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ANTONY, Octavius, and Lepidus, seated at a table.
pricked. Oct. Your brother, too, must die: consent you, And having brought our treasure where we will, Lepidus ?
Then take we down his load, and turn him off, Lep. I do consent
Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears,
And graze in commons.
But he's a tried and valiant soldier. Ant. He shall not live: look, with a spot I damn Ant. So is my horse, Octavius; and for that him.
I do appoint him store of provender. But, Lepidus, go you to Cæsar's house :
It is a creature that I teach to fight, Fetch the will hither, and we will determine To wind, to stop, to run directly on : How to cut off some charge in legacies.
His corporal motion governed by my spirit. Lep. What, shall I find you here?
And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so : Oct. Or here or at the Capito).
He must be taught, and trained, and bid go
forth. [Exit Lepidus. A barren-spirited fellow : one that feeds Ant. This is a slight unmeritable man,
On objects, arts, and imitations; Meet to be sent on errands. Is it fit,
Which, out of use, and staled by other men, The threefold world divided, he should stand Begin his fashion. Do not talk of him One of the three to share it?
But as a property. And now, Octavius, Oct. So you thought him;
Listen great things :—Brutus and Cassius And took his voice who should be pricked to die Are levying powers: we must straight make head: In our black sentence and proscription.
Therefore, let our alliance be combined,
And open perils surest answered.
Oct. Let us do so : for we are at the stake,
And bayed about with many enemies:
Scene II.-- Before Brutus' Tent, in the Camp
Bru. Judge me, you gods! wrong I mine
enemies? And if not so, how should I wrong a brother? Cas. Brutus, this sober form of yours hides
wrongs : And when you do them
Bru. Cassius, be content:
Bru. Lucilius, do you the like; and let no man Come to our tent till we have done our conference. Let Lucius and Titinius guard our door.
Scene III. – Within the Tent of BRUTUS. Lucius and Titinius at some distance from it.
Drum. Enter Brutus, Lucilius, Lucius, and Sol-
Luc. He is at hand; and Pindarus
[PINDARUS gives a letter to Brutus. Bru. He greets me well.—Your master, Pin
Pin. I do not doubt
Bru. He is not doubted.-A word, Lucilius : How he received you let me be resolved.
Luc. With courtesy and with respect enough; But not with such familiar instances, Nor with such free and friendly conference, As he hath used of old.
Bru. Thou hast described A hot friend cooling. Ever note, Lucilius, When love begins to sicken and decay, It useth an enforcéd ceremony. There are no tricks in plain and simple faith : But hollow men, like horses hot at hand, Make gallant show and promise of their mettle ; But when they should endure the bloody spur They fall their crests, and like deceitful jades Sink in the trial. Comes his army on? Luc. They mean this night in Sardis to be
quartered : The greater part, the horse in general, Are come with Cassius.
[March within. Bru. Hark! he is arrived : March gently on to meet him.
Enter Cassius and Soldiers.
Enter BRUTUS and Cassius. Cas. That you have wronged me doth appear
in this : You have condemned and noted Lucius Peila, For taking bribes here of the Sardians : Wherein my letters, praying on his side, Because I knew the man, were slighted off. Bru. You wronged yourself to write in such
a case. Cas. In such a time as this it is not meet That every nice offence should bear his comment.
Bru. Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself Are much condemned to have an itching palm : To sell and mart your offices for gold, To undeservers.
Cas. I an itching palm! You know that you are Brutus that speak this, Or by the gods this speech were else your last. Bru. The name of Cassius honours this cor
ruption, And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.
Cas. Chastisement !
I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon,
Cas. Brutus, bait not me :
Bru. Go to: you are not, Cassius.
Cas. Urge me no more ; I shall forget myself: Have mind upon your health ; tempt me no further.
Bru. Away, slight man.
Bru. Hear me, for I will speak.
Cas. Oye gods, ye gods! must I endure all this?
Cas. Is it come to this?
Bru. You say you are a better soldier :
better? Bru. If you did, I care not. Cas. When Cæsar lived, he durst not thus have
Cas. Do not presume too much upon my love:
should be sorry for. There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats : For I am armed so strong in honesty, That they pass by me as the idle wind, Which I respect not.
I did send to you For certain sums of gold, which you denied me:For I can raise no money by vile means : By heaven, I had rather coin my heart,
And drop my blood for drachmas, than to wring
Cas. I denied you not.
Cas. I did not: he was but a fool
rived my heart : A friend should bear his friend's infirmities; But Brutus makes mine greater than they are.
Bru. I do not till you practise them on me.
Cas. Come, Antony, and young Octavius, come; Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius ; For Cassius is aweary of the world : Hated by one he loves ; braved by his brother ; Checked like a bondman; all his faults observed, Set in a notebook, learned and conned by rote, To cast into my teeth! O, I could weep My spirit from mine eyes !—There is my dagger, And here my naked breast: within, a heart Dearer than Plutus' mine, richer than gold : If that thou beest a Roman, take it forth : I, that denied thee gold, will give my heart. Strike as thou didst at Cæsar : for I know, When thou didst hate him worst, thou lovedst
him better Than ever thou lovedst Cassius.
Bru. Sheath your dagger. Be angry when
you will, it shall have scope : Do what you will, dishonour shall be humour. O Cassius, you are yokéd with a lamb, That carries anger as the flint bears fire : Who, much enforcéd, shews a hasty spark, And straight is cold again.
Cas. Hath Cassius lived To be but mirth and laughter to his Brutus, When grief and blood ill-tempered vexeth him?
Bru. When I spoke that, I was ill-tempered too. Cas. Do you confess so much? Give me your Cas. Have you not love enough to bear with
What's the matter?
me, When that rash humour which my mother
That tidings came :—with this she fell distract,
Cas. And died so?
They be alone.
Luc. (within]. You shall not come to them.
mean? Love and be friends, as two such men should be: For I have seen more years, I am sure, than ye.
Cas. Ha, ha! how vilely doth this cynic rhyme! Bru. Get you lience, sirrah: saucy fellow, hence! Cas. Bear with him, Brutus; 't is his fashion. Bru. I'll know his humour when he knows
his time, What should the wars do with these jigging fools ? Companion, hence! Cas. Away, away: be gone.
Enter Lucius, with wine and tapers.
of wine : In this I bury all unkindness, Cassius. [Drinks.
Cas. My heart is thirsty for that noble pledge.-
Re-enter TITINIUs with Messala.
Cas. Portia, art thou gone?
Bru. No more, I pray you.Messala, I have here received letters That young Octavius and Marc Antony Come down upon us with a mighty power, Bending their expedition toward Philippi. Mes. Myself have letters of the self-same te
nour. Bru. With what addition ? Mes. That, by proscription and bills of out
lawry, Octavius, Antony, and Lepidus, Have put to death an hundred senators.
Bru. Therein our letters do not well agree: Mine speak of seventy senators that died By their proscriptions; Cicero being one.
Cas. Cicero one?
Mes. Cicero is dead,
Bru. No, Messala.
yours? Mes. No, my lord. Bru. Now, as you are a Roman, tell me true.
Mes. Then like a Roman bear the truth I tell: For certain she is dead, and by strange manner. Bru. Why farewell, Portia.—We must die,
Messala : With meditating that she must die once, I have the patience to endure it now. Mes. Even so great men great losses should
endure. Cas. I have as much of this in art as you ; But yet my nature could not bear it so.
O insupportable and touching loss ! -
Bru. Impatient of my absence ;
Bru. Well, to our work alive. What do you
Cas. I do not think it good.
This it is :
By them shall make a fuller number up,
Cas. Hear me, good brother.