From Act II Scene II of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare come these lines:
Caesar: Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace tonight:
Thrice hath Calpurnia in her sleep cried out,
'Help, ho! They murder Cæsar!' ....
Calpurnia: When beggars die there are no comets seen;
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.

Beware the Ides

Poor Gaius Julius
Need not have died on the
Fifteenth of March;
There had been portents of
Mayhem and murder by
Enemies arch.

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