Julius Caesar
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Enter Brutus in his Orchard.Enter Brutus in his orchardorchard (n.)gardenJC II.i.1
Brut. BRUTUS 
What Lucius, hoe?What, Lucius, ho! JC II.i.1
I cannot, by the progresse of the Starres,I cannot, by the progress of the stars,progress (n.)
old form: progresse
course, movement, changing position
JC II.i.2
Giue guesse how neere to day--- Lucius, I say?Give guess how near to day. Lucius, I say!guess (n.)
old form: guesse
conjecture, opinion, view
JC II.i.3
I would it were my fault to sleepe so soundly.I would it were my fault to sleep so soundly. JC II.i.4
When Lucius, when? awake, I say: what Lucius?When, Lucius, when? Awake, I say! What, Lucius! JC II.i.5
Enter Lucius.Enter Lucius JC II.i.6
Luc. LUCIUS 
Call'd you, my Lord?Called you, my lord? JC II.i.6
Brut. BRUTUS  
Get me a Tapor in my Study, Lucius:Get me a taper in my study, Lucius;taper (n.)
old form: Tapor
candle
JC II.i.7
When it is lighted, come and call me here.When it is lighted, come and call me here. JC II.i.8
Luc. LUCIUS 
I will, my Lord. I will, my lord. JC II.i.9
Exit.Exit JC II.i.10
Brut. BRUTUS  
It must be by his death: and for my part,It must be by his death; and for my part, JC II.i.10
I know no personall cause, to spurne at him,I know no personal cause to spurn at him,spurn against / at (v.)
old form: spurne
kick out at, treat with contempt
JC II.i.11
cause (n.)reason, motive, ground
But for the generall. He would be crown'd:But for the general. – He would be crowned.general (n.)
old form: generall
ordinary people, general public, populace
JC II.i.12
How that might change his nature, there's the question?How that might change his nature, there's the question. JC II.i.13
It is the bright day, that brings forth the Adder,It is the bright day that brings forth the adder, JC II.i.14
And that craues warie walking: Crowne him that,And that craves wary walking. Crown him! – that!crave (v.)
old form: craues
need, demand, require
JC II.i.15
And then I graunt we put a Sting in him,And then, I grant, we put a sting in him JC II.i.16
That at his will he may doe danger with.That at his will he may do danger with.danger (n.)damage, harm, mischiefJC II.i.17
Th'abuse of Greatnesse, is, when it dis-ioynesTh' abuse of greatness is when it disjoinsdisjoin (v.)
old form: dis-ioynes
disengage, separate [oneself]
JC II.i.18
Remorse from Power: And to speake truth of Casar,Remorse from power; and, to speak truth of Caesar,remorse (n.)pity, compassion, tendernessJC II.i.19
I haue not knowne, when his Affections sway'dI have not known when his affections swayedsway (v.)
old form: sway'd
control, rule, direct, govern
JC II.i.20
affection (n.)emotion, feeling
More then his Reason. But 'tis a common proofe,More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof,proof (n.)
old form: proofe
experience, actual practice, tried knowledge
JC II.i.21
reason (n.)power of reason, judgement, common-sense [often opposed to ‘passion’]
That Lowlynesse is young Ambitions Ladder,That lowliness is young ambition's ladder,lowliness (n.)
old form: Lowlynesse
appearance of humility, apparent meekness
JC II.i.22
Whereto the Climber vpward turnes his Face:Whereto the climber-upward turns his face; JC II.i.23
But when he once attaines the vpmost Round,But when he once attains the upmost round,round (n.)rungJC II.i.24
upmost (adj.)
old form: vpmost
uppermost, topmost
He then vnto the Ladder turnes his Backe,He then unto the ladder turns his back, JC II.i.25
Lookes in the Clouds, scorning the base degreesLooks in the clouds, scorning the base degreesdegree (n.)step, stage, rungJC II.i.26
base (adj.)poor, wretched, of low quality
By which he did ascend: so Casar may;By which he did ascend: so Caesar may; JC II.i.27
Then least he may, preuent. And since the QuarrellThen, lest he may, prevent. And, since the quarrelprevent (v.)
old form: preuent
take steps to thwart, avoid by prompt action
JC II.i.28
quarrel (n.)
old form: Quarrell
cause of complaint, reason for hostility, difference, claim
Will beare no colour, for the thing he is,Will bear no colour for the thing he is,colour (n.)good ground, convincing reason, excuseJC II.i.29
Fashion it thus; that what he is, augmented,Fashion it thus: that what he is, augmented,fashion (v.)arrange, contrive, manageJC II.i.30
Would runne to these, and these extremities:Would run to these and these extremities;extremity (n.)utmost severity, extreme intensity, hardshipJC II.i.31
And therefore thinke him as a Serpents egge,And therefore think him as a serpent's egg JC II.i.32
Which hatch'd, would as his kinde grow mischieuous;Which, hatched, would, as his kind, grow mischievous,mischievous (adj.)
old form: mischieuous
harmful, damaging, injurious
JC II.i.33
kind (n.)
