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Thou know'st, that we two went to school together;
(Alarum still. Cli. Fly, fly, my lord; there is no tarrying here. Bru. Farewell to you;-and you ;-and you,
Volumnius.Strato, thou hast been all this while asleep; Farewell to thee too, Strato.-Countrymen, My heart doth joy, that yet, in all my life, I found no man, but he was true to me. I shall have glory by this losing day, More than Octavius, and Mark Antony, By this vile conquest shall attain unto, So, fare you well at once; for Brutus' tongue Hath almost ended his life's history: Night hangs upon mine eyes; my bones would rest, That have but labour'd to attain this hour.
[Alarum. Cry within, Fly, fly, fly. Cli
. Fly, my lord, fly. Bru.
Hence; I will follow thee. [Ereunt Clitus, Dardanius, and Volumnius. I pr'ythee, Strato, stay thou by thy lord : Thou art a fellow of a good respect; Thy life hath had some smatch of honour in it: Hold then my sword, and turn away thy face, While I do run upon it. Wilt thou, Strato? Stra. Give me your hand first: Fare you well, my
lord. Bru. Farewell, good Strato.-Cæsar, now be still: I kill'd not thee with half so good a will.
[He runs on his sword, and dies. Alarum. Retreat. Enter Octavius, Antony, Messala,
Lucilius, and their Army. Oct. What man is that? Mes. My master's man.-Strato, where is thy
master ? Stra. Free from the bondage you are in, Messala;
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The conquerors can but make a fire of him;
Oct. All that serv'd Brutus, I will entertain * them. Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me?
Stra. Ay, if Messala will prefer † me to you.
How died my master, Strato? Stra. I held the sword, and he did run on it. Mes. Octavius, then take him to follow thee, That did the latest service to my master.
Ant. This was the noblest Roman of them all :
Oct. According to his virtue let us use him,
Of this tragedy many particular passages deserve regard, and the contention and reconcilement of Brutus and Cassius, is universally celebrated; but I have never been strongly agitated in perusing it, and think it somewhat cold and unaffecting, compared with some other of Shakspeare's plays: his adherence to the real story, and to the Roman manners, seem to have impeded the natural vigour of his genius.-JOHNSON.
* Receive into my service.
friends of Antony.
friends of Cæsar.
attendants on Cleopatra. Iras,
Officers, Soldiers, Messengers, and other Attendants.
Scene, dispersed; in several parts of the Roman empire.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.
SCENE I. Alexandria. A room in Cleopatra's
Enter Demetrius and Philo.
trains ; Eunuchs fanning her.
Cleo. If it be love indeed, tell me how much.
reckon'd. Cleo. I'll set a bournt how far to be belov’d. Ant. Then must thou needs find out new heaven,
Enter an Attendant. Att. News, my good lord, from Rome. * Renounces.
t Bound or limit.