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Julius Caesar

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Enter Casar, Antony for the Course, Calphurnia, Enter Caesar; Antony, stripped for the course; Calphurnia,Antony, Mark
Roman leader in 1st-c BC
JC I.ii.1.1
course (n.)
Roman festive chase [held to mark Lupercalia]
Portia, Decius, Cicero, Brutus, Cassius, Portia, Decius, Cicero, Brutus, Cassius JC I.ii.1.2
Caska, a Soothsayer: after them Casca, a Soothsayer, and a great crowd; after them JC I.ii.1.3
Murellus and Flauius.Marullus and Flavius JC I.ii.1.4
Calphurnia.Calphurnia. JC I.ii.1.1
Cask. CASCA  
Peace ho, Casar speakes.Peace, ho! Caesar speaks. JC I.ii.1.2
Calphurnia.Calphurnia. JC I.ii.1.3
Heere my Lord.Here, my lord. JC I.ii.2
Stand you directly in Antonio's way,Stand you directly in Antonius' way JC I.ii.3
When he doth run his course. Antonio.When he doth run his course. Antonius. JC I.ii.4
Casar, my Lord.Caesar, my lord? JC I.ii.5
Forget not in your speed Antonio,Forget not, in your speed, Antonius, JC I.ii.6
To touch Calphurnia: for our Elders say,To touch Calphurnia; for our elders say, JC I.ii.7
The Barren touched in this holy chace,The barren, touched in this holy chase,chase (n.)

old form: chace
pursuit, sequence, hunt
JC I.ii.8
Shake off their sterrile curse.Shake off their sterile curse. JC I.ii.9.1
I shall remember,I shall remember: JC I.ii.9.2
When Casar sayes, Do this; it is perform'd.When Caesar says, ‘ Do this,’ it is performed. JC I.ii.10
Set on, and leaue no Ceremony out.Set on, and leave no ceremony out.set on (v.)
go forward, advance, proceed
JC I.ii.11
Casar.Caesar! JC I.ii.12
Ha? Who calles?Ha! Who calls? JC I.ii.13
Cask. CASCA  
Bid euery noyse be still: peace yet againe.Bid every noise be still; peace yet again!still (adj.)
silent, quiet
JC I.ii.14
Who is it in the presse, that calles on me?Who is it in the press that calls on me?press (n.)

old form: presse
crowd, throng
JC I.ii.15
I heare a Tongue shriller then all the MusickeI hear a tongue shriller than all the music JC I.ii.16
Cry, Casar: Speake, Casar is turn'd to heare.Cry ‘ Caesar!’ Speak. Caesar is turned to hear. JC I.ii.17
Beware the Ides of March.Beware the ides of March.ides (n.)
[Roman calendar] half-way point in a month
JC I.ii.18.1
What man is that?What man is that? JC I.ii.18.2
A Sooth-sayer bids you beware the Ides of MarchA soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.soothsayer (n.)

old form: Sooth-sayer
foreteller of events, prophet
JC I.ii.19
Set him before me, let me see his face.Set him before me; let me see his face. JC I.ii.20
Cassi. CASSIUS  
Fellow, come from the throng, look vpon Casar.Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar. JC I.ii.21
What sayst thou to me now? Speak once againe:What sayst thou to me now? Speak once again. JC I.ii.22
Beware the Ides of March.Beware the ides of March. JC I.ii.23
He is a Dreamer, let vs leaue him: Passe.He is a dreamer. Let us leave him. Pass.pass (v.)

old form: Passe
advance, move on, proceed
JC I.ii.24
Sennet. Exeunt. Manet Brut. & Cass.Sennet. Exeunt JC I.ii.25.1
Brutus and Cassius remainBrutus, Marcus
Marcus Junius Brutus; 1st-c BC Roman politician, involved in the assassination of Julius Caesar
JC I.ii.25.2
Cassius (n.)
Gaius Cassius Longinus, Roman senator, 1st-c BC, a leader of the plot to kill Julius Caesar

Will you go see the order of the course?Will you go see the order of the course?order (n.)
arrangement, disposition, direction
JC I.ii.25
Not I.Not I. JC I.ii.26
I pray you do.I pray you, do. JC I.ii.27
Brut. BRUTUS  
I am not Gamesom: I do lacke some partI am not gamesome: I do lack some partgamesome (adj.)

old form: Gamesom
sportive, merry, playful
JC I.ii.28
Of that quicke Spirit that is in Antony:Of that quick spirit that is in Antony.quick (adj.)

old form: quicke
lively, animated, vivacious
JC I.ii.29
Let me not hinder Cassius your desires;Let me not hinder, Cassius, your desires; JC I.ii.30
Ile leaue you.I'll leave you. JC I.ii.31
Cassi. CASSIUS  
Brutus, I do obserue you now of late:Brutus, I do observe you now of late: JC I.ii.32
I haue not from your eyes, that gentlenesseI have not from your eyes that gentlenessgentleness (n.)

old form: gentlenesse
nobility, good breeding, courtesy
JC I.ii.33
And shew of Loue, as I was wont to haue:And show of love as I was wont to have.wont (v.)
be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of
JC I.ii.34
show (n.)

