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I had as lief not be, as live to be
And bid him follow; fo, indeed, he did.
Did from the flames of Troy upon his fhoulder
Is now become a God; and Caffius is
A wretched creature, and mult bend his body,
He had a fever when he was in Spain,
And when the fit was on him, I did mark
9 His coward lips did from their colour fly,] A plain man would have faid, the colour fled from his lips, and not his lips from their colour. But the falfe ex
preffion was for the fake of as falfe a piece of wit: a poor. quibble, alluding to a coward flying from his colours. WARB.
As a fick gril. Ye Gods, it doth amaze me,
So get the start of the majeftick world,
And bear the Palm alone.
get the fiart of the majef tick world, &c.] This image is extremely noble: it is taken from the olympic games. The majestick world is a fine periphrafis for the Roman empire: their citizens fet themfelves on a footing with Kings, and they cailed
Bru. Another general shout!
their dominion Orbis Romanus.
When there is in it but one only man.
Bru. That you do love me, I am nothing jealous ;
I will with patience hear; and find a time
Than to repute himself a fon of Rome
Under fuch hard conditions, as this time
Caf. I am glad that my weak words
Have ftruck but thus much shew of fire from Brutus,
Enter Cæfar and his Train.
Bru. The Games are done, and Cæfar is returning. Caf. As they pass by, pluck Cafca by the sleeve, And he will, after his four fashion, tell you What hath proceeded worthy note to day.
Bru. I will do fo. But look you, Caffus, The angry fpot doth glow on Cafar's brow, And all the reft look like a chidden train. Calpurnia's cheek is pale; and Cicero
`-eternal devil-] I should think that our authour wrote rather, infernal devil,
3-chew upon this;] Confider this at leifare; ruminate on this.
Looks with fuch ferret, and fuch fiery eyes,
Caf. [To Ant. apart.] Let me have men about me that are fat,
Sleek headed men, and fuch as fleep a-nights;
Caf. Would he were fatter. But I fear him not; Yet if my name were liable to fear,
I do not know the man I fhould avoid,
So foon as that spare Caffius. He reads much;
Quite through the deeds of men. He loves no plays,
4 --ferret,-] A ferret has red eyes.
5 'Would he were fatter ;- -1 Johnson, in his Bartholomew-fair, unjustly fneers at this paffage, in
Knockham's speech to the Pigwoman. Come, there's no malice in fat folks; I never fear thee, and I can'fcape thy lean moon-calf there. WARBURTON
Manent Brutus and Caffius: Cafca to them.
Cafca. You pull'd me by the cloak. Would you fpeak with me?
Bru. Ay, Cafca, tell us what hath chanc'd to day, That Cæfar looks fo fad.
Cafca. Why, you were with him, were you not? Bru. I fhould not then afk Cafca what had chanc'd. Cafca. Why, there was a crown offer'd him, and being offer'd him, he put it by with the back of his hand thus; and then the people fell a fhouting. Bru. What was the fecond noise for?
Cafca. Why, for that too,
Caf. They fhouted thrice: what was the laft cry for?
Cafea. Why, for that too.
Bru. Was the crown offer'd him thrice? Cafca. Ay, marry, was't, and he put it by thrice, every time gentler than other; and at every putting by, mine honeft neighbours fhouted.
Caf. Who offer'd him the crown?
Bru. Tell us the manner of it, gentle Cafca.
Cafca. I can as well be hang'd, as tell the manner of it. It was meer foolery, I did not mark it. I faw Mark Antony offer him a crown ;-yet 'twas not a crown neither, 'twas one of thefe coronets; and, as I told you, he put it by once; but for all that, to my thinking, he would fain have had it. Then he offer'd it to him again: then he put it by again; but, to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his fingers off it. And then he offer'd it the third time; he put it the third time by; and ftill as he refus'd it, the rabblement