An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear Compared with the Greek and French Dramatic Poets: With Some Remarks Upon the Misrepresentations of Mons. de Voltaire
H. Hughs, 1772 - 288 pages
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Brutus replies to Caffius's proposal to kill Cæfar : BRUTUS . Our course will seem
too bloody , Caius Caffius , To cut the head off , and then hack the limbs . Like
wrath in death , and envy afterwards : For Antony is but a - limb of Cæfar . Thus it
1 This was the nobleft Roman of them all great Cæfar All the confpirators , save
only he , Did that they did in envy of He , only , in a general honest thought , And
cominon good to all , made one of them . His life was gentle , and the elements
The evil , that men do , lives after them , The good is oft interred with their bones ;
So let it be with Cæfar ! noble Brutus Hath told you , Cæfar was ambitious ; If it
were so , it was a grievous fault , And grievously hath Cæsar answer'd it .
As rushing out of doors , to be resolv'd , If Brutus so unkindly knock'd , or no : For
Brutus , as you know , was Cæsar's angel , Judge , oh you Gods ! how dearly
Cæfar lov'd him ; This was the most unkindest cut of all ; For when the noble
Wherein hath Cæfar thus deserv'd your loves ? Alas ! you know not . I must not
tell you then . You have forgot the will I told you of . ALL . Most true , -the will .
Let's stay , and hear the will . ANTONY . Here is the will , and under Cæfar's feal .
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The admirers of this Essay may be offended at the slighting manner in which Johnson spoke of it; but let it be remembered, that he gave his honest opinion unbiassed by any prejudice, or any proud ... Read full review