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