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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
 
Julius Cæsar
 
Act III. Scene III.
 
The Same.  A Street.
 
Enter CINNA, the Poet.
  Cin.  I dreamt to-night that I did feast with Cæsar,
And things unlucky charge my fantasy:
I have no will to wander forth of doors,        5
Yet something leads me forth.
 
Enter Citizens.
  First Cit.  What is your name?
  Sec. Cit.  Whither are you going?
  Third Cit.  Where do you dwell?        10
  Fourth Cit.  Are you a married man, or a bachelor?
  Sec. Cit.  Answer every man directly.
  First Cit.  Ay, and briefly.
  Fourth Cit.  Ay, and wisely.
  Third Cit.  Ay, and truly, you were best.        15
  Cin.  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.
  Sec. Cit.  That’s as much as to say, they are fools that marry; you’ll bear me a bang for that, I fear. Proceed; directly.
  Cin.  Directly, I am going to Cæsar’s funeral.
  First Cit.  As a friend or an enemy?
  Cin.  As a friend.        20
  Sec. Cit.  That matter is answered directly.
  Fourth Cit.  For your dwelling, briefly.
  Cin.  Briefly, I dwell by the Capitol.
  Third Cit.  Your name, sir, truly.
  Cin.  Truly, my name is Cinna.        25
  Sec. Cit.  Tear him to pieces; he’s a conspirator.
  Cin.  I am Cinna the poet, I am Cinna the poet.
  Fourth Cit.  Tear him for his bad verses, tear him for his bad verses.
  Cin.  I am not Cinna the conspirator.
  Sec. Cit.  It is no matter, his name’s Cinna; pluck but his name out of his heart, and turn him going.        30
  Third Cit.  Tear him, tear him! Come, brands, ho! firebrands! To Brutus’, to Cassius’; burn all. Some to Decius’ house, and some to Casca’s; some to Ligarius’. Away! go!  [Exeunt.
 
 
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