Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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TITINIUS

20I will be here again, even with a thought.

TITINIUS

I’ll be back quicker than you can think a thought.
Exit TITINIUS
He exits.

CASSIUS

Go, Pindarus, get higher on that hill.
My sight was ever thick. Regard Titinius,
And tell me what thou notest about the field.

CASSIUS

Go, Pindarus, climb a little higher on this hill. My eyesight has always been bad. Watch Titinius and tell me what you see in the field.
PINDARUS ascends the hill
PINDARUS ascends the hill.
This day I breathed first. Time is come round,
25And where I did begin, there shall I end.
My life is run his compass.
(to PINDARUS)    Sirrah, what news?
Today was the day I breathed my first breath. Time has come round, and I’ll end where I began. My life has run its circle. (to PINDARUS) What can you see, boy?

PINDARUS

(above) O my lord!

PINDARUS

(above) Oh, my lord!

CASSIUS

What news?

CASSIUS

What news?

PINDARUS

30 (above) Titinius is enclosèd round about
With horsemen, that make to him on the spur.
Yet he spurs on. Now they are almost on him.
Now, Titinius. Now some light. Oh, he lights too.
He’s ta'en.

PINDARUS

(above) Titinius is surrounded by horsemen who are quickly approaching him, yet he spurs onward. Now they’re almost on him. Now, Titinius! Now some dismount. Oh, he gets down too. He’s taken.
Shout within
A shout offstage.
35And, hark! They shout for joy.
And listen! They shout for joy.

CASSIUS

    Come down, behold no more.
Oh, coward that I am, to live so long
To see my best friend ta'en before my face!

CASSIUS

Come down, look no more. Oh, I’m such a coward for living long enough to see my best friend taken before my eyes!
PINDARUS returns
PINDARUS returns.