Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

Act 3 Scene 1

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Flourish Enter CAESAR, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS, METELLUS, TREBONIUS, CINNA, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, PUBLIUS, and POPILLIUS LENA with a crowd of people, including ARTEMIDORUS and the SOOTHSAYER
A crowd of people enters, among them ARTEMIDORUS and the SOOTHSAYER. A trumpet plays. CAESAR, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS, METELLUS, TREBONIUS, CINNA, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, POPILLIUS, PUBLIUS, and others enter.

CAESAR

(to the SOOTHSAYER) The ides of March are come.

CAESAR

(to the SOOTHSAYER) March 15th has come.

SOOTHSAYER

Ay, Caesar, but not gone.

SOOTHSAYER

Yes, Caesar, but it’s not gone yet.

ARTEMIDORUS

(offering his letter) Hail, Caesar! Read this schedule.

ARTEMIDORUS

(offering his letter) Hail, Caesar! Read this schedule.

DECIUS

(offering CAESAR another paper)
5Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read,
At your best leisure, this his humble suit.

DECIUS

(offering CAESAR another paper) Trebonius wants you to look over his humble petition, at your leisure.

ARTEMIDORUS

O Caesar, read mine first, for mine’s a suit
That touches Caesar nearer. Read it, great Caesar.

ARTEMIDORUS

Oh, Caesar, read mine first, for my petition affects you more directly. Read it, great Caesar.

CAESAR

What touches us ourself shall be last served.

CAESAR

Whatever pertains to myself I will deal with last.

ARTEMIDORUS

10Delay not, Caesar. Read it instantly.

ARTEMIDORUS

Don’t delay, Caesar. Read it instantly.

CAESAR

What, is the fellow mad?

CAESAR

What, is the man insane?

PUBLIUS

(to ARTEMIDORUS)    Sirrah, give place.

PUBLIUS

(to ARTEMIDORUS) Stand aside, you.

CASSIUS

(to ARTEMIDORUS)
What, urge you your petitions in the street?
15Come to the Capitol.

CASSIUS

(to ARTEMIDORUS) What? Are you pressing your petition on the street? Go to the Capitol.