Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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See, Antony, that revels long a-nights,
Is notwithstanding up.—Good morrow, Antony.
See! Even Antony, who stays up all night partying, is awake. Good morning, Antony.
So to most noble Caesar.
And to you, most noble Caesar.
    Bid them prepare within.
120I am to blame to be thus waited for.
—Now, Cinna.—Now, Metellus.—What, Trebonius,
I have an hour’s talk in store for you.
Remember that you call on me today.
Be near me, that I may remember you.
Tell them to prepare the other room for guests. I’m to blame for making you wait for me. Now, Cinna. Now, Metellus. Trebonius! I have an hour-long matter to discuss with you. Remember to see me today. Stay near me so I’ll remember.
125Caesar, I will. (aside) And so near will I be
That your best friends shall wish I had been further.
Caesar, I will. (speaking quietly to himself) In fact, I’ll be so near that your best friends will wish I’d been further away.
Good friends, go in and taste some wine with me.
And we, like friends, will straightway go together.
Good friends, go in and have some wine with me. And we’ll leave together, like friends.
(aside) That every “like” is not the same, O Caesar,
130The heart of Brutus earns to think upon.
(quietly to himself) That we are now only “like” friends—Oh Caesar—makes my heart ache.
They all exit.