Julius Caesar


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Alarums

Enter Cassius and Titinius


CASSIUS

O, look, Titinius, look, the villains fly.

Myself have to mine own turned enemy:

This Ensign here of mine was turning back;
ensign (n.) 2 standard-bearer

I slew the coward, and did take it from him.


TITINIUS

O Cassius, Brutus gave the word too early,

Who, having some advantage on Octavius,

Took it too eagerly; his soldiers fell to spoil,
spoil (n.) 3 slaughter, destruction, ruination

Whilst we by Antony are all enclosed.

Enter Pindarus


PINDARUS

Fly further off, my lord, fly further off!

Mark Antony is in your tents, my lord.
tent (n.) 1 (plural) encampment

Fly therefore, noble Cassius, fly far off!
far (adj.) farther, more distant


CASSIUS

This hill is far enough. Look, look, Titinius!

Are those my tents where I perceive the fire?


TITINIUS

They are, my lord.


CASSIUS

                         Titinius, 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 yond troops are friend or enemy.


TITINIUS

I will be here again, even with a thought.

Exit


CASSIUS

Go, Pindarus, get higher on that hill;

My sight was ever thick. Regard Titinius,
regard (v.) 3 gaze upon, look down on, observe
thick (adj.) 2 dull, dim, poor

And tell me what thou not'st about the field.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count
note (v.) 1 observe, pay attention [to], take special note [of]

Pindarus ascends

This day I breathed first. Time is come round,

And where I did begin, there shall I end.

My life is run his compass. (to Pindarus) Sirrah, what news?


PINDARUS

(above)

O my lord!


CASSIUS

What news?


PINDARUS

Titinius is enclosed round about

With horsemen, that make to him on the spur,
make to (v.) move towards, go in the direction of
spur, on the at a gallop

Yet he spurs on. Now they are almost on him.

Now, Titinius! Now some light. O, he lights too!
light (v.) 2 dismount, descend, alight

He's ta'en!

Shout

                         And hark! They shout for joy.


CASSIUS

Come down; behold no more.

O, coward that I am, to live so long,

To see my best friend ta'en before my face!

Enter Pindarus from above

Come hither, sirrah.

In Parthia did I take thee prisoner;

And then I swore thee, saving of thy life,
save (v.) 4 spare, allow to live

That whatsoever I did bid thee do,

Thou shouldst attempt it. Come now, keep thine oath;
attempt (v.) 4 undertake, perform, carry out

Now be a freeman; and with this good sword,

That ran through Caesar's bowels, search this bosom.
search (v.) 1 probe, explore, examine

Stand not to answer. Here, take thou the hilts,
stand (v.) 8 waste time, delay, wait

And when my face is covered, as 'tis now,

Guide thou the sword. – Caesar, thou art revenged,

Even with the sword that killed thee.

He dies


PINDARUS

So, I am free; yet would not so have been,

Durst I have done my will. O Cassius!

Far from this country Pindarus shall run,

Where never Roman shall take note of him.

Exit

Enter Titinius and Messala


MESSALA

It is but change, Titinius; for Octavius
change (n.) 3 change of fortune, new circumstances

Is overthrown by noble Brutus' power,
power (n.) 1 armed force, troops, host, army See Topics: Frequency count

As Cassius' legions are by Antony.


TITINIUS

These tidings will well comfort Cassius.


MESSALA

Where did you leave him?


TITINIUS

                         All disconsolate,

With Pindarus his bondman, on this hill.
bondman (n.) bondsman, serf, slave


MESSALA

Is not that he that lies upon the ground?


TITINIUS

He lies not like the living. O my heart!


MESSALA

Is not that he?


TITINIUS

                         No, this was he, Messala,

But Cassius is no more. O 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.


MESSALA

Mistrust of good success hath done this deed.

O hateful Error, Melancholy's child,

Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men
apt (adj.) 6 impressionable, susceptible

The things that are not? O Error, soon conceived,

Thou never com'st unto a happy birth,

But kill'st the mother that engendered thee.


TITINIUS

What, Pindarus! Where art thou, Pindarus?


MESSALA

Seek him, Titinius, whilst I go to meet

The noble Brutus, thrusting this report

Into his ears. I may say ‘ thrusting ’ it;

For piercing steel and darts envenomed
dart (n.) arrow; or: light spear

Shall be as welcome to the ears of Brutus

As tidings of this sight.
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed See Topics: Frequency count


TITINIUS

                         Hie you, Messala,

And I will seek for Pindarus the while.

Exit Messala

Why didst thou send me forth, brave Cassius?
brave (adj.) 2 noble, worthy, excellent

Did I not meet thy 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?
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]

Alas, thou hast misconstrued everything!

But hold thee, take this garland on thy brow;
hold (v.) 8 stop, cease, hold on

Thy Brutus bid me give it thee, and I
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]

Will do his bidding. Brutus, come apace,

And see how I regarded Caius Cassius.
regard (v.) 2 esteem, repute, respect

By your leave, gods. This is a Roman's part;
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate See Topics: Frequency count

Come, Cassius' sword, and find Titinius' heart.

He dies

Alarum

Enter Brutus, Messala, Young Cato, Strato, Volumnius,

Labeo, Flavius, and Lucilius


BRUTUS

Where, where, Messala, doth his body lie?


MESSALA

Lo, yonder, and Titinius mourning it.


BRUTUS

Titinius' face is upward.
upward (adj.) upturned, looking upwards


CATO

                         He is slain.


BRUTUS

O Julius Caesar, thou art mighty yet!

Thy spirit walks abroad, and turns our swords

In our own proper entrails.
proper (adj.) 2 very, own

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CATO

                         Brave Titinius,

Look where he have not crowned dead Cassius.


BRUTUS

Are yet two Romans living such as these?

The 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 than you shall see me pay.

I shall find time, Cassius, I shall find time.

Come therefore, and to Thasos send his body.

His funerals shall not be in our camp,

Lest it discomfort us. Lucilius, come;
discomfort (v.) 1 discourage, dishearten, dispirit

And come, young Cato; let us to the field.
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

Labeo and Flavius, set our battles on.
battle (n.) 1 army, fighting force, battalion
set on (v.) 2 go forward, advance, proceed

'Tis three o'clock; and, Romans, yet ere night

We shall try fortune in a second fight.

Exeunt

 
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