old form: kinde
nature, reality, character, disposition
And kill him in the shell.And kill him in the shell. JC II.i.34
Enter Lucius.Enter Lucius JC II.i.35.1
Luc. LUCIUS  
The Taper burneth in your Closet, Sir:The taper burneth in your closet, sir.closet (n.)private chamber, study, own roomJC II.i.35
taper (n.)candle
Searching the Window for a Flint, I foundSearching the window for a flint, I found JC II.i.36
This Paper, thus seal'd vp, and I am sureThis paper, thus sealed up; and I am sure JC II.i.37
It did not lye there when I went to Bed.It did not lie there when I went to bed. JC II.i.38
Giues him the Letter.He gives him the letter JC II.i.39
Brut. BRUTUS  
Get you to Bed againe, it is not day:Get you to bed again, it is not day. JC II.i.39
Is not to morrow (Boy) the first of March?Is not tomorrow, boy, the ides of March?ides (n.)[Roman calendar] half-way point in a monthJC II.i.40
Luc. LUCIUS 
I know not, Sir.I know not, sir. JC II.i.41
Brut. BRUTUS  
Looke in the Calender, and bring me word.Look in the calendar and bring me word. JC II.i.42
Luc. LUCIUS 
I will, Sir. I will, sir. JC II.i.43
Exit.Exit JC II.i.44.1
Brut. BRUTUS  
The exhalations, whizzing in the ayre,The exhalations, whizzing in the air,exhalation (n.)meteor, shooting starJC II.i.44
Giue so much light, that I may reade by them.Give so much light that I may read by them. JC II.i.45
Opens the Letter, and reades. He opens the letter and reads JC II.i.46
Brutus thou sleep'st; awake, and see thy selfe:Brutus, thou sleep'st: awake, and see thyself. JC II.i.46
Shall Rome, &c. speake, strike, redresse.Shall Rome, etc. Speak, strike, redress. JC II.i.47
Brutus, thou sleep'st: awake.‘ Brutus, thou sleep'st: awake.’ JC II.i.48
Such instigations haue beene often dropt,Such instigations have been often dropped JC II.i.49
Where I haue tooke them vp:Where I have took them up. JC II.i.50
Shall Rome, &c. Thus must I piece it out:‘ Shall Rome, etc.’ Thus must I piece it out:piece out (v.)augment, increase, supplementJC II.i.51
Shall Rome stand vnder one mans awe? What Rome?Shall Rome stand under one man's awe? What, Rome?awe (n.)subjection, restraint, dreadJC II.i.52
My Ancestors did from the streetes of RomeMy ancestors did from the streets of Rome JC II.i.53
The Tarquin driue, when he was call'd a King.The Tarquin drive, when he was called a king.TarquinTarquinius Superbus, seventh king of Rome, 6th-c BCJC II.i.54
Speake, strike, redresse. Am I entreated‘ Speak, strike, redress.’ Am I entreated JC II.i.55
To speake, and strike? O Rome, I make thee promise,To speak and strike? O Rome, I make thee promise, JC II.i.56
If the redresse will follow, thou receiuestIf the redress will follow, thou receivest JC II.i.57
Thy full Petition at the hand of Brutus.Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus. JC II.i.58
Enter Lucius.Enter Lucius JC II.i.59.1
Luc. LUCIUS  
Sir, March is wasted fifteene dayes.Sir, March is wasted fifteen days.waste (v.)consume, use upJC II.i.59
Knocke within. Knock within JC II.i.60
Brut. BRUTUS  
'Tis good. Go to the Gate, some body knocks:'Tis good. Go to the gate; somebody knocks. JC II.i.60
Exit Lucius JC II.i.60
Since Cassius first did whet me against Casar,Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar, JC II.i.61
I haue not slept.I have not slept. JC II.i.62
Betweene the acting of a dreadfull thing,Between the acting of a dreadful thing JC II.i.63
And the first motion, all the Interim isAnd the first motion, all the interim ismotion (n.)inner movement, inward prompting, natural impulse, imaginingJC II.i.64
Like a Phantasma, or a hideous Dreame:Like a phantasma or a hideous dream:phantasma (n.)illusion, bad dream, nightmareJC II.i.65
The Genius, and the mortall InstrumentsThe genius and the mortal instrumentsmortal (adj.)
old form: mortall
human, subject to death, characterized by mortality
JC II.i.66
instrument (n.)organ, faculty, functioning part
genius (n.)attendant spirit, guardian spirit
Are then in councell; and the state of a man,Are then in council; and the state of man,council (n.)
old form: councell
intense debate, dispute, altercation
JC II.i.67
Like to a little Kingdome, suffers thenLike to a little kingdom, suffers then JC II.i.68
The nature of an Insurrection.The nature of an insurrection. JC II.i.69
Enter Lucius.Enter Lucius JC II.i.70
Luc. LUCIUS  
Sir, 'tis your Brother Cassius at the Doore,Sir, 'tis your brother Cassius at the door, JC II.i.70
Who doth desire to see you.Who doth desire to see you. JC II.i.71.1
Brut. BRUTUS  
Is he alone?Is he alone? JC II.i.71.2
Luc. LUCIUS  
No, Sir, there are moe with him.No, sir, there are more with him.mo, moe (adj.)more [in number]JC II.i.72.1
Brut. BRUTUS  
Doe you know them?Do you know them? JC II.i.72.2
Luc. LUCIUS  
No, Sir, their Hats are pluckt about their Eares,No, sir, their hats are plucked about their ears,pluck (v.)
old form: pluckt
draw down, bring down
JC II.i.73
And halfe their Faces buried in their Cloakes,And half their faces buried in their cloaks, JC II.i.74
That by no meanes I may discouer them,That by no means I may discover themdiscover (v.)
old form: discouer
recognize, distinguish, discern
JC II.i.75
By any marke of fauour.By any mark of favour.favour (n.)[facial] appearance, countenance, features, looksJC II.i.76.1
Brut. BRUTUS  
Let 'em enter:Let 'em enter. JC II.i.76.2
Exit Lucius JC II.i.76
They are the Faction. O Conspiracie,They are the faction. O conspiracy, JC II.i.77
Sham'st thou to shew thy dang'rous Brow by Night,Sham'st thou to show thy dangerous brow by night,brow (n.)appearance, aspect, countenanceJC II.i.78
When euills are most free? O then, by dayWhen evils are most free? O then, by dayfree (adj.)on the loose, unconfined, unrestrictedJC II.i.79
Where wilt thou finde a Cauerne darke enough,Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough JC II.i.80
To maske thy monstrous Visage? Seek none Conspiracie,To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none, conspiracy;monstrous (adj.)unnatural, outlandish, aberrantJC II.i.81
visage (n.)face, countenance
Hide it in Smiles, and Affabilitie:Hide it in smiles and affability: JC II.i.82
For if thou path thy natiue semblance on,For if thou path, thy native semblance on,path (v.)pursue one's course, go on one's wayJC II.i.83
semblance (n.)appearance, outward show
Not Erebus it selfe were dimme enough,Not Erebus itself were dim enoughErebus (n.)'darkness', son of Chaos, the place where Shades passed on their way to HadesJC II.i.84
To hide thee from preuention.To hide thee from prevention.prevention (n.)
