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Speeches (Lines) for Metellus Cimber
in "Julius Caesar"

Total: 5

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Cinna. No, by no means.

Metellus Cimber. O, let us have him, for his silver hairs
Will purchase us a good opinion
And buy men's voices to commend our deeds:
It shall be said, his judgment ruled our hands;
Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear,
But all be buried in his gravity.



Cinna. Be that the uttermost, and fail not then.

Metellus Cimber. Caius Ligarius doth bear Caesar hard,
Who rated him for speaking well of Pompey:
I wonder none of you have thought of him.



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

Metellus Cimber. Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Caesar,
Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat
An humble heart,—



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.

Metellus Cimber. Is there no voice more worthy than my own
To sound more sweetly in great Caesar's ear
For the repealing of my banish'd brother?



Cinna. Here, quite confounded with this mutiny.

Metellus Cimber. Stand fast together, lest some friend of Caesar's
Should chance—