old form: shew
appearance, exhibition, display
You beare too stubborne, and too strange a handYou bear too stubborn and too strange a handstrange (adj.)
aloof, distant, reserved
JC I.ii.35
Ouer your Friend, that loues you.Over your friend that loves you. JC I.ii.36.1
Cassius,Cassius, JC I.ii.36.2
Be not deceiu'd: If I haue veyl'd my looke,Be not deceived: if I have veiled my look,veil (v.)

old form: veyl'd
conceal, hide, disguise
JC I.ii.37
I turne the trouble of my CountenanceI turn the trouble of my countenance JC I.ii.38
Meerely vpon my selfe. Vexed I amMerely upon myself. Vexed I ammerely (adv.)

old form: Meerely
completely, totally, entirely
JC I.ii.39
Of late, with passions of some difference,Of late with passions of some difference,passion (n.)
powerful feeling, overpowering emotion [often opposed to ‘reason’]
JC I.ii.40
difference (n.)
quarrel, disagreement, dispute
Conceptions onely proper to my selfe,Conceptions only proper to myself,proper (adj.)
special, particular, specific
JC I.ii.41
conception (n.)
imagining, supposition, fanciful thought
Which giue some soyle (perhaps) to my Behauiours:Which give some soil, perhaps, to my behaviours;soil (n.)

old form: soyle
blemish, stain, tarnish
JC I.ii.42
But let not therefore my good Friends be greeu'dBut let not therefore my good friends be grieved –  JC I.ii.43
(Among which number Cassius be you one)Among which number, Cassius, be you one –  JC I.ii.44
Nor construe any further my neglect,Nor construe any further my neglect,construe (v.)
interpret, take, understand
JC I.ii.45
Then that poore Brutus with himselfe at warre,Than that poor Brutus, with himself at war, JC I.ii.46
Forgets the shewes of Loue to other men.Forgets the shows of love to other men. JC I.ii.47
Cassi. CASSIUS  
Then Brutus, I haue much mistook your passion,Then, Brutus, I have much mistook your passion,passion (n.)
emotional state, mental condition
JC I.ii.48
By meanes whereof, this Brest of mine hath buriedBy means whereof this breast of mine hath buried JC I.ii.49
Thoughts of great value, worthy Cogitations.Thoughts of great value, worthy cogitations.worthy (adj.)
of worth, of value, deserving
JC I.ii.50
Tell me good Brutus, Can you see your face?Tell me, good Brutus, can you see your face? JC I.ii.51
Brutus. BRUTUS  
No Cassius: / For the eye sees not it selfe but by reflection,No, Cassius; for the eye sees not itself JC I.ii.52
By some other things.But by reflection, by some other things. JC I.ii.53
Cassius. CASSIUS  
'Tis iust,'Tis just;just (adv.)

old form: iust
quite so, correct
JC I.ii.54
And it is very much lamented Brutus,And it is very much lamented, Brutus, JC I.ii.55
That you haue no such Mirrors, as will turneThat you have no such mirrors as will turnturn (v.)

old form: turne
direct, point, refer
JC I.ii.56
Your hidden worthinesse into your eye,Your hidden worthiness into your eye, JC I.ii.57
That you might see your shadow: / I haue heard,That you might see your shadow. I have heard,shadow (n.)
reflection, reflected image
JC I.ii.58
Where many of the best respect in Rome,Where many of the best respect in Rome,respect (n.)
regard, admiration, favour, opinion
JC I.ii.59
(Except immortall Casar) speaking of Brutus,Except immortal Caesar, speaking of Brutus, JC I.ii.60
And groaning vnderneath this Ages yoake,And groaning underneath this age's yoke, JC I.ii.61
Haue wish'd, that Noble Brutus had his eyes.Have wished that noble Brutus had his eyes. JC I.ii.62
Into what dangers, would you / Leade me Cassius?Into what dangers would you lead me, Cassius, JC I.ii.63
That you would haue me seeke into my selfe,That you would have me seek into myself JC I.ii.64
For that which is not in me?For that which is not in me? JC I.ii.65
Therefore good Brutus, be prepar'd to heare:Therefore, good Brutus, be prepared to hear; JC I.ii.66
And since you know, you cannot see your selfeAnd since you know you cannot see yourself JC I.ii.67
So well as by Reflection; I your Glasse,So well as by reflection, I, your glass,glass (n.)

old form: Glasse
mirror, looking-glass
JC I.ii.68
Will modestly discouer to your selfeWill modestly discover to yourselfmodestly (adv.)
without exaggeration, in due measure
JC I.ii.69
discover (v.)

old form: discouer
reveal, show, make known
That of your selfe, which you yet know not of.That of yourself which you yet know not of. JC I.ii.70
And be not iealous on me, gentle Brutus:And be not jealous on me, gentle Brutus:gentle (adj.)
well-born, honourable, noble
JC I.ii.71
jealous (adj.)

old form: iealous
suspicious, mistrustful, wary, watchful
Were I a common Laughter, or did vseWere I a common laughter, or did uselaughter (n.)
laughing-stock, object of scorn
JC I.ii.72
To stale with ordinary Oathes my loueTo stale with ordinary oaths my lovestale (v.)
make stale, wear out
JC I.ii.73
To euery new Protester: if you know,To every new protester; if you knowprotester (n.)
declarer of friendship, affirmer of affection
JC I.ii.74
That I do fawne on men, and hugge them hard,That I do fawn on men and hug them hard, JC I.ii.75
And after scandall them: Or if you know,And after scandal them; or if you knowscandal (v.)

