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Before Brutus' tent, in the camp near Sardis.
Drum. Enter Brutus, Lucilius, Lucius, and Sol
diers : Titinius and Pindarus meeting them.
Bru. Stand here.
Luc. He is at hand; and Pindarus is come
[Pindarus gides a letter to Brutus,
I do not doubt,
Bru. He is not doubted.-A word, Lucilius:
Luc. With courtesy, and with respect enough;
Thou hast describ'd
Luc. They mean this night in Sardis to be quar
ter'd; The greater part, the horse in general, Are come with Cassius.
[March within. Bru.
Hark, he is arriv'd; March gently on to meet him.
Enter Cassius and Soldiers.
Cas. Stand, ho!
wrongs; And when you do themBru.
Cassius, be content,
Bru. Lucilius, do the like; and let no man Come to our tent, till we have done our conference. Let Lucius and Titinius guard our door. (Ereunt.
Within the tent of Brutus.
Lucius and Titinius at some distance from it.
Enter Brutus and Cassius.
Cas. That you have wrong'd me, doth appear in
Bru. You wrong'd yourself, to write in such a case.
Cas. In such a time as this, it is not meet
Bru. Let me tell you, Cassias, you yourself
I an itching palm?
Bru. The name of Cassius honours this corruption, And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.
And sell the mighty space of our large honours,
Brutus, bay not me,
Go to; you're not, Cassius.
Cas. Urge me no more, I shall forget myself; Have mind upon your health, tempt me no further,
Bru. Away, slight man!
Hear me, for I will speak. Must I give way and room to your rash choler? Shall I be frighted, when a madman stares ?
Cas. O ye gods! ye gods! Must I endure all this? Bru. All this? ay, more: Fret, till your proud
heart break; Go, show your slaves how cholerick you are, And make your bondmen tremble. Must I budge? Must I observe you? Must I stand and crouch Under your testy humour? By the gods, You shall digest the venom of your spleen, Though it do split you: for, from this day forth, I'll use you for my mirth, yea, for my laughter, When you are waspish. Cas.
Is it come to this? Bru. You say, you are a better soldier: Let it appear so; make your vaunting true, And it shall please me well: For mine own part, I shall be glad to learn of noble men. Cas. You wrong me every way, you wrong me,
• Bait, bark at. + Limit my authority.
Terms, fit to confer the offices at my disposal.
I said, an elder soldier, not a better:
you did, I care not. Cas. When Cæsar liv'd, he durst not thus have
mov'd me. Bru. Peace, peace; you durst not so have tempted
durst not. Cas. Do not presume too much upon my love, 1 may do that I shall be sorry for.
Bru. You have done that you should be sorry for. There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats: For I am arm's so strong in honesty, That they pass by me, as the idle wind, Which I respect not. I did send to you For certain sums of gold, wbich you denied me;For I can raise no money by vile means: By heaven, I had rather coin my heart, And drop my blood for drachmas*, thad to wring From the hard hands of peasants their vile trash, By any indirection. I did sevd To
you for gold to pay my legions,
I denied you not.
I did not:-he was but a fool, That brought my answer back.-Brutus hath riv’dt
my heart: A friend should bear his friend's infirmities, But Brutus makes mine greater than they are.