old form: preuention
forestalling action, preventive measure
JC II.i.85
Enter the Conspirators, Cassius, Caska, Decius, Cinna, Enter the conspirators: Cassius, Casca, Decius, Cinna, JC II.i.86.1
Metellus, and Trebonius.Metellus, and Trebonius JC II.i.86.2
Cass. CASSIUS  
I thinke we are too bold vpon your Rest:I think we are too bold upon your rest. JC II.i.86
Good morrow Brutus, doe we trouble you?Good morrow, Brutus; do we trouble you?morrow (n.)morningJC II.i.87
Brut. BRUTUS  
I haue beene vp this howre, awake all Night:I have been up this hour, awake all night. JC II.i.88
Know I these men, that come along with you?Know I these men that come along with you? JC II.i.89
Cass. CASSIUS  
Yes, euery man of them; and no man hereYes, every man of them; and no man here JC II.i.90
But honors you: and euery one doth wish,But honours you; and every one doth wish JC II.i.91
You had but that opinion of your selfe,You had but that opinion of yourself JC II.i.92
Which euery Noble Roman beares of you.Which every noble Roman bears of you. JC II.i.93
This is Trebonius.This is Trebonius. JC II.i.94.1
Brut. BRUTUS 
He is welcome hither.He is welcome hither. JC II.i.94.2
Cass. CASSIUS  
This, Decius Brutus.This, Decius Brutus. JC II.i.95.1
Brut. BRUTUS  
He is welcome too.He is welcome too. JC II.i.95.2
Cass. CASSIUS  
This, Caska; this, Cinna; and this, Metellus Cymber.This, Casca; this, Cinna; and this, Metellus Cimber. JC II.i.96
Brut. BRUTUS 
They are all welcome.They are all welcome. JC II.i.97
What watchfull Cares doe interpose themseluesWhat watchful cares do interpose themselveswatchful (adj.)
old form: watchfull
wakeful, unsleeping, vigilant
JC II.i.98
Betwixt your Eyes, and Night?Betwixt your eyes and night? JC II.i.99
Cass. CASSIUS  
Shall I entreat a word? Shall I entreat a word? JC II.i.100
They whisper. They whisper apart JC II.i.101
Decius. DECIUS  
Here lyes the East: doth not the Day breake heere?Here lies the east; doth not the day break here? JC II.i.101
Cask. CASCA  
No.No. JC II.i.102
Cin. CINNA  
O pardon, Sir, it doth; and yon grey Lines,O pardon, sir, it doth; and yon gray lines JC II.i.103
That fret the Clouds, are Messengers of Day.That fret the clouds are messengers of day.fret (v.)adorn elaborately, decorate ornately [as a carved ceiling]JC II.i.104
Cask. CASCA  
You shall confesse, that you are both deceiu'd:You shall confess that you are both deceived:deceive (v.)
old form: deceiu'd
delude, mislead, take in
JC II.i.105
Heere, as I point my Sword, the Sunne arises,Here, as I point my sword, the sun arises, JC II.i.106
Which is a great way growing on the South,Which is a great way growing on the south,grow (v.)approach, move, drawJC II.i.107
Weighing the youthfull Season of the yeare.Weighing the youthful season of the year.weigh (v.)consider, take into accountJC II.i.108
Some two moneths hence, vp higher toward the NorthSome two months hence, up higher toward the north JC II.i.109
He first presents his fire, and the high EastHe first presents his fire; and the high east JC II.i.110
Stands as the Capitoll, directly heere.Stands, as the Capitol, directly here.Capitol (n.)geographical and ceremonial centre of ancient Rome, the seat of governmentJC II.i.111
Bru. BRUTUS  
Giue me your hands all ouer, one by one.Give me your hands all over, one by one. JC II.i.112
Cas. CASSIUS  
And let vs sweare our Resolution.And let us swear our resolution. JC II.i.113
Brut. BRUTUS  
No, not an Oath: if not the Face of men,No, not an oath. If not the face of men, JC II.i.114
The sufferance of our Soules, the times Abuse;The sufferance of our souls, the time's abuse – time (n.)times, present day, present state of affairsJC II.i.115
sufferance (n.)distress, suffering, hardship
abuse (n.)corrupt practice, wicked way
If these be Motiues weake, breake off betimes,If these be motives weak, break off betimes,betimes (adv.)at once, forthwith, right nowJC II.i.116
And euery man hence, to his idle bed:And every man hence to his idle bed; JC II.i.117
So let high-sighted-Tyranny range on,So let high-sighted tyranny range onhigh-sighted (adj.)high-flying, soaring beyond viewJC II.i.118
Till each man drop by Lottery. But if theseTill each man drop by lottery. But if these,lottery (n.)chance, turn of eventsJC II.i.119
(As I am sure they do) beare fire enoughAs I am sure they do, bear fire enough JC II.i.120
To kindle Cowards, and to steele with valourTo kindle cowards and to steel with valour JC II.i.121
The melting Spirits of women. Then Countrymen,The melting spirits of women, then, countrymen, JC II.i.122
What neede we any spurre, but our owne causeWhat need we any spur but our own cause JC II.i.123
To pricke vs to redresse? What other Bond,To prick us to redress? What other bondprick (v.)
old form: pricke
urge, incite, motivate
JC II.i.124
Then secret Romans, that haue spoke the word,Than secret Romans that have spoke the word, JC II.i.125
And will not palter? And what other Oath,And will not palter? And what other oathpalter (v.)prevaricate, deal evasively [with], quibbleJC II.i.126
Then Honesty to Honesty ingag'd,Than honesty to honesty engagedengage (v.)
