Act 3 - Scene 2
Enter BRUTUS and CASSIUS, and a throng of Citizens
We will be satisfied; let us be satisfied.
Then follow me, and give me audience, friends.
Cassius, go you into the other street,
And part the numbers.
that will hear me speak, let 'em stay here;
Those that will follow Cassius, go with him;
And public reasons
shall be rendered
Of Caesar's death.
I will hear Brutus speak.
I will hear Cassius; and compare their reasons,
When severally we hear them rendered.
Exit CASSIUS, with some of the Citizens. BRUTUS goes into the pulpit
The noble Brutus is ascended: silence!
Be patient till the last.
Romans, countrymen, and lovers! hear me for my
cause, and be silent, that you
may hear: believe me
for mine honour, and have respect to mine honour, that
you may believe: censure me
in your wisdom, and
awake your senses, that you may the better judge.
If there be any in this assembly,
any dear friend of
Caesar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Caesar
was no less than his. If then that
why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer:
Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I
Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and
die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to
all free men? As Caesar loved me, I weep for him;
as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was
I honour him: but, as he was ambitious, I
slew him. There is tears for his love; joy for his
fortune; honour for
his valour; and death for his
ambition. Who is here so base that would be a
bondman? If any, speak; for
him have I offended.
Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If
any, speak; for him have I offended.
Who is here so
vile that will not love his country? If any, speak;
for him have I offended. I pause for a
None, Brutus, none.
Then none have I offended. I have done no more to
Caesar than you shall do to Brutus. The question
his death is enrolled in the Capitol; his glory not
extenuated, wherein he was worthy, nor his offences
for which he suffered death.
Enter ANTONY and others, with CAESAR's body
Here comes his body, mourned by Mark Antony: who,
though he had no hand in his death, shall receive
benefit of his dying, a place in the
commonwealth; as which of you shall not? With this
I depart, that, as
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