old form: scandall
revile, scorn, denigrate
JC I.ii.76
That I professe my selfe in BanquettingThat I profess myself in banquetingprofess (v.)

old form: professe
profess friendship, declare attachment
JC I.ii.77
To all the Rout, then hold me dangerous.To all the rout, then hold me dangerous.rout (n.)
rabble, mob, disorderly crowd
JC I.ii.78
Flourish, and Shout.Flourish and shout JC I.ii.79
What meanes this Showting? / I do feare, the People What means this shouting? I do fear the people JC I.ii.79
choose Casar / For their King.Choose Caesar for their king. JC I.ii.80.1
Cassi. CASSIUS  
I, do you feare it?Ay, do you fear it? JC I.ii.80.2
Then must I thinke you would not haue it so.Then must I think you would not have it so. JC I.ii.81
I would not Cassius, yet I loue him well:I would not, Cassius; yet I love him well. JC I.ii.82
But wherefore do you hold me heere so long?But wherefore do you hold me here so long? JC I.ii.83
What is it, that you would impart to me?What is it that you would impart to me? JC I.ii.84
If it be ought toward the generall good,If it be aught toward the general good,aught (n.)

old form: ought
anything, [with negative word] nothing
JC I.ii.85
Set Honor in one eye, and Death i'th other,Set honour in one eye, and death i'th' other, JC I.ii.86
And I will looke on both indifferently:And I will look on both indifferently;indifferently (adv.)
impartially, equally, alike
JC I.ii.87
For let the Gods so speed mee, as I loueFor let the gods so speed me as I lovespeed (v.)
meet with success, prosper, flourish
JC I.ii.88
The name of Honor, more then I feare death.The name of honour more than I fear death. JC I.ii.89
Cassi. CASSIUS  
I know that vertue to be in you Brutus,I know that virtue to be in you, Brutus, JC I.ii.90
As well as I do know your outward fauour.As well as I do know your outward favour.outward (adj.)
external, surface, superficial
JC I.ii.91
favour (n.)

old form: fauour
[facial] appearance, countenance, features, looks
Well, Honor is the subiect of my Story:Well, honour is the subject of my story. JC I.ii.92
I cannot tell, what you and other menI cannot tell what you and other men JC I.ii.93
Thinke of this life: But for my single selfe,Think of this life; but for my single self, JC I.ii.94
I had as liefe not be, as liue to beI had as lief not be as live to belief, had as

old form: liefe
should like just as much
JC I.ii.95
In awe of such a Thing, as I my selfe.In awe of such a thing as I myself. JC I.ii.96
I was borne free as Casar, so were you,I was born free as Caesar, so were you; JC I.ii.97
We both haue fed as well, and we can bothWe both have fed as well, and we can both JC I.ii.98
Endure the Winters cold, as well as hee.Endure the winter's cold as well as he. JC I.ii.99
For once, vpon a Rawe and Gustie day,For once, upon a raw and gusty day, JC I.ii.100
The troubled Tyber, chafing with her Shores,The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores,chafe (v.)
fret, rage, seethe
JC I.ii.101
shore (n.)
bank, edge
Tiber (n.)
[pron: 'tiyber] river flowing through Rome
Casar saide to me, Dar'st thou Cassius nowCaesar said to me, ‘ Dar'st thou, Cassius, now JC I.ii.102
Leape in with me into this angry Flood,Leap in with me into this angry flood,flood (n.)
river, stream, rushing water
JC I.ii.103
And swim to yonder Point? Vpon the word,And swim to yonder point?’ Upon the word, JC I.ii.104
Accoutred as I was, I plunged in,Accoutered as I was, I plunged inaccouter, accoutre (v.)
attire, equip, array
JC I.ii.105
And bad him follow: so indeed he did.And bade him follow; so indeed he (v.), past form bade

old form: bad
command, order, enjoin, tell
JC I.ii.106
The Torrent roar'd, and we did buffet itThe torrent roared, and we did buffet itbuffet (v.)
beat back, contend with
JC I.ii.107
With lusty Sinewes, throwing it aside,With lusty sinews, throwing it asidesinew (n.)

old form: Sinewes
strength, force, power
JC I.ii.108
And stemming it with hearts of Controuersie.And stemming it with hearts of controversy.stem (v.)
cut through, make headway against
JC I.ii.109
controversy (n.)

old form: Controuersie
struggle, contending, competitive dispute
But ere we could arriue the Point propos'd,But ere we could arrive the point proposed,arrive (v.)

old form: arriue
reach, arrive at
JC I.ii.110
Casar cride, Helpe me Cassius, or I sinke.Caesar cried, ‘ Help me, Cassius, or I sink!’ JC I.ii.111
I (as Aneas, our great Ancestor,I, as Aeneas, our great ancestor,Aeneas (n.)
[pron: e'nayas] Trojan hero, son of Anchises and Aphrodite; in Roman legend, the ancestor of the Romans
JC I.ii.112
Did from the Flames of Troy, vpon his shoulderDid from the flames of Troy upon his shoulderTroy (n.)
ancient city of W Turkey, besieged for 10 years during the Trojan Wars; also called Ilium, Ilion
JC I.ii.113
The old Anchyses beare) so, from the waues of TyberThe old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber JC I.ii.114
Did I the tyred Casar: And this Man,Did I the tired Caesar. And this man JC I.ii.115
Is now become a God, and Cassius isIs now become a god, and Cassius is JC I.ii.116
A wretched Creature, and must bend his body,A wretched creature, and must bend his bodybend (v.)
give way, bow, submit
JC I.ii.117
If Casar carelesly but nod on him.If Caesar carelessly but nod on him. JC I.ii.118
He had a Feauer when he was in Spaine,He had a fever when he was in Spain, JC I.ii.119
And when the Fit was on him, I did markeAnd when the fit was on him, I did markmark (v.)