old form: ingag'd
pledge, give the guarantee of
JC II.i.127
That this shall be, or we will fall for it.That this shall be, or we will fall for it? JC II.i.128
Sweare Priests and Cowards, and men CautelousSwear priests and cowards and men cautelous,cautelous (adj.)cautious, wary, circumspectJC II.i.129
Old feeble Carrions, and such suffering SoulesOld feeble carrions, and such suffering soulssuffering (adj.)long-suffering, patient, submissiveJC II.i.130
carrion (n.)carcass, wretch, worthless beast
That welcome wrongs: Vnto bad causes, sweareThat welcome wrongs; unto bad causes swear JC II.i.131
Such Creatures as men doubt; but do not staineSuch creatures as men doubt; but do not stain JC II.i.132
The euen vertue of our Enterprize,The even virtue of our enterprise,even (adj.)
old form: euen
steady, steadfast, unwavering
JC II.i.133
Nor th'insuppressiue Mettle of our Spirits,Nor th' insuppressive mettle of our spirits,mettle, mettell (n.)spirit, vigour, zestJC II.i.134
insuppressive (adj.)
old form: insuppressiue
insuppressible, irrepressible, indomitable
To thinke, that or our Cause, or our PerformanceTo think that or our cause or our performance JC II.i.135
Did neede an Oath. When euery drop of bloodDid need an oath; when every drop of blood JC II.i.136
That euery Roman beares, and Nobly bearesThat every Roman bears, and nobly bears, JC II.i.137
Is guilty of a seuerall Bastardie,Is guilty of a several bastardy,several (adj.)
old form: seuerall
separate, different, distinct
JC II.i.138
bastardy (n.)
old form: Bastardie
condition of illegitimacy
If he do breake the smallest ParticleIf he do break the smallest particle JC II.i.139
Of any promise that hath past from him.Of any promise that hath passed from him. JC II.i.140
Cas. CASSIUS  
But what of Cicero? Shall we sound him?But what of Cicero? Shall we sound him?sound (v.)sound out, question, examineJC II.i.141
I thinke he will stand very strong with vs.I think he will stand very strong with us. JC II.i.142
Cask. CASCA  
Let vs not leaue him out.Let us not leave him out. JC II.i.143.1
Cyn. CINNA  
No, by no meanes.No, by no means. JC II.i.143.2
Metel. METELLUS CIMBER  
O let vs haue him, for his Siluer hairesO, let us have him, for his silver hairs JC II.i.144
Will purchase vs a good opinion:Will purchase us a good opinionopinion (n.)reputation, character, honourJC II.i.145
And buy mens voyces, to commend our deeds:And buy men's voices to commend our deeds.voice (n.)
old form: voyces
vote, official support
JC II.i.146
voice (n.)
old form: voyces
support, approval, good word
commend (v.)praise, admire, extol
It shall be sayd, his iudgement rul'd our hands,It shall be said his judgement ruled our hands; JC II.i.147
Our youths, and wildenesse, shall no whit appeare,Our youths and wildness shall no whit appear,whit, nonot at all, not in the leastJC II.i.148
But all be buried in his Grauity.But all be buried in his gravity.gravity (n.)
old form: Grauity
respectability, authority, dignified position
JC II.i.149
Bru. BRUTUS  
O name him not; let vs not breake with him,O, name him not; let us not break with him,break (v.)
old form: breake
broach a matter, speak
JC II.i.150
For he will neuer follow any thingFor he will never follow anything JC II.i.151
That other men begin.That other men begin. JC II.i.152.1
Cas. CASSIUS  
Then leaue him out.Then leave him out. JC II.i.152.2
Cask. CASCA 
Indeed, he is not fit.Indeed he is not fit. JC II.i.153
Decius. DECIUS  
Shall no man else be toucht, but onely Casar?Shall no man else be touched but only Caesar?touch (v.)
old form: toucht
threaten, endanger, imperil
JC II.i.154
Cas. CASSIUS  
Decius well vrg'd: I thinke it is not meet,Decius, well urged. I think it is not meetmeet (adj.)fit, suitable, right, properJC II.i.155
urge (v.)
old form: vrg'd
press, insist on, state emphatically
Marke Antony, so well belou'd of Casar,Mark Antony, so well beloved of Caesar, JC II.i.156
Should out-liue Casar, we shall finde of himShould outlive Caesar. We shall find of him JC II.i.157
A shrew'd Contriuer. And you know, his meanesA shrewd contriver; and you know his means,mean (n.)
old form: meanes
(plural) capacity, capability, potential
JC II.i.158
shrewd (adj.)
old form: shrew'd
wily, cunning, mischievous
contriver (n.)
old form: Contriuer
intriguer, schemer, plotter
If he improue them, may well stretch so farreIf he improve them, may well stretch so farimprove (v.)
old form: improue
employ to advantage, make good use of
JC II.i.159
As to annoy vs all: which to preuent,As to annoy us all; which to prevent,prevent (v.)
old form: preuent
forestall, anticipate
JC II.i.160
annoy (v.)harm, molest, hurt, injure
Let Antony and Casar fall together.Let Antony and Caesar fall together. JC II.i.161
Bru. BRUTUS  
Our course will seeme too bloody, Caius Cassius,Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius,course (n.)course of action, way of proceedingJC II.i.162
To cut the Head off, and then hacke the Limbes:To cut the head off and then hack the limbs, JC II.i.163
Like Wrath in death, and Enuy afterwards:Like wrath in death, and envy afterwards;envy (n.)
old form: Enuy
malice, ill-will, enmity
JC II.i.164
For Antony, is but a Limbe of Casar.For Antony is but a limb of Caesar. JC II.i.165
Let's be Sacrificers, but not Butchers Caius:Let us be sacrificers, but not butchers, Caius. JC II.i.166
We all stand vp against the spirit of Casar,We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar,spirit (n.)disposition, temperament, frame of mindJC II.i.167
stand up (v.)
