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Why could not Cato fall
bosom naked to your swords,
Sem. Confusion to the villains ! all is lost! [Aside.
Cato. Have you forgotten Lybia's burning waste, Its barren rocks, parch'd earth, and hills of sand, Its tainted air, and all its broods of poison? Who was the first to explore th' untrodden path, When life was hazarded in ev'ry step? Or, fainting in the long laborious march, When, on the banks of an unlook’d-for stream, You sunk the river with repeated draughts, Who was the last of all your host who thirsted?
Sem. Did not his temples glow In the same sultry winds and scorching heats? Coto. Hence, worthless men ! hence! and com
plain to Cæsar, You could not undergo the toil of war, Nor bear the hardships that your leader bore. Luc. See, Cato, see thé unhappy men : they
weep! Fear, and remorse, and sorrow for their crime, Appear in ev'ry look, and plead for mercy. Cato. Learn to be honest men, give up your lead.
ers, And pardon shall descend on all the rest.
Sem. Cato, commit these wretches to my care ; First let them each be broken on the rack, Then, with what life remains, impaled, and left To writhe at leisure round the bloody stake, There let them hang, and taint the southern wind, The partners of their crime will learn obedience,
Cato. Forbear, Sempronius! -see they suffer death, But in their deaths remember they are men ; Strain not the laws, to make their tortures grievous. Lucius, the base, degen'rate age requires Severity. When by just vengeance guilty mortals perish, The gods behold the punishment with pleasure, And lay th' uplifted thunderbolt aside.
Sem. Cato, I execute thy will with pleasure.
Cato. Meanwhile, we'll sacrifice to liberty,
hands! But piously transmit it to your
[Exeunt CATO, &c. . 1 Lead. Sempronius, you have acted like your
self. One would have thought you had been half in earnest. Sem. Villain, stand off, base, grov'ling, worthless
wretches, Mongrels in faction, poor faint-hearted traitors! 1 Lead. Nay, now you carry it too far, Sempro
nius! Sem. Know, villains, when such paltry slaves pre
To mix in treason, if the plot succeeds,
1 Lead. Nay, since it comes to this
Lest with their dying breath they sow sedition.
[Exeunt GUARDS, with their LEADERS.
our passage A day will bring us into Cæsar's camp.
Sem. Confusion! I have fail'd of half my purpose: Marcia, the charming Marcia's left behind !
Syph. How! will Sempronius turn a woman'sslave? Sem. Think not thy friend can ever feel the soft Unmanly warmth and tenderness of love. Syphax, I long to clasp that haughty maid, And bend her stubborn virtue to my passion : When I have gone thus far, I'd cast her off. Syph. Well said ! that's spoken like thyself, Sem
pronius! What hinders, then, but that thou find her out, And hurry her away by manly force ?
Sem. But how to gain admission ? For access Is given to none but Juba, and her brothers. Syph. Thou shalt have Juba's dress, and Juba's
guards; The doors will open, when Numidia's prince Seems to appear before the slaves that watch them.
Sem. Heavens, what a thought is there! Marcia's
How will my bosom swell with anxious joy,
So Pluto seiz'd off Proserpine, convey'd
ACT THE FOURTH.
Enter Lucia and MARCI A.
Lucia. Now, tell me, Marcia, tell me from thy soul,
Lucia. I know thou’rt doom'd alike to be beloved
pronius. Lucia, I like not that loud, boist’rous man.
Juba, to all the bravery of a hero,
vain To hide your thoughts from one who knows too well The inward glowings of a heart in love.
Marcia. While Cato lives, his daughter has no right To love or hate, but as his choice directs. Lucia. But should this father give you to Sempro
covert. How will the young Numidian rave to see His mistress lost! If aught could glad my soul, Beyond the enjoyment of so bright a prize, Twould be to torture that young, gay barbarian. -But, hark ! what noise ! Death to my hopes ! 'tis he, "Tis Juba's self! there is but one way left
Enter JUBA. Jub. What do I see? Who's this that dares usurp The guards and habits of Numidia's prince?
Sem. One that was born to scourge thy arrogance, Presumptuous youth !