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Plutarch. Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
Englished by Sir Thomas North. Trans. Sir Thomas North. Vol. 6 (1579; London: David Nutt, 1896) 234.

LIVES OF THE NOBLE 
 
MARCUS    litle while after, naming his frendes that he had seene slaine 
BRUTUS    in battell before his eyes, he fetched a greater sigh then 
    before: specially, when be came to name Labio, and Flavius, 
    of the which the one was his Lieutenant, and the other, 
    Captaine of the pioners of his campe. In the meane time, 
    one of the companie being a thirst, and seeing Brutus a 
    thirst also: he ranne to the river for water, and brought it 
    in his sallet.* At the selfe same time they heard a noyse on 
    the other side of the river. Whereupon Volumnius tooke 
    Dardanus, Brutus servaunt with him, to see what it was: 
    and returning straight algaine, asked if there were any water 
    left. Brutus smiling, gentlie tolde them all was dronke, but 
    they shall bring you some more. Thereuppon he sent him 
    againe that went for water before, who was in great daunger 
    of being taken by the enemies, and hardly scaped, being sore 
    hurt. Furthermore, Brutus thought that there was no great 
    number of men slaine in battell, and to know the trueth 
    of it, there was one called Statilius, that promised to goe 
    through his enemies (for otherwise it was impossible to goe 
    see their campe) and from thence if all were well, that he 
    woulde lift up a torche light in the ayer, and then returne 
    againe with speede to him. The torche light was lift up as 
    he had promised, for Statilius went thither. Nowe Brutus seeing 
    Statilius tarie long after that, and that he came not 
    againe, he sayd: If Statilius be alive, he will come againe. 
    But his evill fortune was suche, that as he came backe, he 
The death of    lighted in his enemies hands, and was slaine. Now, the 
Statilius.    night being farre spent, Brutus as he sate bowed towards 
    Clitus one of his men, and told him somwhat in his eare, 
    the other aunswered him not, but fell a weeping. There- 
    upon he proved* Dardanus, and sayd somwhat also to him: 
    at length he came to Volumnius him selfe, and speaking to 
    him in Graeke, prayed him for the studies sake which brought 
    them acquainted together, that he woulde helpe him to put 
    his hande to his sword, to thrust it in him to kill him. 
Brutus saying    Volumnius denied his request, and so did many others: and 
of flying with    amongest the rest, one of them sayd, there was no tarying 
hands, and    for them there, but that they must needes flie. Then Brutus 
not with feete.    rising up, We must flie in deede sayd he, but it must be with 
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