Speeches (Lines) for Caesar in "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar"

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# Act / Scene Speech text
1 I / 2
  • Calpurnia!
  • Calpurnia!
  • Flavius. It is no matter; let no images
    Be hung with Caesar's trophies. I'll about,
    And drive away the vulgar from the streets:
    So do you too, where you perceive them thick.
    These growing feathers pluck'd from Caesar's wing
    Will make him fly an ordinary pitch,
    Who else would soar above the view of men
    And keep us all in servile fearfulness.

    Caesar. Calpurnia!

2 I / 2
  • Calpurnia!
  • Calpurnia!
  • Casca. Peace, ho! Caesar speaks.

    Caesar. Calpurnia!

3 I / 2
  • Stand you directly in Antonius' way,
    When he doth run his course. Antonius!
  • Stand you directly in Antonius' way,
    When he doth run his course. Antonius!
  • Calpurnia. Here, my lord.

    Caesar. Stand you directly in Antonius' way,
    When he doth run his course. Antonius!

4 I / 2
  • Forget not, in your speed, Antonius,
    To touch Calpurnia; for our elders say,...
  • Forget not, in your speed, Antonius,
    To touch Calpurnia; for our elders say,
    The barren, touched in this holy chase,
    Shake off their sterile curse.
  • ANTONY. Caesar, my lord?

    Caesar. Forget not, in your speed, Antonius,
    To touch Calpurnia; for our elders say,
    The barren, touched in this holy chase,
    Shake off their sterile curse.

5 I / 2
  • Set on; and leave no ceremony out.
  • Set on; and leave no ceremony out.
  • ANTONY. I shall remember:
    When Caesar says 'do this,' it is perform'd.

    Caesar. Set on; and leave no ceremony out.

6 I / 2
  • Ha! who calls?
  • Ha! who calls?
  • Soothsayer. Caesar!

    Caesar. Ha! who calls?

7 I / 2
  • Who is it in the press that calls on me?
    I hear a tongue, shriller than all...
  • Who is it in the press that calls on me?
    I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
    Cry 'Caesar!' Speak; Caesar is turn'd to hear.
  • Casca. Bid every noise be still: peace yet again!

    Caesar. Who is it in the press that calls on me?
    I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
    Cry 'Caesar!' Speak; Caesar is turn'd to hear.

8 I / 2
  • What man is that?
  • What man is that?
  • Soothsayer. Beware the ides of March.

    Caesar. What man is that?

9 I / 2
  • Set him before me; let me see his face.
  • Set him before me; let me see his face.
  • Brutus. A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

    Caesar. Set him before me; let me see his face.

10 I / 2
  • What say'st thou to me now? speak once again.
  • What say'st thou to me now? speak once again.
  • Cassius. Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.

    Caesar. What say'st thou to me now? speak once again.

11 I / 2
  • He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.
  • He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.
  • Soothsayer. Beware the ides of March.

    Caesar. He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.

12 I / 2
  • Antonius!
  • Antonius!
  • Cassius. Casca will tell us what the matter is.

    Caesar. Antonius!

13 I / 2
  • Let me have men about me that are fat;
    Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o'...
  • Let me have men about me that are fat;
    Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights:
    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
    He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
  • ANTONY. Caesar?

    Caesar. Let me have men about me that are fat;
    Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o' nights:
    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
    He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.

14 I / 2
  • Would he were fatter! But I fear him not:
    Yet if my name were liable to fear...
  • Would he were fatter! But I fear him not:
    Yet if my name were liable to fear,
    I do not know the man I should avoid
    So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much;
    He is a great observer and he looks
    Quite through the deeds of men: he loves no plays,
    As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music;
    Seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort
    As if he mock'd himself and scorn'd his spirit
    That could be moved to smile at any thing.
    Such men as he be never at heart's ease
    Whiles they behold a greater than themselves,
    And therefore are they very dangerous.
    I rather tell thee what is to be fear'd
    Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar.
    Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf,
    And tell me truly what thou think'st of him.
  • ANTONY. Fear him not, Caesar; he's not dangerous;
    He is a noble Roman and well given.

