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  • Title: Julius Caesar (Modern)
  • Editor: John D. Cox
  • General textual editor: Eric Rasmussen
  • Coordinating editor: Michael Best
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-366-3

    Copyright John D. Cox. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: John D. Cox
    Peer Reviewed

    Julius Caesar (Modern)

    Enter Cinna the Poet, and after him the Plebians.
    Cinna I dreamt tonight, that I did feast with Caesar,
    1815And things unluckily charge my fantasy.
    I have no will to wander forth of doors,
    Yet something leads me forth.
    1 Plebian What is your name?
    2 Plebian Whither are you going?
    18203 Plebian Where do you dwell?
    4 Plebian Are you a married man or a bachelor?
    2 Plebian Answer every man directly.
    1 Plebian Ay, and briefly.
    4 Plebian Ay, and wisely.
    18253 Plebian Ay, and truly, you were best.
    Cinna What is my name? Whither am I going? Where do I dwell? Am I a married man or a bachelor? Then to answer every man, directly and briefly, wisely and truly: wisely I say, I am a bachelor.
    18302 Plebian That's as much as to say, they are fools that marry. You'll bear me a bang for that, I fear. Proceed directly!
    Cinna Directly I am going to Caesar's funeral.
    1 Plebian As a friend or an enemy?
    1835Cinna As a friend.
    2 Plebian That matter is answered directly.
    4 Plebian For your dwelling--briefly.
    Cinna Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.
    3 Plebian Your name sir, truly.
    1840Cinna Truly, my name is Cinna.
    1 Plebian Tear him to pieces! He's a conspirator!
    Cinna I am Cinna the poet! I am Cinna the poet!
    4 Plebian Tear him for his bad verses! Tear him for his bad verses!
    1845Cinna I am not Cinna the conspirator.
    4 Plebian It is no matter; his name's Cinna. Pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn him going.
    3 Plebian Tear him! Tear him! Come! Brands ho! Firebrands to Brutus! To Cassius! Burn all! Some to Decius' house, 1850and some to Casca's! Some to Ligarius'! Away, go!
    Exeunt all the plebians.