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Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods,
* Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of flumber
Portia's Speech to Brutus.
You've ungently, Brutus,
But with an angry wafture with your hand,
*See p. 17 of this volume, and the 110th page of vol, I. See the 5th page of this volume,
And could it work fo much upon your shape,
SCENE IV. Calphurnia to Cæfar, on the Prodi
Cæfar, I never ftood on ceremonies,
And graves have yawn'd, and yielded up their dead.
'The noise of battle hurtled in the air;
Caf. What can be avoided,
Whofe end is purpos'd by the mighty gods?
Cal. When beggars die, there are no comets feen ;
Against the Fear of Death
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The reader will be agreeably entertained, if he' turns to the beginning of Hamlet, where he will find an account of thefe prodigies from our author, Virgil, and Ovid.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
Danger knows full well,
That Cæfar is more dangerous than he.
SCENE VII. ENVY.
(9) My heart laments, that virtue cannot live Out of the teeth of emulation.
(10) Cæfar's fpirit, ranging for revenge, With Até by his fide, come hot from hell,
(7) Seeing, &c.]
The term of life is limited,
Ne may a man prolong nor fhorten it.
The foldier may not move from watchful fted,
Spenfer. (8) We are, &c.] The old folios read Wee beare, which Mr. Theobald, ingeniously enough, altered to we were; and Mr. Upton to we are, which is not only nearer the traces of the letters, but more agreeable to the fenfe of the paffage: for Cæfar fpeaks all thro' in the prefent tenfe: Danger knows, that Cæfar is more dangerous than he: we are two lions, twins, litter'd in one day, and I am the elder and more terrible.
(9) See p. 70. foregoing. and n. 13.
(10) Cæfar's, &c.] Mr. Seward obferves, that in those terrible graces fpoken of juft now (note 5.) no followers of Shakespear approach fo near him as Beaumont and Fletcher; of which he adds the Lines here quoted as a ftrong proof:
Shall in thefe confines, with a monarch's voice,
SCENE. V. Brutus's Speech to the People.
If there be any in this affembly, any dear friend of Cælar's, to him I fay, that Brutus's love to Cæfar was no less than his. If then that friend demand, why Brutus rofe against Cæfar, this is my answer; not that I lov'd Cæfar lefs, but that I lov'd Rome more. Had you rather Cæfar were living, and dye all flaves than that Cæfar were dead, to live all free-men? As Cæfar lov'd me, I weep for him ; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him; but as he was ambitious, I flew him. There are tears for his love, joy for his fortune, honour for his valour, and death for his ambition. Who's here fo base, that would be a bond-man? If any, fpeak; for him have I offended. Who is here fo rude, that would not be a Roman ? If any, fpeak; for him have I offended. Who is here fo vile, that will not love his country? If any, fpeak; for him have I offended..
Fix not your Empire
Upon the tomb of him, will shake all Ægypt:
The Falfe One, A. z. S. 1. There is fomething very great and aftonishing in the following raffage from Ben Johnson, tho' not very famous for fuch daring Rights. Catiline fays to his foldiers,
Methinks I fee death, and the furies waiting
For the great spectacle. Draw then your fwords, &c.
See Catiline, A& 5.
SCENE VI. Antony's Funeral Oration.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
Did this in Cæfar feem ambitious?
When that the poor have cry'd, Cæfar hath wept ;
Yet Brutus fays, he was ambitious;
You all did fee, that on the Lupercal,
I thrice prefented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refufe. Was this ambition?
And, fure, he is an honourable man.
I fpeak not to difprove what Brutus fpoke;