Julius Caesar

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EnterEnter Artemidorus reading a paper JC II.iii.1
Casar, beware of Brutus, take heede of Caesar, beware of Brutus; take heed of JC II.iii.1
Cassius; come not neere Caska, haue an eye to Cynna, trust Cassius; come not near Casca; have an eye to Cinna; trust JC II.iii.2
not Trebonius, marke well Metellus Cymber, Decius Brutus not Trebonius; mark well Metellus Cimber; Decius Brutusmark (v.)

old form: marke
note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
JC II.iii.3
loues thee not: Thou hast wrong'd Caius Ligarius. There is loves thee not; thou hast wronged Caius Ligarius. There is JC II.iii.4
but one minde in all these men, and it is bent against Casar: but one mind in all these men, and it is bent against Caesar. bend (v.)
aim, direct, level, turn
JC II.iii.5
If thou beest not Immortall, looke about you: Security giues If thou beest not immortal, look about you: security givessecurity (n.)
over-confidence, carelessness
JC II.iii.6
way to Conspiracie. The mighty Gods defend thee.way to conspiracy. The mighty gods defend thee!  JC II.iii.7
Thy Louer, Thy lover,lover (n.)

old form: Louer
companion, comrade, dear friend
JC II.iii.8
Artemidorus.Artemidorus. JC II.iii.9
Heere will I stand, till Casar passe along,Here will I stand till Caesar pass along, JC II.iii.10
And as a Sutor will I giue him this:And as a suitor will I give him this.suitor (n.)

old form: Sutor
petitioner, supplicant, entreater
JC II.iii.11
My heart laments, that Vertue cannot liueMy heart laments that virtue cannot live JC II.iii.12
Out of the teeth of Emulation.Out of the teeth of emulation.emulation (n.)
ambitious rivalry, contention, conflict
JC II.iii.13
If thou reade this, O Casar, thou mayest liue;If thou read this, O Caesar, thou mayst live; JC II.iii.14
If not, the Fates with Traitors do contriue. If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive.Fates (n.)
trio of goddesses who control human destiny: Atropos (‘the inflexible’) cuts the thread of life allotted and spun by Lachesis (‘the distributor’) and Clotho (‘the spinner’)
JC II.iii.15
contrive (v.)

old form: contriue
scheme, plot, conspire
Exit.Exit JC II.iii.15
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