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Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: John D. Cox
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Julius Caesar (Modern)


[5.4]
Alarum. Enter Brutus, Messala, young Cato, Lucilius, and Flavius.
Brutus Yet, countrymen, oh yet, hold up your heads!
[Exit fighting, followed by Messala and Flavius.]
Cato What bastard doth not? Who will go with me?
2605I 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!
Enter soldiers and fight.
Lucilius 2610And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus, I!
Brutus, my country's friend! Know me for Brutus!
[Young Cato is killed.]
O young and noble Cato, art thou down?
Why now thou diest as bravely as Titinius
And mayst be honor'd, being Cato's son.
26151 Soldier
Yield, or thou diest!
Lucilius
Only I yield to die.
There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight.
Kill Brutus, and be honored in his death.
1 Soldier We must not. A noble prisoner!
2620
Enter Antony.
2 Soldier Room, ho! Tell Antony, Brutus is ta'en.
1 Soldier I'll tell the news. Here comes the general.
Brutus is ta'en! Brutus is ta'en, my lord!
Antony Where is he?
2625Lucilius 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,
2630He 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,
2635And see whe'er Brutus be alive or dead,
And bring us word unto Octavius' tent
How everything is chanced.
Exeunt.