When beggars die there are no comets seen
"When beggars die there are no comets seen;
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes."
Calpurnia, wife of Julius Caesar, begs her husband not to
venture out on this morning, the ides of March. Caesar has spent a
restless night and there is a wild storm raging. Calpurnia has had
disturbing dreams, as well; crying out three times in her sleep,
"They murder Caesar!" She begs him to stay home. Caesar sends word
to the priests and they, too, return a warning that Caesar must
stay home. Calpurnia is very upset , especially because of the
strange events of the preceding evening: reports that a lioness was
seen giving birth in the streets of Rome, the dead rising from
their graves, warriors fighting in the clouds, reports of horses
neighing and dying men groaning, ghosts shrieking. Comets were seen
during the night, which Calpurnia interprets as a prophecy of the
death of a prince.