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?