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Cas. Stand fast, Titinius: We must out and talk..
Ant. No, Cæsar, we will answer on their charge.
Oct. Stir not until the signal.
Not stingless too.
Cas. Flatterers !-Now, Brutus, thank yourself:
sweat, . .
When think you that the sword goes up again?
Bru. Cæsar, thou can'st not die by traitors,
So I hope;
Bru. O, if thou wert the noblest of thy strain, Young man, thou could'st not die more honourable. Cas. A peevish schoolboy, worthless of such
Come, Antony; away.-
Exeunt OCTAVIUS, ANTONY, and their Army.
swim, bark!. .
My lord. . [BRUTUS and LUCILIUS converse apart. Cas. Messala,—. · Mes. What says my general? Cas.
Messala, This is my birth-day; as this very day Was Cassius born. Give my thy hand, Messala: Be thou my witness, that, against my will, . As Pompey was, am I compellid to set
7 Defiance, traitors, hurl we] Hurl is peculiarly expressive. The challenger in judicial combats was said to hurl down his gage, when he threw his glove down as a pledge that he would make good his charge against his adversary.
- up ope Upon one battle all our liberties.
Sols Gorging and feeding from our soldiers' hands;
As we were sickly prey; their shadows seem
Our army lies, ready to give up the ghost.
I but believe it partly; te fils For I am fresh of spirit, and resolv'd
To meet all perils very constantly. and the Bru. Even so, Lucilius. well, bi. Cas.
• Now, most noble Brutus, The gods to-day stand friendly; that we may, azard 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 befall.
What are you then determined to do?
our former ensign--] Former is foremost, The very last time we shall speak together: *
What are you then determined to do?] i. e. I am resolved in such a case to kill myself. What are you determined of? set
of that philosophy, l There is certainly an apparent contradiction between the sentiments which Brutus expresses in this, with you in his subsequent speech;, but there is no real inconsistency.
brutus had laid down to himself as a principle, to abide every
nce and extremity of war; but when Cassius reminds him of me disgrace of being led in triumph through the streets of Rome,
a herida chance and extr
. By which I did blame Cato for the death ,
Then, if we lose this battle,
Cas. For ever, and for ever, farewell, Brutus!
Bru. Why then, lead on.-0, that a man might I know The end of this day's business, ere it come! But it sufficeth, that the day will end, And then the end is known, -Come, ho! away!
he acknowledges that to be a trial which he could not endure. Nothing is more natural than this. We lay down a system of conduct for ourselves, but occurrences rnay happen that will force us to depart from it. ; arming myself with patience, &c.] Dr. Warburton thinks, that in this speech something is lost; but there needed only a parenthesis to clear it. The construction is this: I am determined to
act according to that philosophy which directed me to blame the ! suicide of Cato; arming myself with patience, &c. JOHNSON,
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, And sudden push gives them the overthrow. Ride, ride, Messala: let them all come down.
Alarum. Enter Cassius and TITINIUS,
Tit. O Cassius, Brutus gave the word too early:
Enter PINDARUS, 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, Titi,