Julius Caesar

First folio
Modern text


Key line

Thunder & Lightning.Thunder and lightning JC II.ii.1.1
Enter Iulius Casar in his Night-gowne.Enter Julius Caesar in his nightgownnightgown, night-gown (n.)
JC II.ii.1.2
Casar. CAESAR  
Nor Heauen, nor Earth, / Haue beene at peace to night:Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace tonight; JC II.ii.1
Thrice hath Calphurnia, in her sleepe cryed out,Thrice hath Calphurnia in her sleep cried out, JC II.ii.2
Helpe, ho: They murther Casar. Who's within?‘ Help, ho! They murder Caesar!’ Who's within? JC II.ii.3
Enter a Seruant.Enter a Servant JC II.ii.4
My Lord.My lord? JC II.ii.4
Go bid the Priests do present Sacrifice,Go bid the priests do present sacrifice, JC II.ii.5
And bring me their opinions of Successe.And bring me their opinions of success.opinion (n.)
judgement, conviction, belief
JC II.ii.6
success (n.)

old form: Successe
result, outcome, issue
I will my Lord. I will, my lord. JC II.ii.7
ExitExit JC II.ii.8.1
Enter Calphurnia.Enter Calphurnia JC II.ii.8.2
What mean you Casar? Think you to walk forth?What mean you, Caesar? Think you to walk forth? JC II.ii.8
You shall not stirre out of your house to day.You shall not stir out of your house today. JC II.ii.9
Caesar shall forth; the things that threaten'd me,Caesar shall forth. The things that threatened me JC II.ii.10
Ne're look'd but on my backe: When they shall seeNe'er looked but on my back; when they shall see JC II.ii.11
The face of Casar, they are vanished.The face of Caesar, they are vanished. JC II.ii.12
Casar, I neuer stood on Ceremonies,Caesar, I never stood on ceremonies,stand on (v.)
insist on, demand, call for
JC II.ii.13
ceremony (n.)
omen, portent, prognostication
Yet now they fright me: There is one within,Yet now they fright me. There is one within,fright (v.), past form frighted
frighten, scare, terrify
JC II.ii.14
Besides the things that we haue heard and seene,Besides the things that we have heard and seen, JC II.ii.15
Recounts most horrid sights seene by the Watch.Recounts most horrid sights seen by the watch.watch (n.)
watchmen, officers, street patrol
JC II.ii.16
A Lionnesse hath whelped in the streets,A lioness hath whelped in the streets, JC II.ii.17
And Graues haue yawn'd, and yeelded vp their dead;And graves have yawned and yielded up their dead;yawn (v.)

old form: yawn'd
open wide, gape
JC II.ii.18
Fierce fiery Warriours fight vpon the CloudsFierce fiery warriors fought upon the clouds JC II.ii.19
In Rankes and Squadrons, and right forme of WarreIn ranks and squadrons and right form of war,squadron (n.)
army detachment, body of soldiers
JC II.ii.20
right (adj.)
typical, true, classic
form (n.)

old form: forme
orderly manner, good arrangement
Which drizel'd blood vpon the Capitoll:Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol;Capitol (n.)
geographical and ceremonial centre of ancient Rome, the seat of government
JC II.ii.21
The noise of Battell hurtled in the Ayre:The noise of battle hurtled in the air,hurtle (v.)
sound violently, resound harshly
JC II.ii.22
Horsses do neigh, and dying men did grone,Horses did neigh, and dying men did groan, JC II.ii.23
And Ghosts did shrieke and squeale about the streets.And ghosts did shriek and squeal about the streets. JC II.ii.24
O Casar, these things are beyond all vse,O Caesar, these things are beyond all use,use (n.)

old form: vse
usual practice, habit, custom
JC II.ii.25
And I do feare them.And I do fear them. JC II.ii.26.1
What can be auoydedWhat can be avoided JC II.ii.26.2
Whose end is purpos'd by the mighty Gods?Whose end is purposed by the mighty gods?end (n.)
outcome, result, issue
JC II.ii.27
purpose (v.)

