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ACT V - SCENE III. Another part of the field.
Alarums. Enter CASSIUS and TITINIUS

CASSIUS
1    O, look, Titinius, look, the villains fly!
2    Myself have to mine own turn'd enemy:
3    This ensign here of mine was turning back;
4    I slew the coward, and did take it from him.
TITINIUS
5    O Cassius, Brutus gave the word too early;
6    Who, having some advantage on Octavius,
7    Took it too eagerly: his soldiers fell to spoil,
8    Whilst we by Antony are all enclosed.
Enter PINDARUS

PINDARUS
9    Fly further off, my lord, fly further off;
10   Mark Antony is in your tents, my lord
11   Fly, therefore, noble Cassius, fly far off.
CASSIUS
12   This hill is far enough. Look, look, Titinius;
13   Are those my tents where I perceive the fire?
TITINIUS
14   They are, my lord.
CASSIUS
15   Titinius, if thou lovest me,
16   Mount thou my horse, and hide thy spurs in him,
17   Till he have brought thee up to yonder troops,
18   And here again; that I may rest assured
19   Whether yond troops are friend or enemy.
TITINIUS
20   I will be here again, even with a thought.
Exit

CASSIUS
21   Go, Pindarus, get higher on that hill;
22   My sight was ever thick; regard Titinius,
23   And tell me what thou notest about the field.
PINDARUS ascends the hill
24   This day I breathed first: time is come round,
25   And where I did begin, there shall I end;
26   My life is run his compass. Sirrah, what news?
PINDARUS
Above
27    O my lord!
CASSIUS
28   What news?
PINDARUS
Above
29    Titinius is enclosed round about
30   With horsemen, that make to him on the spur;
31   Yet he spurs on. Now they are almost on him.
32   Now, Titinius! Now some light. O, he lights too.
33   He's ta'en.
Shout
34   And, hark! they shout for joy.
CASSIUS
35   Come down, behold no more.
36   O, coward that I am, to live so long,
37   To see my best friend ta'en before my face!
PINDARUS descends
38   Come hither, sirrah:
39   In Parthia did I take thee prisoner;
40   And then I swore thee, saving of thy life,
41   That whatsoever I did bid thee do,
42   Thou shouldst attempt it. Come now, keep thine oath;
43   Now be a freeman: and with this good sword,
44   That ran through Caesar's bowels, search this bosom.
45   Stand not to answer: here, take thou the hilts;
46   And, when my face is cover'd, as 'tis now,
47   Guide thou the sword.
PINDARUS stabs him
48   Caesar, thou art revenged,
49   Even with the sword that kill'd thee.
Dies

PINDARUS
50   So, I am free; yet would not so have been,
51   Durst I have done my will. O Cassius,
52   Far from this country Pindarus shall run,
53   Where never Roman shall take note of him.
Exit

Re-enter TITINIUS with MESSALA

MESSALA
54   It is but change, Titinius; for Octavius
55   Is overthrown by noble Brutus' power,
56   As Cassius' legions are by Antony.
TITINIUS
57   These tidings will well comfort Cassius.
MESSALA
58   Where did you leave him?
TITINIUS
59   All disconsolate,
60   With Pindarus his bondman, on this hill.
MESSALA
61   Is not that he that lies upon the ground?
TITINIUS
62   He lies not like the living. O my heart!
MESSALA
63   Is not that he?
TITINIUS
64   No, this was he, Messala,
65   But Cassius is no more. O setting sun,
66   As in thy red rays thou dost sink to-night,
67   So in his red blood Cassius' day is set;
68   The sun of Rome is set! Our day is gone;
69   Clouds, dews, and dangers come; our deeds are done!
70   Mistrust of my success hath done this deed.
MESSALA
71   Mistrust of good success hath done this deed.
72   O hateful error, melancholy's child,
73   Why dost thou show to the apt thoughts of men
74   The things that are not? O error, soon conceived,
75   Thou never comest unto a happy birth,
76   But kill'st the mother that engender'd thee!
TITINIUS
77   What, Pindarus! where art thou, Pindarus?
MESSALA
78   Seek him, Titinius, whilst I go to meet
79   The noble Brutus, thrusting this report
80   Into his ears; I may say, thrusting it;
81   For piercing steel and darts envenomed
82   Shall be as welcome to the ears of Brutus
83   As tidings of this sight.
TITINIUS
84   Hie you, Messala,
85   And I will seek for Pindarus the while.
Exit MESSALA
86   Why didst thou send me forth, brave Cassius?
87   Did I not meet thy friends? and did not they
88   Put on my brows this wreath of victory,
89   And bid me give it thee? Didst thou not hear their shouts?
90   Alas, thou hast misconstrued every thing!
91   But, hold thee, take this garland on thy brow;
92   Thy Brutus bid me give it thee, and I
93   Will do his bidding. Brutus, come apace,
94   And see how I regarded Caius Cassius.
95   By your leave, gods:--this is a Roman's part
96   Come, Cassius' sword, and find Titinius' heart.
Kills himself

BRUTUS
97   Where, where, Messala, doth his body lie?
MESSALA
98   Lo, yonder, and Titinius mourning it.
BRUTUS
99   Titinius' face is upward.
CATO
100  He is slain.
BRUTUS
101  O Julius Caesar, thou art mighty yet!
102  Thy spirit walks abroad and turns our swords
103  In our own proper entrails.
Low alarums

CATO
104  Brave Titinius!
105  Look, whether he have not crown'd dead Cassius!
BRUTUS
106  Are yet two Romans living such as these?
107  The last of all the Romans, fare thee well!
108  It is impossible that ever Rome
109  Should breed thy fellow. Friends, I owe more tears
110  To this dead man than you shall see me pay.
111  I shall find time, Cassius, I shall find time.
112  Come, therefore, and to Thasos send his body:
113  His funerals shall not be in our camp,
114  Lest it discomfort us. Lucilius, come;
115  And come, young Cato; let us to the field.
116  Labeo and Flavius, set our battles on:
117  'Tis three o'clock; and, Romans, yet ere night
118  We shall try fortune in a second fight.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V

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