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A street near the Capitol.
Enter ARTEMIDORUS, reading a paper.

'Cæsar, beware of Brutus; take heed
of Cassius; come not near Casca; have an eye
to Cinna, trust not Trebonius: mark well
Metellus Cimber: Decius Brutus loves thee
not: thou hast wronged Caius Ligarius. There
is but one mind in all these men, and it is bent
against Cæsar. If thou beest not immortal,
look about you: security gives way to conspiracy.
The mighty gods defend thee! Thy

Here will I stand till Cæsar pass along,

And as a suitor will I give him this.

My heart laments that virtue cannot live

Out of the teeth of emulation.

If thou read this, O Cæsar, thou mayst live;

If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive. Exit.

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