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And took his voice who should be prick'd to die, In our black sentence and proscription.
Ant. Octavius, I have seen more days than you: And though we lay these honours on this man, To ease ourselves of divers slanderous loads, He shall but bear them as the ass bears gold, To groan and sweat under the business, Either led or driven, as we point the way; And having brought our treasure where we will, Then take we down his load, and turn him off, Like to the empty ass, to shake his ears, And graze
in commons. Oct.
do But he's a tried and valiant soldier.
Ant. So is my horse, Octavius; and, for that, I do appoint him store of provender. It is a creature that I teach to fight, To wind, to stop, to run directly on; His corporal motion govern'd by my spirit. And, in some taste, is Lepidus but so; He must be taught, and train'd, and bid
forth: 30 A barren-spirited fellow; one that feeds On objects, arts, and imitations; Which, out of use, and stal’d by other men, Begin his fashion: Do not talk of him, But as a property. And now, Octavius, Listen great things.-Brutus and Cassius, Are levying powers: we must straight make hend: Therefore let our alliance be combin'd,
Our best friends made, and our best means stretch'd
Oct. Let us do so: for we are at the stake,
Before Brutus' tent, in the camp near Sardis. Drum. Enter BRUTUS, LUCILIUS, Lucius, and Soldiers: TITINIUS and PINDARUS meeting them. Bru. Stand here. Luc. Give the word, ho! and stand. Bru. What now, Lucilius ? is Cassius near?
Luc. He is at hand; and Pindarus is come To do you salutation from his master,
[Pindarus gives a letter to Brutus,
I do not doubt,
Bru. "He is not doubted.-A word, Lucilius;
Luc. With courtesy, and with respect enough;
Thou hast describ'd
[March within. Bru.
Hark, he is arriv'd :March gently on to meet him.
Enter CASSIUS and Soldiers.
Cas, Stand, ho!
Bru. Judge me, you gods! Wrong I mine ene
mies? And, if not so, how should I wrong a brother?
Cas. Brutus, this sober form of yours hides wrongs;
Cassius, be content,
Bru. Lucilius, do the like; and let no man Come to our tent, till we have done our conference. Let Lucius and Titinius guard our door. [Exeunt.
Within the tent of Brutus.
Enter BRUTUS and CASSIUS.
this: You have condemn'd and noted Lucius Pella, For taking bribes here of the Sardians;
Wherein, my letters, praying on his side,
Bru. You wrong'd yourself, to write in such a case.
31 nice offence should bear his comment.
I an itching palm?
Bru. The name of Cassius honours this corruption, And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.
Brutus, bay not me,