“Here is himself, marr’d, as you see, with traitors.”

If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
You all do know this mantle: I remember
The first time ever Caesar put it on;
‘Twas on a summer’s evening, in his tent,
That day he overcame the Nervii:
Look, in this place ran Cassius’ dagger through:
See what a rent the envious Casca made:
Through this the well-beloved Brutus stabb’d;
And as he pluck’d his cursed steel away,
Mark how the blood of Caesar follow’d it,
As rushing out of doors, to be resolved
If Brutus so unkindly knock’d, or no;
For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel:
Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar loved him!
This was the most unkindest cut of all;
For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
Ingratitude, more strong than traitors’ arms,
Quite vanquish’d him: then burst his mighty heart;
And, in his mantle muffling up his face,
Even at the base of Pompey’s statua,
Which all the while ran blood, great Caesar fell.
O, what a fall was there, my countrymen!
Then I, and you, and all of us fell down,
Whilst bloody treason flourish’d over us.
O, now you weep; and, I perceive, you feel
The dint of pity: these are gracious drops.
Kind souls, what, weep you when you but behold
Our Caesar’s vesture wounded? Look you here,
Here is himself, marr’d, as you see, with traitors.

—  Marc Antony, in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

 

Roman male portrait bust, so-called Marcus Antonius. Fine-grained yellowish marble. Flavian age (69—96 A.D.). Rome, Vatican Museums, Chiaramonti Museum.

Roman male portrait bust of Marcus Antonius. Fine-grained yellowish marble. Flavian age (69—96 A.D.).

One thought on ““Here is himself, marr’d, as you see, with traitors.””

  1. Correction: BEC and EC, instead of BC and AD. Reason, not illusion. Let us take care of the only Spaceship decently available, Earth. Do not make/sell illusions. We need Unity of Terra-Family for Ratio-Pantheism and Terra-Protectivity before productivity. Stop official toxigangsterism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wJga8iZbV0, Georges Brassens, Non-demande en mariage. Voir aussi philo19e s., mariage sous le soleil. Stop abusive mafia-bureaucracy.

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