Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 5

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ANTONY

This was the noblest Roman of them all.
All the conspirators save only he
75Did that they did in envy of great Caesar.
He only in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
80And say to all the world, “This was a man.”

ANTONY

This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the rest of the conspirators acted out of jealousy of great Caesar. Only he acted from honesty and for the general good. His life was gentle, and the elements mixed so well in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, “This was a man.”

OCTAVIUS

According to his virtue let us use him,
With all respect and rites of burial.
Within my tent his bones tonight shall lie
Most like a soldier, ordered honorably.
85So call the field to rest, and let’s away
To part the glories of this happy day.

OCTAVIUS

Let’s treat him according to his virtue, with all the respect and rituals of burial. His body will lie in my tent tonight, with the honorable observance that suits a soldier. So order the armies to rest, and let’s go home to share the glories of this happy day.
Exeunt omnes
Everyone exits.