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Calpburnia. Let me on my knees prevail in this.

Casar. Mark Antony shall say I am not well, and for thy humour I will stay

at home.



OF this tragedy many particular passages deserve regard, and the contention and reconcilement of Brutus and Cassius, is universally celebrated; but I have never been strongly agi. tated in perusing it, and think it somewhat cold and unaf fecting, compared with some other of Shakspeare's plays; his adherence to the real story, and to Roman manners, seem to have impeded the natural vigour of his genius. JOHNSON.

Decius Brutus is put in the following play for Decimus Brutus. The poet (as Voltaire has done since) confounds the characters of Marcus and Decimus. Decimus Brutus was the most cherished by Cæsar of all his friends, while Marcus kept aloof, and declined so large a share of his favours and honours as the other had constantly accepted. Velleius Paterculus, speaking of Decimus_Brutus, says—ab iis, quos miserat Antonius, jugulatus est; justissimasque optimè de se merito viro C. Cæsari pœnas dedit. Cujus cum primus omnium amicorum fuisset, interfector fuit, et fortunæ ex qua fructum tulerat, invidiam in auctorem relegabat, censebatque æquum, quæ accep.. erat à Cæsare retinere : Cæsarem, quia illa dederat, perisse. Lib. ii. c. 64. Jungitur his Decimus, notissimus inter amicos Cæsaris, ingratus, cui trans-Alpina fuisset Gallia Cæsareo nuper commissa favore.

Non illum conjuncta fides, non nomen amici
Deterrere potest.-

Ante alios Decimus, cui fallere, nomen amici
Præcipue dederat, ductorem sæpe morantem
Incitat.-Supplem. Lucani.


Shakspeare's mistake of Decius for Decimus arose from the old translation of Plutarch.


The real length of time in Julius Cæsar is as follows: About the middle of February A. U. C. 709, a frantick festival, sacred to Pan, and called Lupercalia, was held in honour of Cæsar, when the regal crown was offered to him by Antony. On the 15th of March in the same year he was slain. November 27, A. U. C. 710, the triumvers met at a small island, formed by the river Rhenus near Bononia, and there adjusted their cruel proscription.-A. U. C. 711, Brutus and Cassius were defeated near Philippi.


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