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Our enemies have beat us to the pit:
It is more worthy to leap in ourselves,
Than tarry till they push us.

[Low alarums

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.
Vol. That's not an office for a friend, my lord.

[Alarum still Cli. Fly, fly, my lord; there is no tarrying here. 30 Bru. Farewell to you; and you; and you, Volum nius.

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 labour'd to attain this hour.

Cli. Fly, my lord, fly.



[Alarum. Cry within, “Fly, fly, fly!"

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;

Thy life hath had some smatch of honour in it:
Hold then my sword, and turn away thy face,
While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strato?

23. [Have beat us to the pit, i. e. like beasts of the chase.] 46. smatch. We should probably read “smack,” of which the *smatch" of the folio seems to be merely an irregular spelling

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


Bru. Farewell, good Strato. [Runs on his sword.] Cæsar, now be still:

I kill'd not thee with half so good a will.



Alarum. Retreat. Enter OCTAVIUS, ANTONY, MESSALA, LUCILIUS, and the Army.

Oct. What man is that?

Mes. My master's man.


Strato, where is thy

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.

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


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.

Oct. Do so, good Messala.

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·

All the conspirators save only he

Did that they did in envy of great Cæsar;

He only, in a general honest thought

And common good to all, made one of them.

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72. And common good to all. Loosely written: = and for the common good of all.

His life was gentle, and the elements

So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world "This was a man!"

Oct. According to his virtue let us use him,
With all respect and rites of burial.
Within my tent his bones to-night shall lie,
Most like a soldier, order'd honourably.
So call the field to rest; and let's away
To part the glories of this happy day.


73. the elements, etc.: a reference to the old physiological notion that man was composed of the four elements, air, earth, fire, and water.

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