old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
JC I.ii.120
How he did shake: Tis true, this God did shake,How he did shake; 'tis true, this god did shake; JC I.ii.121
His Coward lippes did from their colour flye,His coward lips did from their colour fly, JC I.ii.122
And that same Eye, whose bend doth awe the World,And that same eye whose bend doth awe the worldbend (n.)
glance, gaze, turning in a particular direction
JC I.ii.123
Did loose his Lustre: I did heare him grone:Did lose his lustre; I did hear him groan; JC I.ii.124
I, and that Tongue of his, that bad the RomansAy, and that tongue of his, that bade the Romans JC I.ii.125
Marke him, and write his Speeches in their Bookes,Mark him and write his speeches in their books,mark (v.)

old form: Marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
JC I.ii.126
book (n.)

old form: Bookes
writing tablet
Alas, it cried, Giue me some drinke Titinius,‘ Alas!’ it cried, ‘ Give me some drink, Titinius,’ JC I.ii.127
As a sicke Girle: Ye Gods, it doth amaze me,As a sick girl. Ye gods, it doth amaze meamaze (v.)
appal, overwhelm, terrify
JC I.ii.128
A man of such a feeble temper shouldA man of such a feeble temper shouldtemper (n.)
frame of mind, temperament, disposition
JC I.ii.129
So get the start of the Maiesticke world,So get the start of the majestic world,start (n.)
advantage, edge, upper hand
JC I.ii.130
And beare the Palme alone.And bear the palm alone.palm (n.)
palm leaf as a symbol of victory
JC I.ii.131.1
Shout. Flourish. Shout. Flourish JC I.ii.131
Another generall shout?Another general shout! JC I.ii.131.2
I do beleeue, that these applauses areI do believe that these applauses areapplause (n.)
acclamation, shout of approval
JC I.ii.132
For some new Honors, that are heap'd on Casar.For some new honours that are heaped on Caesar. JC I.ii.133
Cassi. CASSIUS  
Why man, he doth bestride the narrow worldWhy, man, he doth bestride the narrow worldbestride (v.)
straddle, stand over with legs astride
JC I.ii.134
Like a Colossus, and we petty menLike a Colossus, and we petty menColossus (n.)
huge bronze statue of Apollo, which bestrode the harbour entrance to the port of Rhodes
JC I.ii.135
Walke vnder his huge legges, and peepe aboutWalk under his huge legs, and peep aboutpeep about (v.)

old form: peepe
emerge into view, look around
JC I.ii.136
To finde our selues dishonourable Graues.To find ourselves dishonourable graves. JC I.ii.137
Men at sometime, are Masters of their Fates.Men at some time are masters of their fates; JC I.ii.138
The fault (deere Brutus) is not in our Starres,The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, JC I.ii.139
But in our Selues, that we are vnderlings.But in ourselves, that we are underlings. JC I.ii.140
Brutus and Casar: What should be in that Casar?Brutus and Caesar. What should be in that ‘ Caesar ’? JC I.ii.141
Why should that name be sounded more then yours.Why should that name be sounded more than yours?sound (v.)
cry out, declare, proclaim
JC I.ii.142
Write them together: Yours, is as faire a Name:Write them together, yours is as fair a name; JC I.ii.143
Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well:Sound them, it doth become the mouth as well;sound (v.)
pronounce, articulate, enunciate
JC I.ii.144
become (v.)
be fitting, befit, be appropriate to
Weigh them, it is as heauy: Coniure with 'em,Weigh them, it is as heavy; conjure with 'em,conjure (v.)

old form: Coniure
engage in magic, cast spells, invoke supernatural aid
JC I.ii.145
Brutus will start a Spirit as soone as Casar.‘ Brutus ’ will start a spirit as soon as ‘ Caesar.’start (v.)
raise up, call up
JC I.ii.146
Now in the names of all the Gods at once,Now in the names of all the gods at once, JC I.ii.147
Vpon what meate doth this our Casar feede,Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed,meat (n.)

old form: meate
food, nourishment
JC I.ii.148
That he is growne so great? Age, thou art sham'd.That he is grown so great? Age, thou art shamed! JC I.ii.149
Rome, thou hast lost the breed of Noble Bloods.Rome, thou hast lost the breed of noble bloods!blood (n.)
disposition, temper, mood
JC I.ii.150
breed (n.)
lineage, inheritance, stock
When went there by an Age, since the great Flood,When went there by an age, since the great flood, JC I.ii.151
But it was fam'd with more then with one man?But it was famed with more than with one man?famed (adj.)

