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Here will I hold. | If there's a power above us,
(Laying his hand on his sword
(SHAKSPEARE.) To be, - or not w be — that' is the ques.tion: Whether 't is nobler in the mind | to suffer The slings, and arrows of outrageous fortune; | Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, / And, by opposing, end them? To die' - to sleep' - |
1 No more — and, by a sleep, I to say we end The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to: 't is a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. 1
To die' - to sleep -1 To sleep! 'perchance to dream-'ay, there 's the rub ;. For, in thai sleep of death, / what dreams may come, I When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,"
• Sur, bustle.
Must give us pause. | There's the respect" |
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
Who would far dels bear, !
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all'; /
BRUTUS' ORATION ON THE DEATH OF CÆSAR.
(SHAKSPEARE.) Ro'mans, coun'trymen, and lovers! | hear me for my cause';; and be silent | that you may hear. | Believe me for mine honor'; , and have respect' unto mine honor that you may believe. | Censure me in your wis dom; / and awake your sen'ses that you may the better judge.
Consideration. Kon'tů-me-le, rudeness. • The ancient term for a small dagger. Packs, burdens. • Börn, boundary, limit.
Mine honor; not mine-non'nur.
If there be any in this assembly, I any dear friend of Cæsar's, 1 to him I say that Bru tus' love to Cæsar, was no less than his. i If, then, that friend demand i why Brutus rose against Cæsar, I this is my answer: Noi that I loved Cæsar less," , but that I loved Rome more. | Had you rather Cæsar were living, and die all slaves', i than that Cæsar were dead, I and live all freemen?
As Cæsar loved me, I weep, for him; | as he was fortunate, I rejoice' at it; as he was valiant, I hon
him; bui, as he was ambitious, I slew, him. I There are tears for his love, i joy' for his fortune, I honor for his valor, / and death for his ambition. I
Who is here so base | that [he]" would be a bondman? | If any, ' speak ; 1 for him have I offend ed. Who is here so rude i that (he) would not be a Roman? i If any, I speak ; i for him have I offended. / Who is here so vile that [he] will not love his country? | If any, / speak' ; | for him have I offended. | I pause for a reply. I
None'! | Then none have I offended. I have done no more to Cæsar, I than you should do to Brutus. I The question of his death is enrolled in the Capitol; his glory not extenuated, wherein he was worthy; nor his offences enforced', | for which he suffered death.
Here comes his body, I mourned by Mark Antony who, though he had no hand in his death, shall receive the benefit of his dying, - ' a place in the commonwealth ; as which of you shall not? | With this, I depart: That, as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need, my death.
• Cæsar less; Dot Cæʼsar-less. The words in brackets are not in the original; they are introduced to make the language good English.
ANTONY'S ORATION OVER CÆSAR's popy.
(SHAKSPEARE.) Friends', Ro'mans, countrymen! | lend me your ears. I come to bury Cæsar, not to praise him. 1 The evil that men do, I lives af ter them; / The good is oft interred with their bones. : / So let it be with Cæsar. | The noble Brutus Hath told you, i Cæsar was ambitious. I If it were so, I it was a grievous fault'; | And grievously hath Cæsar answer'd it. I Here, under leave of Brutus, and the rest, I (For Brutus is an honorable man; 1 So are they all, all honorable men) | Come I to speak in Cæsar's funeral. | He was my friend., | faithful, and just to me But Brutus, says, he was ambitious; | And Brutus is an honorable man. | He hath brought many captives home to Rome, Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: 1 Did this in Cæsar seem ambitious ? | When that the poor have cried, i Cæsar hath wept. ! Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. I Yet Brutus says, he was ambitious ; | And Brutus is an honorable man. | You all did see that, on the Lupercal," 1 I thrice presented him a kingly crown, 1 Which he did thrice refuse. I Was this ambition ? Yet Brutus says, he was ambitious; / And Brutus is an honorable 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., 1 What cause withholls you then to mourn for him?! O judgment!, thou art Hled to brutish beasts'; |
• Lupercalia, solemn sacrifices, and plays, dedicated to Pan, kept the 15th of February.-CICERO.
And men have lost their rea son! | Bear with me; |
• The mennest man is now too high to do reverence to Cæsar. Johnson.