    Caesar. Would he were fatter! But I fear him not:
    Yet if my name were liable to fear,
    I do not know the man I should avoid
    So soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much;
    He is a great observer and he looks
    Quite through the deeds of men: he loves no plays,
    As thou dost, Antony; he hears no music;
    Seldom he smiles, and smiles in such a sort
    As if he mock'd himself and scorn'd his spirit
    That could be moved to smile at any thing.
    Such men as he be never at heart's ease
    Whiles they behold a greater than themselves,
    And therefore are they very dangerous.
    I rather tell thee what is to be fear'd
    Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar.
    Come on my right hand, for this ear is deaf,
    And tell me truly what thou think'st of him.

15 II / 2
  • Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace to-night:
    Thrice hath Calpurnia in h...
  • Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace to-night:
    Thrice hath Calpurnia in her sleep cried out,
    'Help, ho! they murder Caesar!' Who's within?
  • Brutus. Follow me, then.

    Caesar. Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace to-night:
    Thrice hath Calpurnia in her sleep cried out,
    'Help, ho! they murder Caesar!' Who's within?

16 II / 2
  • Go bid the priests do present sacrifice
    And bring me their opinions of succe...
  • Go bid the priests do present sacrifice
    And bring me their opinions of success.
  • Servant. My lord?

    Caesar. Go bid the priests do present sacrifice
    And bring me their opinions of success.

17 II / 2
  • Caesar shall forth: the things that threaten'd me
    Ne'er look'd but on my bac...
  • Caesar shall forth: the things that threaten'd me
    Ne'er look'd but on my back; when they shall see
    The face of Caesar, they are vanished.
  • Calpurnia. What mean you, Caesar? think you to walk forth?
    You shall not stir out of your house to-day.

    Caesar. Caesar shall forth: the things that threaten'd me
    Ne'er look'd but on my back; when they shall see
    The face of Caesar, they are vanished.

18 II / 2
  • What can be avoided
    Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods?
    Yet Caesar...
  • What can be avoided
    Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods?
    Yet Caesar shall go forth; for these predictions
    Are to the world in general as to Caesar.
  • Calpurnia. Caesar, I never stood on ceremonies,
    Yet now they fright me. There is one within,
    Besides the things that we have heard and seen,
    Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch.
    A lioness hath whelped in the streets;
    And graves have yawn'd, and yielded up their dead;
    Fierce fiery warriors fought upon the clouds,
    In ranks and squadrons and right form of war,
    Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol;
    The noise of battle hurtled in the air,
    Horses did neigh, and dying men did groan,
    And ghosts did shriek and squeal about the streets.
    O Caesar! these things are beyond all use,
    And I do fear them.

    Caesar. What can be avoided
    Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods?
    Yet Caesar shall go forth; for these predictions
    Are to the world in general as to Caesar.

19 II / 2
  • Cowards die many times before their deaths;
    The valiant never taste of death...
  • Cowards die many times before their deaths;
    The valiant never taste of death but once.
    Of all the wonders that I yet have heard.
    It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
    Seeing that death, a necessary end,
    Will come when it will come.
    [Re-enter Servant]
    What say the augurers?
  • Calpurnia. When beggars die, there are no comets seen;
    The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.

    Caesar. Cowards die many times before their deaths;
    The valiant never taste of death but once.
    Of all the wonders that I yet have heard.
    It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
    Seeing that death, a necessary end,
    Will come when it will come.
    [Re-enter Servant]
    What say the augurers?

20 II / 2
  • The gods do this in shame of cowardice:
    Caesar should be a beast without a h...
  • The gods do this in shame of cowardice:
    Caesar should be a beast without a heart,
    If he should stay at home to-day for fear.
    No, Caesar shall not: danger knows full well
    That Caesar is more dangerous than he:
    We are two lions litter'd in one day,
    And I the elder and more terrible:
    And Caesar shall go forth.
  • Servant. They would not have you to stir forth to-day.
    Plucking the entrails of an offering forth,
    They could not find a heart within the beast.