old form: vp
confront boldly, make a stand
And in the Spirit of men, there is no blood:And in the spirit of men there is no blood. JC II.i.168
O that we then could come by Casars Spirit,O, that we then could come by Caesar's spirit, JC II.i.169
And not dismember Casar! But (alas)And not dismember Caesar! But, alas, JC II.i.170
Casar must bleed for it. And gentle Friends,Caesar must bleed for it. And, gentle friends,gentle (adj.)well-born, honourable, nobleJC II.i.171
Let's kill him Boldly, but not Wrathfully:Let's kill him boldly, but not wrathfully; JC II.i.172
Let's carue him, as a Dish fit for the Gods,Let's carve him as a dish fit for the gods,carve (v.)
old form: carue
cut up, prepare
JC II.i.173
Not hew him as a Carkasse fit for Hounds:Not hew him as a carcass fit for hounds. JC II.i.174
And let our Hearts, as subtle Masters do,And let our hearts, as subtle masters do, JC II.i.175
Stirre vp their Seruants to an acte of Rage,Stir up their servants to an act of rage, JC II.i.176
And after seeme to chide 'em. This shall makeAnd after seem to chide 'em. This shall makechide (v.), past form chidscold, rebuke, reproveJC II.i.177
Our purpose Necessary, and not Enuious.Our purpose necessary, and not envious;envious (adj.)
old form: Enuious
malicious, spiteful, vindictive, full of enmity
JC II.i.178
purpose (n.)intention, aim, plan
Which so appearing to the common eyes,Which so appearing to the common eyes, JC II.i.179
We shall be call'd Purgers, not Murderers.We shall be called purgers, not murderers.purger (n.)healer, cleanser, purifierJC II.i.180
And for Marke Antony, thinke not of him:And for Mark Antony, think not of him; JC II.i.181
For he can do no more then Casars Arme,For he can do no more than Caesar's arm JC II.i.182
When Casars head is off.When Caesar's head is off. JC II.i.183.1
Cas. CASSIUS  
Yet I feare him,Yet I fear him; JC II.i.183.2
For in the ingrafted loue he beares to Casar.For in the ingrafted love he bears to Caesar – ingrafted, engrafted (adj.)deep-rooted, firmly implantedJC II.i.184
Bru. BRUTUS  
Alas, good Cassius, do not thinke of him:Alas, good Cassius, do not think of him. JC II.i.185
If he loue Casar, all that he can doIf he love Caesar, all that he can do JC II.i.186
Is to himselfe; take thought, and dye for Casar,Is to himself: take thought, and die for Caesar;thought (n.)melancholic reflection, anxiety, sorrow, worryJC II.i.187
And that were much he should: for he is giuenAnd that were much he should; for he is given JC II.i.188
To sports, to wildenesse, and much company.To sports, to wildness and much company.sport (n.)recreation, amusement, entertainmentJC II.i.189
Treb. TREBONIUS  
There is no feare in him; let him not dye,There is no fear in him; let him not die; JC II.i.190
For he will liue, and laugh at this heereafter.For he will live, and laugh at this hereafter. JC II.i.191
Clocke strikes. A clock strikes JC II.i.192
Bru. BRUTUS  
Peace, count the Clocke.Peace, count the clock. JC II.i.192.1
Cas. CASSIUS 
The Clocke hath stricken three.The clock hath stricken three. JC II.i.192.2
Treb. TREBONIUS  
'Tis time to part.'Tis time to part. JC II.i.193.1
Cass CASSIUS 
But it is doubtfull yet,But it is doubtful yet, JC II.i.193.2
Whether Casar will come forth to day, or no:Whether Caesar will come forth today or no; JC II.i.194
For he is Superstitious growne of late,For he is superstitious grown of late, JC II.i.195
Quite from the maine Opinion he held once,Quite from the main opinion he held oncemain (adj.)
old form: maine
firm, strong, solid
JC II.i.196
from (prep.)contrary to
Of Fantasie, of Dreames, and Ceremonies:Of fantasy, of dreams, and ceremonies.fantasy (n.)
old form: Fantasie
imagining, delusion, hallucination
JC II.i.197
ceremony (n.)omen, portent, prognostication
It may be, these apparant Prodigies,It may be these apparent prodigies,prodigy (n.)omen, portent, signJC II.i.198
apparent (adj.)
old form: apparant
plainly visible, conspicuous, evident, obvious
The vnaccustom'd Terror of this night,The unaccustomed terror of this night,unaccustomed (adj.)
old form: vnaccustom'd
unusual, strange, unfamiliar
JC II.i.199
And the perswasion of his Augurers,And the persuasion of his augurers JC II.i.200
May hold him from the Capitoll to day.May hold him from the Capitol today.hold (v.)withhold, hold backJC II.i.201
Decius. DECIUS  
Neuer feare that: If he be so resolu'd,Never fear that. If he be so resolved, JC II.i.202
I can ore-sway him: For he loues to heare,I can o'ersway him; for he loves to hearoversway (v.)
old form: ore-sway
prevail upon, override, overturn
JC II.i.203
That Vnicornes may be betray'd with Trees,That unicorns may be betrayed with trees, JC II.i.204
And Beares with Glasses, Elephants with Holes,And bears with glasses, elephants with holes,hole (n.)large pit in the groundJC II.i.205
glass (n.)mirror, looking-glass
Lyons with Toyles, and men with Flatterers.Lions with toils, and men with flatterers,toil (n.)
