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Our enemies have beat us to the pit:
Thou know'st that we two went to school together:
Hold thou my sword-hilts, whilst I run on it.
[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;
So fare you well at once; for Brutus' tongue
Night hangs upon mine eyes; my bones would rest,
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:
Thy life hath had some smatch of honour in it:
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?
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.
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
Oct. According to his virtue let us use him,
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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