Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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Come hither, sirrah.
In Parthia did I take thee prisoner.
40And then I swore thee, saving of thy life,
That whatsoever I did bid thee do,
Thou shouldst attempt it. Come now, keep thine oath.
(gives his sword to PINDARUS)
Now be a free man, and with this good sword
45That ran through Caesar’s bowels, search this bosom.
Stand not to answer. Here take thou the hilts
And, when my face is covered, as ’tis now,
Guide thou the sword.
Come here, boy. I took you prisoner in Parthia, and at that time I made you swear to try to do whatever I ordered you to, except take your own life. Come now, keep your oath. (gives his sword to PINDARUS) Now you’ll be a free man. Take this good sword, which ran through Caesar’s bowels, and plunge it in my chest. Don’t hesitate. Here, take the handle, and when my face is covered as it is now, use the sword.
PINDARUS stabs CASSIUS
PINDARUS stabs CASSIUS.
    Caesar, thou art revenged,
Even with the sword that killed thee.
50 (dies)
Caesar, you are revenged with the very same sword that killed you. (he dies)

PINDARUS

So I am free. Yet would not so have been,
Durst I have done my will. O Cassius,
Far from this country Pindarus shall run,
Where never Roman shall take note of him.

PINDARUS

So I’m free. But I didn’t want to be free like this. Oh, Cassius, I’ll run far from this country to where no Romans can find me.
Exit PINDARUS
He exits.
Enter TITINIUS and MESSALA
TITINIUS and MESSALA enter.

MESSALA

55It is but change, Titinius, for Octavius
Is overthrown by noble Brutus' power,
As Cassius' legions are by Antony.

MESSALA

The armies have merely changed places, Titinius, because Octavius has been overthrown by noble Brutus’s forces at the very moment that Antony overthrew Cassius’s legions.

TITINIUS

These tidings will well comfort Cassius.

TITINIUS

This news will comfort Cassius.

MESSALA

Where did you leave him?

MESSALA

Where did you leave him?