Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1
No Fear Act 3 Scene 1 Page 6

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CASSIUS

And leave us, Publius, lest that the people,
Rushing on us, should do your age some mischief.

CASSIUS

And leave us, Publius, in case the people storming us should harm you.

BRUTUS

Do so. And let no man abide this deed
But we the doers.

BRUTUS

Do so. And let no one suffer for this deed except us, the perpetrators.
Exit PUBLIUS
PUBLIUS exits.
Enter TREBONIUS
TREBONIUS enters.

CASSIUS

105Where is Antony?

CASSIUS

Where’s Antony?

TREBONIUS

Fled to his house amazed.
Men, wives, and children stare, cry out, and run
As it were doomsday.

TREBONIUS

He ran to his house, stunned. Men, wives, and children stare, cry out, and run in the streets as though it were doomsday.

BRUTUS

    Fates, we will know your pleasures.
That we shall die, we know. 'Tis but the time,
110And drawing days out, that men stand upon.

BRUTUS

We’ll soon find out what fate has in store for us. All we know is that we’ll die sometime, which is all anyone ever knows, though we try to draw out our days for as long as possible.

CASSIUS

Why, he that cuts off twenty years of life
Cuts off so many years of fearing death.

CASSIUS

Why, the man who shortens his life by twenty years cuts off twenty years of worrying about death.

BRUTUS

Grant that, and then is death a benefit.
So are we Caesar’s friends, that have abridged
115His time of fearing death. Stoop, Romans, stoop,
And let us bathe our hands in Caesar’s blood
Up to the elbows, and besmear our swords.
Then walk we forth, even to the marketplace,
And waving our red weapons o'er our heads
120Let’s all cry, “Peace, freedom, and liberty!”

BRUTUS

So, then, death is a gift, and we are Caesar’s friends, for we’ve done him a service by shortening his time spent fearing death. Kneel, Romans, kneel, and let’s wash our hands, up to the elbows, in Caesar’s blood and smear it on our swords. Then we’ll go out, even to the marketplace, and, waving our bloody swords over our heads, let’s cry, “Peace, freedom, and liberty!”

CASSIUS

Stoop, then, and wash.

CASSIUS

Kneel then, and wash.