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Thy spirit walks abroad, and turns our swords
Lor alarums. Cato.
Brave Titinius! 96 Look whether he have not crown'd dead Cassius !
Bru. Are yet two Romans living such as these?
108 'Tis three o'clock; and, Romans, yet ere night We shall try fortune in a second fight. Exeunt.
[Another part of the Field] Alarum. Enter Brutus, Messala, Cato, Lucilius, and
Flavius. Bru. Yet, countrymen, O yet hold up your heads ! Cato. What bastard doth not? Who will go with
me? I will proclaim my name about the field: I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho ! A foe to tyrants, and my country's friend; I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho! 96 proper: individual
101 fellow: equal 104' Thasos: isle near Thrace
106 discomfort: dishearten 109, 110 three o'clock second fight; cf. n. 2 What . . . not: Who is so base-born as not to do so?
Enter Soldiers, and fight. [Bru.] And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus, I; Brutus, my country's friend; know me for Brutus !
[Exit Brutus, fighting. Cato is slain.] Lucil. O
young and noble Cato, art thou down? 9 Why, now thou diest as bravely as Titinius, And may'st be honour'd being Cato's son.
First Sold. Yield, or thou diest.
Only I yield to die: 12 There is so much, that thou wilt kill me straight: Kill Brutus, and be honour'd in his death.
First Sold. We must not. A noble prisoner!
ta'en. First Sold. I'll tell the news: here comes the general.
Ant. Where is he?
Lucil. Safe, Antony; Brutus is safe enough:
24 He will be found like Brutus, like himself.
Ant. This is not Brutus, friend; but, I assure you, A prize no less in worth. Keep this man safe, Give him all kindness: I had rather have Such men my friends than enemies. Go on, And see whether Brutus be alive or dead; And bring us word, unto Octavius' tent, How everything is chanc'd.
Exeunt. 7 [Bru.); cf. n. 12 Only . die: I yield only in order that I may die 13, 14 Cf. n.
[Another part of the Field]
rock. Cli. Statilius show'd the torch-light; but, my lord, He came not back: he is or ta'en or slain.
Bru. Sit thee down, Clitus: slaying is the word; It is a deed in fashion. Hark thee, Clitus.
[Whispers.] Cli. What, I, my lord? No, not for all the world. Bru. Peace, then: no words. Cli.
I'll rather kill myself. Bru. Hark thee, Dardanius.
Shall I do such a deed?
Cli. Now is that noble vessel full of grief,
Bru. Come hither, good Volumnius: list a word.
Why this, Volumnius:
Not so, my lord. 20 Bru. Nay, I am sure it is, Volumnius.
1 poor remains of: few surviving 2, 3 Cf.n.
13 noble vessel; cf. 2 Tim. 2, 21 23 pit: brink of destruction 39 at once: once for all; or, all of you 39, 40 Brutus' history: Brutus" life will end with this very
Thou seest the world, Volumnius, how it goes ;
Alarum still. Cli. Fly, fly, my lord: there is no tarrying here! Bru. Farewell to you; and you;
Alarum. Cry within, 'Fly, fly, fly! Cli. Fly, my lord, fly! Bru.
Hence: I will follow. [Exeunt Clitus, Dardanius, and Volumnius.] I prithee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord:
44 Thou art a fellow of a good respect; Thy life hath had some smatch of honour in it: Hold then my sword, and turn away thy face,
speech, almost 42.Cf. Psalm 90. 10
46 smatch: smack, flavor 72 56 only: alone
While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strato?
48 Stra. Give me your hand first: fare you well, my
lord. Bru. Farewell, good Strato.-Cæsar, now be still; I kill'd not thee with half so good a will. Dies. Alarum. Retreat. Enter Antony, Octavius, Messala,
Lucilius, and the Army. Oct. What man is that?
52 Mes. My master's man. Strato, where is thy
master? Stra. Free from the bondage you are in, Messala; The conquerors can but make a fire of him; For Brutus only overcame himself,
56 And no man else hath honour by his death. Lucil. So Brutus should be found. I thank thee,
Brutus, That thou hast prov'd Lucilius' saying true. Oct. All that serv'd Brutus, I will entertain them.
60 Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me?
Stra. Ay, if Messala will prefer me to you.
64 Stra. I held the sword, and he did run on it.
Mes. Octavius, then take him to follow thee That did the latest service to my master.
Ant. This was the noblest Roman of them all; 68 All the conspirators save only he Did that they did in envy of great Cæsar; He only, in a general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them.
60 entertain: employ with: devote thy time to 62 prefer: recommend, transfer
71, 72 Cf. n.
61 bestow ...