Imatges de pÓgina

Oa. So you thought him;


And took his voice, who fhould be prickt to die.
In our black fentence and profcription.

Ant. Octavius, I have feen more days than you:
And though we lay these honours on this man,
To ease ourselves of divers flanderous loads,
He shall but bear them as the afs bears gold,
To groan and fweat under the business,
"Either led or driven, as we point the way;
And having brought our treasure where we will,
Then take we down his load, and turn him off,
Like to the empty afs, to shake his ears,
And graze in P commons.

OЯ. You may do your will;

But he's a try'd and valiant foldier.

Ant. So is my horfe, Octavius, and for that,
I do appoint him ftore of provender:
It is a creature that I teach to fight,
To wind, to ftop, to run directly on,
His corporal motion govern'd by my spirit.
And in fome tafte, is Lepidus but fo;
He must be taught, and train'd, and bid
A barren-fpirited fellow; one that feeds
On abject orts, and imitations,




Which, out of ufe, and ftal'd by other men,
Begin his fashion. Do not talk of him,


n P. and all after, except C, Or for Either.

This is T.'s emendation (followed by all after) all before read objects, arts,

• The three laft fo's and R. print for for abject orts. point.

r H. common for commons.

For ftal'd the two firft fo's read fal'de; the 4th, fall'd.


But as a property. And now, Odavius,

Liften great things. Brutus and Caffius

Are levying powers: we muft ftraight make head;

Therefore let our alliance be combin'd,

Our best friends made, and our best means ftretch'd 'out;

And let us presently go fit in council,

How covert matters may be beft difclos'd,

And open perils furest answered,

Oa. Let us do fo; for we are at the ftake,

And bay'd about with many enemies;

And fome that fimile have in their hearts, I fear,

Millions of mifchiefs.



In the Camp near Sardis; before Brutus's Tent.

• Drym. Enter Brutus and Soldiers to them Lucilius, and his Soldiers marching, Titinius and Pindarus.

Bru. Stand, ho!

Lucil. Give the word, ho! and ftand.

Bru. What now, Lucilius? is Caffius near à


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* The first f. J. and C. omit and &

C. omits drum. The fo's direct Dram. Enter Brutus, Lucilius, and the

* No defcription of the fcene in the Army. Titinius and Pindarus meet them,


So all after (except C.), bating that they read

Lucil. He is at hand, and Pindarus is come To do you falutation from his mafter ".

Bru. He greets me well. Your mafter, Pindarus, In his own change, or by ill officers,



Hath given me fome worthy caufe to wish
Things done, undone; but if he be at hand,
I shall be fatisfied.

read foldiers for the army, and meeting for Lucilius conveys thefe orders to his off


In C. Lucilius, Titinius and Pindarus do not enter until Brutus has faid Stand, bo! and a direction is given that these words fhould be spoken te bis (Brutus's) officers, entering. Then Lucilius (entering with his foldiers, and Pindarus and Titinius) fays to his party, Give the word, bo, and ftand. By thus ordering the fcene, C. feems to understand that Brutus and Lucilias, with their feveral bodies of foldiers, being upon their march meet; and then each of them gives the word of command to ftand, or halt, to their separate parties. Now this would have been proper enough had not Brutus erected his tent. But the fcene is before Brutus's tent, and he must have arrived, before he could have erected it. Therefore he and his foldiers have done marching, have erected the tent, and are expecting the other companies at the place appointed. Here the scene opens; Lu

lius, being upon the march, and having arrived where Brutus is, Brutus (as geaeraliffimo of the forces) bids him Bandz

cers, and bids them give the word of command to the foldiers. By thus understanding the feene, it appears confiftept with itself, the dignity of Brutus is kept up, and the fubordination, of general to generalissimo, officers to their general, and common foldiers to their officers, is painted in a very few, fimple, but expressive words.

w Here C. directs [presenting Pindarus, who gives a letter. But it is very strange that Caffius fhould fend a letter when he was at band, and just at the heels of the messenger. C.'s reason for giving this direction is, I fuppose, because (Lu cilius having presented Pindarus to Bran sus, as bringing a falutation from Caffius) Pindarus makes no falutation by word of mouth to Brutus, and therefore the falutation must be contained in a letter, But I fhould rather think that Shakefpeare wrote a short speech for Pindarus, in this place, fuch as, Caffius fends health to Brutus, which is loft,

* H. W. and C. charge for ebange. 77. propoles offices for officers.

Pin. I do not doubt

But that my noble mafter will appear

Such as he is, full of regard and honour.

Bru. He is not doubted. A word, Lucilius; How he receiv'd you, let me be refolv'd.

Lucil. With courtesy, and with respect enough;' But not with fuch familiar inftances,

Nor with fuch free and friendly conference,
As he hath us'd of old.

Bru. Thou haft defcrib'd

A hot friend cooling: Ever note, Lucilius,
When love begins to ficken and decay,
It useth an enforced ceremony.

There are no tricks in plain and fimple faith;
But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
Make gallant fhew and promife of their mettle;
But when they should endure the bloody fpur,


They fall their a crefts, and like deceitful jades,

Sink in the trial. Comes his army on?

Lucil. They mean this night in Sardis to be quarter'd;

The greater part, the horfe in general,

Are come with Caffius.

Bru. Hark, he is arriv'd:

March gently on to meet him.

[ March within.

2 H. reads, Hear, a word, Lucilius-→→ &c.

b All but C. direct [Low March with in; and the fo's and R, place this direc

a So the 1ft f, and C; the reft, creft tion in Brutus's laft speech after the

for crefs.

word mettle.


Enter Caffius and Soldiers.

Caf. Stand, ho!

Bru. Stand, ho! Speak the word along.

Within. Stand!

Within. Stand!

Within. Stand!

Caf. Moft noble brother, you have done me wrong. Bru. Judge me, you gods! wrong I mine enemies? And if not fo, how fhould I wrong a brother?

Caf. Brutus, this sober form of yours hides wrongs; And when you do them

Bru. Caffius, be content,

Speak your griefs foftly, I do know you well:
Before the eyes of both our armies here,

Which fhould perceive nothing but love from us,
Let us not wrangle: Bid them move aways!!
Then in my tent, Caffius, enlarge your griefs, I:
And I will give you audience.

Caf. Pindarus,

Bid our commanders lead their charges off
A little from this ground.

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