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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare.  1914.
Julius Cæsar
Act V. Scene IV.
Another Part of the Field.
Alarum.  Enter fighting, Soldiers of both armies; then BRUTUS, Young CATO, LUCILIUS, and Others.
  Bru.  Yet, countrymen, O! yet hold up your heads!
  Cato.  What bastard doth not? Who will go with me?
I will proclaim my name about the field:        5
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!
  Bru.  And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus, I;
Brutus, my country’s friend; know me for Brutus!  [Exit, charging the enemy.  CATO is overpowered, and falls.        10
  Lucil.  O young and noble Cato, art thou down?
Why, now thou diest as bravely as Titinius,
And mayst be honour’d being Cato’s son.
  First Sold.  Yield, or thou diest.
  Lucil.        Only I yield to die:        15
There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight.  [Offering money.
Kill Brutus, and be honour’d in his death.
  First Sold.  We must not. A noble prisoner!
  Sec. Sold.  Room, ho! Tell Antony, Brutus is ta’en.
  First Sold.  I’ll tell the news: here comes the general.        20
Brutus is ta’en, my lord.
  Ant.  Where is he?
  Lucil.  Safe, Antony; Brutus is safe enough:
I dare assure thee that no enemy        25
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.
  Ant.  This is not Brutus, friend; but, I assure you,        30
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 whe’r Brutus be alive or dead;
And bring us word unto Octavius’ tent,        35
How every thing is chanc’d.  [Exeunt.

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