old form: fam'd
reputed, celebrated, renowned
JC I.ii.152
When could they say (till now) that talk'd of Rome,When could they say, till now, that talked of Rome, JC I.ii.153
That her wide Walkes incompast but one man?That her wide walls encompassed but one man? JC I.ii.154
Now is it Rome indeed, and Roome enoughNow is it Rome indeed, and room enough, JC I.ii.155
When there is in it but one onely man.When there is in it but one only man. JC I.ii.156
O! you and I, haue heard our Fathers say,O, you and I have heard our fathers say, JC I.ii.157
There was a Brutus once, that would haue brook'dThere was a Brutus once that would have brookedBrutus, Lucius
Lucius Junius Brutus, founder of the Roman republic in 509 BC
JC I.ii.158
brook (v.)

old form: brook'd
endure, tolerate, put up with
Th'eternall Diuell to keepe his State in Rome,Th' eternal devil to keep his state in Romestate (n.)
government, ruling body, administration
JC I.ii.159
keep (v.)

old form: keepe
keep up, maintain, carry on
As easily as a King.As easily as a king. JC I.ii.160
That you do loue me, I am nothing iealous:That you do love me, I am nothing jealous;jealous (adj.)

old form: iealous
doubtful, uncertain, apprehensive
JC I.ii.161
What you would worke me too, I haue some ayme:What you would work me to, I have some aim:work (v.), past form wrought

old form: worke
persuade, urge
JC I.ii.162
aim (n.)

old form: ayme
guess, conjecture, surmise
How I haue thought of this, and of these timesHow I have thought of this, and of these times, JC I.ii.163
I shall recount heereafter. For this present,I shall recount hereafter. For this present,present (n.)
present time, immediate moment, matter in hand
JC I.ii.164
I would not so (with loue I might intreat you)I would not – so with love I might entreat you –  JC I.ii.165
Be any further moou'd: What you haue said,Be any further moved. What you have saidmove (v.)

old form: moou'd
appeal to, urge, exhort
JC I.ii.166
I will consider: what you haue to sayI will consider; what you have to say JC I.ii.167
I will with patience heare, and finde a timeI will with patience hear, and find a time JC I.ii.168
Both meete to heare, and answer such high things.Both meet to hear and answer such high (adj.)

old form: meete
fit, suitable, right, proper
JC I.ii.169
high (adj.)
important, major, special
Till then, my Noble Friend, chew vpon this:Till then, my noble friend, chew upon this:chew upon (v.)

old form: vpon
consider, ponder, reflect upon
JC I.ii.170
Brutus had rather be a Villager,Brutus had rather be a villager JC I.ii.171
Then to repute himselfe a Sonne of RomeThan to repute himself a son of Rome JC I.ii.172
Vnder these hard Conditions, as this timeUnder these hard conditions as this time JC I.ii.173
Is like to lay vpon vs.Is like to lay upon (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
JC I.ii.174.1
I am glad I am glad JC I.ii.174.2
that my weake words / Haue strucke but thus much shew That my weak words have struck but thus much show JC I.ii.175
of fire from Brutus.Of fire from Brutus. JC I.ii.176
Enter Casar and his Traine.Enter Caesar and his train JC I.ii.177
The Games are done, / And Casar is returning.The games are done and Caesar is returning. JC I.ii.177
Cassi. CASSIUS  
As they passe by, / Plucke Caska by the Sleeue,As they pass by, pluck Casca by the sleeve, JC I.ii.178
And he will (after his sowre fashion) tell youAnd he will, after his sour fashion, tell you JC I.ii.179
What hath proceeded worthy note to day.What hath proceeded worthy note today.note (n.)
attention, notice, regard
JC I.ii.180
I will do so: but looke you Cassius,I will do so. But look you, Cassius, JC I.ii.181
The angry spot doth glow on Casars brow,The angry spot doth glow on Caesar's brow,brow (n.)
forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]
JC I.ii.182
And all the rest, looke like a chidden Traine;And all the rest look like a chidden train:chidden (adj.)
scolded, reproved, rebuked
JC I.ii.183
train (n.)

old form: Traine
retinue, following, entourage
Calphurnia's Cheeke is pale, and CiceroCalphurnia's cheek is pale, and Cicero JC I.ii.184
Lookes with such Ferret, and such fiery eyesLooks with such ferret and such fiery eyesferret (adj.)
ferret-like, red, blazing
JC I.ii.185
As we haue seene him in the CapitollAs we have seen him in the CapitolCapitol (n.)
geographical and ceremonial centre of ancient Rome, the seat of government
JC I.ii.186
Being crost in Conference, by some Senators.Being crossed in conference by some senators.cross (v.)

old form: crost
contradict, challenge, go against
JC I.ii.187
conference (n.)
debate, argument, discussion
Cassi. CASSIUS  
Caska will tell vs what the matter is.Casca will tell us what the matter is. JC I.ii.188
Antonio.Antonius! JC I.ii.189
Casar.Caesar? JC I.ii.190
Let me haue men about me, that are fat,Let me have men about me that are fat, JC I.ii.191
Sleeke-headed men, and such as sleepe a-nights:Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep a-nights. JC I.ii.192
Yond Cassius has a leane and hungry looke,Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; JC I.ii.193
He thinkes too much: such men are dangerous.He thinks too much: such men are dangerous. JC I.ii.194
Feare him not Casar, he's not dangerous,Fear him not, Caesar; he's not dangerous; JC I.ii.195
He is a Noble Roman, and well giuen.He is a noble Roman, and well given.given (adj.)