    Caesar. The gods do this in shame of cowardice:
    Caesar should be a beast without a heart,
    If he should stay at home to-day for fear.
    No, Caesar shall not: danger knows full well
    That Caesar is more dangerous than he:
    We are two lions litter'd in one day,
    And I the elder and more terrible:
    And Caesar shall go forth.

21 II / 2
  • Mark Antony shall say I am not well,
    And, for thy humour, I will stay at hom...
  • Mark Antony shall say I am not well,
    And, for thy humour, I will stay at home.
    [Enter DECIUS BRUTUS]
    Here's Decius Brutus, he shall tell them so.
  • Calpurnia. Alas, my lord,
    Your wisdom is consumed in confidence.
    Do not go forth to-day: call it my fear
    That keeps you in the house, and not your own.
    We'll send Mark Antony to the senate-house:
    And he shall say you are not well to-day:
    Let me, upon my knee, prevail in this.

    Caesar. Mark Antony shall say I am not well,
    And, for thy humour, I will stay at home.
    [Enter DECIUS BRUTUS]
    Here's Decius Brutus, he shall tell them so.

22 II / 2
  • And you are come in very happy time,
    To bear my greeting to the senators
  • And you are come in very happy time,
    To bear my greeting to the senators
    And tell them that I will not come to-day:
    Cannot, is false, and that I dare not, falser:
    I will not come to-day: tell them so, Decius.
  • Decius Brutus. Caesar, all hail! good morrow, worthy Caesar:
    I come to fetch you to the senate-house.

    Caesar. And you are come in very happy time,
    To bear my greeting to the senators
    And tell them that I will not come to-day:
    Cannot, is false, and that I dare not, falser:
    I will not come to-day: tell them so, Decius.

23 II / 2
  • Shall Caesar send a lie?
    Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far,
    T...
  • Shall Caesar send a lie?
    Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far,
    To be afraid to tell graybeards the truth?
    Decius, go tell them Caesar will not come.
  • Calpurnia. Say he is sick.

    Caesar. Shall Caesar send a lie?
    Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far,
    To be afraid to tell graybeards the truth?
    Decius, go tell them Caesar will not come.

24 II / 2
  • The cause is in my will: I will not come;
    That is enough to satisfy the sena...
  • The cause is in my will: I will not come;
    That is enough to satisfy the senate.
    But for your private satisfaction,
    Because I love you, I will let you know:
    Calpurnia here, my wife, stays me at home:
    She dreamt to-night she saw my statua,
    Which, like a fountain with an hundred spouts,
    Did run pure blood: and many lusty Romans
    Came smiling, and did bathe their hands in it:
    And these does she apply for warnings, and portents,
    And evils imminent; and on her knee
    Hath begg'd that I will stay at home to-day.
  • Decius Brutus. Most mighty Caesar, let me know some cause,
    Lest I be laugh'd at when I tell them so.

    Caesar. The cause is in my will: I will not come;
    That is enough to satisfy the senate.
    But for your private satisfaction,
    Because I love you, I will let you know:
    Calpurnia here, my wife, stays me at home:
    She dreamt to-night she saw my statua,
    Which, like a fountain with an hundred spouts,
    Did run pure blood: and many lusty Romans
    Came smiling, and did bathe their hands in it:
    And these does she apply for warnings, and portents,
    And evils imminent; and on her knee
    Hath begg'd that I will stay at home to-day.

25 II / 2
  • And this way have you well expounded it.
  • And this way have you well expounded it.
  • Decius Brutus. This dream is all amiss interpreted;
    It was a vision fair and fortunate:
    Your statue spouting blood in many pipes,
    In which so many smiling Romans bathed,
    Signifies that from you great Rome shall suck
    Reviving blood, and that great men shall press
    For tinctures, stains, relics and cognizance.
    This by Calpurnia's dream is signified.

    Caesar. And this way have you well expounded it.

