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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Translation Act 5, Scene 5

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BRUTUS, DARDANIUS, CLITUS, STRATO, and VOLUMNIUS enter.

BRUTUS

Come, poor remains of friends, rest on this rock.

BRUTUS

Come, my few last remaining friends, and rest on this rock.

CLITUS

Statilius showed the torchlight but, my lord,He came not back. He is or ta'en or slain.

CLITUS

Statilius waved the torchlight at us, but he hasn’t come back. He’s been captured or killed.

BRUTUS

Sit thee down, Clitus. Slaying is the word.It is a deed in fashion. Hark thee, Clitus. [whispers to CLITUS]

BRUTUS

Sit down, Clitus. Killed, probably. It’s in fashion, apparently. Listen, Clitus. [He whispers to CLITUS]

CLITUS

What, I, my lord? No, not for all the world.

CLITUS

Who, me, my lord? No, not for all the world.

BRUTUS

Peace then! No words.

BRUTUS

Silence, then! Don’t say anything.

CLITUS

I’ll rather kill myself.

CLITUS

I’d rather kill myself.

BRUTUS

Hark thee, Dardanius. [whispers to DARDANIUS]

BRUTUS

Listen, Dardanius. [He whispers to DARDANIUS]

DARDANIUS

Shall I do such a deed?

DARDANIUS

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CLITUS

O Dardanius!

CLITUS

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DARDANIUS

O Clitus!

DARDANIUS

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CLITUS

[aside to DARDANIUS] What ill request did Brutus make to thee?

CLITUS

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DARDANIUS

[aside to CLITUS] To kill him, Clitus. Look, he meditates.

DARDANIUS

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CLITUS

[aside to DARDANIUS] Now is that noble vessel full of grief,That it runs over even at his eyes.

CLITUS

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BRUTUS

Come hither, good Volumnius. List a word.

BRUTUS

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VOLUMNIUS

What says my lord?

VOLUMNIUS

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BRUTUS

Why this, Volumnius: The ghost of Caesar hath appeared to me Two several times by night. At Sardis once, And this last night here in Philippi fields. I know my hour is come.

BRUTUS

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VOLUMNIUS

Not so, my lord.

VOLUMNIUS

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BRUTUS

Nay, I am sure it is, Volumnius.Thou seest the world, Volumnius, how it goes.Our enemies have beat us to the pit.

BRUTUS

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Faint sounds of battle.

BRUTUS

It is more worthy to leap in ourselves Than tarry till they push us. Good Volumnius, Thou know’st that we two went to school together. Even for that our love of old, I prithee, Hold thou my sword hilts, whilst I run on it.

BRUTUS

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VOLUMNIUS

That’s not an office for a friend, my lord.

VOLUMNIUS

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Sounds of battle.

CLITUS

Fly, fly, my lord. There is no tarrying here.

CLITUS

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BRUTUS

Farewell to you. —And you .—And you, Volumnius. —Strato, thou hast been all this while asleep. Farewell to thee too, Strato. —Countrymen, My heart doth joy that yet in all my life I found no man but he was true to me. I shall have glory by this losing day More than Octavius and Mark Antony By this vile conquest shall attain unto. So fare you well at once, for Brutus' tongue Hath almost ended his life’s history. Night hangs upon mine eyes. My bones would rest, That have but labored to attain this hour.

BRUTUS

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Sounds of battle. Offstage, someone cries, “Run, run, run!”

CLITUS

Fly, my lord, fly.

CLITUS

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BRUTUS

Hence. I will follow.

BRUTUS

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CLITUS, DARDANIUS, and VOLUMNIUS exit.

BRUTUS

I prithee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord. Thou art a fellow of a good respect. Thy life hath had some smatch of honor in it. Hold then my sword and turn away thy face While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strato?

BRUTUS

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STRATO

Give me your hand first. [holds BRUTUS' sword] Fare you well, my lord.

STRATO

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BRUTUS

Farewell, good Strato. [runs on his sword] Caesar, now be still.I killed not thee with half so good a will. [dies]

BRUTUS

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Sounds of battle. Trumpets sound a retreat. OCTAVIUS, ANTONY, MESSALA, and LUCILLIUS enter with the army.

OCTAVIUS

What man is that?

OCTAVIUS

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MESSALA

My master’s man.—Strato, where is thy master?

MESSALA

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STRATO

Free from the bondage you are in, Messala. The conquerors can but make a fire of him. For Brutus only overcame himself, And no man else hath honor by his death.

STRATO

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LUCILLIUS

So Brutus should be found.—I thank thee, Brutus,That thou hast proved Lucillius' saying true.

LUCILLIUS

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OCTAVIUS

All that served Brutus, I will entertain them.—Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me?

OCTAVIUS

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STRATO

Ay, if Messala will prefer me to you.

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OCTAVIUS

Do so, good Messala.

OCTAVIUS

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MESSALA

How died my master, Strato?

MESSALA

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STRATO

I held the sword and he did run on it.

STRATO

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MESSALA

Octavius, then take him to follow thee,That did the latest service to my master.

MESSALA

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ANTONY

This was the noblest Roman of them all. All the conspirators save only he Did that they did in envy of great Caesar. He only in a general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them. His life was gentle, and the elements So mixed in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, “This was a man.”

ANTONY

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OCTAVIUS

According to his virtue let us use him, With all respect and rites of burial. Within my tent his bones tonight shall lie Most like a soldier, ordered honorably. So call the field to rest, and let’s away To part the glories of this happy day.

OCTAVIUS

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All exit.

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