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Julius Caesar

Act II, Scene 4

Another part of the same street, before the house of BRUTUS.
 
[Enter PORTIA and LUCIUS]
 
PORTIA
         ,        ,     ,            ,        ,
      I pri|thee boy,| run to | the se|nate house;
             ,        ,       ,        ,           ,
      Stay* not | to an|swer me,| but get | thee gone:
            ,           ,
      Why dost | thou stay?
 
LUCIUS
                                ,        ,         x
                           To know | my er|rand, madam.
 
PORTIA
          ,           ,           ,           ,       ,
5     I would | have had | thee there | and here | again
          ,         ,           ,            ,            ,
      Ere I | can tell | thee what | thou shouldst | do there.
         ,       ,         ,       ,         ,
      O con|stancy,| be strong | upon | my side,
                ,    ,          ,          ,            ,
      Set a / huge moun|tain 'tween | my heart | and tongue:
          ,        ,       ,            ,         ,
      I have | a man's | mind, but | a wo|man's might.
            ,        ,        ,    2     ,      ,
10    How hard | it is | for wo|men to keep | counsel.
       ,           ,
      Art thou | here yet?
 
LUCIUS
                            ,        ,              ,
                           Madam,| what should | I do?
       ,            ,    ,         ,         ,
      Run to | the Ca|pitol,| and no|thing else?
           ,       ,        ,         ,         ,
      And so | return | to you,| and no|thing else?
 
PORTIA
       ,                ,     ,              ,           ,
15    Yes, bring | me word | boy, if | thy lord | look^well,
           ,          ,       ,           ,           ,
      For he | went sick|ly forth:| and take | good note
            ,        ,          ,         ,         ,
      What Cae|sar doth,| what sui|tors press | to him.
       __    ___          ,          ,    oo
      Hark | boy,| what noise | is that?|
 
LUCIUS
                  ,    ,
      I hear* / none, ma|dam.
 
PORTIA
                              ,         ,        ,
20                           Pri|thee, lis|ten well;
          ,         ,        ,       ,        ,
      I heard | a bust|ling ru|mor like | a fray,
                  ,    ,           ,         ,    ,
      And the / wind brings | it from | the Ca|pitol.
 
LUCIUS
        ,    ,           __     ,        oo
      Sooth ma/dam, I | hear | nothing.|
 
[Enter the Soothsayer]
 
PORTIA
            ,       ,         ,           ,           ,
      Come hi|ther fel|low: which | way hast | thou been?
 
SOOTHSAYER
        2      ,      ,             ,
25    At mine own | house, good* | lady.
 
PORTIA
                                              x         ,
                                       What is it | o'clock?
 
SOOTHSAYER
         ,          ,      ,      ,     oo
      About | the ninth | hour | lady.|
 
PORTIA
          ,       ,      ,            ,    ,
      Is Cae|sar yet | gone to | the Ca|pitol?
 
SOOTHSAYER
       ,           ,       ,        ,         ,
      Madam | not yet:| I go | to take | my stand,
          ,          ,     ,           ,    ,
30    To see | him pass | on to | the Ca|pitol.
 
PORTIA
             ,           ,        ,         ,          ,
      Thou hast | some suit | to Cae|sar, hast | thou not?
 
SOOTHSAYER
        ,        ,   ,       2             ,      ,
      That I | have la/dy, if it | will please | Caesar
          ,        ,        ,        ,        ,        ->
      To be | so good | to Cae|sar, as | to hear || me:
      ,        2    ,          ,        ,          ,
      I | shall beseech | him to | befriend | himself.
 
PORTIA
             ,       ,   2      ,       ,          ,
35    Why knowst | thou any | harms in|tended | towards him?
 
SOOTHSAYER
        ,      2      ,          ,    ,               ,            ,   ->
      None that I | know will | be, much / that I | fear may || chance.
              ,         2       ,           ,         ,       o ->
      Good | morrow | to you. Here | the street | is nar||row:
             ,           ,        ,     3  3      ,
      The throng | that fol|lows Cae|sar at the heels,
          ,     ,         ,         ,       ,        2->
      Of sen|ators,| of prae|tors, com|mon sui||tors,
             ,        ,       ,     ,            ,
40    Will crowd | a fee|ble man |(almost)^|to death:
            ,     ,          ,             ,          ,
      I'll get | me to | a place | more* void,| and there
        ,          ,    ,                ,      ,
      Speak to | great Cae/sar as | he comes along.
 
[Exit]
 
PORTIA
          ,        ,        ,         ,        ,
      I must | go in.| Aye me!| how weak | a thing
            ,         ,      ,   _    ,
      The heart | of wo|man is.| O | Brutus,
           ,         ,       ,              ,      ,
45    The hea|vens speed | thee in | thine^en|terprise.
        ,               ,          ,        ,        ,
      Sure the | boy* heard | me: Bru|tus hath | a suit
            ,        ,          ,        ,          ,
      That Cae|sar will | not grant.| Oh I | grow faint.
       ,   ,                  ,        ,        ,
      Run Lu/cius, and | commend | me to | my lord;
       ,          ,        ,        ,      ,
      Say I | am mer|ry: come | to me | again,
            ,          ,          ,         ,         ,
50    And bring | me word | what he | doth say | to thee.
 
[Exeunt severally] 

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