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When think you that the sword goes up again?-
Bru. Cæsar, thou can'st not die by traitors,
So I hope; I was not born to die on Brutus' sword.
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
Ant. Old Cassius still!
Come, Antony; away.-
[Exeunt Octavius, Antony, and their Army. Cas. Why now, blow, wind; swell, billow; and
Brutus and LUCILIUS converse apart.
What says my general ?
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.
Upon one battle all our liberties.
Mes. Believe not so.
I but believe it partly;
Bru. Even so, Lucilius.
Now, most noble Brutus,
Bru. Even by the rule of that philosophy,'
our former ensign--] Former is foremost. 9 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?
of that philosophy,] There is certainly an apparent contradiction between the sentiments which Brutus expresses in this, and in his subsequent speech; but there is no real inconsistency. Brutus had laid down to himself as a principle, to abide every chance and extremity of war; but when Cassius reminds him of the disgrace of being led in triumph through the streets of Rome, 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 may happen that will force us to depart from it.
By which I did blame Cato for the death
Then, if we lose this battle,
Cas. For ever, and for ever, farewell, Brutus!
"-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.
The same. Another Part of the Field.
Enter CASSIUS and TITINIUS.
Cas. O, look, Titinius, look, the villains fly!
Tit. O Cassius, Brutus gave the word too early:
lord! Fly therefore, noble Cassius, fly far off. Cas. This hill is far enough. Look, look, Titi
Are those my tents, where I perceive the fire?
Tit. They are, my lord.
Titinius, if thou lov'st me,
. Cas. Go, Pindarus, get higher on that hill; My sight was ever thick; regard Titinius, And tell me what thou not'st about the field.
Pin. [Above.] O my lord!
Pin. Titinius is
[Shout. They shout for joy. Cas.
Come down, behold no more.O, coward that I am, to live so long, To see my best friend ta'en before my face!
Come hither, sirrah: