Speeches (Lines) for Caesar
in "Julius Caesar"

Total: 42

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1

I,2,82

(stage directions). [Flourish. Enter CAESAR; ANTONY, for the course; CALPURNIA, PORTIA, DECIUS BRUTUS, CICERO, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, and CASCA; a great crowd following, among them a Soothsayer]

Caesar. Calpurnia!


2

I,2,84

Casca. Peace, ho! Caesar speaks.

Caesar. Calpurnia!


3

I,2,86

Calpurnia. Here, my lord.

Caesar. Stand you directly in Antonius' way,
When he doth run his course. Antonius!


4

I,2,89

Antony. Caesar, my lord?

Caesar. Forget not, in your speed, Antonius,
To touch Calpurnia; for our elders say,
The barren, touched in this holy chase,
Shake off their sterile curse.


5

I,2,95

Antony. I shall remember:
When Caesar says 'do this,' it is perform'd.

Caesar. Set on; and leave no ceremony out.


6

I,2,98

Soothsayer. Caesar!

Caesar. Ha! who calls?


7

I,2,100

Casca. Bid every noise be still: peace yet again!

Caesar. Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry 'Caesar!' Speak; Caesar is turn'd to hear.


8

I,2,104

Soothsayer. Beware the ides of March.

Caesar. What man is that?


9

I,2,106

Brutus. A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

Caesar. Set him before me; let me see his face.


10

I,2,108

Cassius. Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.

Caesar. What say'st thou to me now? speak once again.


11

I,2,110

Soothsayer. Beware the ides of March.

Caesar. He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.


12

I,2,282

Cassius. Casca will tell us what the matter is.

Caesar. Antonius!


13

I,2,284

Antony. Caesar?

Caesar. Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights:
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.


14

I,2,290

Antony. Fear him not, Caesar; he's not dangerous;
He is a noble Roman and well given.

Caesar. Would he were fatter! But I fear him not:
Yet if my name were liable to fear,
I do not know the man I should avoid
So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much;
He is a great observer and he looks
Quite through the deeds of men: he loves no plays,
As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music;
Seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort
As if he mock'd himself and scorn'd his spirit
That could be moved to smile at any thing.
Such men as he be never at heart's ease
Whiles they behold a greater than themselves,
And therefore are they very dangerous.
I rather tell thee what is to be fear'd
Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar.
Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf,
And tell me truly what thou think'st of him.


15

II,2,973

(stage directions). [Thunder and lightning. Enter CAESAR, in his night-gown]

Caesar. Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace to-night:
Thrice hath Calpurnia in her sleep cried out,
'Help, ho! they murder Caesar!' Who's within?


16

II,2,978

Servant. My lord?

Caesar. Go bid the priests do present sacrifice
And bring me their opinions of success.


17

II,2,985

Calpurnia. What mean you, Caesar? think you to walk forth?
You shall not stir out of your house to-day.

Caesar. Caesar shall forth: the things that threaten'd me
Ne'er look'd but on my back; when they shall see
The face of Caesar, they are vanished.


18

II,2,1002

Calpurnia. Caesar, I never stood on ceremonies,
Yet now they fright me. There is one within,
Besides the things that we have heard and seen,
Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch.
A lioness hath whelped in the streets;
And graves have yawn'd, and yielded up their dead;
Fierce fiery warriors fought upon the clouds,
In ranks and squadrons and right form of war,
Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol;
The noise of battle hurtled in the air,
Horses did neigh, and dying men did groan,
And ghosts did shriek and squeal about the streets.
O Caesar! these things are beyond all use,
And I do fear them.

Caesar. What can be avoided
Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods?
Yet Caesar shall go forth; for these predictions
Are to the world in general as to Caesar.


19

II,2,1008

Calpurnia. When beggars die, there are no comets seen;
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.

Caesar. Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard.
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
[Re-enter Servant]
What say the augurers?


20

II,2,1019

Servant. They would not have you to stir forth to-day.
Plucking the entrails of an offering forth,
They could not find a heart within the beast.

Caesar. The gods do this in shame of cowardice:
Caesar should be a beast without a heart,
If he should stay at home to-day for fear.
No, Caesar shall not: danger knows full well
That Caesar is more dangerous than he:
We are two lions litter'd in one day,
And I the elder and more terrible:
And Caesar shall go forth.


21

II,2,1034

Calpurnia. Alas, my lord,
Your wisdom is consumed in confidence.
Do not go forth to-day: call it my fear
That keeps you in the house, and not your own.
We'll send Mark Antony to the senate-house:
And he shall say you are not well to-day:
Let me, upon my knee, prevail in this.

Caesar. Mark Antony shall say I am not well,
And, for thy humour, I will stay at home.
[Enter DECIUS BRUTUS]
Here's Decius Brutus, he shall tell them so.


22

II,2,1040

Decius Brutus. Caesar, all hail! good morrow, worthy Caesar:
I come to fetch you to the senate-house.

Caesar. And you are come in very happy time,
To bear my greeting to the senators
And tell them that I will not come to-day:
Cannot, is false, and that I dare not, falser:
I will not come to-day: tell them so, Decius.


23

II,2,1046

Calpurnia. Say he is sick.

Caesar. Shall Caesar send a lie?
Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far,
To be afraid to tell graybeards the truth?
Decius, go tell them Caesar will not come.


24

II,2,1052

Decius Brutus. Most mighty Caesar, let me know some cause,
Lest I be laugh'd at when I tell them so.