26 II / 2
  • How foolish do your fears seem now, Calpurnia!
    I am ashamed I did yield to...
  • How foolish do your fears seem now, Calpurnia!
    I am ashamed I did yield to them.
    Give me my robe, for I will go.
    [Enter PUBLIUS, BRUTUS, LIGARIUS, METELLUS, CASCA,
    TREBONIUS, and CINNA]
    And look where Publius is come to fetch me.
  • Decius Brutus. I have, when you have heard what I can say:
    And know it now: the senate have concluded
    To give this day a crown to mighty Caesar.
    If you shall send them word you will not come,
    Their minds may change. Besides, it were a mock
    Apt to be render'd, for some one to say
    'Break up the senate till another time,
    When Caesar's wife shall meet with better dreams.'
    If Caesar hide himself, shall they not whisper
    'Lo, Caesar is afraid'?
    Pardon me, Caesar; for my dear dear love
    To our proceeding bids me tell you this;
    And reason to my love is liable.

    Caesar. How foolish do your fears seem now, Calpurnia!
    I am ashamed I did yield to them.
    Give me my robe, for I will go.
    [Enter PUBLIUS, BRUTUS, LIGARIUS, METELLUS, CASCA,
    TREBONIUS, and CINNA]
    And look where Publius is come to fetch me.

27 II / 2
  • Welcome, Publius.
    What, Brutus, are you stirr'd so early too?
    Good morro...
  • Welcome, Publius.
    What, Brutus, are you stirr'd so early too?
    Good morrow, Casca. Caius Ligarius,
    Caesar was ne'er so much your enemy
    As that same ague which hath made you lean.
    What is 't o'clock?
  • Publius. Good morrow, Caesar.

    Caesar. Welcome, Publius.
    What, Brutus, are you stirr'd so early too?
    Good morrow, Casca. Caius Ligarius,
    Caesar was ne'er so much your enemy
    As that same ague which hath made you lean.
    What is 't o'clock?

28 II / 2
  • I thank you for your pains and courtesy.
    [Enter ANTONY]
    See! Antony, tha...
  • I thank you for your pains and courtesy.
    [Enter ANTONY]
    See! Antony, that revels long o' nights,
    Is notwithstanding up. Good morrow, Antony.
  • Brutus. Caesar, 'tis strucken eight.

    Caesar. I thank you for your pains and courtesy.
    [Enter ANTONY]
    See! Antony, that revels long o' nights,
    Is notwithstanding up. Good morrow, Antony.

29 II / 2
  • Bid them prepare within:
    I am to blame to be thus waited for.
    Now, Cinna...
  • Bid them prepare within:
    I 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 to-day:
    Be near me, that I may remember you.
  • ANTONY. So to most noble Caesar.

    Caesar. Bid them prepare within:
    I 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 to-day:
    Be near me, that I may remember you.

30 II / 2
  • Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me;
    And we, like friends, will...
  • Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me;
    And we, like friends, will straightway go together.
  • Trebonius. Caesar, I will:
    [Aside]
    and so near will I be,
    That your best friends shall wish I had been further.

    Caesar. Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me;
    And we, like friends, will straightway go together.

31 III / 1
  • [To the Soothsayer] The ides of March are come.
  • [To the Soothsayer] The ides of March are come.
  • Portia. I must go in. Ay me, how weak a thing
    The heart of woman is! O Brutus,
    The heavens speed thee in thine enterprise!
    Sure, the boy heard me: Brutus hath a suit
    That Caesar will not grant. O, I grow faint.
    Run, Lucius, and commend me to my lord;
    Say I am merry: come to me again,
    And bring me word what he doth say to thee.

    Caesar. [To the Soothsayer] The ides of March are come.

32 III / 1
  • What touches us ourself shall be last served.
  • What touches us ourself shall be last served.
  • Artemidorus. O Caesar, read mine first; for mine's a suit
    That touches Caesar nearer: read it, great Caesar.

    Caesar. What touches us ourself shall be last served.

33 III / 1
  • What, is the fellow mad?
  • What, is the fellow mad?
  • Artemidorus. Delay not, Caesar; read it instantly.

    Caesar. What, is the fellow mad?

