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Cli. Fly, my lord, fly!
Hence; I will follow.
[Exeunt Cli., DAR., and Vol. I prithee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord : Thou art a fellow of a good respect?; Thy life hath had some smatch 2 of honour in it: Hold then my sword, and turn away thy face, While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strato ? Stra. Give me your hand first: Fare you well, my
lord. Bru. Farewell, good Strato.-Cæsar, now be still 3 : I killed not thee with half so good a will.
[He runs on his sword, and dies.
Retreat. Enter OCTAVIUS, ANTONY, MESSALA,
LUCILIUS, and their army.
Oct. What man is that?
:-Strato, where is thy master ?
Luc. So Brutus should be found.—I thank thee, Brutus, That thou hast proved Lucilius' saying 4 true.
Oct. All that served Brutus, I will entertain them. 5 Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me ? 6
* Respect.] Reputation. See Extr. from Plutarch, 69. 2 Smatch.] Smack or savour.
8 Be still.] Let not thy spirit rise again, but be appeased and quiet.
4 Lucilius' saying.] Viz. 'that no enemy shall ever take alive the noble Brutus.' 5 Entertain them.] Receive them into my
service. s Bestow thy time with me.] Give thy time to my service.
Str Ay, if Messala will prefer me to you.'
How died my master, Strato ? Stra. I held the sword, and he did run on it.
Mes. Octavius, then take him to follow thee,
Ant. This was the noblest Roman of them all :
Oct. According to his virtue let us use him,
tent his bones to-night shall lie, Most like a soldier, ordered honourably.So call the field to rest : and let 's away, To part the glories of this happy day. [Exeunt.
I Will prefer me to you.] Will recommend me to serve you. See Extr. from Plutarch, 70.
? A general honest thought.] See Extr. from Plutarch, 46.
* The elements so mixed.] This refers to the notion that the four humours, complexions, or temperaments of man, viz. phlegm, blood, choler, and melancholy, are variously compounded of the four elements.
* Respect.] Observance.
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