Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1 Page 3

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BRUTUS

He is addressed. Press near and second him.

BRUTUS

They’re speaking to him. Go up there and second his petition.

CINNA

Casca, you are the first that rears your hand.

CINNA

Casca, you’ll be the first to raise your hand.

CAESAR

35Are we all ready? What is now amiss
That Caesar and his senate must redress?

CAESAR

Are we all ready? What problem should I discuss with you first?

METELLUS

(kneeling)
Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Caesar,
Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat
40An humble heart—

METELLUS

(kneeling) Most high, most mighty, and most powerful Caesar, Metellus Cimber kneels before you with a humble heart—

CAESAR

    I must prevent thee, Cimber.
These couchings and these lowly courtesies
Might fire the blood of ordinary men
And turn preordinance and first decree
Into the law of children. Be not fond,
45To think that Caesar bears such rebel blood
That will be thawed from the true quality
With that which melteth fools—I mean, sweet words,
Low-crookèd curtsies, and base spaniel fawning.
Thy brother by decree is banishèd.
50If 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.

CAESAR

I have to stop you, Cimber. These kneelings and humble courtesies might excite ordinary men, flattering them into turning Roman law into children’s games. But don’t be so foolish as to think you can sway me from what’s right by using the tactics that persuade fools—I mean this flattery, low bows, and puppy-like fawning. Your brother has been banished by decree. If you kneel and beg and flatter for him, I’ll kick you out of my way like I would a dog. Know that I am not unjust, and I will not grant him a pardon without reason.

METELLUS

Is there no voice more worthy than my own
55To sound more sweetly in great Caesar’s ear
For the repealing of my banished brother?

METELLUS

Is there no voice worthier than my own to appeal to Caesar to repeal the order that my brother be banished?

BRUTUS

(kneeling) I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Caesar,
Desiring thee that Publius Cimber may
Have an immediate freedom of repeal.

BRUTUS

(kneeling) I kiss your hand, but not in flattery, Caesar. I ask you to repeal Publius Cimber’s banishment immediately.