34 III / 1
  • Are we all ready? What is now amiss
    That Caesar and his senate must redress?...
  • Are we all ready? What is now amiss
    That Caesar and his senate must redress?
  • Cinna. Casca, you are the first that rears your hand.

    Caesar. Are we all ready? What is now amiss
    That Caesar and his senate must redress?

35 III / 1
  • I must prevent thee, Cimber.
    These couchings and these lowly courtesies
    ...
  • I must prevent thee, Cimber.
    These couchings and these lowly courtesies
    Might fire the blood of ordinary men,
    And turn pre-ordinance and first decree
    Into the law of children. Be not fond,
    To think that Caesar bears such rebel blood
    That will be thaw'd from the true quality
    With that which melteth fools; I mean, sweet words,
    Low-crooked court'sies and base spaniel-fawning.
    Thy brother by decree is banished:
    If thou dost bend and pray and fawn for him,
    I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.
    Know, Caesar doth not wrong, nor without cause
    Will he be satisfied.
  • Metellus Cimber. Most high, most mighty, and most puissant Caesar,
    Metellus Cimber throws before thy seat
    An humble heart,--

    Caesar. I must prevent thee, Cimber.
    These couchings and these lowly courtesies
    Might fire the blood of ordinary men,
    And turn pre-ordinance and first decree
    Into the law of children. Be not fond,
    To think that Caesar bears such rebel blood
    That will be thaw'd from the true quality
    With that which melteth fools; I mean, sweet words,
    Low-crooked court'sies and base spaniel-fawning.
    Thy brother by decree is banished:
    If thou dost bend and pray and fawn for him,
    I spurn thee like a cur out of my way.
    Know, Caesar doth not wrong, nor without cause
    Will he be satisfied.

36 III / 1
  • What, Brutus!
  • What, Brutus!
  • Brutus. I kiss thy hand, but not in flattery, Caesar;
    Desiring thee that Publius Cimber may
    Have an immediate freedom of repeal.

    Caesar. What, Brutus!

37 III / 1
  • Hence! wilt thou lift up Olympus?
  • Hence! wilt thou lift up Olympus?
  • Cinna. O Caesar,--

    Caesar. Hence! wilt thou lift up Olympus?

38 III / 1
  • Doth not Brutus bootless kneel?
  • Doth not Brutus bootless kneel?
  • Decius Brutus. Great Caesar,--

    Caesar. Doth not Brutus bootless kneel?

39 III / 1
  • Et tu, Brute! Then fall, Caesar.
  • Et tu, Brute! Then fall, Caesar.
  • Casca. Speak, hands for me!
    [CASCA first, then the other Conspirators and
    BRUTUS stab CAESAR]

    Caesar. Et tu, Brute! Then fall, Caesar.

40 IV / 3
  • Thy evil spirit, Brutus.
  • Thy evil spirit, Brutus.
  • Brutus. It was well done; and thou shalt sleep again;
    I will not hold thee long: if I do live,
    I will be good to thee.
    [Music, and a song]
    This is a sleepy tune. O murderous slumber,
    Lay'st thou thy leaden mace upon my boy,
    That plays thee music? Gentle knave, good night;
    I will not do thee so much wrong to wake thee:
    If thou dost nod, thou break'st thy instrument;
    I'll take it from thee; and, good boy, good night.
    Let me see, let me see; is not the leaf turn'd down
    Where I left reading? Here it is, I think.
    [Enter the Ghost of CAESAR]
    How ill this taper burns! Ha! who comes here?
    I think it is the weakness of mine eyes
    That shapes this monstrous apparition.
    It comes upon me. Art thou any thing?
    Art thou some god, some angel, or some devil,
    That makest my blood cold and my hair to stare?
    Speak to me what thou art.

    Caesar. Thy evil spirit, Brutus.

41 IV / 3
  • To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi.
  • To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi.
  • Brutus. Why comest thou?

    Caesar. To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi.

42 IV / 3
  • Ay, at Philippi.
  • Ay, at Philippi.
  • Brutus. Well; then I shall see thee again?

    Caesar. Ay, at Philippi.

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