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Older in practice, abler than yourself
Go to; you're not, Cassius.
Cas. Urge me no more, I shall forget myself; Have mind upon your health, tempt me no further.
Bru. Away, slight man!
Hear me, for I will speak.
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 cholerick 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,
I said, an elder soldier, not a better :
If f you did, I care not. Cas. When Cæsar liv’d, he durst not thus have
mov'd me. Bru. Peace, peace; you durst not so have tempted
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 deny'd 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 deny'd 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,
I deny'd you not.
I did not: he was but a fool, That brought my answer back.-Brutus hath riv'd
Bru. I do not, till you practise them on me.
I do not like your faults. Cas. A friendly eye could never see such faults. Bru. A flatterer's would not, though they do
appear As huge as high Olympus.
Cas. Come, Antony, and young Octavius, come, Revenge yourselves alone on Cassius, For Cassius is aweary of the world: Hated by one he loves; brav'd by his brother; Check'd like a bondman; all his faults observ'd, Set in a note-book, learn'd, and conn'd by rote, To cast into my teeth. O, I could weep My spirit from mine eyes !-There is my dagger, And here my naked breast; within, a heart Dearer than Plutus' mine, richer than gold: If that thou be'st a Roman, take it forth; I, that deny'd thee gold, will give my heart : Strike, as thou didst at Cæsar; for, I know,
When thou didst hate him worst, thou lov'dst him
better Than ever thou lov'dst Cassius. Bru.
Sheath your dagger: Be angry
when you will, it shall have scope;
Hath Cassius liv'd
Bru. When I spoke that, I was ill temper'd too. Cas. Do you confess so much ? Give me your
hand. Bru. And my heart too. Cas.
O Brutus! Bru.
What's the matter Cas. Have you not love enough to bear with me, When that rash humour, which my mother gave
Makes me forgetful?
Yes, Cassius; and, henceforth,
[Noise within. Poet. [within.] Let me go in to see the generals; There is some grudge between them, 'tis not meet They be alone.
Luc. [within.] You shall not come to them.
Cas. How now? What's the matter?
mean? Love, and be friends, as two such men should be ; For I have seen more years, I am sure, than ye.
Cas. Ha, ha; how vilely doth this cynic rhime!
What should the wars do with these jigging fools ?
Away, away, be gone. [Exit Poet.
Enter LUCILIUS and TITINIUS.
Bru. Lucilius and Titinius, bid the commanders Prepare to lodge their companies to-night. Cas. And come yourselves, and bring Messala with
you Immediately to us. [Ereunt Lucilius and Titinius. Bru.
Lucius, a bowl of wine. Cas. I did not think, you could have been so
angry Bru. O Cassius, I am sick of
many griefs. Cas. Of your philosophy you make no use, If you give place to accidental evils.