Caesar. The cause is in my will: I will not come;
That is enough to satisfy the senate.
But for your private satisfaction,
Because I love you, I will let you know:
Calpurnia here, my wife, stays me at home:
She dreamt to-night she saw my statua,
Which, like a fountain with an hundred spouts,
Did run pure blood: and many lusty Romans
Came smiling, and did bathe their hands in it:
And these does she apply for warnings, and portents,
And evils imminent; and on her knee
Hath begg'd that I will stay at home to-day.


25

II,2,1072

Decius Brutus. This dream is all amiss interpreted;
It was a vision fair and fortunate:
Your statue spouting blood in many pipes,
In which so many smiling Romans bathed,
Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck
Reviving blood, and that great men shall press
For tinctures, stains, relics and cognizance.
This by Calpurnia's dream is signified.

Caesar. And this way have you well expounded it.


26

II,2,1086

Decius Brutus. I have, when you have heard what I can say:
And know it now: the senate have concluded
To give this day a crown to mighty Caesar.
If you shall send them word you will not come,
Their minds may change. Besides, it were a mock
Apt to be render'd, for some one to say
'Break up the senate till another time,
When Caesar's wife shall meet with better dreams.'
If Caesar hide himself, shall they not whisper
'Lo, Caesar is afraid'?
Pardon me, Caesar; for my dear dear love
To our proceeding bids me tell you this;
And reason to my love is liable.

Caesar. How foolish do your fears seem now, Calpurnia!
I am ashamed I did yield to them.
Give me my robe, for I will go.
[Enter PUBLIUS, BRUTUS, LIGARIUS, METELLUS, CASCA,
TREBONIUS, and CINNA]

And look where Publius is come to fetch me.


27

II,2,1093

Publius. Good morrow, Caesar.

Caesar. Welcome, Publius.
What, Brutus, are you stirr'd so early too?
Good morrow, Casca. Caius Ligarius,
Caesar was ne'er so much your enemy
As that same ague which hath made you lean.
What is 't o'clock?


28

II,2,1100

Brutus. Caesar, 'tis strucken eight.

Caesar. I thank you for your pains and courtesy.
[Enter ANTONY]
See! Antony, that revels long o' nights,
Is notwithstanding up. Good morrow, Antony.


29

II,2,1105

Antony. So to most noble Caesar.

Caesar. Bid them prepare within:
I am to blame to be thus waited for.
Now, Cinna: now, Metellus: what, Trebonius!
I have an hour's talk in store for you;
Remember that you call on me to-day:
Be near me, that I may remember you.


30

II,2,1115

Trebonius. Caesar, I will:
[Aside]
and so near will I be,
That your best friends shall wish I had been further.

Caesar. Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me;
And we, like friends, will straightway go together.


31

III,1,1196

(stage directions). A crowd of people; among them ARTEMIDORUS and the Soothsayer. Flourish. Enter CAESAR, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS BRUTUS, METELLUS CIMBER, TREBONIUS, CINNA, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, POPILIUS, PUBLIUS, and others.

Caesar. [To the Soothsayer] The ides of March are come.


32

III,1,1203

Artemidorus. O Caesar, read mine first; for mine's a suit
That touches Caesar nearer: read it, great Caesar.

Caesar. What touches us ourself shall be last served.


33

III,1,1205

Artemidorus. Delay not, Caesar; read it instantly.

Caesar. What, is the fellow mad?


34

III,1,1233

Cinna. Casca, you are the first that rears your hand.

Caesar. Are we all ready? What is now amiss
That Caesar and his senate must redress?


35

III,1,1239

(stage directions). Kneeling

Caesar. I must prevent thee, Cimber.
These couchings and these lowly courtesies
Might fire the blood of ordinary men,
And turn pre-ordinance and first decree
Into the law of children. Be not fond,
To think that Caesar bears such rebel blood
That will be thaw'd from the true quality
With that which melteth fools; I mean, sweet words,
Low-crooked court'sies and base spaniel-fawning.
Thy brother by decree is banished:
If thou dost bend and pray and fawn for him,
I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.
Know, Caesar doth not wrong, nor without cause
Will he be satisfied.


36

III,1,1259

Brutus. I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Caesar;
Desiring thee that Publius Cimber may
Have an immediate freedom of repeal.

Caesar. What, Brutus!


37

III,1,1280

Cinna. O Caesar,—

Caesar. Hence! wilt thou lift up Olympus?


38

III,1,1282

Decius Brutus. Great Caesar,—

Caesar. Doth not Brutus bootless kneel?


39

III,1,1286

Casca. Speak, hands for me!
[CASCA first, then the other Conspirators and
BRUTUS stab CAESAR]

Caesar. Et tu, Brute! Then fall, Caesar.


40

IV,3,2311

Brutus. It was well done; and thou shalt sleep again;
I will not hold thee long: if I do live,
I will be good to thee.
[Music, and a song]
This is a sleepy tune. O murderous slumber,
Lay'st thou thy leaden mace upon my boy,
That plays thee music? Gentle knave, good night;
I will not do thee so much wrong to wake thee:
If thou dost nod, thou break'st thy instrument;
I'll take it from thee; and, good boy, good night.
Let me see, let me see; is not the leaf turn'd down
Where I left reading? Here it is, I think.
[Enter the Ghost of CAESAR]
How ill this taper burns! Ha! who comes here?
I think it is the weakness of mine eyes
That shapes this monstrous apparition.
It comes upon me. Art thou any thing?
Art thou some god, some angel, or some devil,
That makest my blood cold and my hair to stare?
Speak to me what thou art.

Caesar. Thy evil spirit, Brutus.


41

IV,3,2313

Brutus. Why comest thou?

Caesar. To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi.


42

IV,3,2315

Brutus. Well; then I shall see thee again?

Caesar. Ay, at Philippi.


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