old form: Toyles
net, snare, trap
JC II.i.206
But, when I tell him, he hates Flatterers,But when I tell him he hates flatterers, JC II.i.207
He sayes, he does; being then most flattered.He says he does, being then most flattered. JC II.i.208
Let me worke:Let me work; JC II.i.209
For I can giue his humour the true bent;For I can give his humour the true bent,humour (n.)fancy, whim, inclination, capriceJC II.i.210
bent (n.)direction, turning, inclination
And I will bring him to the Capitoll.And I will bring him to the Capitol. JC II.i.211
Cas. CASSIUS  
Nay, we will all of vs, be there to fetch him.Nay, we will all of us be there to fetch him. JC II.i.212
Bru. BRUTUS  
By the eight houre, is that the vttermost?By the eighth hour; is that the uttermost?uttermost (n.)
old form: vttermost
latest time, last moment
JC II.i.213
Cin. CINNA  
Be that the vttermost, and faile not then.Be that the uttermost, and fail not then. JC II.i.214
Met. METELLUS CIMBER  
Caius Ligarius doth beare Casar hard,Caius Ligarius doth bear Caesar hard,bear hard
old form: beare
bear ill will towards, feel resentment against
JC II.i.215
Who rated him for speaking well of Pompey;Who rated him for speaking well of Pompey;rate (v.)berate, reproach, rebuke, scoldJC II.i.216
Pompey the Great (n.)Roman politician and general, 1st-c BC
I wonder none of you haue thought of him.I wonder none of you have thought of him. JC II.i.217
Bru. BRUTUS  
Now good Metellus go along by him:Now, good Metellus, go along by him;by (prep.)at the house ofJC II.i.218
He loues me well, and I haue giuen him Reasons,He loves me well, and I have given him reasons. JC II.i.219
Send him but hither, and Ile fashion him.Send him but hither, and I'll fashion him.fashion (v.)mould, transform, change the fashion ofJC II.i.220
Cas. CASSIUS  
The morning comes vpon's: / Wee'l leaue you Brutus,The morning comes upon's; we'll leave you, Brutus. JC II.i.221
And Friends disperse your selues; but all rememberAnd, friends, disperse yourselves; but all remember JC II.i.222
What you haue said, and shew your selues true Romans.What you have said, and show yourselves true Romans. JC II.i.223
Bru. BRUTUS  
Good Gentlemen, looke fresh and merrily,Good gentlemen, look fresh and merrily; JC II.i.224
Let not our lookes put on our purposes,Let not our looks put on our purposes,put on (v.)show, manifest, exhibitJC II.i.225
purpose (n.)intention, aim, plan
But beare it as our Roman Actors do,But bear it as our Roman actors do,bear (v.), past forms bore, borne
old form: beare
sustain, carry through, keep going
JC II.i.226
With vntyr'd Spirits, and formall Constancie,With untired spirits and formal constancy.formal (adj.)
old form: formall
external, outward, surface
JC II.i.227
constancy (n.)
old form: Constancie
consistency, agreement, uniformity
And so good morrow to you euery one. And so good morrow to you every one.morrow (n.)morningJC II.i.228
Exeunt. Exeunt the conspirators JC II.i.229.1
Manet Brutus.Brutus remains JC II.i.229.2
Boy: Lucius: Fast asleepe? It is no matter,Boy! Lucius! Fast asleep? It is no matter. JC II.i.229
Enioy the hony-heauy-Dew of Slumber:Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber; JC II.i.230
Thou hast no Figures, nor no Fantasies,Thou hast no figures nor no fantasies,fantasy (n.)imagining, delusion, hallucinationJC II.i.231
figure (n.)fancy, imagining, phantasm
Which busie care drawes, in the braines of men;Which busy care draws in the brains of men;care (n.)anxiety, worry, solicitude [about]JC II.i.232
Therefore thou sleep'st so sound.Therefore thou sleep'st so sound. JC II.i.233.1
Enter Portia.Enter Portia JC II.i.233
Por. PORTIA  
Brutus, my Lord.Brutus, my lord! JC II.i.233.2
Bru.BRUTUS  
Portia: What meane you? wherfore rise you now?Portia! What mean you? Wherefore rise you now? JC II.i.234
It is not for your health, thus to commitIt is not for your health thus to commit JC II.i.235
Your weake condition, to the raw cold morning.Your weak condition to the raw cold morning. JC II.i.236
Por. PORTIA  
Nor for yours neither. Y'haue vngently BrutusNor for yours neither. Y' have ungently, Brutus,ungently (adv.)
old form: vngently
unkindly, roughly, rudely
JC II.i.237
Stole from my bed: and yesternight at SupperStole from my bed; and yesternight at supperyesternight (n.)last nightJC II.i.238
You sodainly arose, and walk'd about,You suddenly arose and walked about, JC II.i.239
Musing, and sighing, with your armes a-crosse:Musing and sighing, with your arms across;across (adv.)
old form: a-crosse
folded, crossed
JC II.i.240
And when I ask'd you what the matter was,And when I asked you what the matter was, JC II.i.241
You star'd vpon me, with vngentle lookes.You stared upon me with ungentle looks.ungentle (adj.)
old form: vngentle
unmannerly, discourteous, impolite
JC II.i.242
I vrg'd you further, then you scratch'd your head,I urged you further; then you scratched your head,urge (v.)
old form: vrg'd
entreat with, plead with
JC II.i.243
And too impatiently stampt with your foote:And too impatiently stamped with your foot; JC II.i.244
Yet I insisted, yet you answer'd not,Yet I insisted, yet you answered not, JC II.i.245
But with an angry wafter of your handBut with an angry wafture of your handwafture (n.)
old form: wafter
waving, gesture, flourish
JC II.i.246
Gaue signe for me to leaue you: So I did,Gave sign for me to leave you. So I did, JC II.i.247
Fearing to strengthen that impatienceFearing to strengthen that impatience JC II.i.248
Which seem'd too much inkindled; and withall,Which seemed too much enkindled, and withal JC II.i.249
Hoping it was but an effect of Humor,Hoping it was but an effect of humour,effect (n.)sign, mark, token, manifestationJC II.i.250
humour (n.)
