Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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CASSIUS

How now? What’s the matter?

CASSIUS

What’s this! What’s the matter?

POET

For shame, you generals! What do you mean?
135Love, and be friends as two such men should be.
For I have seen more years, I’m sure, than ye.

POET

You should be ashamed, generals! What do you think you’re doing?
Love each other and be friends, like two such men should be.
Listen to me, because I’m older than you, surely.

CASSIUS

Ha, ha, how vilely doth this cynic rhyme!

CASSIUS

Ha ha! This man’s rhymes are terrible!

BRUTUS

(to POET) Get you hence, sirrah. Saucy fellow, hence!

BRUTUS

(to POET) Get out of here, you! Get away, you rude fellow!

CASSIUS

Bear with him, Brutus. 'Tis his fashion.

CASSIUS

Be patient with him, Brutus. That’s just how he is.

BRUTUS

140I’ll know his humor when he knows his time.
What should the wars do with these jigging fools?
—Companion, hence!

BRUTUS

I’ll humor him when he learns how to behave. What should we do with all these rhyming fools that follow us from post to post? Get out of here, my friend.

CASSIUS

    Away, away, be gone.

CASSIUS

Away, away, be gone.
Exit POET
The POET exits.

BRUTUS

Lucillius and Titinius, bid the commanders
Prepare to lodge their companies tonight.

BRUTUS

Lucillius and Titinius, order the commanders to have the men camp for the night.

CASSIUS

145And come yourselves, and bring Messala with you,
Immediately to us.

CASSIUS

And return to us immediately, bringing Messala with you.
Exeunt LUCILLIUS and TITINIUS
LUCILLIUS and TITINIUS exit.

BRUTUS

(calls off)    Lucius, a bowl of wine!

BRUTUS

(calling offstage) Lucius, bring a bowl of wine.

CASSIUS

I did not think you could have been so angry.

CASSIUS

I didn’t think you could even be so angry.