old form: giuen
disposed, inclined, minded
JC I.ii.196
Would he were fatter; But I feare him not:Would he were fatter! But I fear him not; JC I.ii.197
Yet if my name were lyable to feare,Yet if my name were liable to fear, JC I.ii.198
I do not know the man I should auoydI do not know the man I should avoid JC I.ii.199
So soone as that spare Cassius. He reades much,So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much,spare (adj.)
lean, thin, gaunt
JC I.ii.200
He is a great Obseruer, and he lookesHe is a great observer, and he looks JC I.ii.201
Quite through the Deeds of men. He loues no Playes,Quite through the deeds of men. He loves no plays, JC I.ii.202
As thou dost Antony: he heares no Musicke;As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music; JC I.ii.203
Seldome he smiles, and smiles in such a sortSeldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sortsort (n.)
way, manner
JC I.ii.204
As if he mock'd himselfe, and scorn'd his spiritAs if he mocked himself, and scorned his spirit JC I.ii.205
That could be mou'd to smile at any thing.That could be moved to smile at anything. JC I.ii.206
Such men as he, be neuer at hearts ease,Such men as he be never at heart's ease JC I.ii.207
Whiles they behold a greater then themselues,Whiles they behold a greater than themselves, JC I.ii.208
And therefore are they very dangerous.And therefore are they very dangerous. JC I.ii.209
I rather tell thee what is to be fear'd,I rather tell thee what is to be feared JC I.ii.210
Then what I feare: for alwayes I am Casar.Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar. JC I.ii.211
Come on my right hand, for this eare is deafe,Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf, JC I.ii.212
And tell me truely, what thou think'st of him.And tell me truly what thou think'st of him. JC I.ii.213
Sennit. Exeunt Casar and his Traine. Sennet. Exeunt Caesar and his train JC I.ii.214
Cask. CASCA  
You pul'd me by the cloake, would you speake with me?You pulled me by the cloak; would you speak with me? JC I.ii.214
I Caska, tell vs what hath chanc'd to dayAy, Casca, tell us what hath chanced today JC I.ii.215
That Casar lookes so sad.That Caesar looks so sad.sad (adj.)
serious, grave, solemn
JC I.ii.216
Cask. CASCA 
Why you were with him, were you not?Why, you were with him, were you not? JC I.ii.217
I should not then aske Caska what had chanc'd.I should not then ask Casca what had chanced. JC I.ii.218
Cask. CASCA 
Why there was a Crowne offer'd him; & beingWhy, there was a crown offered him; and, being JC I.ii.219
offer'd him, he put it by with the backe of his hand thus,offered him, he put it by with the back of his hand, thus;put by (v.)
thrust aside, reject, set aside
JC I.ii.220
and then the people fell a shouting.and then the people fell a-shouting. JC I.ii.221
What was the second noyse for?What was the second noise for? JC I.ii.222
Cask. CASCA 
Why for that too.Why, for that too. JC I.ii.223
They shouted thrice: what was the last cry for?They shouted thrice: what was the last cry for? JC I.ii.224
Cask. CASCA 
Why for that too.Why, for that too. JC I.ii.225
Was the Crowne offer'd him thrice?Was the crown offered him thrice? JC I.ii.226
Cask. CASCA 
I marry was't, and hee put it by thrice, euerie Ay, marry, was't, and he put it by thrice, everymarry (int.)
[exclamation] by Mary
JC I.ii.227
time gentler then other; and at euery putting by, minetime gentler than other; and at every putting-by mineputting-by (n.)

old form: putting by
refusal, rejection, thrusting aside
JC I.ii.228
gentle (adj.)
courteous, friendly, kind
honest Neighbors showted.honest neighbours shouted. JC I.ii.229
Who offer'd him the Crowne?Who offered him the crown? JC I.ii.230
Cask. CASCA 
Why Antony.Why, Antony. JC I.ii.231
Tell vs the manner of it, gentle Caska.Tell us the manner of it, gentle Casca.gentle (adj.)
well-born, honourable, noble
JC I.ii.232
Caska. CASCA 
I can as well bee hang'd as tell the manner of it: It I can as well be hanged as tell the manner of it; it JC I.ii.233
was meere Foolerie, I did not marke it. I sawe Marke Antony was mere foolery; I did not mark it. I saw Mark Antonymere (adj.)

old form: meere
complete, total, absolute, utter
JC I.ii.234
mark (v.)

old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
offer him a Crowne, yet 'twas not a Crowne neyther, 'twas offer him a crown; yet 'twas not a crown neither, 'twas JC I.ii.235
one of these Coronets: and as I told you, hee put it by one of these coronets; and, as I told you, he put it bycoronet (n.)
small crown [inferior to one worn by the sovereign]
JC I.ii.236
once: but for all that, to my thinking, he would faine haue once; but for all that, to my thinking, he would fain havefain (adv.)
gladly, willingly
JC I.ii.237
had it. Then hee offered it to him againe: then hee put it by had it. Then he offered it to him again; then he put it by JC I.ii.238
againe: but to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his again; but to my thinking, he was very loath to lay his JC I.ii.239
fingers off it. And then he offered it the third time; hee fingers off it. And then he offered it the third time; he JC I.ii.240
put it the third time by, and still as hee refus'd it, the put it the third time by; and still as he refused it, thestill as (conj.)
JC I.ii.241
rabblement howted, and clapp'd their chopt hands, rabblement hooted, and clapped their chopped hands,chopped, chopt (adj.)
chapped, chafed, roughened
JC I.ii.242
rabblement (n.)
and threw vppe their sweatie Night-cappes, and vttered such and threw up their sweaty night-caps, and uttered suchutter (v.)

