Boydell, John, 1719-1804 / The gallery of illustrations for Shakespeare's dramatic works
[Plate LXXXIX.-Plate XC.] Julius Caesar
PLATE LXXXIX. JuliuS Cesar. Act III. Scene I. ROME. THE CAPITOL. CZESAR dead, and ANTONY Anfony.-O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, That I am meek and gentle with these butchers! Thou art the ruins of the noblest man That ever lived in the tide of times. Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood! Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,- Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips, To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue- A curse shall light upon the limbs of men; Domestic fury and fierce civil strife Shall cumber all the parts of Italy; Blood and destru6tion shall be so in use And dreadful objeas so familiar That mothers shall but smile when they behold Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war; All pity choked with custom of fell deeds: And C~sar's spirit, ranging for revenge, With Ate by his side come hot from hell, Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war; That this foul deed shall smell above the earth With carrion men, groaning for burial. Pam/ed by RICHARD WES TALL, R. A.
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