Paolo Giuseppe Mazzarello
*i) Julius Caesar - The Portia's Soliloquy - Poem by Paolo Giuseppe Mazzarello
Enter BRUTUS and CASSIUS, then THE GHOST OF CAESAR.
BRUTUS: I had to set our army but I wonder whether our soldiers love us. Our enemies are
going to get to Philippi.
CASSIUS: We shall be worth the respect of our soldiers.
BRUTUS: I am insomniac.
THE GHOST OF CAESAR: You will sleep In Philippi.
PORTIA at home.
PORTIA: I strenghtened myself wounding my thig. I thought I should have been worth love, being loved by somebody interested in me. History does not save its lonely women, they excit envy, time sweeps away them. Men speak at the pulpit, women speak to memory. My cheeks held kisses, now hold tears. Might I have my youth together with
my freedom! My relatives told me our world should have lasted. Youth thrilled me as a colt close to volcano. Boys miss their fathers, girls miss them even more. One night a legionary boy left for Gaul and felt lonely. I live for me, did not live for him; if he lived for me, love lives and let love be our king.
ANTONY and OCTAVIUS with their army, LEPIDUS.
ANTONY: Our army is stronger than theirs. We need victories, and new lands.
LEPIDUS: Our financial situation is hard.
OCTAVIUS: We firmly have to manage enemies as well as crisis. The enemy army is going to attack us but the weather is turning out fine.
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