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Por, Prithee listen well :
I heard a bustling rumour, like a fray,
And the wind brings it from the capitol.
Luc, Sooth, madam, I hear nothing,

Enter Soothsayer.
Por. Come hither, fellow : which way haft thou been?
Sooth. At mine own house, good lady,
Por. What is 't o'clock?
Sooth. About the ninth hour, lady.
Por. Is Cæfar yet gone to the capitol ?

South. Madam, not yet; I go to take my ftand, To see him pass on to the capitol.

Por. Thou hast fomne suit tó Cæfar, haft thou not?

South. That I have, lady, if it will please Cæfar To be so good to Cæfar, as to hear me: I shall beseech him to befriend himfelf. Por. Why, know'lt thou any « hárm 's intended towards

him? Seoth. None that I know will he, much that I fear may

chance.
Good morrow to you. Here the street is narrow :
The throng that follows Cæfar at the heels,
Of senators, of prætors, common suitors,
Will crowd a feeble man almoft to deatli:
I'll get me to a place more void, and there
Speak to great Cæfar as he comes along,

[Exit.

So the fo's and C; the rest, Artemidorus for Soobsayer.

c R. P. and H. defend for befriend.

d P. and all after, except C. barm for barm's.

c P. and all after, creept C. omit

may chance.

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Por.

Por. I must go in. Aye me! how weak a thing The heart of woman is ! ? Brutus, The heavens speed thee in thine enterprize! Sure the boy heard me. - Brutus hath a suit That Cæfar will not grant. O, I grow faint: Run, Lucius, and commend me to my lord; Say, I am merry : come to me again, And bring me word what he doth say to thee. [Exeunt.

fj. Ab for Ayer

h The three last fo's and C..omit this & So the fo's and R; the reft, o Bru• diredion. *usBrutus ! &c,

ACT

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Flourish. Enter Cæsar, Brutus, Caffius, Carca, Decius,

Metellus, Trebonius, Cinna, Antony, Lepidus, Artes midorus, * Publius, 'Popilius, and the m Soothsayer,

Cas. TH

HE ides of March are come.

Sooth, Ay, Cæfar; but not gone, Art. Hail, Cæfar! Read this schedule,

Dec. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read, At your best leisure, this his humble fuit.

ị There is no description of ihe scene capitol already. Or, if by the capitol be in the fo's; R. P. and C. describe it, meant the outside of the capitol, as esTbe copirol; H. The entrance into tbe ca- plained by the two laft descriptions, it is pitol; T.W. and F. Tbe street before the ftill improper to suppose that the bufcapirol; and the capirol open. But it is ness, which is hereafter to be transacted evident that these are all improper de within the capitol, may be commodiously scriptions. For, according to the first, heard and seen by an audience to whom it is absurd to make the capitol the scene the outside only of the capitol is presentof what passes in the street ; Caffius says, ed, and who, in that case, can but fee Wbert, urge you your petitions in ebe friet? and hear through the door-way. Be. and still more absurd, when he bids them fides, if the scene be supposed the enCome to lbe capirol, to suppose them in the trance into the capitol, filius would

Art. O Cafar, read mine firft; for mine''s a fuit
That touches Cæfar nearer : Read it, “great Cæfar.

Cees. What touches us ourself, shall be last servid,
Art. Delay not, Cæfar; read it instantly,

better have said, Wbat urge you your pee Of senators, of prætors, common suitors, titions at the door ? Come into ib' capio Will crowd a feeble man almost to death : sol.

I'll get me to a plaie more void, and I have therefore presumed to make there what is done without and within the Speak to great Cafar as he comes along capitol, two diftin& scenes, as I believe Now for any thing that appears in this şbakespeare intended. Nor is it necessary laft speech, the Soothsayer might be supto fix the firft scene close to the capitol, posed to remove to a place more remote but rather more confonant with feveral from the capitol than Brulus's house passages in the foregoing act that it should was; for his only reason for removing be at some diftance. In scene fifth of the from thence was, because the street there second act Artemidorus says, Here will I was narrow. But admitting that he refand, till Cæfar pass along, &c. which moved nearer the capitol, yet the sense implies that the part of the street where of his words makes it unlikely he should he had fixed himself was at some dif- station himself at the entrance of the tance from the capitol; for if it was at capitol, which he might reasonably exthe entrance of the capitol, he would peet would be more crowded than any with more propriety have said, Here will other part of the street. Again, if he I ftand, till Cæfar fall arrive. And in had designed to station himself at the the same act, scene 6, before Brutus's entrance of the capitol, he would with house (which is understood to be at a greater accuracy have said, considerable distance from the capitol by I 'll to the door o'rb' capitol, and there Purtia's words to Lucius,

Speak to great Cæfar as he enters in. Prithee liften well: k The three last fo's, R. and P. omit Į heard a bufling rumour like a fray, Publius in the entrance, but make him And the wind brings it from the capitol. speak in the scene. the Soothsayer says,

| The first f. omits Popilius. Here the Street is narrow : m R.'s duodecimo and P. Soolb The throng that follows Cafar at the Sayers. heels,

P. and H. omit greut.

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Cæf. What, is the fellow mad?
Pub. Sirrah, give place.

Caf. What, urge you your petitions in the street ?
Come to the capitol.

[° Exeunt.

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The Senate sitting. Enter Cæsar and the rell, as in the foregoing

Scene. Senate rifes. Cæfar moves towards his Seat,

Pop. I will your enterprize to-day may thrive.

[P Afide to Car, Caf. What enterpriże, Popilius? Pop. Fare you

[ Follows Cæsar. Bru. What said Popilius Lena? [ Afide to Caffius,

Caf. He wish'd to-day our enterprize mnight thrive. I fear our purpose is discovered,

well.

• It is needless to fay, that this di- inconsistent, he should be bidden to com re&ion, and the rest that are made to tbe capitol, and yet pushed back. Recessary by altering the scenes, are p This direction in no edition benot in any edition before. C. here fore. directs, Artemidorus is pufb'd back : 9 Here C, directs (leaves bim, and which would have been proper enough, joins Cæsar. But Popilius does not yet fuppofing the scene to be the street ; but join Cæfar, nor has he join'd him three as C. supposes the scene to be the capi- {peeches after, when Brutxs says, Lock tol, and Artemidorus in the entrance, bow be makes *to Cæsar, &c. The rest amid a sbrong of people, and whom, in have no direction. this case, we must imagine to be pressing This direction in no edition be. after Cafer iato the capitol, it is very fore.

Bru.

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