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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Translation Act 5, Scene 4

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Sounds of battle. BRUTUS, MESSALA, Young CATO, LUCILLIUS, and FLAVIO enter.

BRUTUS

Yet, countrymen, O, yet hold up your heads!

BRUTUS

Fight on, countrymen. Oh, keep holding your heads up high!

BRUTUS, MESSALA, and FLAVIO exit.

CATO

What bastard doth not? Who will go with me? I will proclaim my name about the field. I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho! A foe to tyrants, and my country’s friend. I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho!

CATO

Who would be such a bastard as to give up? Who will fight on with me? I will proclaim my name around the field. I am the son of Marcus Cato! An enemy to tyrants and a friend to my country. Hey, I am the son of Marcus Cato!

ANTONY and OCTAVIUS' SOLDIERS enter and fight.

LUCILLIUS

And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus, I!Brutus, my country’s friend. Know me for Brutus!

LUCILLIUS

And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus. Brutus, my country’s friend. Know that I am Brutus!

SOLDIERS kill Young CATO.

LUCILLIUS

O young and noble Cato, art thou down?Why, now thou diest as bravely as Titinius,And mayst be honored, being Cato’s son.

LUCILLIUS

Oh, young and noble Cato, are you killed? Why, you die now as bravely as Titinius did. And you will be honored as Cato’s son.

FIRST SOLDIER

[to LUCILLIUS] Yield, or thou diest.

FIRST SOLDIER

[To LUCILLIUS] Surrender, or you die.

LUCILLIUS

Only I yield to die.There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight.Kill Brutus, and be honored in his death.

LUCILLIUS

I’ll surrender only to death. Here’s enough money for you to kill me immediately. Kill Brutus, and be honored by the killing.

FIRST SOLDIER

We must not. A noble prisoner!

FIRST SOLDIER

We must not. He’s a noble prisoner!

ANTONY enters.

SECOND SOLDIER

Room, ho! Tell Antony Brutus is ta'en.

SECOND SOLDIER

Hey, make room! Tell Antony that Brutus has been taken.

FIRST SOLDIER

I’ll tell the news. Here comes the general.—Brutus is ta'en, Brutus is ta'en, my lord.

FIRST SOLDIER

I’ll tell him the news. Here comes the general.

[To ANTONY] Brutus is captured, Brutus is captured, my lord.

ANTONY

Where is he?

ANTONY

Where is he?

LUCILLIUS

Safe, Antony. Brutus is safe enough. I dare assure thee that no enemy Shall ever take alive the noble Brutus. The gods defend him from so great a shame! When you do find him, or alive or dead, He will be found like Brutus, like himself.

LUCILLIUS

Safe, Antony. Brutus is safe enough. I assure you that no enemy will ever take the noble Brutus alive. The gods protect him from so great a shame! When you do find him, alive or dead, he’ll be found as Brutus, on his own terms.

ANTONY

[to SOLDIERS] This is not Brutus, friend, but, I assureyou, A prize no less in worth. Keep this man safe. Give him all kindness. I had rather have Such men my friends than enemies. Go on, And see whether Brutus be alive or dead. And bring us word unto Octavius' tent How everything is chanced.

ANTONY

[To SOLDIERS] Friend, this isn’t Brutus. But, I assure you, he is as valuable a prize. Keep this man safe. Be gentle with him. I would rather have such men as my friends than as my enemies. Keep going, and see if Brutus is alive or dead. Then return to Octavius’ tent to bring us word of how thing’s have turned out.

They exit in opposite directions.

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About the Translator: Ben Florman

Ben is a co-founder of LitCharts. He holds a BA in English Literature from Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he won the Winthrop Sargent prize for best undergraduate paper on a topic related to Shakespeare.