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Julius Caesar: Act 5 Scene 3
Scene III Another part of the field.
- [Alarums. Enter CASSIUS and TITINIUS]
- O, 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.
- 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 enclosed.
- [Enter PINDARUS]
- Fly further off, my lord, fly further off;
- Mark Antony is in your tents, my lord
- Fly, therefore, noble Cassius, fly far off.
- This hill is far enough. Look, look, Titinius;
- Are those my tents where I perceive the fire?
- They are, my lord.
- Titinius, if thou lovest 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 assured
- Whether yond troops are friend or enemy.
- I will be here again, even with a thought.
- Go, Pindarus, get higher on that hill;
- My sight was ever thick; regard Titinius,
- And tell me what thou notest about the field.
- [PINDARUS ascends the hill]
- This day I breathed first: time is come round,
- And where I did begin, there shall I end;
- My life is run his compass. Sirrah, what news?
- [Above] O my lord!
- What news?
- [Above] Titinius is enclosed round about
- With horsemen, that make to him on the spur;
- Yet he spurs on. Now they are almost on him.
- Now, Titinius! Now some light. O, he lights too.
- He's ta'en.
- And, hark! they shout for joy.
- Come down, behold no more.
- O, coward that I am, to live so long,
- To see my best friend ta'en before my face!
- [PINDARUS descends]
- 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 shouldst attempt it. Come now, keep thine oath;
- Now be a freeman: and with this good sword,
- That ran through Caesar'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.
- [PINDARUS stabs him]
- Caesar, thou art revenged,
- Even with the sword that kill'd thee.
- 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.
- [Re-enter TITINIUS with MESSALA]
- It is but change, Titinius; for Octavius
- Is overthrown by noble Brutus' power,
- As Cassius' legions are by Antony.
- These tidings will well comfort Cassius.
- Where did you leave him?
- All disconsolate,
- With Pindarus his bondman, on this hill.
- Is not that he that lies upon the ground?
- He lies not like the living. O my heart!
- Is not that he?
- No, this was he, Messala,
- But Cassius is no more. O setting sun,
- As in thy red rays thou dost sink to-night,
- So in his red blood Cassius' day is set;
- The sun of Rome is set! Our day is gone;
- Clouds, dews, and dangers come; our deeds are done!
- Mistrust of my success hath done this deed.
- 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 conceived,
- Thou never comest unto a happy birth,
- But kill'st the mother that engender'd thee!
- What, Pindarus! where art thou, Pindarus?
- Seek him, Titinius, whilst I go to meet
- The noble Brutus, thrusting this report
- Into his ears; I may say, thrusting it;
- For piercing steel and darts envenomed
- Shall be as welcome to the ears of Brutus
- As tidings of this sight.
- Hie you, Messala,
- And I will seek for Pindarus the while.
- [Exit MESSALA]
- Why didst thou send me forth, brave Cassius?
- Did I not meet thy friends? and did not they
- Put on my brows this wreath of victory,
- And bid me give it thee? Didst thou not hear their 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.
- [Kills himself]
- [Alarum. Re-enter MESSALA, with BRUTUS, CATO,
- STRATO, VOLUMNIUS, and LUCILIUS]
- Where, where, Messala, doth his body lie?
- Lo, yonder, and Titinius mourning it.
- Titinius' face is upward.
- He is slain.
- O Julius Caesar, thou art mighty yet!
- Thy spirit walks abroad and turns our swords
- In our own proper entrails.
- [Low alarums]
- Brave Titinius!
- Look, whether he have not crown'd dead Cassius!
- Are yet two Romans living such as these?
- The last of all the Romans, fare thee well!
- It is impossible that ever Rome
- Should breed thy fellow. Friends, I owe more tears
- To this dead man than you shall see me pay.
- I shall find time, Cassius, I shall find time.
- Come, therefore, and to Thasos send his body:
- His funerals shall not be in our camp,
- Lest it discomfort us. Lucilius, come;
- And come, young Cato; let us to the field.
- Labeo and Flavius, set our battles on:
- 'Tis three o'clock; and, Romans, yet ere night
- We shall try fortune in a second fight.