ,
      I | shall unfold | to thee,| as we are | going,
           ,         ,         ,
      To whom | it must | be done.
 
LIGARIUS
                                    ,              ,
                                   Set on | your foot,
       ,      2      T    T    T        ,       ,
345   And with a | heart new-fired | I fol|low you,
          ,       ,          ,     ,    2     ,
      To do | I know | not what:| but it suf|ficeth
            ,        ,         ,
      That Bru|tus leads | me on.
 
BRUTUS
                                   ,            ,
                                  Follow | me then.
 
[Exeunt]

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