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Oa. So you thought him;
And took his voice, who fhould be prickt to die.
Ant. Octavius, I have feen more days than you:
OЯ. You may do your will;
But he's a try'd and valiant foldier.
Ant. So is my horfe, Octavius, and for that,
Which, out of ufe, and ftal'd by other men,
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
* 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
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,
Bru. Thou haft defcrib'd
A hot friend cooling: Ever note, Lucilius,
There are no tricks in plain and fimple faith;
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
Enter Caffius and Soldiers.
Caf. Stand, ho!
Bru. Stand, ho! Speak the word along.
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:
Which fhould perceive nothing but love from us,
Bid our commanders lead their charges off