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Upon one battle all our liberties.
Mes. Believe not so.
I but believe it partly;
Bru. Even so, Lucilius.
Now, most noble Brutus,
Bru. Even by the rule of that philosophy,
our former ensign-) Former is foremost, 9 The very last time we shall speak together : What are
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,
By which I did blame Cato for the death
Then, if we lose this battle,
Cas. For ever, and for ever, farewell, Brutus !
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.
The same. 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.
Another Part of the Field.
Alarum. Enter CASSIUS and TTTINIUS. Cas. 0, look, Titinius, look, the villains fly! Myself have to mine own turn'd enemy : This ensign here of mine was turning back; I slew the coward, and did take it from him.
Tit. O Cassius, Brutus gave the word too early : Who having some advantage on Octavius, Took it too eagerly; his soldiers fell to spoil, Whilst we by Antony are all enclos'd.
Enter PINDARUS. Pin. Fly further off, my lord, fly further off; Mark Antony is in your tents, my lord ! Fly therefore, noble Cassius, fly far off. Cas. This hill is far enough. Look, look, Titi
Are those my tents, where I perceive the fire ?
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 assurd, Whether yond troops are friend or enemy: Tit. I will be here again, even with a thought.
[Erit. Cas. Go, Pindarus, get higher on that hill; My sight was ever thick; regard Titinius, And tell me what thou not'st about the field.
Pin. (Above.] 0.my lord!
Pin. Titinius is
[Shout. They shout for joy. Cas.
Come down, behold no more.com O, coward that I am, to live so long, To see my best friend ta’en before my face !
Come hither, sirrah :
Pin. So, I am free; yet would not so have been,
Re-enter TITINIUS, with MessALA.
Mes. It is but change, Titinius; for Octavius 1
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! Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men The things that are not ? O error, soon conceiv'd, Thou never com’st unto a happy birth, But kill'st the mother that engender'd thee.