The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (1599)

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Act V, Scene 4

Another part of the field.

Brutus
Yet, countrymen, O, yet hold up your heads!

Young Cato
What bastard doth not? Who will go with me?
I will proclaim my name about the field:
I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho!
A foe to tyrants, and my country's friend;
I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho!

Brutus
And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus, I;
Brutus, my country's friend; know me for Brutus!

Lucilius
O young and noble Cato, art thou down?
Why, now thou diest as bravely as Tintinius;
And mayst be honour'd, being Cato's son.

First Soldier
Yield, or thou diest.

Lucilius
Only I yield to die:
There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight;
[Offering money]
Kill Brutus, and be honour'd in his death.

First Soldier
We must not. A noble prisoner!

Second Soldier
Room, ho! Tell Antony, Brutus is ta'en.

First Soldier
I'll tell the news. Here comes the general.
[Enter ANTONY]
Brutus is ta'en, Brutus is ta'en, my lord.

ANTONY
Where is he?

Lucilius
Safe, Antony; Brutus is safe enough:
I dare assure thee that no enemy
Shall ever take alive the noble Brutus:
The gods defend him from so great a shame!
When you do find him, or alive or dead,
He will be found like Brutus, like himself.

ANTONY
This is not Brutus, friend; but, I assure you,
A prize no less in worth: keep this man safe;
Give him all kindness: I had rather have
Such men my friends than enemies. Go on,
And see whether Brutus be alive or dead;
And bring us word unto Octavius' tent
How every thing is chanced.

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