Et tu, Brute fili. You also, O son Brutus. Cæsar. Words on being stabbed by Brutus, according to Suetonius. Quoted as Et tu Brutus and Tu quoque Brute. True Tragedy of Richarde, Duke of York. (1600). Also found in S. Nicholsons Acolastus his Afterwitte. (1600). Cæsars Legend, in Mirror for Magistrates. (1587). Malone suggests that the Latin words appeared in the old Latin play by Richard EedesEpilogus Cæsaris Interfecti, given at Christ Church Oxford. (1582).
One murder made a villain, Millions a hero.Princes were privilegd To kill, and numbers sanctified the crime. Ah! why will kings forget that they are men, And men that they are brethren? Bishop PorteusDeath. L. 154.
O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, That I am meek and gentle with these butchers! Thou art the ruins of the noblest man That ever lived in the tide of times. Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood Over thy wounds now do I prophesy. Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 254.
Blood hath been shed ere now i the olden time, Ere humane statute purgd the gentle weal; Ay, and since too, murders have been performd Too terrible for the ear: the time has been, That, when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end; but now they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, And push us from our stools: this is more strange Than such a murder is. Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 76.
E un incidente del mestiere. It is one of the incidents of the profession. Umberto I, of Italy, after escaping death. Assassination is the perquisite of kings. Ascribed to him by other authorities. (Quoted métier erroneously.)
Cast not the clouded gem away, Quench not the dim but living ray, My brother man, Beware! With that deep voice which from the skies Forbade the Patriarchs sacrifice. Gods angel, cries, Forbear! WhittierHuman Sacrifice. Pt. VII.
One to destroy is murder by the law, And gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe; To murder thousands takes a specious name, Wars glorious art, and gives immortal fame. YoungLove of Fame. Satire VII. L. 55.