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JULIUS CÆSAR. *
Triumvirs, after ihe Death of Julius Cæfar.
Tribunes and Enemies to Cæsar.
Anot ber Poet.
Servants to Brutus,
} Friends to Brutus and Caffius.
Calphurnia, Wife to Cæsar.
Guards and Attendantsi
SCENE, for the three first Aits, at Rome: afterwards,
at an Ille near Mutina; at Sardis ; and Philippi.
A C T I.
Erler Flavius, (1) Marullus, and certain Gommoners.
FLAVIUS. *%#ENCE; home, you idle creatures, get you
Is this a holiday? what! know you not,
Upon a labouring day, without the sign
Car. Why, Sir, a carpenter.
Mar. But what trade art thou ? answer me diretly.
Cob. A trade, Sir, that, I hope, I may use with a safe conscience; which is, indeed, Sir, a mender of bad soals.
(1) Murellus. ] I have upon the Authority of Pluiarcb, &c. given to this Tribune, his right Name, Marullus.
Flav. What trade, thou knave ? thou naughty knave, what trade?
Cob. Nay, I beseech you, Sir, be not out with me : yet if you
be out, Sir, I can mend you. (2) Flav. What mean'ít thou by that? mend me, thou saucy fellow ?
Cob. Why, Sir, cobble you.
Cob. Truly, Sir, all that I live by, is the awl : I meddle with no tradesman's matters, nor woman's matters ; but with all, I am, indeed, Sir, a surgeon to old shoes; when they are in great danger, I recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon neats-leather have gone upon my handy-work.
Flav, But wherefore art not in thy shop to-day? Why doft thou lead these men about the streets ?
Cob. Truly, Sir, to wear out their fhoes, to get myselfinto more work. But, indeed, Sir, we make holiday to fee Cafar, and to rejoice in his triumph. Mar. Wherefore rejoice what conquest brings he
home? What tributaries follow him to Rome, To grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels ? You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things! 0
you hard hearts ! you cruel men of Rome!
climb'd up to walls and battlements,
(2) Mar. Wbat means thou by that?} As the Cobler in the preceding Speech, replies to Flaviks, not to Marullus ; 'tis plain, I think, this Speech mult be given to Flavius,