But wherefore art not in thy shop today?
Why dost thou lead these men about the streets?
Truly, sir, to wear out their shoes, to get myself
into more work. But, indeed, sir, we make holiday,
Caesar and to rejoice in his triumph.
Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home?
What tributaries follow him to Rome,
To grace in
captive bonds his chariot-wheels?
You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!
O you hard
hearts, you cruel men of Rome,
Knew you not Pompey? Many a time and oft
Have you climb'd up to
walls and battlements,
To towers and windows, yea, to chimney-tops,
Your infants in your arms, and there
The livelong day, with patient expectation,
To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome:
when you saw his chariot but appear,
Have you not made an universal shout,
That Tiber trembled underneath
To hear the replication of your sounds
Made in her concave shores?
And do you now put on
your best attire?
And do you now cull out a holiday?
And do you now strew flowers in his way
in triumph over Pompey's blood? Be gone!
Run to your houses, fall upon your knees,
Pray to the gods to
intermit the plague
That needs must light on this ingratitude.
Go, go, good countrymen, and, for this fault,
Assemble all the poor men of your sort;
Draw them to Tiber
banks, and weep your tears
Into the channel, till the lowest stream
Do kiss the most exalted shores of all.
Exeunt all the Commoners
See whether their basest metal be not moved;
They vanish tongue-tied in their guiltiness.
Go you down
that way towards the Capitol;
This way will I disrobe the images,
If you do find them deck'd with ceremonies.
May we do so?
You know it is the feast of Lupercal.
It is no matter; let no images
Be hung with Caesar's trophies. I'll about,
And drive away the vulgar from
So do you too, where you perceive them thick.
These growing feathers pluck'd from Caesar's
Will make him fly an ordinary pitch,
Who else would soar above the view of men
And keep us all in
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