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Such as he is, full of regard and honour.

Bru. He is not doubted. A word, Lucilius;
How he received you, let me be resolved.

Lucil. 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 described
A hot friend cooling : ever note, Lucilius,
When love begins to sicken and decay,
It useth an enforced ceremony.
There are no tricks in plain and simple faith;
But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
Make gallant show and promise of their mettle ;
But when they should endure the bloody spur,
They fall their crests, 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 horse in general,
Are come with Cassius.
Bru.

Hark! he is arrived.

[Low march within. March gently on to meet him.

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Enter Cassius and his powers. Cas. Stand, ho! Bru. Stand, ho! Speak the word along. First Sol. Stand ! Sec. Sol. Stand ! Third Sol. Stand! Cas. Most noble brother, you have done me wrong. Bru. Judge me, you gods! wrong I mine enemies ? 16. familiar instances, marks of familiarity. 23. at hand, in hand.

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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 griefs softly: 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.

Pindarus,
Bid our commanders lead their charges off
A little from this ground.

Bru. Lucius, do you the like; and let no man Come to our tent till we have done our conference. Lucilius and Titinius guard our door. [Exeunt.

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Enter BRUTUS and Cassius.
Cas. That you have wrong'd me doth appear

in this :
You have condemn'd and noted Lucius Pella
For taking bribes here of the Sardians;
Wherein my letters, praying on his side, ,

46. enlarge, vent openly. fused ; and Lucilius, the con48. charges, forces.

fidential friend of Brutus, was 50-52. Lucius ... Lucilius; more likely to be chosen for this Craik's emendation for Ff trust than the serving - boy • Lucilius . . . Lucius.' The Lucius, even though, as the decisive ground for this change Camb. edd. suggest, Shakeis iv. 3. 126, where Lucilius is

speare conceived

him clearly 'guarding the door.' The names, perhaps abbreviated

noted, marked with in the MS., were easily con- stigma.

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Because I knew the man, were slighted off.
Bru. You wrong'd yourself to write in such a

case.
Cas. In such a time as this it is not meet
That every nice offence should bear his comment.

Bru. Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
Are much condemn'd to have an itching palm ;
To sell and mart your offices for gold
To undeservers.
Cas.

I an itching palm !
You know that you are Brutus that speak this,
Or, by the gods, this speech were else your last.
Bru. The name of Cassius honours this cor-

ruption,
And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.

Cas. Chastisement !
Bru. Remember March, the ides of March

remember:
Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake?
What villain touch'd his body, that did stab,
And not for justice? What, shall one of us,
That struck the foremost man of all this world
But for supporting robbers, shall we now
Contaminate our fingers with base bribes,
And sell the mighty space of our large honours
For so much trash as may be grasped thus ?
I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon,
Than such a Roman.
Cas.

Brutus, bait not me;
I'll not endure it: you forget yourself,
To hedge me in; I am a soldier, I,
Older in practice, abler than yourself
To make conditions.

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27. bay, bark at,

bear). All Ff agree in this

reading Theobald plausibly 28. bait, harass (as dogs a but needlessly read .bay.'

Bru.

Go to; you are not, Cassius.
Cas. I am.
Bru. I say you are not.

Cas. Urge me no more, I shall forget myself;
Have mind upon your health, tempt me no farther.

Bru. Away, slight man !
Cas. Is 't possible?
Bru.

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? Bru. All this ! ay, more: fret till your proud

heart break; Go show your slaves how choleric you are, And make your bondmen tremble. Must I budge? Must I observe you? must I stand and crouch Under your testy humour ? By the gods, You shall digest the venom of your spleen, Though it do split you ; for, from this day forth, I'll use you for my mirth, yea, for my laughter, When you are waspish. Cas.

Is it come to this?
Bru. You say you are a better soldier:
Let it appear so; make your vaunting true,
And it shall please me well: for mine own part,
I shall be glad to learn of noble men.
Cas. You wrong me every way; you wrong

me, Brutus;
I said, an elder soldier, not a better :
Did I say "better'?
Bru.

If you did, I care not.
Cas. When Cæsar lived, he durst not thus have

moved me. Bru. Peace, peace! you durst not so have

tempted him. 36. health, safety. 45. observe you, obsequiously humour you.

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Cas. I durst not!
Bru. No.
Cas. What, durst not tempt him !
Bru.

For your life you durst not.
Cas. Do not presume too much upon my love;
I may do that I shall be sorry for.
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
From the hard hands of peasants their vile trash
By any indirection : I did send
To you for gold to pay my legions,
Which

you denied me: was that done like Cassius?
Should I have answer'd Caius Cassius so?
When Marcus Brutus grows so covetous,
To lock such rascal counters from his friends,
Be ready, gods, with all your thunderbolts;
Dash him to pieces !
Cas.

I denied you not.
Bru. You did.

Cas. I did not : he was but a fool that brought
My answer back. Brutus hath rived my heart :
A friend should bear his friend's infirmities,
But Brutus makes mine greater than they are.

Bru. I do not, till you practise them on me.
Cas. You love me not.
Bru.

I do not like

your

faults. Cas. A friendly eye could never see such faults. 75. indirection, malpractice. 80. rascal, worthless.

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