old form: purpos'd
decide, resolve, determine
Yet Casar shall go forth: for these PredictionsYet Caesar shall go forth; for these predictions JC II.ii.28
Are to the world in generall, as to Casar.Are to the world in general as to Caesar. JC II.ii.29
When Beggers dye, there are no Comets seen,When beggars die, there are no comets seen; JC II.ii.30
The Heauens themselues blaze forth the death of PrincesThe heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes. JC II.ii.31
Cowards dye many times before their deaths,Cowards die many times before their deaths; JC II.ii.32
The valiant neuer taste of death but once:The valiant never taste of death but once. JC II.ii.33
Of all the Wonders that I yet haue heard,Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, JC II.ii.34
It seemes to me most strange that men should feare,It seems to me most strange that men should fear, JC II.ii.35
Seeing that death, a necessary endSeeing that death, a necessary end, JC II.ii.36
Will come, when it will come.Will come when it will come. JC II.ii.37.1
Enter a Seruant.Enter a Servant JC II.ii.37
What say the Augurers?What say the augurers?augurer (n.)
Roman religious official who interpreted and foretold events
JC II.ii.37.2
They would not haue you to stirre forth to day.They would not have you to stir forth today. JC II.ii.38
Plucking the intrailes of an Offering forth,Plucking the entrails of an offering forth, JC II.ii.39
They could not finde a heart within the beast.They could not find a heart within the beast. JC II.ii.40
The Gods do this in shame of Cowardice:The gods do this in shame of cowardice: JC II.ii.41
Casar should be a Beast without a heartCaesar should be a beast without a heart JC II.ii.42
If he should stay at home to day for feare:If he should stay at home today for fear. JC II.ii.43
No Casar shall not; Danger knowes full wellNo, Caesar shall not. Danger knows full well JC II.ii.44
That Casar is more dangerous then he.That Caesar is more dangerous than he. JC II.ii.45
We heare two Lyons litter'd in one day,We are two lions littered in one day, JC II.ii.46
And I the elder and more terrible,And I the elder and more terrible; JC II.ii.47
And Casar shall go foorth.And Caesar shall go forth. JC II.ii.48.1
Alas my Lord,Alas, my lord, JC II.ii.48.2
Your wisedome is consum'd in confidence:Your wisdom is consumed in confidence.confidence (n.)
over-confidence, over-assurance, presumption
JC II.ii.49
Do not go forth to day: Call it my feare,Do not go forth today: call it my fear JC II.ii.50
That keepes you in the house, and not your owne.That keeps you in the house, and not your own. JC II.ii.51
Wee'l send Mark Antony to the Senate house,We'll send Mark Antony to the Senate House, JC II.ii.52
And he shall say, you are not well to day:And he shall say you are not well today. JC II.ii.53
Let me vpon my knee, preuaile in this.Let me upon my knee prevail in this. JC II.ii.54
Mark Antony shall say I am not well,Mark Antony shall say I am not well, JC II.ii.55
And for thy humor, I will stay at home.And for thy humour I will stay at home.humour (n.)

old form: humor
fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
JC II.ii.56
Enter Decius.Enter Decius JC II.ii.57
Heere's Decius Brutus, he shall tell them so.Here's Decius Brutus; he shall tell them so. JC II.ii.57
Deci. DECIUS  
Caesar, all haile: Good morrow worthy Casar,Caesar, all hail! Good morrow, worthy Caesar;morrow (n.)
JC II.ii.58
I come to fetch you to the Senate house.I come to fetch you to the Senate House.fetch (v.)
escort, accompany, conduct
JC II.ii.59
And you are come in very happy time,And you are come in very happy timehappy (adj.)
opportune, appropriate, propitious, favourable
JC II.ii.60
To beare my greeting to the Senators,To bear my greeting to the senators, JC II.ii.61
And tell them that I will not come to day:And tell them that I will not come today: JC II.ii.62
Cannot, is false: and that I dare not, falser:Cannot, is false; and that I dare not, falser;false (adj.)
wrong, mistaken
JC II.ii.63
I will not come to day, tell them so Decius.I will not come today. Tell them so, Decius. JC II.ii.64
Say he is sicke.Say he is sick. JC II.ii.65.1
Shall Caesar send a Lye?Shall Caesar send a lie? JC II.ii.65.2
Haue I in Conquest stretcht mine Arme so farre,Have I in conquest stretched mine arm so far, JC II.ii.66
To be afear'd to tell Gray-beards the truth:To be afeard to tell greybeards the truth?afeard (adj.)