old form: Humor
fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
Which sometime hath his houre with euery man.Which sometime hath his hour with every man.sometime (adv.)sometimes, now and thenJC II.i.251
It will not let you eate, nor talke, nor sleepe;It will not let you eat, nor talk, nor sleep; JC II.i.252
And could it worke so much vpon your shape,And could it work so much upon your shape, JC II.i.253
As it hath much preuayl'd on your Condltion,As it hath much prevailed on your condition,condition (n.)disposition, temper, mood, characterJC II.i.254
I should not know you Brutus. Deare my Lord,I should not know you Brutus. Dear my lord,know (v.)recognizeJC II.i.255
Make me acquainted with your cause of greefe.Make me acquainted with your cause of grief. JC II.i.256
Bru. BRUTUS  
I am not well in health, and that is all.I am not well in health, and that is all. JC II.i.257
Por. PORTIA  
Brutus is wise, and were he not in health,Brutus is wise, and were he not in health, JC II.i.258
He would embrace the meanes to come by it.He would embrace the means to come by it. JC II.i.259
Bru. BRUTUS  
Why so I do: good Portia go to bed.Why, so I do. Good Portia, go to bed. JC II.i.260
Por. PORTIA  
Is Brutus sicke? And is it PhysicallIs Brutus sick? And is it physicalphysical (adj.)medicinal, therapeutic, restorativeJC II.i.261
To walke vnbraced, and sucke vp the humoursTo walk unbraced and suck up the humourshumour (n.)dampness, vapour, moistureJC II.i.262
unbraced (adj.)
old form: vnbraced
unfastened, not laced up, loose
Of the danke Morning? What, is Brutus sicke?Of the dank morning? What, is Brutus sick? JC II.i.263
And will he steale out of his wholsome bedAnd will he steal out of his wholesome bed JC II.i.264
To dare the vile contagion of the Night?To dare the vile contagion of the night,contagion (n.)contagious quality, infecting influenceJC II.i.265
And tempt the Rhewmy, and vnpurged Ayre,And tempt the rheumy and unpurged air,tempt (v.)try, test, make trial ofJC II.i.266
rheumy (adj.)
old form: Rhewmy
moist, wet, damp
unpurged (adj.)
old form: vnpurged
not cleansed, unpurified [by the sun]
To adde vnto hit sicknesse? No my Brutus,To add unto his sickness? No, my Brutus; JC II.i.267
You haue some sicke Offence within your minde,You have some sick offence within your mind,offence (n.)offensive matter, object of annoyanceJC II.i.268
sick (adj.)
old form: sicke
ailing, needing cure
Which by the Right and Vertue of my placeWhich, by the right and virtue of my place,place (n.)position, post, office, rankJC II.i.269
I ought to know of: And vpon my knees,I ought to know of; and, upon my knees, JC II.i.270
I charme you, by my once commended Beauty,I charm you, by my once commended beauty,charm (v.)
old form: charme
entreat, implore, conjure
JC II.i.271
By all your vowes of Loue, and that great VowBy all your vows of love, and that great vow JC II.i.272
Which did incorporate and make vs one,Which did incorporate and make us one,incorporate (v.)make one body [of], uniteJC II.i.273
That you vnfold to me, your selfe; your halfeThat you unfold to me, your self, your half,half (n.)
old form: halfe
other half, wife
JC II.i.274
Why you are heauy: and what men to nightWhy you are heavy, and what men tonightheavy (adj.)
old form: heauy
sorrowful, sad, gloomy
JC II.i.275
Haue had resort to you: for heere haue beeneHave had resort to you; for here have been JC II.i.276
Some sixe or seuen, who did hide their facesSome six or seven, who did hide their faces JC II.i.277
Euen from darknesse.Even from darkness. JC II.i.278.1
Bru. BRUTUS 
Kneele not gentle Portia.Kneel not, gentle Portia.gentle (adj.)well-born, honourable, nobleJC II.i.278.2
Por. PORTIA  
I should not neede, if you were gentle Brutus.I should not need, if you were gentle Brutus.gentle (adj.)courteous, friendly, kindJC II.i.279
Within the Bond of Marriage, tell me Brutus,Within the bond of marriage, tell me, Brutus, JC II.i.280
Is it excepted, I should know no SecretsIs it excepted I should know no secretsexcept, except against (v.)object to, take exception toJC II.i.281
That appertaine to you? Am I your Selfe,That appertain to you? Am I your selfappertain (v.)
old form: appertaine
pertain, relate
JC II.i.282
But as it were in sort, or limitation?But, as it were, in sort or limitation,limitation (n.)allotted time, appointed periodJC II.i.283
sort (n.)assigned portion, allotted measure
To keepe with you at Meales, comfort your Bed,To keep with you at meals, comfort your bed, JC II.i.284
And talke to you sometimes? Dwell I but in the SuburbsAnd talk to you sometimes? Dwell I but in the suburbssuburbs (n.)(plural) parts of a city lying outside the walls [reputed for lawlessness]JC II.i.285
Of your good pleasure? If it be no more,Of your good pleasure? If it be no more, JC II.i.286
Portia is Brutus Harlot, not his Wife.Portia is Brutus' harlot, not his wife. JC II.i.287
Bru. BRUTUS  
You are my true and honourable Wife,You are my true and honourable wife, JC II.i.288
As deere to me, as are the ruddy droppesAs dear to me as are the ruddy drops JC II.i.289
That visit my sad heart.That visit my sad heartsad (adj.)downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomyJC II.i.290
Por. PORTIA  
If this were true, then should I know this secret.If this were true, then should I know this secret. JC II.i.291
I graunt I am a Woman; but withall,I grant I am a woman; but withal JC II.i.292
A Woman that Lord Brutus tooke to Wife:A woman that Lord Brutus took to wife; JC II.i.293
I graunt I am a Woman; but withall,I grant I am a woman; but withal JC II.i.294
A Woman well reputed: Cato's Daughter.A woman well reputed, Cato's daughter.Cato the Younger[pron: 'kaytoh] 1st-c BC Roman politician, and opponent of CaesarJC II.i.295
Thinke you, I am no stronger then my SexThink you I am no stronger than my sex, JC II.i.296
Being so Father'd, and so Husbanded?Being so fathered, and so husbanded? JC II.i.297
Tell me your Counsels, I will not disclose 'em:Tell me your counsels, I will not disclose 'em. JC II.i.298
I haue made strong proofe of my Constancie,I have made strong proof of my constancy,proof (n.)
