Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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Exit LUCIUS
LUCIUS exits.

BRUTUS

45The exhalations whizzing in the air
Give so much light that I may read by them.
(opens the letter and reads)
“Brutus, thou sleep’st. Awake, and see thyself.
Shall Rome, etc. Speak, strike, redress!”
50“Brutus, thou sleep’st. Awake.”
Such instigations have been often dropped
Where I have took them up.
—“Shall Rome, etc.” Thus must I piece it out:
“Shall Rome stand under one man’s awe?” What, Rome?
55My ancestors did from the streets of Rome
The Tarquin drive when he was called a king.
—“Speak, strike, redress!” Am I entreated
To speak and strike? O Rome, I make thee promise,
If the redress will follow, thou receivest
60Thy full petition at the hand of Brutus!

BRUTUS

The meteors whizzing in the sky are so bright that I can read by them. (he opens the letter and reads) “Brutus, you’re sleeping. Wake up and look at yourself. Is Rome going to … etc. Speak, strike, fix the wrongs!” “Brutus, you’re sleeping. Wake up.” I’ve noticed many such calls to action left where I would find them. “Is Rome going to … etc.” What does this mean? Will Rome submit to one man’s power? My ancestors drove Tarquin from the streets of Rome when he was pronounced a king. “Speak, strike, fix it!” Is this asking me to speak and strike? Oh, Rome, I promise you, if you’re meant to receive justice, you’ll receive it by my hand!
Enter LUCIUS
LUCIUS enters.

LUCIUS

Sir, March is wasted fifteen days.

LUCIUS

Sir, fifteen days of March have gone by.
Knock within
The sound of a knock offstage.

BRUTUS

'Tis good. Go to the gate. Somebody knocks.

BRUTUS

Good. Go to the gate. Somebody’s knocking.
Exit LUCIUS
LUCIUS exits.
Since Cassius first did whet me against Caesar,
I have not slept.
I haven’t slept since Cassius first began to turn me against Caesar.