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The Barren, touched in this holy Chafe,
Ant. I fhall remember,
When Cafar fays, do this; it is perform'd.
Caf. Ha! who calls?
Cafe. Bid every noise be still; peace yet again.
Bru. A footh-fayer bids you beware the Ides of March.
Cafe. Fellow, come from the throng, look upon Cafar. Caf. What fay't thou to me now? speak once again. Saath Beware the Ides of March.
Caf. He is a dreamer, let us leave him; país.
[Exeunt Cæfar and Train.
Manent Brutus and Caffius.
Caf. Will you go see the order of the Course ?
Caf. I pray you, do.
Bru. I am not gamefome; I do lack fome part
Let me not hinder, Caffius, your defires;
Caf. Brutus, I do observe you now of late;
Be not deceiv'd: if I have veil'd my look,
Meerly upon myfelf. Vexed I am,
Of late, with paffions of fome difference,
Which give fome foil, perhaps, to my behaviour:
But let not therefore my good friends be griev'd,
Than that poor Brutus, with himself at war,
Caf. Then, Brutus, I have much mistook your paffion By means whereof, this breaft of mine hath buried Thoughts of great value, worthy cogitations.
Tell me, good Brutus, can you
And it is very much lamented, Brutus,
Bru. Into what dangers would you lead me, Caffius, That you would have me feek into myself.
For that which is not in me ?
Caf. Therefore, good Brutus, be prepar'd' to hear; And fince you know you cannot see yourself So well as by reflexion; I, your glass,
Will modeftly discover to yourself
That of yourself, which yet you know not of.
Flourish and bout. Bru. What means this fhouting I do fear, the People
Chufe Cæfar for their King.
Caf. Ay, do you fear it F
Then muft I think, you would not have it fo.
I was born free as Cafar, fo were you ;
(3) And I will look on both indifferently;] What a contradiction to this, are the lines immediately fucceeding? If he lov'd Honour, more than he fear'd Death, how could they be both indifferent to bim? Honour thus is but in equal balance to Death, which is not fpeaking at all like Brutus: for, in a foldier of any ordinary pretenfion, it should always preponderate. We must certainly read,
And I will look on Death indifferently.
What occafion'd the corruption, I prefume, was, the transcribers imagining the adverb indifferently must be applied to two things oppos'd. But the ufe of the word does not demand it; nor does Shakespeare always apply it fo. In the prefent paffage it fignifies neglectingly; without Fear, or Concern: And fo Cafca afterwards, again in this A&, employs it.
And dangers are to me indifferent.
i. e. I weigh them not; am not deterr'd on the score of danger. Mr. Warburton.
(4) For once upon a raw and gufly day,] This may, perhaps, appear a very odd amufement for two of the greatest men in Rome. But it appears, this was an ufual exercife for the nobility, that delighted in the hardy ufe of arms, and were not enervated, from this paffage of Horace, 1. i. Ode 8.
Cur timet flavum Tiberim tangere ?
The troubled Tiber, chafing with his fhores,
And bid him follow; fo, indeed, he did.
Did from the flames of Trey upon his shoulder
Is now become a God; and Caffius is
A wretched creature, and muft bend his body,
He had a fever when he was in Spain,
And when the fit was on him, I did mark
How he did shake: 'tis true, this God did shake;
And that fame eye, whofe Bend doth awe the World,
Bru. Another general shout!
I do believe, that thefe applaufes are
For fome new honours that are heap'd on Cafar.
Upon which Hermannus Figulus makes this comment: Natare. Nam
Like a Coloffus; and we petty men
Bru. That you do love me, I am nothing jealous;
Than to repute himself a fon of Rome