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Re-enter TITINIUS, urith MESSALA.
Mes. It is but change, Titinius; for Octavius
Is overthrown by noble Brutus' power,
As Cassius' legions are by Antony.
Tit. These tidings will well comfort Cassius.
Mes. Where did you leave him?
Tit. All disconsolate,
With Pindarus his bondman, on this hill.
Mes. Is not that he, that lies upon the ground?
Tit. He lies not like the living. O my heart !
Mes. Is not that he ?
Tit. No, this was he, Messala,
But Cassius is no more.-0 setting sun !
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!
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 conceived,
Thou never com'st unto a happy birth,
But kill'st the mother that engender'd thee.
Tit. What, Pindarus! Where art thou, Pindarus ?
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,
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
Put on my brows this wreath of victory,
And bid me give't thee? Didst thou not hear their shouts ?
Alas, thou hast misconstrued every thing.
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.-
By your leave, gods :- This is a Roman's part:
Come, Cassius' sword, and find Titinius' heart.
[Dies. Alarum.-Re-enter MESSALA, with BRUTUS, young CATO,
STRATO, VOLUMNIUS, and LUCILIUS.
Bru. Where, where, Messala, doth his body lie ?
Mes. Lo, yonder; and Titinius mourning it.
Bru. Titinius' face is upward.
Cato. He is slain.
Bru. O Julius Cæsar, thou art mighty yet!
Tly spirit walks abroad, and turns our swords
In our own proper entrails.
[Low alarums. Cato. Brave Titinius! Look, whe'r he have not crown'd dead Cassius !
Bru. Are yet two Romans living such as these ?
The last of all the Romans, fare thee well!
It is impossible that ever Rome
Should breed thy fellow.-Friends, I owe more tears
To this dead man, than thou shalt see me pay.-
I shall find time, Cassius, I shall find time. -
Come, therefore, and to Thassos send his body;
His funeral shall not be in our camp,
Lest it discomfort us.-Lucilius, come;-
And come, young Cato; let us to the field.
Labeo, and Flavius, set our battles on :-
"Tis three o'clock; and, Romans, yet e'er night
We shall try fortune in a second fight.
SCENE IV.-Another part of the Field.
Alarum.-Enter, fighting, Soldiers of both Armies; then
BRUTUS, ČATO, LUCILIUS, and olhers.
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!
the enemy. Bru. And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus, I; Brutus, my country's friend; know me for Brutus.
[Exit, charging the enemy. Caro is overpowered, and falls. Luc. O young and noble Cato, art thou down? Why, now thou diest as bravely as Titinius; And may'st be honour'd being Cato's son.
1 Sold. Yield, or thou diest.
Luc. Only I yield to die:
There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight;
Toffering money. Kill Brutus, and be honour'd in his death.
1 Sold. We must not.-A noble prisoner!
2 Sold. Room, ho! Tell Antony, Brutus is ta’en.
1 Sold. I'll tell the news.-Here comes the general :--
Brutus is ta’en, Brutus is ta’en, my lord.
Ant. Where is he?
Luc. Safe, Antony; Brutus is safe enough:
I dare assure thee, that no enemy
Shall ever take alive the noble Brutus:
The gods defend him from so great a shame!
When you do find him, or alive or dead,
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 whe'r* Brutus be alive, or dead:
And bring us word unto Octavius' tent,
How every thing is chanced.
[Exeunt. SCENE V.- Another part of the Field. Enter BRUTUS, DARDANIUS, CLITUS, STRATO, and VOLUMNIUS.
Bru. Come, poor remains of friends, rest on this 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. [ Whispering.
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!
Dar. I do such a deed ?
Cli. O, Dardanius!
Dar. O, Clitus!
Cli. What ill request did Brutus make to thee?
Dar. To kill him, Clitus: Look, he meditates.
C'li. Now is that noble vessel full of grief,
That it runs over even at his eyes.
Bru. Come hither, good Volumnius; list a word.
Vol. What says my lord ?
Bru. Why, this, Volumnius:
The ghost of Cæsar hath appear'd to me
Two several times by night: at Sardis, once;
And, this last night, here in Philippi' fields.