old form: afear'd
afraid, frightened, scared
JC II.ii.67
Decius, go tell them, Casar will not come.Decius, go tell them Caesar will not come. JC II.ii.68
Deci. DECIUS  
Most mighty Casar, let me know some cause,Most mighty Caesar, let me know some cause, JC II.ii.69
Lest I be laught at when I tell them so.Lest I be laughed at when I tell them so. JC II.ii.70
The cause is in my Will, I will not come,The cause is in my will: I will not come; JC II.ii.71
That is enough to satisfie the Senate.That is enough to satisfy the Senate. JC II.ii.72
But for your priuate satisfaction,But for your private satisfaction, JC II.ii.73
Because I loue you, I will let you know.Because I love you, I will let you know; JC II.ii.74
Calphurnia heere my wife, stayes me at home:Calphurnia here, my wife, stays me at home.stay (v.)

old form: stayes
detain, confine, keep
JC II.ii.75
She dreampt to night, she saw my Statue,She dreamt tonight she saw my statue,tonight (adv.)

old form: to night
last night, this past night
JC II.ii.76
Which like a Fountaine, with an hundred spoutsWhich, like a fountain with an hundred spouts, JC II.ii.77
Did run pure blood: and many lusty RomansDid run pure blood; and many lusty Romanslusty (adj.)
vigorous, strong, robust, eager
JC II.ii.78
Came smiling, & did bathe their hands in it:Came smiling, and did bathe their hands in it. JC II.ii.79
And these does she apply, for warnings and portents,And these does she apply for warnings and portentsapply (v.)
interpret, expound
JC II.ii.80
And euils imminent; and on her kneeAnd evils imminent; and on her kneeevil (n.)

old form: euils
affliction, misfortune, hardship
JC II.ii.81
Hath begg'd, that I will stay at home to day.Hath begged that I will stay at home today. JC II.ii.82
Deci. DECIUS  
This Dreame is all amisse interpreted,This dream is all amiss interpreted; JC II.ii.83
It was a vision, faire and fortunate:It was a vision fair and fortunate: JC II.ii.84
Your Statue spouting blood in many pipes,Your statue spouting blood in many pipes, JC II.ii.85
In which so many smiling Romans bath'd,In which so many smiling Romans bathed, JC II.ii.86
Signifies, that from you great Rome shall suckeSignifies that from you great Rome shall suck JC II.ii.87
Reuiuing blood, and that great men shall presseReviving blood, and that great men shall presspress (v.)

old form: presse
push forward, thrust, come / go boldly
JC II.ii.88
For Tinctures, Staines, Reliques, and Cognisance.For tinctures, stains, relics, and cognizance.stain (n.)

old form: Staines
object stained with blood [as of a martyr]
JC II.ii.89
relic (n.)

old form: Reliques
memory, trace, recollection
tincture (n.)
token infused with blood [as of a martyr]
cognizance (n.)

old form: Cognisance
badge, sign, token
This by Calphurnia's Dreame is signified.This by Calphurnia's dream is signified. JC II.ii.90
And this way haue you well expounded it.And this way have you well expounded it. JC II.ii.91
Deci. DECIUS  
I haue, when you haue heard what I can say:I have, when you have heard what I can say: JC II.ii.92
And know it now, the Senate haue concludedAnd know it now. The Senate have concludedconclude (v.)
decide, resolve, settle
JC II.ii.93
To giue this day, a Crowne to mighty Casar.To give this day a crown to mighty Caesar. JC II.ii.94
If you shall send them word you will not come,If you shall send them word you will not come, JC II.ii.95
Their mindes may change. Besides, it were a mockeTheir minds may change. Besides, it were a mockmock (n.)

