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I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him?

Posted on: July 29, 2020

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him?

O judgment! Thou art fled to brutish beasts,

William Shakespeare

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;


So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.


Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest–
For Brutus is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men

Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.

He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.


He hath brought many captives home to Rome
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?

When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.

You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.

I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.

You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?

O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
And I must pause till it come back to me.”


Mark Antony from “Julius Caesar” (Act III, Scene II).

Note: If judged according to International Court for crimes against humanity Julius Caesar would have been condemned as one of the worst cruel leader.

https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/caius-julius-caesar-101-44-bc-ultimate-in-roman-cruelty-and-arrogance/

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