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Conspirators againf Julius Cæfar,
Tribunes and Enemies to Cæsare
riends to Brutus and Caffius,
Servants to Brutus..
Calphurnia, Wife to Cæsar.
Guards and Attendantsa
SCENE, for the three firft Aas, at Rome: afterwards,
at an Ille near Mutina ; at Sardis; and Philippi,
To JULIUS CÆSAR.
SCEN E, a Street in Rome.
Enter Flavius, (1) Marullus, and certain Commorters.
home : ; Is this a holiday? what! know you not, H
Being mechanical, you ought not walk
art thou ?
- What trade are you? Cob. Truly, Sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am bat, as you would say, a cobler.
Mar. But what trade art thou ? answer me directly. Cob. A trade, Sir, that, I hope, I may use with a Safe conscience; which is, indeed, Sir, a mender of bad
(1) Murellus.] I have, upon the Authority of Plutarch, &c. given to this Tribune, his right Name, Marullus,
Flav. What trade, thou knave? thou naughty knave, what trade? Cob. Nay, I beseech you, Sir, be not out with me : you
be out, Sir, I can mend you. (2) Flav. What mean'st thou by that? mend me, thou sawcy fellow?
Cob. Why, Sir, cobble you.
Cob. Truly, Sir, all, that I live by, is the awl: 1 meddle with no tradesman's matters, nor woman's matters; but with-all, I am, indeed, Sir, a surgeon to old shoes; when they are in great danger, I recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon neats-leather have gone upon my handy-work.
Flav. But wherefore art not in thy shop to-day? Why doft thou lead these men about the streets ?
Cob. Truly, Sir, to wear out their shoes, to get my self into more work. But, indeed, Sir, we make holiday to fee Cafar, and to rejoice in his triumph. Mar. Wherefore rejoice!-what conquest brings he
home? What tributaries follow him to Rome, To grace in captive bonds his chariot-wheels ? You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things! O you hard hearts! you cruel men of Rome! Knew you not Pompey? many a time and oft Have
you climb'd up to walls and battlements, To towers and windows, yea, to chimney tops, Your infants in your arms; and there have fate
The live-long day with patient expectation,
(2) Mar. What means thou by that?] As the Cobler, in the preceeding Speech, replies to Flavius, not to Marullus ; 'ris plain, I think, this Speech must be given to Flavius.