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The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.
The gods to-day stand friendly; that we may,
Lovers in peace, lead on our days to age !
But since the affairs of men rest still uncertain,
Let's reason with the worst that may befal.
If we do lose this battle, then is this
The very last time we shall speak together.
What are you then determined to do?
Bru. Ev'n by the rule of that philosophy,
By which I did blame Cato, for the death
Which he did give himself; I know not how,
But I do find it cowardly and vile,
For fear of what might fall, so to prevent
The time of life, arming myself with patience,
To stay the providence of some high powers,
That govern us below,
Cas. Then, if we lose this battle,
You are contented to be led in triumph
Through the streets of Rome?
Bru. No, Cassius, no; think not, thou noble Ro-
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 began :
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 !
If we do meet again, we'll smile indeed;
If not, 'tis true, this parting was well made.
Bru. Why then, lead on. Oh that a man might,
The end of this day's business ere it come!
But it sufficetḥ that the day will end;
And then the end is known. Come, ho, away!
Another Part of the Field of Battle.
Enter BRUTUS and TREBONIUS.
Bru. Haste, haste, Trebonius, haste and give these
Unto the legions, on the other side.
Let them set on at once: for I perceive
But cold demeanour in Octavius' wing,
And sudden push gives them the overthrow;
Haste, haste, Trebonius ; let them all come down.
Cas. O look, good Casca, look, the villains fly!
Myself have to mine own turn’d enemy:
This ensign here of mine was turning back,
I slew the coward, and did take it from him.
Casca. O Cassius, Brutus gave the word too early;'
Who, having some advantage on Octavius,
Took it too eagerly ; his soldiers fell to spoil,
Whilst we by Antony were all inclosed.
Pind. 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, my
my tents where I perceive the fire ?
Casca. They are, my lord.
Cas. Casca, if thou lov'st me,
Mount thou my horse, and hide thy spurs in him,
Till he have brought thee up to yonder troops,
And here again, that I may rest assured,
Whether yon troops are friend or enemy.
Casca. I will be here again, ev'n with a thought.
Cas. Go, Pindarus, get higher on that hill,
My sight was ever thick; keep thine on Casca,
And tell me what thou not'st about the field,
This day I breathed first ; time is come round;
And where I did begin, there shall I end;
My life has run its
Pind. [Above.] Oh, my lord !
Cas. What news?
Pind. Casca is inclosed round about
With horsemen, that make to him on the spur :
Yet he spurs on.
Now they are almost on him : Now, Casca, now! some 'light-oh, he'lights tooHe's ta'en-and hark, they shout for joy! [Shout.
Cas. Come down, behold no more ;
Oh, coward that I am, to live so long,
To see my best friend ta’en before my face !
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, Now, be a freeman; and with this good sword "That ran through Cæsar's bowels, search this bosom. Stạnd not to answer; here, take thou the hilt: And when my face is cover'd, as ’tis now, Guide thou the sword_Cæsar, thou art revenged, Ev'n with the sword that kill'd thee
(Kills himself-Exit PINDARUS.
Enter TREBONIUS and CASCA.
Tre. It is but change, good Casca : for Octavius
Is overthrown by noble Brutus' power,
As Cassius' legions are by Antony.
Casca. These tidings will well comfort Cassius,
Tre. Where did you leave him?
Casca. All disconsolate,
With Pindarus his bondman, on this hill.
Tre. Is not that he that lies upon the ground?
Casca. He lies not like the living. Oh my heart !
Tre. Is that not he?
Casca. No, this was he, Trebonius;
But Cassius is no more! Oh, 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.
Tre. Mistrust of good success has done this deed.
Casca. What, Pindarus! where art thou, Pindarus ?
Tre. Seek him, whilst I go meet the noble Brutus, With tidings of this sight.
Casca. Hie you, Trebonius,
And I will seek for Pindarus, the while.
Why didst thou send me forth, brave Cassius !
Did I not meet my friends, and did not they
Put on my brows this wreath of victory,
And bid me give it thee; didst thou not hear their
shouts ? Alas, thou hast miscontrued 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.
Enter BRUTUS, TREBONIUS, DECIUS, CINNA, and
Bru. Where, where, Trebonius, doth his body lie?
Tre. Lo, yonder, and Casca mourning it.
Bru. Casca's face is upward.
Are yet two Romans living, such as these ?
Thou 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,
shall see me pay.
Oh, Julius Cæsar, thou art mighty yet,
Thy spirit stalks abroad, and turns our swords
Into our own proper entrails.
Come, let us to the field, and yet, ere night,
We'll try our fortunes in a second fight. [Exeunt.
Enter several SOLDIERS, with TREBONIUS Prisoner,
meeting ANTONY. 1 Sold. Here comes the general :Brutus is ta’en, Brutus is ta’en, my lord.
Ant. Where is he?
Tre. Safe, Antony; Brutus is safe enouglı.
I dare assure thee that no enemy
Shall ever take alive the noble Brutus:
The gods defend him from so great a shame!
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 not less in worth; keep this man safe,
Give him all kindness. I had rather have