Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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Low march within
A low sound of drums and SOLDIERS marching.
But when they should endure the bloody spur,
They fall their crests and, like deceitful jades,
Sink in the trial. Comes his army on?
But when push comes to shove, they droop like those horses that are all show and slow to a crawl. Is his army approaching?

LUCILLIUS

They mean this night in Sardis to be quartered.
30The greater part, the horse in general,
Are come with Cassius.

LUCILLIUS

They plan to spend the night in Sardis. The larger part, the main body of cavalry, are coming with Cassius.

BRUTUS

    Hark! He is arrived.
March gently on to meet him.

BRUTUS

Look! He’s arrived. March to meet him at a dignified pace.
Enter CASSIUS and his powers
CASSIUS enters with his army.

CASSIUS

Stand, ho!

CASSIUS

Halt.

BRUTUS

Stand, ho! Speak the word along.

BRUTUS

Halt! Pass the order along.

FIRST SOLDIER

35Stand!

FIRST SOLDIER

Halt!

SECOND SOLDIER

Stand!

SECOND SOLDIER

Halt!

THIRD SOLDIER

Stand!

THIRD SOLDIER

Halt!

CASSIUS

Most noble brother, you have done me wrong.

CASSIUS

Most noble brother, you have done me wrong.

BRUTUS

Judge me, you gods! Wrong I mine enemies?
40And if not so, how should I wrong a brother?

BRUTUS

Let the gods judge me! Do I mistreat even my enemies? No. So how could I possibly wrong a brother?