William Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

1. SCENE I. The plains of Philippi. (continued)

In your bad strokes, Brutus, you give good words:
Witness the hole you made in Caesar's heart,
Crying, "Long live! Hail, Caesar!"

The posture of your blows are yet unknown;
But for your words, they rob the Hybla bees,
And leave them honeyless.

Not stingless too.

O, yes, and soundless too,
For you have stol'n their buzzing, Antony,
And very wisely threat before you sting.

Villains, you did not so when your vile daggers
Hack'd one another in the sides of Caesar:
You show'd your teeth like apes, and fawn'd like hounds,
And bow'd like bondmen, kissing Caesar's feet;
Whilst damned Casca, like a cur, behind
Struck Caesar on the neck. O flatterers!

Flatterers!--Now, Brutus, thank yourself:
This tongue had not offended so to-day,
If Cassius might have ruled.

Come, come, the cause: if arguing makes us sweat,
The proof of it will turn to redder drops.
I draw a sword against conspirators:
When think you that the sword goes up again?
Never, till Caesar's three and thirty wounds
Be well avenged; or till another Caesar
Have added slaughter to the sword of traitors.

Caesar, thou canst not die by traitors' hands,
Unless thou bring'st them with thee.

So I hope;
I was not born to die on Brutus' sword.

O, if thou wert the noblest of thy strain,
Young man, thou couldst not die more honourably.

A peevish school boy, worthless of such honour,
Join'd with a masker and a reveller!

Old Cassius still!

Come, Antony; away!--
Defiance, traitors, hurl we in your teeth:
If you dare fight today, come to the field;
If not, when you have stomachs.

[Exeunt Octavius, Antony, and their Army.]

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