Julius Caesar, Act 3 Scene 2 | 2012 | Royal Shakespeare Company


My countrymen! Good countrymen, let me depart alone, And, for my sake, stay here with Antony:
Do grace to Caesar’s corpse, and grace his speech tending to Caesar’s glories; which Mark Antony, By our permission, is allow’d to make.
I do entreat you, not a man depart, Save I alone, till Antony have spoke. Stay, ho! and let us hear Mark Antony. We’ll hear him. Noble Antony, go up. For Brutus’ sake, I am beholding to you. What does he say of Brutus? ‘Twere best he speak no harm of Brutus here. This Caesar was a tyrant. We are blest that Rome is rid of him. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Caesar answered it.
Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest– For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men– Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man. He hath brought many captives home to Rome
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill: Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man. You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, But here I am to speak what I do know. You all did love him once, not without cause: What cause withholds you then, to mourn for
him? O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, And I must pause till it come back to me. Methinks there is much reason in his sayings.

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