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For tinctures, stains, relicks, and cognisance.
Cæs. And this way have you well expounded it.
Dec. 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 Cæsar. 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 Cæsar's wife shall meet with better dreams." If Cæsar hide himself, shall they not whisper, “ Lo, Cæfar is afraid !" Pardon me, Cæsar, for my dear, dear, love To your proceeding bids me tell you this ; * And reason to my love is liable. Caf. How foolish do your fears seem now, Cal
want Mould, for the future, be marked with afterisks. The sense of them is not difficult to recover, and, with it, the propriety of the line in question. The speaker had said, the statue fignified, that by Cæsar's influence Rome should flourish and increase in empire, and that great men should press to him to partake of lvis good fortune, just as men run with handkerchiefs, &c. to dip them in the blood of martyrs, that they may partake of their merit. It is true, the thought is from the Christian history; but so small an anachronism is nothing with our poet. Besides, it is not my interpretation which introduces it, it was there before : for the line in question can bear no other sense than as an allusion to the blood of the martyrs, and the superstition of some churches with regard to it.
WARBURTON. I am not of opinion that any thing is loft, and have therefore marked no omission. This speech, which is intentionally pompous, is somewhat confused. There are two allusions ; one to coats armorial, to which princes make additions, or give new tinctures, and new marks of cognisance, ; the other to martyrs, whose reliques are preserved with veneration. The Romans, says Brutus, all come to you as to a saint, for reliques, as to a prince, for honours.
JOHNSON. * And reason, &c.] And reason, or propriety of conduct and language, is subordinate to my love.
I have a man's mind, but a woman's might.
Por. Yes, bring me word, boy, if thy lard look well,
Luc. I hear none, Madam.
Por. Pr’ythee, listen well :
Luc. Sooth, madam, I hear nothing.
Art. Madam, not yet. I go to take my stand,
Por. Thou haft some fuit to Cæfar, haft thou not?
Art. That I have, lady. If it will please Cæfar To be so good to Cæsar, as to hear me, I shall be eech him to befriend himself. Por. Why, know'lt thou any harm intended to
wards him? Art. Norre that I know will be, much that I fear
may chance; Good-morrow to you. Here the street is narrow: The throng, that follows Cæsar at the heels,
THE ides of March are come.
Of senators, of prætors, common suitors,
Por. I must go in-ah me! how weak a thing
[Exeunt severally. A CT III. SCEN E I.
The Capitol; the Senate fitting.
Metellus, Trebonius, Cinna, Antony, Lepidus, Artemidorus, Popilius, Publius, and the Soothsayer.
CÆ SA R.
. Art. Hail, Cæsar! read this schedule.
Dec. Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read At your best leisure, this his humble suit.
Art. O Cæsar, read mine first; for mine's a suit That touches Cæsar nearer. Read it, great Cæsar.
Caf. What touches us ourself, shall be last serv’d.
C&f. What, is the fellow mad?
Caf. What, urge you your petitions in the street ?
[Cæsar enters the Capitol, the rest following.)
Bru. Look, how he makes to Cæsar. Mark him.
Caf. Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention,
Bru. Caffius, be constant.
Dec. Where is Mecellus Cimber? Let him go,
Bru. He is addrest* : press near, and second him.
Caf. Are we all ready? What is now amiss,
Caf. I must prevent thee, Cimber.
* He is addrest :] i. e. he is ready. So in K. Henry V.
These couchings and these lowly curtesies
Met. Is there no voice more worthy than my own,
Bru. I kiss thy hand, but not in Aattery, Cæsar ; Desiring thee, that Publius Cimber may Have an immediate freedom of repeal.
Cæf. What, Brutus !
Cas. Pardon, Cæsar; Cæsar, pardon:
Caf. I could be well mov’d, if I were as you;
' And turn pre-ordinance~] Pre-ordinance, for ordinance alteady established.
WARB. 2 Into the lane of children.]I do not well understand what is meant by the lane of children. I should read, the law of children. It was, change pre-ordinance and decree into the law of children; into such flight determinations as every start of will would alter. Lane and lawe in some manuscripts are not eafily distinguished. JOHNSON.
* Know, Cæjar doth not wrong ; nor without cause Will be be satisfied.) Ben Jonson quotes this line unfaithfully among his Discoveries, and ridicules it again in the Introduction to his Staple of News. “ Cry you mercy; you never did wrong, but with just cause”