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Julius Caesar

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BRUTUS
Farewell, good Strato.
(runs on his sword)    Caesar, now be still.
I killed not thee with half so good a will.
(dies)
BRUTUS
Farewell, good Strato. (runs on his sword) Caesar, you can rest now. I didn’t kill you half as willingly. (he dies)
Alarum. Retreat. Enter OCTAVIUS, ANTONY, MESSALA, LUCILLIUS, and the army
Sounds of battle. Trumpets sound a retreat. OCTAVIUS, ANTONY, MESSALA, and LUCILLIUS enter with the army.

OCTAVIUS
What man is that?
OCTAVIUS
What man is that?

MESSALA
My master’s man.—Strato, where is thy master?
MESSALA
My master’s man. Strato, where’s your master?

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STRATO
Free from the bondage you are in, Messala.
The conquerors can but make a fire of him.
For Brutus only overcame himself,
And no man else hath honor by his death.
STRATO
Free from the bondage you are in, Messala. The conquerors can only make a fire of him, because only Brutus triumphed over himself, and no other man gets to triumph in his death.


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LUCILLIUS
So Brutus should be found.—I thank thee, Brutus,
That thou hast proved Lucillius' saying true.
LUCILLIUS
It’s fitting that Brutus be found like this. Thank you, Brutus, for proving my prediction true.


OCTAVIUS
All that served Brutus, I will entertain them.
—Fellow, wilt thou bestow thy time with me?
OCTAVIUS
I’ll take all who served Brutus into my service. You, will you join with me?

STRATO
Ay, if Messala will prefer me to you.
STRATO
Yes, if Messala recommends me to you.

OCTAVIUS
Do so, good Messala.
OCTAVIUS
Do so, good Messala.

MESSALA
    How died my master, Strato?
MESSALA
How did my master die, Strato?

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STRATO
I held the sword and he did run on it.
STRATO
I held the sword and he ran on it.


MESSALA
Octavius, then take him to follow thee,
That did the latest service to my master.
MESSALA
Then take this man into your service, Octavius, for he did the final service to my master.

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