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And open perils surest answered.
Oct. Let us do so: for we are at the stake, · And bay'd about with many enemies;
And some, that smile, have in their hearts, I fear, Millions of mischief.
Drum. Enter BRUTUS, LUCILIUS, Lucius, and
Soldiers: TITINIUS and PINDARUS meeting them.
Luc. He is at hand; and Pindarus is come
(PINDARUS gives a Letter to BRUTUS. Bru. He greets me well. Your master, Pindarus, In his own change, or by ill officers, Hath given me some worthy cause to wish Things done, undone: but, if he be at hand, I shall be satisfied. - Pin anin. I do not doubt, . But that my noble master 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 resolvid.
Luc. With courtesy, and with respect enough; But not with such familiar instances, Nor with such free and friendly conference, As he hath used of old. Bru.
Thou hast describd A hot friend cooling: Ever note, Lucilius,
at the stake,). An allusion to bear-baiting,
When love begins to sicken and decay,
Hark, he is arriv'd: March gently on to meet him. . "
Enter Cassius and Soldiers.
wrong. Bru. Judgeme, you gods! Wrong I mine enemies? And, if not so, how should I wrong a brother?
Cas. Brutus, this sober form of yours hides wrongs; And when you do them : Bru.
Cassius, be content, Speak your griefssoftly, I do know you well: Before the eyes of both our armies here, .. Which should perceive nothing but love from us, Let us not wrangle: Bid them move away; Then in my tent, Cassius, enlarge your griefs, And I will give you audience. Cas.
your griefs -] i.e. your grievances.
Bid our commanders lead their charges off · A little from this ground. ..
Bru. Lucilius, do the like; and let no man Come to our tent, till we have done our conference. Let Lucius and Titinius guard our door. [Exeunt.
Lucius and Titinius at some distance from it.
Enter Brutus and CASSIUS.
Bru. You wrong'd yourself, to write in such a case.
Cas. In such a time as this, it is not meet
Bru. Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
I an itching palm?
Bru. The name of Cassius honours this corruption, And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.
Cas. Chastisement !
etery nice offence
] 1. e. small trifing offence.
Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake?
. Brutus, bay not me,
Bru. . Go to; you're not, Cassius.
Cas. Urge me no more, I shall forget myself; Have mind upon your health, tempt me no further.
Bru. Away, slight man!
Hear me, for I will speak. Must I give way and room to your rash choler? Shall I be frighted, when a madman stares?
Cas. O ye gods! ye gods! Must I endure all this?
- What villain touch'd his body, that did stab, .
And not for justice?] This question is far from implying that any of those who touch'd Cæsar's body, were villains. On the contrary, it is an indirect way of asserting that there was not one man among them, who was base enough to stab him for any cause but that of justice. MALONE.
5 To hedge me in;] That is, to limit my authority by your direcLion or censure.
6 To make conditions.] That is, to know on what terms it is fit to confer the offices which are at my disposal.
Go, show your slaves how cholerick you are,
Is it come to this?
If you did, I care not.
mov'd me. Bru. Peace, peace; you durst not so have tempted
For your life you durst not.
Bru. You have done that you should be sorry for. There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats; For I am arm'd so strong in honesty, That they pass by me, as the idle wind, Which I respect not. I did send to you For certain sums of gold, which you denied me;-For I can raise no money by vile means: By heaven, I had rather coin my heart, And drop my blood for drachmas, than to wring