Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare
No Fear Act 5 Scene 1
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OCTAVIUS

20I do not cross you. But I will do so.

OCTAVIUS

I’m not defying you, but it’s what I’m going to do.
March. Drum. Enter BRUTUS, CASSIUS, and their army, including LUCILLIUS, TITINIUS, and MESSALA
The sound of soldiers marching, and a drum. BRUTUS and CASSIUS enter with their army, which includes LUCILLIUS, TITINIUS, and MESSALA.

BRUTUS

They stand and would have parley.

BRUTUS

They’ve stopped. They want to talk.

CASSIUS

Stand fast, Titinius. We must out and talk.

CASSIUS

Stay here, Titinius. We have to go out and talk to them.

OCTAVIUS

Mark Antony, shall we give sign of battle?

OCTAVIUS

Mark Antony, should we give the signal to attack?

ANTONY

No, Caesar, we will answer on their charge.
25Make forth. The generals would have some words.

ANTONY

No, Octavius Caesar, we’ll respond to their charge. Go forward. The generals want to speak with us.

OCTAVIUS

(to his army) Stir not until the signal.

OCTAVIUS

(to his army) Don’t move until we give the signal.

BRUTUS

Words before blows. Is it so, countrymen?

BRUTUS

Words before fighting. Is that how it is, countrymen?

OCTAVIUS

Not that we love words better, as you do.

OCTAVIUS

Not that we love words more than fighting, like you do.

BRUTUS

Good words are better than bad strokes, Octavius.

BRUTUS

Good words are better than bad strokes, Octavius.

ANTONY

30In your bad strokes, Brutus, you give good words.
Witness the hole you made in Caesar’s heart,
Crying “Long live, hail, Caesar!”

ANTONY

Brutus, you give a nice speech along with your evil strokes. Think of the hole you made in Caesar’s heart when you cried, “Long live Caesar! Hail Caesar!”

CASSIUS

     Antony,
The posture of your blows are yet unknown.
But for your words, they rob the Hybla bees
35And leave them honeyless.

CASSIUS

Antony, we don’t yet know what kind of blows you can inflict. But your words are as sweet as honey—you’ve stolen from the bees and left them with nothing.