Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 3 Scene 2

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Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
90When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And Brutus is an honorable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
95I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,
And, sure, he is an honorable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
100But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause.
What cause withholds you then to mourn for him?
O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me.
105My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me. (weeps)
Is this the work of an ambitious man? When the poor cried, Caesar cried too. Ambition shouldn’t be so soft. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man. You all saw that on the Lupercal feast day I offered him a king’s crown three times, and he refused it three times. Was this ambition? Yet Brutus says he was ambitious. And, no question, Brutus is an honorable man. I am not here to disprove what Brutus has said, but to say what I know. You all loved him once, and not without reason. Then what reason holds you back from mourning him now? Men have become brutish beasts and lost their reason! Bear with me. My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, and I must pause until it returns to me. (he weeps)

FIRST PLEBEIAN

Methinks there is much reason in his sayings.

FIRST PLEBEIAN

I think there’s a lot of sense in what he says.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

If thou consider rightly of the matter,
Caesar has had great wrong.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

If you think about it correctly, Caesar has suffered a great wrong.

THIRD PLEBEIAN

     Has he, masters?
110I fear there will a worse come in his place.

THIRD PLEBEIAN

Has he, sirs? I’m worried there will be someone worse to replace him.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Marked ye his words? He would not take the crown.
Therefore ’tis certain he was not ambitious.

FOURTH PLEBEIAN

Did you hear Antony? Caesar wouldn’t take the crown. Therefore it’s certain that he wasn’t ambitious.

FIRST PLEBEIAN

If it be found so, some will dear abide it.

FIRST PLEBEIAN

If it turns out he wasn’t, certain people are going to get it.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Poor soul! His eyes are red as fire with weeping.

SECOND PLEBEIAN

Poor man! Antony’s eyes are fiery red from crying.

THIRD PLEBEIAN

115There’s not a nobler man in Rome than Antony.

THIRD PLEBEIAN

There isn’t a nobler man than Antony in all of Rome.