Could someone paraphrase Antony's lines to the conspirators for me?I know not, gentlemen, what you intend, who else must be let blood, who else is rank? if i myself, there is no hour so fit as...

Could someone paraphrase Antony's lines to the conspirators for me?

I know not, gentlemen, what you intend, who else must be let blood, who else is rank? if i myself, there is no hour so fit as caesars deaths hour, nor no instrument of half thats worth as those your swords, made rich with the most noble blood of all this world.

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robertwilliam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Antony confronts the conspirators who have just killed Caesar, and whose swords are dripping blood. In short, Antony's speech says to the conspirators that, if they intend to murder him too, then he'd like to die now next to Caesar, killed with the same swords that killed Caesar.

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I know not, gentlemen, what you intend,
Who else must be let blood, who else is rank?

I don't know, gentlemen, what you intend to do. I don't know who else's blood you want to shed, or who else you think is evil ("rank").

If I myself, there is no hour so fit
As Caesar's deaths hour, nor no instrument
Of half that worth as those your swords, made rich
With the most noble blood of all this world.

If you think I should die, then there is no time as good as the time that Caesar's die. And there is no weapon (instrument) I'd prefer to have kill me than your swords, which are now made valuable ("rich") with the most noble blood in the whole world.

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Julius Caesar

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