old form: mocke
act of mockery, mocking remark, derisive action, scornful irony
JC II.ii.96
Apt to be render'd, for some one to say,Apt to be rendered, for some one to say,apt (adj.)
likely, inclined, prone
JC II.ii.97
Breake vp the Senate, till another time:‘ Break up the Senate till another time, JC II.ii.98
When Casars wife shall meete with better Dreames.When Caesar's wife shall meet with better dreams.’ JC II.ii.99
If Casar hide himselfe, shall they not whisperIf Caesar hide himself, shall they not whisper, JC II.ii.100
Loe Casar is affraid?‘ Lo, Caesar is afraid ’? JC II.ii.101
Pardon me Casar, for my deere deere louePardon me, Caesar, for my dear dear love JC II.ii.102
To your proceeding, bids me tell you this:To our proceeding bids me tell you this,proceeding (n.)
career, advancement, onward course
JC II.ii.103
And reason to my loue is liable.And reason to my love is liable.reason (n.)
power of reason, judgement, common sense [often opposed to ‘passion’]
JC II.ii.104
liable (adj.)
subject, legally bound
How foolish do your fears seeme now Calphurnia?How foolish do your fears seem now, Calphurnia! JC II.ii.105
I am ashamed I did yeeld to them.I am ashamed I did yield to them. JC II.ii.106
Giue me my Robe, for I will go.Give me my robe, for I will go. JC II.ii.107
Enter Brutus, Ligarius, Metellus, Caska, Trebonius, Enter Brutus, Ligarius, Metellus, Casca, Trebonius, JC II.ii.108.1
Cynna, and Publius.Cinna, and Publius JC II.ii.108.2
And looke where Publius is come to fetch me.And look where Publius is come to fetch me.fetch (v.)
escort, accompany, conduct
JC II.ii.108
Good morrow Casar.Good morrow, Caesar. JC II.ii.109.1
Welcome Publius.Welcome, Publius. JC II.ii.109.2
What Brutus, are you stirr'd so earely too?What, Brutus, are you stirred so early too? JC II.ii.110
Good morrow Caska: Caius Ligarius,Good morrow, Casca. Caius Ligarius, JC II.ii.111
Casar was ne're so much your enemy,Caesar was ne'er so much your enemy JC II.ii.112
As that same Ague which hath made you leane.As that same ague which hath made you lean.ague (n.)
fever, sickness, shaking [as caused by a fever]
JC II.ii.113
What is't a Clocke?What is't o'clock? JC II.ii.114.1
Casar, 'tis strucken eight.Caesar, 'tis strucken eight. JC II.ii.114.2
I thanke you for your paines and curtesie.I thank you for your pains and courtesy. JC II.ii.115
Enter Antony.Enter Antony JC II.ii.116
See, Antony that Reuels long a-nightsSee! Antony, that revels long a-nights, JC II.ii.116
Is notwithstanding vp. Good morrow Antony.Is notwithstanding up. Good morrow, Antony. JC II.ii.117
So to most Noble Casar.So to most noble Caesar. JC II.ii.118.1
Bid them prepare within:Bid them prepare within. JC II.ii.118.2
I am too blame to be thus waited for.I am to blame to be thus waited for. JC II.ii.119
Now Cynna, now Metellus: what Trebonius,Now, Cinna; now, Metellus; what, Trebonius; JC II.ii.120
I haue an houres talke in store for you:I have an hour's talk in store for you; JC II.ii.121
Remember that you call on me to day:Remember that you call on me today; JC II.ii.122
Be neere me, that I may remember you.Be near me, that I may remember you. JC II.ii.123
Casar I will: and so neere will I be,Caesar, I will. (aside) And so near will I be JC II.ii.124
That your best Friends shall wish I had beene further.That your best friends shall wish I had been further. JC II.ii.125
Good Friends go in, and taste some wine with me.Good friends, go in, and taste some wine with me; JC II.ii.126
And we (like Friends) will straight way go together.And we, like friends, will straightway go together. JC II.ii.127
(aside) JC II.ii.128
That euery like is not the same, O Casar,That every like is not the same, O Caesar, JC II.ii.128
The heart of Brutus earnes to thinke vpon. The heart of Brutus earns to think upon.earn (v.)

old form: earnes
yearn, mourn, grieve
JC II.ii.129
ExeuntExeunt JC II.ii.129
 Previous Act II, Scene II Next  

Jump directly to