ANTONY, OCTAVIUS, and LEPIDUS, seated at a table
Drum. Enter BRUTUS, LUCILIUS,
|LUCILIUS||Give the word, ho! and stand.|
|BRUTUS||What now, Lucilius! is Cassius near?|
|LUCILIUS||He is at hand; and Pindarus is come
To do you salutation from his master.
|BRUTUS||He greets me well. Your master, Pindarus,
In his own change, or by ill officers,
Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
Things done, undone: but, if he be at hand,
I shall be satisfied.
|PINDARUS||I do not doubt
But that my noble master will appear
Such as he is, full of regard and honour.
|BRUTUS||He is not doubted. A word, Lucilius;
How he received you, let me be resolved.
|LUCILIUS||With courtesy and with respect enough;
But not with such familiar instances,
Nor with such free and friendly conference,
As he hath used of old.
|BRUTUS||Thou hast described
A hot friend cooling: ever note, Lucilius,
When love begins to sicken and decay,
It useth an enforced ceremony.
There are no tricks in plain and simple faith;
But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
Make gallant show and promise of their mettle;
But when they should endure the bloody spur,
They fall their crests, and, like deceitful jades,
Sink in the trial. Comes his army on?
|LUCILIUS||They mean this night in Sardis to be quarter'd;
The greater part, the horse in general,
Are come with Cassius.
|BRUTUS||Hark! he is arrived.|
|[Low march within]|
|March gently on to meet him.|
|[Enter CASSIUS and his powers]|
|BRUTUS||Stand, ho! Speak the word along.|
|CASSIUS||Most noble brother, you have done me wrong.|
|BRUTUS||Judge me, you gods! wrong I mine enemies?
And, if not so, how should I wrong a brother?
|CASSIUS||Brutus, this sober form of yours hides wrongs;
And when you do them--
|BRUTUS||Cassius, be content.
Speak your griefs softly: I do know you well.
Before the eyes of both our armies here,
Which should perceive nothing but love from us,
Let us not wrangle: bid them move away;
Then in my tent, Cassius, enlarge your griefs,
And I will give you audience.
Bid our commanders lead their charges off
A little from this ground.
|BRUTUS||Lucilius, do you the like; and let no man
Come to our tent till we have done our conference.
Let Lucius and Titinius guard our door.
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|Act I, Scene 1 Rome a street.||Act III, Scene 3 A street.|
|Act I, Scene 2 A public place.||Act IV, Scene 1 A house in Rome./ Act IV, Scene 2 Camp near Sardis. Before Brutus tent.|
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