old form: vttered
emit, exhale, discharge
JC I.ii.243
a deale of stinking breath, because Casar refus'd the a deal of stinking breath because Caesar refused thedeal (n.)

old form: deale
amount, quantity
JC I.ii.244
Crowne, that it had (almost) choaked Casar: for hee crown, that it had, almost, choked Caesar; for he JC I.ii.245
swoonded, and fell downe at it: And for mine owne part, I swooned, and fell down at it. And for mine own part, Iswoon (v.)

old form: swoonded
JC I.ii.246
durst not laugh, for feare of opening my Lippes, and receyuing durst not laugh, for fear of opening my lips and receiving JC I.ii.247
the bad Ayre.the bad air. JC I.ii.248
Cassi. CASSIUS  
But soft I pray you: what, did Casar swound?But, soft, I pray you; what, did Caesar swoon?soft (int.)
[used as a command] not so fast, wait a moment, be quiet
JC I.ii.249
Cask. CASCA 
He fell downe in the Market-place, and foam'd at He fell down in the market-place, and foamed at JC I.ii.250
mouth, and was speechlesse.mouth, and was speechless. JC I.ii.251
Brut. BRUTUS  
'Tis very like he hath the Falling sicknesse.'Tis very like; he hath the falling (adv.)
likely, probable / probably
JC I.ii.252
Cassi. CASSIUS  
No, Casar hath it not: but you, and I,No, Caesar hath it not; but you, and I, JC I.ii.253
And honest Caska, we haue the Falling sicknesse.And honest Casca, we have the falling sickness. JC I.ii.254
Cask. CASCA 
I know not what you meane by that, but I am sure I know not what you mean by that, but, I am sure JC I.ii.255
Casar fell downe. If the tag-ragge people did not clap him, Caesar fell down. If the tag-rag people did not clap himtag-rag (adj.)

old form: tag-ragge
raggedly dressed; riff-raff, rabble
JC I.ii.256
and hisse him, according as he pleas'd, and displeas'd and hiss him, according as he pleased and displeased JC I.ii.257
them, as they vse to doe the Players in the Theatre, I am them, as they use to do the players in the theatre, I am JC I.ii.258
no true true man. JC I.ii.259
Brut. BRUTUS  
What said he, when he came vnto himselfe?What said he when he came unto himself? JC I.ii.260
Cask. CASCA 
Marry, before he fell downe, when he perceiu'd the Marry, before he fell down, when he perceived the JC I.ii.261
common Heard was glad he refus'd the Crowne, hecommon herd was glad he refused the crown, he JC I.ii.262
pluckt me ope his Doublet, and offer'd them his Throatplucked me ope his doublet, and offered them his throatope (v.)
JC I.ii.263
man's close-fitting jacket with short skirt
to cut: and I had beene a man of any Occupation, if Ito cut. An I had been a man of any occupation, If Ioccupation (n.)
handicraft, trade, employment
JC I.ii.264
and, an (conj.)
if, whether
would not haue taken him at a word, I would I might goe would not have taken him at a word, I would I might goword, at a
without more ado, at once, forthwith
JC I.ii.265
to Hell among the Rogues, and so hee fell. When he came to hell among the rogues. And so he fell. When he came JC I.ii.266
to himselfe againe, hee said, If hee had done, or said any thing to himself again, he said, if he had done or said anything JC I.ii.267
amisse, he desir'd their Worships to thinke it was his amiss, he desired their worships to think it was his JC I.ii.268
infirmitie. Three or foure Wenches where I stood, cryed, infirmity. Three or four wenches, where I stood, cried,wench (n.)
girl, lass
JC I.ii.269
Alasse good Soule, and forgaue him with all their hearts: ‘Alas, good soul!' and forgave him with all their hearts; JC I.ii.270
But there's no heed to be taken of them; if Casar had but there's no heed to be taken of them; if Caesar had JC I.ii.271
stab'd their Mothers, they would haue done no lesse.stabbed their mothers, they would have done no less. JC I.ii.272
Brut. BRUTUS  
And after that, he came thus sad away.And after that, he came thus sad, away?sad (adj.)
serious, grave, solemn
JC I.ii.273
Cask. CASCA 
I.Ay. JC I.ii.274
Did Cicero say any thing?Did Cicero say anything? JC I.ii.275
Cask. CASCA 
I, he spoke Greeke.Ay, he spoke Greek. JC I.ii.276
To what effect?To what effect? JC I.ii.277
Cask. CASCA 
Nay, and I tell you that, Ile ne're looke you i'th'face Nay, an I tell you that, I'll ne'er look you i'th' faceand, an (conj.)
if, whether
JC I.ii.278
againe. But those that vnderstood him, smil'd at one another, again. But those that understood him smiled at one another, JC I.ii.279
and shooke their heads: but for mine owne part, it and shook their heads; but, for mine own part, it JC I.ii.280
was Greeke to me. I could tell you more newes too: was Greek to me. I could tell you more news too: JC I.ii.281
Murrellus and Flauius, for pulling Scarffes off Casars Marullus and Flavius, for pulling scarfs off Caesar's JC I.ii.282
Images, are put to silence. Fare you well. There was more images, are put to silence. Fare you well. There was moreimage (n.)
effigy, statue, sculpture
JC I.ii.283
fare ... well (int.)
goodbye [to an individual]
Foolerie yet, if I could remember it.foolery yet, if I could remember it. JC I.ii.284
Will you suppe with me to Night, Caska?Will you sup with me tonight, Casca?sup (v.)

