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Cask. Do fo: Farewel both.
[Exit. Bru. What a blunt Fellow is this grown to be? He was quick Mettel, when he went to School.
Caf. So is he now, in Execution
Of any bold or noble Enterprize,
However he puts on this tardy Form:
This Rudeness is a Sawce to his good Wit,
Which gives Men stomach to digest his Words
With better Appetites.
Brn. And so it is: For this time I will leave you.
To morrow, if you please to speak with me,
I will come home to you; or if you will,
Come home to me, and I will wait for you.
Caf. I will do fo: 'till then, think of the World.
Well Brutus, thou art Noble: Yet I see
Thy honourable Mettel may be wrought
From that it is dispos'd, therefore 'tis
meet That noble Minds keep ever with their likes: For who so firm, that cannot be seduc'd? Caefar doth bear me hard, but he loves Brutus. If I were Brutus now, and he were Casius, He should not humour me. I will this Night, In several Hands, in at his Windows throw, As if they came from several Citizens, Writings, all tending to the great Opinion That Rome holds of his Name: Wherein obscurely Cafar's ambition shall be glanced at. And after this, let Cæfar seat him sure, For we will shake him, or worse days endure. [Exit. Thunder and Lightning. Enter Caska with his Sword drawn,
and Cicero. Cic. Good Even, Caska; brought you Cesar home?' Why are you breathless, and why ftare you so?
Cask. Are not you mov’d, when all the sway of Earth Shakes, like a thing unfirm? O Cicero ! I have seen Tempests, when the scolding Winds Have riv'd the knotty Oaks, and I have seen Th’ ambitious Ocean swell, and rage, and foam, To be exalted with the threatning Clouds :
But never 'till to Night, never 'till now,
Did I go through a Tempest dropping Fire.
Either there is a Civil Strife in Heav'n,
Or else the World, too fawcy with the Gods,
Incenses them to send Destruction.
Cic. Why, saw you any thing more wonderful?
Cask. A common Slave, you know him well by fight,
Held up his left Hand, which did flame and burn,
Like twenty Torches join'd; and yet his Hand,
Not sensible of Fire, remain'd unscorch'd.
Besides, I ha' not fince put up my Sword,
Against the Capitol I met a Lion,
Who glaz'd upon me, and went surly by,
Without annoying me.
And there were drawn
Upon a heap, a hundred ghastly Women,
Transformed with their fear, who swore, they saw
Men, all in fire, walk up and down the Streets.
And yesterday, the Bird of Night did fit,
Even at Noon-day, upon the Market place,
Houting and shrieking. When these Prodigies
Do fo conjointly meet, let not Men say,
These are their Reasons, they are Natural:
For I believe, they are portentous things
Unto the Climate, that they point upon.
Cic. Indeed, it is a strange disposed time:
But Men may construe things after their Fashion,
Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.
Comes Cefar to the Capitol to morrow?
Cask. He doth: For he did bid Antonio
Send word to you, he would be there to morrow.
Cic. Good Night then, Caska; this disturbed Sky
Is not to walk in.
Cask. Farewel, Cicero.
[Exit Cicero. Enter Callius. Caf. Who's there? Cask. A Roman. Caf. Caska, by your Voice. " Cask. Your Ear is good. Callins, what Night is this? ,
? Caf. A very pleasing Night to honest Men. Cask. Who ever knew the Heay'ns menace so?
Caf. Those that have known the Earth so full of Faults, For my part I have walk'd about the Streets, Submitting me unto the perillous Night; And thus unbraced, Caska, as you see, Have bar'd my Bosom to the Thunder-stone: And when the cross blue Lightning seem'd to open The Breast of Heav'n, I did present my self, Even in the aim and very flash of it.
Cask. But wherefore did you so much tempt the Heav'ns?
It is the part of Men, to fear and tremble,
When the most mighty Gods, by tokens, send
Such dreadful Heralds, to astonish us.
Caf. You are dull
, Caska; and those sparks of Life
That should be in a Roman, you do want,
Or else you use not; You look pale, and gaze,
And put on fear, and cast your self in wonder, ,
To see the strange impatience of the Heav'ns:
But if you would consider the true Cause,
Why all these Fires, why all these gliding Ghosts,
Why Birds and Beasts, from quality and kind,
Why old Men, Fools, and Children calculate;
Why all these things change from their Ordinance,
Their Natures, and pre-formed Faculties,
To monstrous quality; why, you shall find,
That Heav'n hath infus'd them with these Spirits,
To make them instruments of fear and warning,
Unto some monstrous State.
