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Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare

Act 2, Scene 3 Easiest-to-Read Edition

 

 

 

Julius Caesar Act 2, Scene 3



A street near the Capitol

Enter ARTEMIDORUS, reading a letter

Enter ARTEMIDORUS, reading a letter

ARTEMIDORUS

(reads aloud)

“Caesar, beware of Brutus. Take heed of Cassius. Come not near Casca. Have an eye to Cinna. Trust not Trebonius. Mark well Metellus Cimber. Decius Brutus loves thee not. Thou hast wronged Caius Ligarius. There is but one mind in all these men, and it is bent against Caesar. If thou beest not immortal, look about you. Security (feeling secure) gives way to conspiracy. The mighty gods defend thee!

     Thy lover (well wisher),

     Artemidorus

Here will I stand till Caesar pass along,

And as a suitor will I give him this.

My heart laments that virtue cannot live

Out of the teeth of emulation.

out of=free from

emulation=malicious envy

If thou read this, O Caesar, thou mayst live.

If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive.

contrive=conspire

 

ARTEMIDORUS

(reads aloud)

“Caesar, beware of Brutus. Take heed of Cassius. Come not near Casca. Have an eye to Cinna. Trust not Trebonius. Mark well Metellus Cimber. Decius Brutus loves thee not. Thou hast wronged Caius Ligarius. There is but one mind in all these men, and it is bent against Caesar. If thou beest not immortal, look about you. Security gives way to conspiracy. The mighty gods defend thee!

     Thy lover,

     Artemidorus

Here will I stand till Caesar pass along,

And as a suitor will I give him this.

My heart laments that virtue cannot live

Out of the teeth of emulation.

If thou read this, O Caesar, thou mayst live.

If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive.

 

Exit

Exit

 

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