old form: suppe
have supper
JC I.ii.285
Cask. CASCA 
No, I am promis'd forth.No, I am promised forth.promise forth

old form: promis'd
have an engagement elsewhere
JC I.ii.286
Will you Dine with me to morrow?Will you dine with me tomorrow?dine (v.)
have lunch
JC I.ii.287
Cask. CASCA 
I, if I be aliue, and your minde hold, and yourAy, if I be alive and your mind hold, and yourmind (n.)

old form: minde
inclination, desire, wish
JC I.ii.288
hold (v.)
stand firm, continue, carry on
Dinner worth the eating.dinner worth the eating. JC I.ii.289
Good, I will expect you.Good; I will expect you. JC I.ii.290
Cask. CASCA 
Doe so: farewell both. Do so. Farewell, both. JC I.ii.291

Exit JC I.i.292

What a blunt fellow is this growne to be?What a blunt fellow is this grown to be! JC I.ii.292
He was quick Mettle, when he went to Schoole.He was quick mettle when he went to school.mettle, mettell (n.)
spirit, temperament, disposition
JC I.ii.293
quick (adj.)
lively, animated, vivacious
Cassi. CASSIUS  
So is he now, in executionSo is he now in execution JC I.ii.294
Of any bold, or Noble Enterprize,Of any bold or noble enterprise, JC I.ii.295
How-euer he puts on this tardie forme:However he puts on this tardy form.form (n.)

old form: forme
way of behaving, behaviour, code of conduct
JC I.ii.296
tardy (adj.)

old form: tardie
dull, slow-witted, reluctant
This Rudenesse is a Sawce to his good Wit,This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit,wit (n.)
mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity
JC I.ii.297
rudeness (n.)

old form: Rudenesse
rough manner, uncouth behaviour
Which giues men stomacke to disgest his wordsWhich gives men stomach to disgest his wordsstomach (n.)

old form: stomacke
wish, inclination, desire
JC I.ii.298
digest, disgest (v.)
digest, swallow
With better Appetite.With better appetite. JC I.ii.299
Brut. BRUTUS  
And so it is: / For this time I will leaue you:And so it is. For this time I will leave you. JC I.ii.300
To morrow, if you please to speake with me,Tomorrow, if you please to speak with me, JC I.ii.301
I will come home to you: or if you will,I will come home to you; or if you will, JC I.ii.302
Come home to me, and I will wait for you.Come home to me, and I will wait for you. JC I.ii.303
Cassi. CASSIUS  
I will doe so: till then, thinke of the World.I will do so: till then, think of the (n.)
times, life, state of affairs
JC I.ii.304
Exit Brutus. Exit BRUTUS JC I.i.304
Well Brutus, thou art Noble: yet I see,Well, Brutus, thou art noble; yet I see JC I.ii.305
Thy Honorable Mettle may be wroughtThy honourable mettle may be wroughtmettle, mettell (n.)
spirit, temperament, disposition
JC I.ii.306
work (v.), past form wrought
work on, manipulate
From that it is dispos'd: therefore it is meet,From that it is disposed: therefore it is meetmeet (adj.)
fit, suitable, right, proper
JC I.ii.307
That Noble mindes keepe euer with their likes:That noble minds keep ever with their likes;like (n.)
identity, equivalent, counterpart
JC I.ii.308
For who so firme, that cannot be seduc'd?For who so firm that cannot be seduced? JC I.ii.309
Casar doth beare me hard, but he loues Brutus.Caesar doth bear me hard, but he loves Brutus.bear hard

old form: beare
bear ill will towards, feel resentment against
JC I.ii.310
If I were Brutus now, and he were Cassius,If I were Brutus now, and he were Cassius, JC I.ii.311
He should not humor me. I will this Night,He should not humour me. I will this night,humour (v.)

old form: humor
like the mood of, find enjoyable, indulge
JC I.ii.312
In seuerall Hands, in at his Windowes throw,In several hands, in at his windows throw,hand (n.)
JC I.ii.313
As if they came from seuerall Citizens,As if they came from several citizens,several (adj.)

old form: seuerall
separate, different, distinct
JC I.ii.314
Writings, all tending to the great opinionWritings, all tending to the great opinionopinion (n.)
reputation, character, honour
JC I.ii.315
tend (v.)
relate, refer, be relevant
That Rome holds of his Name: wherein obscurelyThat Rome holds of his name; wherein obscurely JC I.ii.316
Casars Ambition shall be glanced at.Caesar's ambition shall be glanced at.glance at (v.)
allude to, refer to, mention in passing
JC I.ii.317
And after this, let Casar seat him sure,And after this, let Caesar seat him sure,sure (adv.)
securely, safely, well
JC I.ii.318
For wee will shake him, or worse dayes endure.For we will shake him, or worse days endure. JC I.ii.319
Exit JC I.ii.319
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