Now could I, Caska, Dame to thee a Man,
Most like this dreadful Night,
That Thunders, Lightens, opens Graves, and roars,
As doth the Lion in the Capitol ;
A Man no mightier than thy felf, or me,
In personal A&ion; yet prodigious grown,
And fearful, as these strange Eruptions are.
Cask. 'Tis Cafar that you mean; is it not, Caffius?
Car. Let it be who it is: For Romans now Have Thewes and Limbs like to their Ancestors; But woe the while, our Fathers Minds are dead, And we are govern'd with our Mothers Spiritsi Our Yoke and Sufferance fhew us womanish.
Cask. Indeed, they say, the Senators, to morrow,
Mean to establish Cæfar as a King:
And he shall wear his Crown by Sea, and Land,
In every Place, fave here in Italy.
Cask. I know where I will wear this Dagger then;
Calsins from Bondage will deliver Caffius.
Therein, ye Gods, you make the weak most strong;
Therein, ye Gods, you Tyrants do defeat :
Nór ftony Tower, nor Walls of beaten Brass,
Nor airlefs Dungeon, nor strong Links of Iron,
Can be retentive to the strength of Spirit:
But Life, being weary of these worldly Bars,
Never lacks Power to dismiss it felf.
If I know this, know all the World besides,
That part of Tyranny, that I do bear,
I can shake off at pleasure.
Cask. So can I :
So every Bondman in his own Hand bears
The power to cancel his Captivity.
Caf. And why should Cesur be a Tyrant then?
Poor Man, I know he would not be a Wolf,
But that he fees the Romans are but Sheep;
He were no Lion, were not Romans Hinds,
Those that with hafte will make a mighty Fire,
Begin it with weak Straws. What trash is Rome?
What Rubbish, and what Offal? when it serves
For the base Matter, to illuminate
So vile a thing as Cafar.
But, oh Grief!
Where hast thou led me? I, perhaps, speak this
Before a willing Bondman: Then I know
My answer must be made. But I am armid,
And Dangers are to me indifferent.
Cask. You speak to Caska, and to such a Man,
That is no flearing Tell-tale. Hold, my Hand:
Be fa&ious for redress of all these Griefs,
And I will set this foot of mine as far,
As who goes farthest,
Caf. There's a Bargain made.
Now know you, Caska, I have mov'd already
Some certain of the nobleft-minded Romans,
To under-go, with me, an Enterprize,
Of honourable dangerous. Consequence;
And I do know, by, this they stay for me
In Pompey's Porch; for now, this fearful Night,
There is no stir, or walking in the Streets,
And the Complexion of the Element
Is Feav'rous, like the work we have in hand,
Moft bloody, fiery, and most terrible.
Cask. Stand close a while, for here comes one in haste.
Casa 'Tis Cinna, I do know him by his Gare, He is a Friend. Cinna, where hafte
Cin. To find out you: Who's that, MetellusC mber?
Caf. No, it is Caska, one incorporate
To our Attempts. Am I not staid for, Cinna?
Cin. I am glad on’t. What a fearful Night is this?
There's two or three of us have seen, strange Sights.
Caf. Am I not staid for? tell me.
Cin. Yes, you are,
O Cassius! If you could but win the noble Brutus
To our Party-
Caf. Be you content. Good Cinna take this paper,
And look you lay, it in the Prætors Chair,
Where Brutus may but find it; and throw this
In at his Window; set this up with Wax
Upon old Brutus Statue: All chis done,
Repair to Pompey's Porch, where you thall find us.
Is Decius. Brutus, and Trebonius there?
Çin, Al, but Metellus Cimber, and he's gone
To seek you at your House. Well, I will hje,
And so bestow these Papers as you bad me,
Caf. That done, repair to Pompey's Theater,
Come Caska, you and I will, yet, e’er Day,
See Brutus at his House; three parts of him
Is ours already, and the Man entire,
Upon the next Encounter, yields him ours.