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To stay the providence of some high powers
Then, if we lose this battle, 108
Bru. No, Cassius, no: think not, thou noble Roman, That ever Brutus will go bound to Rome; He bears too great a mind: but this same day Must end that work the ides of March begun; And whether we shall meet again I know not. Therefore our everlasting farewell take: For ever, and for ever, farewell, Cassius. If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why then this parting was well made.
Cas. For ever, and for ever, farewell, Brutus.
[The Same. The Field of Battle]
Alarum. Enter Brutus and Messala. Bru. Ride, ride, Messala, ride, and give these bills Unto the legions on the other side. Loud alarum. Let them set on at once, for I perceive But cold demeanour in Octavius' wing, 107 stay: await, submit to
111-115 Cf. n. 1 bills: written orders
2 side: wing, commanded by Cassius 4 cold demeanour: faint-heartedness
And sudden push gives them the overthrow.
[Another part of the Field]
Tit. O Cassius ! Brutus gave the word too early;
Pin. Fly further off, my lord, fly further off ; Mark Antony is in your tents, my lord: : Fly, therefore, noble Cassius, fly far off. Cas. This hill is far enough. Look, look, Ti
Tit. They are, my lord.
Titinius, if thou lovest me,
17 Whether yond troops are friend or enemy. Tit. I will be here again, even with a thought.
Exit. 2 mine own: my own troops 4 coward: i.e., the standard-bearer
19 even with: quick as 21 thick: dull, imperfect 25 is
Cas. Go, Pindarus, get higher on that hill; My sight was ever thick; regard Titinius, And tell me what thou not'st about the field.
[Pindarus ascends the hill.] This day I breathed first; time is come round, And where I did begin, there shall I end;
24 My life is run his compass. Sirrah, what news?
Pin. [Above.] O my lord!
Pin. [Above.] Titinius is enclosed round about 28
Shout. And hark, they shout for joy. 32 Cas. Come down; behold no more. O, coward that I am, to live so long, To see my best friend ta'en before
face! Enter Pindarus [below]. Come hither, sirrah: In Parthia did I take thee prisoner; And then I swore thee, saving of thy life, That whatsoever I did bid thee do, Thou shouldst attempt it. Come now, keep thine oath;
40 Now be a freeman; and with this good sword, That ran through Cæsar's bowels, search this bosom. Stand not to answer; here, take thou the hilts; And, when my face is cover'd, as 'tis now,
compass: has completed its cycle 31 light: alight, dismount 37 Parthia: in Crassus' disastrous campaign, in $3 B. C. 38 swore thee: made thee swear saving of: in return for my sparing 41 freeman: Cassius' death will free him from slavery 42 search: probe
Guide thou the sword.Cæsar, thou art reveng'd,
[Dies.] Pin. So, I am free; yet would not so have been, Durst I have done
will. O Cassius, Far from this country Pindarus shall run, Where never Roman shall take note of him. Exit.
Enter Titinius and Messala.
52 As Cassius' legions are by Antony.
Tit. These tidings will well comfort Cassius.
All disconsolate. With Pindarus his bondman, on this hill.
Mes. Is not that he that lies upon the ground?
O my heart!
No, this was he, Messala.
60 As in thy red rays thou dost sink to night, So in his red blood Cassius' day is set. The sun of Rome is set. Our day is gone; Clouds, dews, and dangers come; our deeds are done.
64 Mistrust of my success hath done this deed.
Mes. Mistrust of good success hath done this deed. O hateful error, melancholy's child, Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men The things that are not? O error, soon conceiv'd, Thou never com'st unto a happy birth, 50 take note of: see
51 change: exchange done: all is over 65 Mistrust . success: misgivings about the outcome of my errand 67 melancholy's child: result of despondency 68 apt: impressionable
64 our .
But kill'st the mother that engender'd thee. Tit. What, Pindarus ! Where art thou, Pindarus ?
72 Mes. Seek him, Titinius, whilst I go to meet The noble Brutus, thrusting this report Into his ears; I may say, thrusting it: For piercing steel and darts envenomed
76 Shall be as welcome to the ears of Brutus As tidings of this sight. Tit.
Hie you, Messala, And I will seek for Pindarus the while.
[Exit Messala.] Why didst thou send me forth, brave Cassius? Did I not meet thy friends, and did not they 81 Put on my brows this wreath of victory, And bid me give it thee? Didst thou not hear their
shouts ? Alas, thou hast misconstru'd everything.
84 But, hold thee, take this garland on thy brow; Thy Brutus bid me give it thee, and I Will do his bidding. Brutus, come apace, And see how I regarded Caius Cassius.
88 By your leave, gods: this is a Roman's part: Come, Cassius' sword, and find Titinius' heart.
Dies. Alarum. Enter Brutus, Messala, Young Cato, Strato,
Volumnius, and Lucilius. Bru. Where, where, Messala, doth his body lie? 91 Mes. Lo, yonder: and Titinius mourning it. Bru. Titinius' face is upward. Cato.
He is slain. Bru. O Julius Cæsar, thou art mighty yet! 85 hold thee: wait a moment
87 apace: quickly 89 By : • . gods: a proud apology for taking his fate into his own