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But, since the affairs of men rest still uncertain,
Bru. Even by the rule of that philosophy',
Then, if we lose this battle,
Bru. No, Cassius, no: think not, thou noble Roman,
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.
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.
For ever, and for ever, farewell, Cassius !
Cas. For ever, and for ever, farewell, Brutus! !
The Field of Battle.
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. [Eceunt.
Another Part of the Field.
Alarum. Enter Cassius and TITINIUS.
Cas. 0, look, Titinius, look, the villains fly!
Tit. O Cassius, Brutus gave the word too early:
Who having some advantage on Octavius,
Pin. Fly further off, my lord, fly further off ;
Cas. This hill is far enough. Look, look, Titinius; Are those my tents, where I perceive the fire ?
Tit. They are, my lord. .
Titinius, if thou lov'st me,
Tit. I will be here again, even with a thought. (Exit.
Cas. Go, Pindarus, get higher on that hill;
Pin. [above.] O my lord !
Pin. Titinius is
and, hark! They shout for joy. Cas.
Come down, behold no more.0, coward that I am, to live so long, To see my best friend ta’en before my face !
[Shout. Enter PINDARUS. Come hither, sirrah : In Parthia did I take thee prisoner; And then I swore thee, saving of thy life, That whatsoever I did bid thee do, Thou should’st attempt it. Come now, keep thine oath ! Now be a freeman; and, with this good sword, That ran through Cæsar's bowels, search this bosom. Stand not to answer; Here, take thou the hilts; And, when my face is cover'd, as 'tis now, Guide thou the sword. --Cæsar, thou art reveng'd, Even with the sword that kill'd thee.
[Dies. Pin. 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.
Re-enter Titinius, with MESSALA.
Tit. These tidings will well comfort Cassius.
All disconsolate, With Pindarus his bondman, on this hill.
Mes. Is not that he, that lies upon the ground?
No, this was he, Messala,
Mes. Mistrust of good success hath done this deed.
O hateful error, melancholy's child !
Tit. What, Pindarus! Where art thou, Pindarus?
Mes. Seek him, Titinius: whilst I go to meet
Hie you, Messala,
shouts ? Alas, thou hast misconstrued every thing. But hold thee, take this garland on thy brow; Thy Brutus bid me give it thee, and I Will do his bidding.-Brutus, come apace, And see how I regarded Caius Cassius.-By your leave, gods:- This is a Roman's part: Come, Cassius' sword, and find Titinius' heart. [Dies.
Alarum. Re-enter MESSALA, with Brutus, young Cato,
STRATO, VOLUMNIUS, and LUCILIUS.
He is slain.
† "give it thee?"-Malone.