old form: proofe
evidence, demonstration, testimony
JC II.i.299
Giuing my selfe a voluntary woundGiving myself a voluntary wound JC II.i.300
Heere, in the Thigh: Can I beare that with patience,Here, in the thigh; can I bear that with patience, JC II.i.301
And not my Husbands Secrets?And not my husband's secrets? JC II.i.302.1
Bru. BRUTUS  
O ye Gods!O ye gods, JC II.i.302.2
Render me worthy of this Noble Wife. Render me worthy of this noble wife! JC II.i.303
Knocke.Knocking JC II.i.304
Harke, harke, one knockes: Portia go in a while,Hark, hark! one knocks, Portia, go in awhile; JC II.i.304
And by and by thy bosome shall partakeAnd by and by thy bosom shall partakebosom (n.)
old form: bosome
heart, inner person
JC II.i.305
by and by (adv.)shortly, soon, before long
The secrets of my Heart.The secrets of my heart. JC II.i.306
All my engagements, I will construe to thee,All my engagements I will construe to thee,construe (v.)explain, expoundJC II.i.307
All the Charractery of my sad browes:All the charactery of my sad brows.charactery (n.)
old form: Charractery
writing, letters, expression
JC II.i.308
sad (adj.)serious, grave, solemn
brow (n.)
old form: browes
eyebrow
Leaue me with hast. Leave me with haste. JC II.i.309.1
Exit Portia. Exit Portia JC II.i.1.309.1
Enter Lucius and Ligarius.Enter Lucius with Ligarius JC II.i.309.2
Lucius, who's that knockes.Lucius, who's that knocks? JC II.i.309.2
Luc. LUCIUS  
Heere is a sicke man that would speak with you.Here is a sick man that would speak with you. JC II.i.310
Bru. BRUTUS  
Caius Ligarius, that Metellus spake of.Caius Ligarius, that Metellus spake of. JC II.i.311
Boy, stand aside. Caius Ligarius, how?Boy, stand aside. Caius Ligarius, how? JC II.i.312
Cai. LIGARIUS  
Vouchsafe good morrow from a feeble tongue.Vouchsafe good morrow from a feeble tongue.morrow (n.)morningJC II.i.313
vouchsafe (v.)be pleased to accept, graciously receive
Bru. BRUTUS  
O what a time haue you chose out braue CaiusO, what a time have you chose out, brave Caius,brave (adj.)
old form: braue
noble, worthy, excellent
JC II.i.314
To weare a Kerchiefe? Would you were not sicke.To wear a kerchief! Would you were not sick!kerchief (n.)
old form: Kerchiefe
cloth head-covering, scarf
JC II.i.315
Cai. LIGARIUS  
I am not sicke, if Brutus haue in handI am not sick if Brutus have in hand JC II.i.316
Any exploit worthy the name of Honor.Any exploit worthy the name of honour. JC II.i.317
Bru. BRUTUS  
Such an exploit haue I in hand Ligarius,Such an exploit have I in hand, Ligarius, JC II.i.318
Had you a healthfull eare to heare of it.Had you a healthful ear to hear of it.healthful (adj.)
old form: healthfull
healthy, wholesome, fit [in health]
JC II.i.319
Cai. LIGARIUS  
By all the Gods that Romans bow before,By all the gods that Romans bow before, JC II.i.320
I heere discard my sicknesse. I here discard my sickness. JC II.i.321.1
He throws off the kerchief JC II.i.321
Soule of Rome,Soul of Rome! JC II.i.321.2
Braue Sonne, deriu'd from Honourable Loines,Brave son, derived from honourable loins!derive (v.)
old form: deriu'd
descend
JC II.i.322
brave (adj.)
old form: Braue
noble, worthy, excellent
Thou like an Exorcist, hast coniur'd vpThou, like an exorcist, hast conjured upexorcist (n.)one who calls up spiritsJC II.i.323
conjure up (v.)
old form: coniur'd vp
bring about [as if by magic], cause to appear
My mortified Spirit. Now bid me runne,My mortified spirit. Now bid me run,mortified (adj.)deadened, dead to feeling, numbedJC II.i.324
And I will striue with things impossible,And I will strive with things impossible, JC II.i.325
Yea get the better of them. What's to do?Yea, get the better of them. What's to do? JC II.i.326
Bru. BRUTUS  
A peece of worke, / That will make sicke men whole.A piece of work that will make sick men whole.whole (adj.)healthy, well, in sound conditionJC II.i.327
Cai. LIGARIUS  
But are not some whole, that we must make sicke?But are not some whole that we must make sick? JC II.i.328
Bru. BRUTUS  
That must we also. What it is my Caius,That must we also. What it is, my Caius, JC II.i.329
I shall vnfold to thee, as we are going,I shall unfold to thee, as we are going JC II.i.330
To whom it must be done.To whom it must be done. JC II.i.331.1
Cai. LIGARIUS  
Set on your foote,Set on your foot,set on (v.)go forward, advance, proceedJC II.i.331.2
And with a heart new-fir'd, I follow you,And with a heart new-fired I follow you,new-fired (adj.)
old form: new-fir'd
rekindled, inflamed anew
JC II.i.332
To do I know not what: but it sufficethTo do I know not what; but it sufficeth JC II.i.333
That Brutus leads me on. That Brutus leads me on. JC II.i.334.1
ThunderThunder JC II.i.334
Bru. BRUTUS  
Follow me then. Follow me then. JC II.i.334.2
ExeuntExeunt JC II.i.334
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