Act 2 - Scene 2
Thunder and lightning. Enter CAESAR, in his night-gown
Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace to-night:
Thrice hath Calpurnia in her sleep cried out,
they murder Caesar!' Who's within?
Enter a Servant
Go bid the priests do present sacrifice
And bring me their opinions of success.
I will, my lord.
What mean you, Caesar? think you to walk forth?
You shall not stir out of your house to-day.
Caesar shall forth: the things that threaten'd me
Ne'er look'd but on my back; when they shall see
of Caesar, they are vanished.
Caesar, I never stood on ceremonies,
Yet now they fright me. There is one within,
Besides the things
that we have heard and seen,
Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch.
A lioness hath whelped
in the streets;
And graves have yawn'd, and yielded up their dead;
Fierce fiery warriors fought upon the
In ranks and squadrons and right form of war,
Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol;
of battle hurtled in the air,
Horses did neigh, and dying men did groan,
And ghosts did shriek and squeal
about the streets.
O Caesar! these things are beyond all use,
And I do fear them.
What can be avoided
Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods?
Yet Caesar shall go forth; for these
Are to the world in general as to Caesar.
When beggars die, there are no comets seen;
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.
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