Home
log out +

Julius Caesar: Act 5, Scene 1

Julius Caesar
Act 5, Scene 1

Scene 1

The plains of Philippi.

  1. Enter Octavius, Antony, and their army.

Octavius

2 - 7
  1. Now, Antony, our hopes are answered.
  2. You said the enemy would not come down,
  3. But keep the hills and upper regions.
  4. It proves not so: their battles are at hand;
  5. They mean to warn us at Philippi here,
  6. Answering before we do demand of them.

Mark Antony

8 - 13
  1. Tut, I am in their bosoms, and I know
  2. Wherefore they do it. They could be content
  3. To visit other places, and come down
  4. With fearful bravery, thinking by this face
  5. To fasten in our thoughts that they have courage;
  6. But ’tis not so.
  1. Enter a Messenger.

Messenger

15 - 18
  1.                  Prepare you, generals.
  2. The enemy comes on in gallant show;
  3. Their bloody sign of battle is hung out,
  4. And something to be done immediately.

Mark Antony

19 - 20
  1. Octavius, lead your battle softly on
  2. Upon the left hand of the even field.

Octavius

21
  1. Upon the right hand I, keep thou the left.

Mark Antony

22
  1. Why do you cross me in this exigent?

Octavius

23
  1. I do not cross you; but I will do so.
  1. March.
  1. Drum. Enter Brutus, Cassius, and their army; Lucilius,
  2. Titinius, Messala, and others.

Brutus

27
  1. They stand, and would have parley.

Cassius

28
  1. Stand fast, Titinius; we must out and talk.

Octavius

29
  1. Mark Antony, shall we give sign of battle?

Mark Antony

30 - 31
  1. No, Caesar, we will answer on their charge.
  2. Make forth, the generals would have some words.

Octavius

32
  1. Stir not until the signal.

Brutus

33
  1. Words before blows; is it so, countrymen?

Octavius

34
  1. Not that we love words better, as you do.

Brutus

35
  1. Good words are better than bad strokes, Octavius.

Mark Antony

36 - 38
  1. In your bad strokes, Brutus, you give good words;
  2. Witness the hole you made in Caesar’s heart,
  3. Crying, Long live! Hail, Caesar!”

Cassius

39 - 42
  1.                                    Antony,
  2. The posture of your blows are yet unknown;
  3. But for your words, they rob the Hybla bees,
  4. And leave them honeyless.

Mark Antony

43
  1.                           Not stingless too?

Brutus

44 - 46
  1. O yes, and soundless too;
  2. For you have stol’n their buzzing, Antony,
  3. And very wisely threat before you sting.

Mark Antony

47 - 52
  1. Villains! You did not so, when your vile daggers
  2. Hack’d one another in the sides of Caesar.
  3. You show’d your teeth like apes, and fawn’d like hounds,
  4. And bow’d like bondmen, kissing Caesar’s feet;
  5. Whilst damned Casca, like a cur, behind
  6. Struck Caesar on the neck. O you flatterers!

Cassius

53 - 55
  1. Flatterers? Now, Brutus, thank yourself;
  2. This tongue had not offended so today,
  3. If Cassius might have rul’d.

Octavius

56 - 63
  1. Come, come, the cause. If arguing make us sweat,
  2. The proof of it will turn to redder drops.
  3. Look,
  4. I draw a sword against conspirators;
  5. When think you that the sword goes up again?
  6. Never, till Caesar’s three and thirty wounds
  7. Be well aveng’d; or till another Caesar
  8. Have added slaughter to the sword of traitors.

Brutus

64 - 65
  1. Caesar, thou canst not die by traitors’ hands,
  2. Unless thou bring’st them with thee.

Octavius

66 - 67
  1.                                      So I hope;
  2. I was not born to die on Brutus’ sword.

Brutus

68 - 69
  1. O, if thou wert the noblest of thy strain,
  2. Young man, thou couldst not die more honorable.

Cassius

70 - 71
  1. A peevish schoolboy, worthless of such honor,
  2. Join’d with a masker and a reveller!

Mark Antony

72
  1. Old Cassius still!

Octavius

73 - 76
  1.                    Come, Antony; away!
  2. Defiance, traitors, hurl we in your teeth.
  3. If you dare fight today, come to the field;
  4. If not, when you have stomachs.
  1. Exeunt Octavius, Antony, and army.

Cassius

78 - 79
  1. Why now blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark!
  2. The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.

Brutus

80
  1. Ho, Lucilius, hark, a word with you.
  1. Lucilius and then Messala stand forth.

Lucilius

82
  1. My lord.
  1. Brutus and Lucilius converse apart.

Cassius

84
  1. Messala!

Messala

85
  1.          What says my general?

Cassius

86 - 104
  1.                       Messala,
  2. This is my birthday; as this very day
  3. Was Cassius born. Give me thy hand, Messala.
  4. Be thou my witness that against my will
  5. (As Pompey was) am I compell’d to set
  6. Upon one battle all our liberties.
  7. You know that I held Epicurus strong,
  8. And his opinion; now I change my mind,
  9. And partly credit things that do presage.
  10. Coming from Sardis, on our former ensign
  11. Two mighty eagles fell, and there they perch’d,
  12. Gorging and feeding from our soldiers’ hands,
  13. Who to Philippi here consorted us.
  14. This morning are they fled away and gone,
  15. And in their steads do ravens, crows, and kites
  16. Fly o’er our heads, and downward look on us
  17. As we were sickly prey. Their shadows seem
  18. A canopy most fatal, under which
  19. Our army lies, ready to give up the ghost.

Messala

105
  1. Believe not so.

Cassius

106 - 108
  1.                 I but believe it partly,
  2. For I am fresh of spirit, and resolv’d
  3. To meet all perils very constantly.

Brutus

109
  1. Even so, Lucilius.

Cassius

110 - 117
  1.                    Now, most noble Brutus,
  2. The gods today stand friendly, that we may,
  3. Lovers in peace, lead on our days to age!
  4. But since the affairs of men rests still incertain,
  5. Let’s reason with the worst that may befall.
  6. If we do lose this battle, then is this
  7. The very last time we shall speak together:
  8. What are you then determined to do?

Brutus

118 - 125
  1. Even by the rule of that philosophy
  2. By which I did blame Cato for the death
  3. Which he did give himselfI know not how,
  4. But I do find it cowardly and vile,
  5. For fear of what might fall, so to prevent
  6. The time of lifearming myself with patience
  7. To stay the providence of some high powers
  8. That govern us below.

Cassius

126 - 128
  1.                       Then, if we lose this battle,
  2. You are contented to be led in triumph
  3. Thorough the streets of Rome?

Brutus

129 - 137
  1. No, Cassius, no. Think not, thou Roman,
  2. That ever Brutus will go bound to Rome;
  3. He bears too great a mind. But this same day
  4. Must end that work the ides of March begun.
  5. And whether we shall meet again I know not;
  6. Therefore our everlasting farewell take:
  7. For ever, and forever, farewell, Cassius!
  8. If we do meet again, why, we shall smile;
  9. If not, why then this parting was well made.

Cassius

138 - 140
  1. For ever, and forever, farewell, Brutus!
  2. If we do meet again, we’ll smile indeed;
  3. If not, ’tis true this parting was well made.

Brutus

141 - 144
  1. Why then lead on. O that a man might know
  2. The end of this day’s business ere it come!
  3. But it sufficeth that the day will end,
  4. And then the end is known. Come ho, away!
  1. Exeunt.
© 2018 Unotate.comcontactprivacy policy • Creative Commons text from PlayShakespeare.com • Header illustration by Byam Shaw