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SCENE IV.---Another part of the Field.
Alarum. Enter fighting Soldiers of both Armies; then BRUTUS, CATO, LUCILIUS, and others.
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!
[Charges the Enemy. Bru. And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus, I; Brutus, my country's friend: know me for Brutus. [Exit, charging the Enemy. CATO is overpowered,
Luc. O young and noble Cato, art thou down?
1st Sold. Yield, or thou diest.
Luc. Only I yield to die:
There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight;
Kill Brutus, and be honour'd in his death. 1st Sold. We must not.--A noble prisoner! 2d Sold. Room, ho! Tell Antony, Brutus is ta'en. 1st Sold. I'll tell the news.--Here comes the gene
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!
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,
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.
Dar. O, Clitus!
Cli. What ill request did Brutus make to thee?
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;
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;
My heart doth joy, that yet, in all my life,
So, fare you well at once; for Brutus' tongue
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 pr'ythee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord: Thou art a fellow of a good respect;
Thy life hath had some smatch of honour in it:
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 mas
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.
That thou hast prov'd Lucilius' saying true.
Oct. All that serv'd Brutus, I will entertain them. Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me?
Stra. Ay, if Messala will prefer me to you.
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;
Did that they did in envy of great Cæsar;
Oct. According to his virtue let us use him,