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Julius Caesar, III.ii.79-113
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 honorable man;
So are they all, all honorable 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 honorable 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 honorable 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 honorable 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.

Amici et Quirites prolesque Iuli , aures praebete;
Veni ad Caesarem sepeliendum, non ad laudandum.
Maleficia superstites maleficis,
Beneficia una cum ossibus eorum humata sunt.
Fiat sic Caesari. Brutus ille nobilis
Vobis dixit Caesarem avidum esse;
Quod si verum esset, grave esset crimen,
Cuius poenas graviter persolvit.
Hic Bruto ceterisque permittentibus,--
Qui enim vir honestus est;
Sic honesti sunt hi viri omnes,--
Veni ut funere Caesaris contioner.
Ille mihi erat amicus, mihi fidelis et aequus:
Quem vero vocavit Brutus avidum;
Et Brutus vir honestus est.
Multos captivos Romam duxit,
Quorum redemptiones aerarium impleverunt:
Num videtur Caesar ob hoc avidus?
Cum pauperes ploraverunt, flevit Caesar;
Aviditatem materiae durioris oportet esse.
Brutus autem illum avidum esse dicit.
Et Brutus vir honestus est.
Vidistis vos omnes me Lupercalibus
Ter coronam illi offerre,
Quam ter recusavit: eratne haec aviditas?
Brutus vero illum avidum esse dicit;
Qui re vera vir honestus est.
Loquor non ut quod dixit Brutus redarguam,
Sed adsum ut quod quidem scio loquar.
Vos omnes illum olim amavistis, non sine causa:
Quae causa vobis obstat quominus pro illo lugeatis?
O iudicium, ad belvas fugisti brutas,
Atque homines rationem perdiderunt.
Cor meum illic in sarcophago cum Caesare iacet,
Et dum mihi in mentem revertitur desinere debeo.