Julius Caesar


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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Enter Brutus, Dardanius, Clitus, Strato, and Volumnius


BRUTUS

Come, poor remains of friends, rest on this rock.
remain (n.) remainder, rest


CLITUS

Statilius showed the torch-light; but, my lord,

He came not back; he is or ta'en or slain.
or ... or (conj.) either ... or


BRUTUS

Sit thee down, Clitus. Slaying is the word;

It is a deed in fashion. Hark thee, Clitus.

He whispers


CLITUS

What, I, my lord? No, not for all the world.


BRUTUS

Peace then. No words.


CLITUS

                         I'll rather kill myself.


BRUTUS

Hark thee, Dardanius.

He whispers


DARDANIUS

                         Shall I do such a deed?


CLITUS

O Dardanius!


DARDANIUS

O Clitus!


CLITUS

What ill request did Brutus make to thee?
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable See Topics: Frequency count


DARDANIUS

To kill him, Clitus. Look, he meditates.


CLITUS

Now is that noble vessel full of grief,
vessel (n.) body, frame

That it runs over even at his eyes.


BRUTUS

Come hither, good Volumnius; list a word.
list (v.) 3 listen to, pay attention to


VOLUMNIUS

What says my lord?


BRUTUS

                         Why, this, Volumnius:

The ghost of Caesar hath appeared to me

Two several times by night: at Sardis once,
several (adj.) 1 separate, different, distinct See Topics: Frequency count

And this last night, here in Philippi fields.

I know my hour is come.


VOLUMNIUS

                         Not so, my lord.


BRUTUS

Nay, I am sure it is, Volumnius.

Thou seest the world, Volumnius, how it goes:

Our enemies have beat us to the pit.
pit (n.) hole prepared for hunted animals

Low alarums

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 prithee,

Hold thou my sword-hilts whilst I run on it.


VOLUMNIUS

That's not an office for a friend, my lord.
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function

Alarum still
still (adv.) 2 ever, now [as before]
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger


CLITUS

Fly, fly, my lord, there is no tarrying here.


BRUTUS

Farewell to you; and you; and you, Volumnius.

Strato, thou hast been all this while asleep;

Farewell to thee too, Strato. Countrymen,

My heart doth joy that yet in all my life

I found no man but he was true to me.

I shall have glory by this losing day

More than Octavius and Mark Antony

By this vile conquest shall attain unto.

So fare you well at once; for Brutus' tongue

Hath almost ended his life's history.

Night hangs upon mine eyes; my bones would rest,

That have but laboured to attain this hour.

Alarum

Cry within, ‘ Fly, fly, fly!’


CLITUS

Fly, my lord, fly!


BRUTUS

                         Hence! I will follow.

Exeunt Clitus, Dardanius, and Volumnius

I prithee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord.

Thou art a fellow of a good respect;
respect (n.) 3 regard, admiration, favour, opinion

Thy life hath had some smatch of honour in it.
smatch (n.) taste, relish, smack

Hold then my sword, and turn away thy face,

While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strato?


STRATO

Give me your hand first. Fare you well, my lord.


BRUTUS

Farewell, good Strato. – Caesar, now be still;
still (adj.) 1 silent, quiet

I killed not thee with half so good a will.

He dies

Alarum

Retreat

Enter Antony, Octavius, Messala, Lucilius, and the

army


OCTAVIUS

What man is that?


MESSALA

My master's man. Strato, where is thy master?


STRATO

Free from the bondage you are in, Messala.

The conquerors can but make a fire of him;
but (adv.) 1 merely, only

For Brutus only overcame himself,
only (adv.) 3 alone, solely, exclusively

And no man else hath honour by his death.


LUCILIUS

So Brutus should be found. I thank thee, Brutus,

That thou hast proved Lucilius' saying true.


OCTAVIUS

All that served Brutus, I will entertain them.
entertain (v.) 5 hire, employ, maintain, take into service

Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me?
bestow (v.) 9 spend, employ, devote [to]


STRATO

Ay, if Messala will prefer me to you.
prefer (v.) 1 promote, advance, recommend


OCTAVIUS

Do so, good Messala.


MESSALA

How died my master, Strato?


STRATO

I held the sword, and he did run on it.


MESSALA

Octavius, then take him to follow thee,
follow (v.) 2 act as a follower, be an attendant [on]

That did the latest service to my master.


ANTONY

This was the noblest Roman of them all.

All the conspirators save only he

Did that they did in envy of great Caesar;
envy (n.) 1 malice, ill-will, enmity

He only, in a general honest thought
general (adj.) 1 common, of everyone, public

And common good to all, made one of them.

His life was gentle, and the elements
element (n.) 1 (plural) substances from which all material things are made [believed to be earth, water, air, fire]
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble See Topics: Frequency count

So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up

And say to all the world, ‘ This was a man!’


OCTAVIUS

According to his virtue let us use him,
use (v.) 2 treat, deal with, manage

With all respect and rites of burial.
respect (n.) 4 esteem, status, honour

Within my tent his bones tonight shall lie,

Most like a soldier, ordered honourably.
order (v.) 2 dispose, deal with, treat

So call the field to rest, and let's away,
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat See Topics: Frequency count

To part the glories of this happy day.
part (v.) 2 divide, share, split up

Exeunt all

 
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