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Cli. Fly, my lord, fly!
Bru.

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.

Alarum. Retreat. Enter OCTAVIUS, ANTONY, MESSALA,

LUCILIUS, and their army.

Oct. What man is that?
Mes. My master's man.-Strato, where is thy master ?

Stra. Free from the bondage you are in Messala ;
The conquerors can but make a fire of him ;
For Brutus only overcame himself,
And no man else hath honour by his death.

Luc. So Brutus should be found.—I thank thee, Brutus, That thou hast proved Lucilius' saying4 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.'
Oct. Do so, good Messala.
Mes.

How died my master, Strato ? Stra. I held the sword, and he did run on it.

Mes. Octavius, then take him to follow thee,
That did the latest service to my master.

Ant. This was the noblest Roman of them all :
All the conspirators, save only he,
Did that they did in envy of great Cæsar;
He only, in a general honest thought,
And common good to all, made one of them.
His life was gentle; and the elements
So mixed in him3, that Nature might stand up,
And say to all the world“ This was a man!”

Oct. According to his virtue let us use him,
With all respect 4 and rites of burial.
Within

my

tent his bones to-night shall lie, Most like5 a soldier, ordered honourably.So call the field to rest : and let's away, To parto the glories of this happy day. [Exeunt.

1 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.
5 Most like.] Truly, or in every way, like a soldier.
* To part.] To share or make due distribution of.

THE END.

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