Julius Caesar Act II, Scene i Brutus
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745. No, not an Oath: if not the Face of men, 746. The sufferance of our Soules, the times Abuse; 747. If these be Motiues weake, breake off betimes, 748. And euery man hence, to his idle bed: 749. So let high-sighted-Tyranny range on, 750. Till each man drop by Lottery. But if these 751. (As I am sure they do) beare fire enough 752. To kindle Cowards, and to steele with valour 753. The melting Spirits of women. Then Countrymen, 754. What neede we any spurre, but our owne cause 755. To pricke vs to redresse? What other Bond, 756. Then secret Romans, that haue spoke the word, 757. And will not palter? And what other Oath, 758. Then Honesty to Honesty ingag'd, 759. That this shall be, or we will fall for it. 760. Sweare Priests and Cowards, and men Cautelous 761. Old feeble Carrions, and such suffering Soules 762. That welcome wrongs: Vnto bad causes, sweare 763. Such Creatures as men doubt; but do not staine 764. The euen vertue of our Enterprize, 765. Nor th'insuppressiue Mettle of our Spirits, 766. To thinke, that or our Cause, or our Performance 767. Did neede an Oath. When euery drop of blood 768. That euery Roman beares, and Nobly beares 769. Is guilty of a seuerall Bastardie, 770. If he do breake the smallest Particle 771. Of any promise that hath past from him.