I know, my hour is come.
Vol. Not so, my lord.
Bru. Nay, I am sure it is, Volumnius.
Thou see'st the world, Volumnius, how it goes;
Our enemies have beat us to the pit:
It is more worthy to leap in ourselves,
Than tarry till they push us. Good Volumnius,
Thou know'st, that we two went to school together;
Even for that our love of old, I pray thee,
Hold thou my sword-hilts, whilst I run on it.
Vol. That's not an office for a friend, my lord. (Alarum still.
Cli. Fly, fly, my lord; there is no tarrying here.
Bru. Farewell to you ;-and you ;-and you, Volumnius.-
Strato, thou hast been all this while asleep;
Farewell to thee too, Strato.-Countrymen,
My heart doth joy, that yet, in all my life,
I found no man, but he was true to me,
I shall have glory by this losing day,
More than Octavius, and Mark Antony,
By this vile conquest shall attain unto.
So, fare you well at once: for Brutus' tongue
Hath almost ended his life's history:
Night hangs upon mine eyes; my bones would rest,
That have but labour'd to attain this hour.
[Alarum. Cry within ; Fly, fly, fly. Cli. Fly, my lord, fly. Bru. Hence; I will follow thee.
'[Exeunt CLITUS, DARDANIUS, and VOLUMNIUS. I prythee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord: 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 While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strato ?
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.
[He runs on his sword and dies. Alarum.-Retreat. Enter OCTAVIUS, ANTONY, MESSALA,
LUCILIUS, and their Army.
Oct. What man is that?
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,
And no man else hath honour by his death.
Luc. So Brutus should be found.-I thank thee, Brutus,
That thou hast proved Lucilius' saying true.
Oct. All that served Brutus, I will entertain them.*
Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me ?
Stra. Ay, if Messala will prefert me to you.
Oct. Do so, Messala.
Mes. How died my master, Strato ?
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:
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.
His life was gentle; and the elements
So mix'd in him, that Nature might stand up,
And say to all the world, This was a man!
Oct. According to his virtue let us use him,
With all respect and rites of burial.
Within my tent his bones to-night shall lie,
Most like a soldier, order'd honourably.
So, call the field to rest: and let's away,
To part the glories of this happy day.
[Exeunt. * Receive into my service.
PERSONS REPRESENTED. M. ANTONY,
TAURUS, Lieutenant-general to OCTAVIUS CÆSAR, Triumvirs. Cæsar. M. ÆMIL. LEPIDUS,
CANIDIUS, Lieutenant-general to SEXTUS POMPEIUS.
Antony. DOMITIUS ENOBAR
SILIUS, an Officer in Ventidius' BUS,
EUPHRONIUS, an Ambassador EROS,
Friends of from Antony to Casan SCARUS,
ALEXAS, MARDIAN, SELEUCUS, DERCETAS,
and DIOMEDES, Attendants on DEMETRIUS,
A SOOTHSAYER.-A CLOWN MECÆNAS, AGRIPPA,
CLEOPATRA, Queen of Egypt. DOLABELLA, Friends to OCTAVIA, Sister to Cæsar, and Wife PROCULEIUS, Cesar.
to Antony. THYREUS,
CHARMIÁN, 1 Attendants on CleoGALLUS,
IRAS, 3 patra. MENAS,
Friends of MENECRATES,
OFFICERS, SOLDIERS, MESSENGERS, VARRIUS, Pompey.
and other ATTENDANTS.
SCENE, dispersed; in several Parts of the Roman Empire,
ACT I. SCENE I.-Alexandria. A Room in CLEOPATRA's Palace.
Enter DEMETRIUS and PHILO. Phil. Nay, but this dotage of our generals, O’erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes, That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glow'd like plaited Mars, now bend, now turn, The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneges* all temper; And is become the bellows, and the fan, To cool a gypsy's lust. Look where they come ! Flourish. Enter ANTONY and CLEOPATRA, with their Trains ;
Eunuchs fanning her. Take but good note, and you shall see in him