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Poems Every Child Should Know by  Mary E. Burt


 

 

A FRAGMENT FROM MARK ANTONY'S SPEECH

This was the noblest Roman of them all:

All the conspirators, save only he,

Did that they did in envy of great Cęsar;

He only, in a general honest thought

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And common good to all, made one of them.

His life was gentle; and the elements

So mix'd in him, that Nature might stand up,

And say to all the world, "This was a man!"


SHAKESPEARE ("JULIUS CĘSAR").


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