Julius Caesar

by: William Shakespeare

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Alarum. Enter BRUTUS, MESSALA, CATO, LUCILLIUS, and FLAVIO
Sounds of battle. BRUTUS,MESSALA, CATO, LUCILLIUS, and FLAVIO enter.

BRUTUS

Yet, countrymen, O, yet hold up your heads!

BRUTUS

Keep on, countrymen. Oh, keep your heads up, even now!
Exeunt BRUTUS, MESSALA, and FLAVIO
BRUTUS, MESSALA, and FLAVIO exit.

CATO

What bastard doth not? Who will go with me?
I will proclaim my name about the field.
I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho!
5A foe to tyrants, and my country’s friend.
I am the son of Marcus Cato, ho!

CATO

Who is so low that he wouldn’t? Who will advance with me? I will proclaim my name around the field. I am the son of Marcus Cato! An enemy to tyrants and a friend to my country. I am the son of Marcus Cato!
Enter ANTONY and OCTAVIUS' SOLDIERS Fight
ANTONY and OCTAVIUS' SOLDIERS enter and fight.

LUCILLIUS

And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus, I!
Brutus, my country’s friend. Know me for Brutus!

LUCILLIUS

And I am Brutus, Marcus Brutus. Brutus, my country’s friend. Know that I am Brutus!
SOLDIERS kill young CATO
SOLDIERS kill young CATO.
O young and noble Cato, art thou down?
10Why, now thou diest as bravely as Titinius,
And mayst be honored, being Cato’s son.
Oh, young and noble Cato, have you been slain? Why, you die now as bravely as Titinius. And you, being Cato’s son, will be honored.

FIRST SOLDIER

(to LUCILLIUS) Yield, or thou diest.

FIRST SOLDIER

(to LUCILLIUS ) Surrender or you will die.

LUCILLIUS

     Only I yield to die.
There is so much that thou wilt kill me straight.
Kill Brutus, and be honored in his death.

LUCILLIUS

I’d rather die. Here is some money for you to kill me immediately. Kill Brutus and be honored by the killing.

FIRST SOLDIER

15We must not. A noble prisoner!

FIRST SOLDIER

We must not. He is a noble prisoner!