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Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.
25 Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And, sure, he is an honourable man. I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke ; But here I am to speak what I do know. You all did love him once, not without cause :
30 What cause withholds you then to mourn for him ? Oh, judgment ! thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason! Bear with me : My heart is in the coffin there with Cæsar, And I must pause till it come back to me.
35 1st Cit. Methinks there is much reason in his sayings.
2d Cit. If thou consider rightly of the matter, Cæsar has had great wrong. 3d Cit. Has he, masters ? I fear there will a worse come
in his place. 4th Cit. Marked ye his words? He would not take the
crown ; Therefore, 'tis certain he was not ambitious.
1st Cit. If it be found so, some will dear abide it.
Ant. But yesterday, the word of Cæsar might
I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong,
60 And dip their napkins in his sacred blood; Yea, beg a hair of him for memory, And dying, mention it within their wills, Bequeathing it as a rich legacy Unto their issue.
65 4th Cit. We'll hear the will; read it, Mark Antony. All. The will ! the will ! We will hear Cæsar's will !
Ant. Have patience, gentle friends! I must not read it; It is not meet you know how Cæsar loved you. You are not wood, you are not stones, but men;
70 And, being men, hearing the will of Cæsar, It will inflame you, it will make you
mad. 'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs ; For, if you should, oh, what would come of it!
4th Cit. Read the will; we will hear it, Antony: You shall read us the will; Cæsar's will !
Ant. Will you be patient? will you stay a while ?
80 4th Cit. They were traitors. Honourable men ? All. The will! the testament ! 2d Cit. They were villains, murderers ! The will ! Read
the will ! Ant. You will compel me, then, to read the will ! Then make a ring about the corpse of Cæsar,
And let me show you him that made the will.
All. Come down.
[He comes down from the pulpit. 3d Cit. You shall have leave. 4th Cit. A ring! Stand round ! 1st Cit. Stand from the hearse, stand from the body. 90 2d Cit. Room for Antony-most noble Antony ! Ant. Nay, press not so upon me; stand far off. All. Stand back ! room ! bear back!
Ant. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. You all do know this mantle. I remember
95 The first time ever Cæsar put it on; 'Twas on a summer's evening in his tent, That day he overcame the Nervii. Look! in this place ran Cassius' dagger through ; Sco, what a rent the envious Casca made !
100 Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabbed ; And, as he plucked his cursed steel away, Mark how the blood of Cæsar followed it! As rushing out of doors, to be resolved If Brutus so unkindly knocked, or no.
105 For Brutus, as you know, was Cæsar's angel; Judge, oh you gods ! how dearly Cæsar loved him. This was the most unkindest cut of all ; For when the noble Cæsar saw him stab, Ingratitude, more strong than traitors' arms,
110 Quite vanquished him ; then burst his mighty heart : And, in his mantle muffling up his face, Even at the base of Pompey's statue, Which all the while ran blood, great Cæsar fell. Oh, what a fall was there, my countrymen!
115 Then I, and you, and all of us fell down, Whilst bloody treason flourished over us. Oh, now you weep; and I perceive you feel The dint of pity: these are gracious drops.
Kind souls! What! weep you when
but behold 120 Our Cæsar's vesture wounded ? Look you
here! Here is himself, marred, as you see, with traitors.
1st Cit. O piteous spectacle !
125 4th Cit. O traitors ! villains ! 1st Cit. O most bloody sight! 2d Cit. We will be revenged! Revenge! About-seekburn-fire-kill-slay! Let not a traitor live !
Bru'-tus, a noted Roman citizen
who had joined in the con-
delivering up prisoners. gen'-er-al cof'-fers, the treasury or
place where the public money
so called from the story of
animal prepared for writing
leg'-a-cy, anything left by will.
Cæsar through his mother.
tus at Actium. man'-tle, cloak. Cas'-si-us, a Roman noble upon
whom Cæsar had bestowed great honour, and the author of the conspiracy to kill
him. en'-vi-ous, grudging the fame or
advancement of others. Cas'-ca, the conspirator who aimed
the first thrust at Cæsar. in-grat'-i-tude, want of thankfulness
for benefits received. van'-quished, conquered. Pom'-pey's sta'-tu-e, a statue in
honour of Pompey, a rival of Cæsar, who had been conquered
by him. vest'-ure, the cloak or outer gar
ment worn by Cæsar. trai'-tor, one who betrays or acts
com'-mons, common people.
EXERCISES.-1. The affixes -age, -ance, -ancy, .dom, -ence, -ency, -head, -hood, -ice, denote state, condition, being, quality; as bond, bondage ; abound, abundance ; constant, constancy; king, kingdom ; innocent, innocence; lenient, leniency; God, Godhead ; child, childhood; just, justice. 2. Analyse and parse the following:
“The evil that men do lives after them;
So let it be with Cæsar.' 3. Make sentences of your own, and use in each one or more of the following words : Mutiny, legacy, ransom, ambitious.
SPEECH OF LORD CHATHAM. [This brilliant speech was delivered in the House of Peers, at the opening of parliament in November 1777, on our employing mercenary troops and Indians in the war with America. In spite of the eloquence of Lord Chatham, his amendment was rejected by a vote of ninety-seven to twenty-four. ]
1. I cannot, my lords, I will not, join in congratulation on misfortune and disgrace. This, my lords, is a perilous and tremendous moment. It is not a time for adulation; the smoothness of flattery cannot save us in this rugged and awful crisis.
It is now necessary to instruct the throne in the language of truth. We must, if possible, dispel the delusion and darkness which envelop it, and display, in its full danger and genuine colours, the ruin which is brought to our doors.
2. Can ministers still presume to expect support in their infatuation? Can parliament be so dead to its dignity and duty, as to give their support to measures thus obtruded and forced upon them? Measures, my lords, which have reduced this late flourishing empire to scorn and contempt! But yesterday, and Britain might have stood against the world; now, none so