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I come pot, friends, to steal away your hearts;
THE VARIOUS CHARACTER AND SIMILAR PATE OF THOSE WHO TOOK
PART IN CÆSAR'S DEATH INDICATED BY SCENES SUPPOSED TO
HISTORICAL MEMORANDA. The death of Cæsar was almost immediately followed by the flight of the conspirators from the city, in order to avoid the dangers which menaced them through the excited indignation of the people. Brutus and Cassius hastened to take the command of provinces to which the senate, before Cæsar's death, had appointed them. But while Antony, remaining in the city, was raising himself, by every means 'of art and force, to the high station from which Cæsar had been precipitated, he met with a rival in the young Octavius, nephew and adopted son of the late Cæsar. Rendered enemies by their common ambition, these two men, after various efforts to circumvent and overthrow each other, were at length reconciled by the mediation of Lepidus ; and with him, forming the second triunvirate, agreed to make common cause against Brutus and Cassius, who were at the head of powerful armies in Syria, and preparing to march into Europe. These events occupied the space of about two years; and a few months more saw the tragedy concluded "which the ides of March began;" the fate which betel the principal conspirators, with some little variation of circumstances, following all, as far as history has traced their lives, who had taken part in the transaction of that memorable day. The only exception seems to have been Messala, who, although included in one of the proscriptions, contrived to escape.
We are to imagine the camp of Brutus at Sardis in Asia Minor : Brutus is in conversation with Titinius, who has just returned from Cassius, and brought with him the bondman of the latter. The two camps had hitherto been at some distance apart. [Brutus.] Now say, Titinius, is Cassius near ? [Titinius.] He is at hand; and here is Pindarus
To do you salutation from his master.
To wish some things undone, that have been done:
But not with such familiar importunity,
As he hath usd of old.
A hot friend cooling. Ever note, Titinius,
There are no tricks in plain and simple faith:
Sink in the trial.—Comes his army on?
The greater part; the horse, in general,
Bear him this way. [Brutus.] I'll wait till he shall speak. [a pause.] (Cassius.] Most noble brother, you have done me wrong. [Brutus.] Judge me, ye gods !-wrong I mine enemies ?
And if not so, how should I wrong a brother ? [Cassius.] Brutus, that sober form of yours hides wrongs,
And when you do them,-
Speak your griefs softly,—I do know you well:
And I will give you audience. (Cassius.] Pindarus,
Bid our commanders lead their charges off
A little from the ground. [Brutus.] Titinius, do the like; and let no man
Come to my tent till we have done our conference. Cassius follows Brutus to the interior of the tent : [Cassius.] That you have wrong'd me, doth appear in this;
You have condemn’d and noted Lucius Pella,
my letters praying on his side,
[Cassius.] In such a time as this, it is not meet
That every nice offence should bear its comment. [Brutus.) But let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
Are much condemn’d to have an itching palm
You know that you are Brutus that speak this,
Or, by the gods, this speech were else your last! [Brutus.] The name of Cassius honours this corruption,
And chastisement doth therefore hide its head. [Cassius.] Chastisement ! [Brutus.] Remember March,—the ides of March remember :
Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake ?
Than such a Roman!
I'll not endure it : I a'm a soldier, I,
To make conditions.
Have mind upon your health; tempt me no further. [Brutus.] Away, slight man! [Cassius.] Is 't possible?
(Brutus.] Hear me, for I will speak.
Must I give way and room to your rash choler?
Shall I be frighted when a madman stares ? [Cassius.] Ye gods! ye gods !-must I endure all this? [Brutus.] All this ?-ay, more: fret till your proud heart Go, show your slaves how choleric you are,
[break; And make
bondmen tremble. Must I budge?
-yea, for my laughter,-When you are waspish. [Cassius.] Is it come to this ? [Brutus.] You say, you are a better soldier :
Let it appear so ;-make your vaunting true,
I shall be glad to learn of noble men. [Cass.] You wrong me every way,—you wrong me, Brutus ;
I said an elder soldier, not a better:
Did I say better? [Brutus.] If you did, I care not. [Cass.] When Cæsar liv'd, he durst not thus have mov'd me. [Brutus.] Peace, peace! you durst not so have tempted him. [Cassius.] I durst not ? [Brutus.] No. [Cassius.] What! durst not tempt him? [Brutus.] For your life, you durst not. [Cassius.] Do not presume too much upon my love:
do what I shall be sorry for. [Brutus.] You have done what
for. There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats ;