"Lend me your ears"
Brutus and the Ghost of Caesar by Edward Scriven
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This is John’s fancy way of asking the crowd to listen to him. He is quoting from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar:

ANTONY

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.

The evil that men do lives after them;

The good is oft interred with their bones;

So let it be with Caesar.

Act III, Scene 2