Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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CAESAR

15Ha! Who calls?

CAESAR

Who’s calling me?

CASCA

Bid every noise be still. Peace yet again.

CASCA

Quiet, everyone! Quiet!
Music ceases
The trumpet stops playing.

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 turned to hear.

CAESAR

Who in the crowd is calling me? I hear a voice more piercing than the music of these trumpets calling “Caesar!” Speak. Caesar is listening.

SOOTHSAYER

20Beware the ides of March.

SOOTHSAYER

Beware of March 15th.

CAESAR

    What man is that?

CAESAR

Who’s that?

BRUTUS

A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

BRUTUS

A soothsayer tells you to beware of March 15th.

CAESAR

Set him before me. Let me see his face.

CAESAR

Bring him in front of me. Let me see his face.

CASSIUS

Fellow, come from the throng. Look upon Caesar.

CASSIUS

You, fellow, step out of the crowd. This is Caesar you’re looking at.
SOOTHSAYER approaches
The SOOTHSAYER approaches.

CAESAR

What sayst thou to me now? Speak once again.

CAESAR

What do you have to say to me now? Speak once again.

SOOTHSAYER

25Beware the ides of March.

SOOTHSAYER

Beware of March 15th.

CAESAR

He is a dreamer. Let us leave him. Pass!

CAESAR

He’s insane. Let’s leave him. Let’s move.
Sennet. Exeunt. Manent BRUTUS and CASSIUS
Trumpets play. Everyone exits except BRUTUS and CASSIUS.

CASSIUS

Will you go see the order of the course?

CASSIUS

Are you going to watch the race?