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Long scenes of lasting peace, and smiling years
Of happiness unhop'd for wait upon it.

Valeria. I will again go seek him ; pray, be calm; Success is thine if it depends on him. [Exit.

Horatia. Success / alas, perhaps even now too late I labour to preserve him; the dread arm Of ven cance is already stretch'd against him, And he must fall. Yet let me strive to save him. Yes, thou dear pledge, design'd tor happier hours,

[To the scarf. The gift of nuptial love, thou shalt at least Essay thy power. Oft as I fram'd thy web, He sate beside me, and would say in sport, This present, which thy love designs for me, Shall be the future bond of peace betwixt us : By this we'll swear a lasting love, by this, Through the sueet round of all our days to come, Ask, what thou wilt, and Curiatius grants it. O I shall try thee nearly now, dear youth ; Glory and I are rivals for thy heart, And one must conquer.

Enter VALERIUS and VALERIA. Valerius. Save you, gracious lady ; On the first message which my sister sent me I had been here, but was oblig'd by office, Ere to their champions each resign’d her charge, To ratify the league 'twixt Rome and Alba.

Horatia. Are they engag'd then ?

Valerius. No, not yet engagid;
Soft pity for a while siispend the onset;
The sight of near relations, arm’d in fight
Against each other, touch'd the gazers hearts;
And senators on each side have propos'd
To change the combatants.

Horatia. My blessings on them !
Think you they will succeed ?

Valerius. The chiefs themselves Are resolute to fight.

Horatia. Insatiate virtuel I must not to the field; I am confin'd A prisoner lere; or sure these tears would move Their fiinty breasts.- Is Curiatius too Resolv'd on death 1-0, sir, forgive a maid, Who dares in spite of modesty confess Too soft a passion. Will you pardon me, If I entreat you to the field again, An humble suitor from the veriest wretch That ever knew distress.

Valerius. Dear lady, speak !
What would you I should do?

Horatia. O bear this to him.
Valerius. To whom?

Horatia. To Curiatius bear this scarf:
And tell him, if he ever truly lov'd ;
If all the vows he breath'd were not false lures
To catch th'unwary mind--and sure they were not!
O tell him how he may with honour cease
To urge his cruel right; the senators

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Of Rome and Alba will approve such mildness.
Tell him his wife, if he will own that name,
Intreats him from the field; his lost Horatia
Begs on her frembling knees he would not tempt
A certain fate, and murder her he loves.
Tell him, if he consents, she fondly swears,
By every god the varying world adores,
“ By this dear pledge of vow'd affection, swears,"
To know no brothers and no sire but him;
With him, if honour's harsh commands require it,
She'll wander forth, and seek some distant home,
Nor ever think of Rome or Alba more.
Valeria. Well, well, he will. Do not torment

[Horatia catches hold of the scarf, which she looked

upon attentively while Valeria spoke.
Horatia. Look here, Valeria, where my

needle's art “ Has drawn a Sabine virgin, drown'd in tears “ For her lost country, and forsaken friends; “ While by her side the youthful ravisher “ Looks ardent love, and charms her griefs away. “ I am that maid distress'd, divided so “ 'Twixt love and duty. But why rave I thus? “ Haste haste to Curiatius-and yet stay; “ Sure I have something more to say to him: « I know not what it was.”

Valerius. Could I, sweet lady,
But paint your grief with half the force I feel it,
I need but tell it him, and he must yield.

Horatia. It may be so. Stay, stay ; be sure you

tell him,
If he rejects my suit, no power on earth
Shall force me to his arms. I will devise-
I'll die and be reveng'd I

Valeria. Away, my brother!
But, Oh, for pity, do your office justly!

[ Aside to Valerius. Let not your passion blind your reason now; But urge your cause with ardor.

Valerius. By my soul, I will, Valeria. Her distress alarms me; And I have now no interest but hers. [Exit. Valeria. Come, dearest maid, indulge not thus

your sorrows; " Hope smiles again, and the sad prospect clears. " Who knows th'effect your message may produce? • The milder senators ere this perhaps “ Have mov'd your lover's mind; and if he doubts, " He's yours.”

Horalia. He's gone-I had a thousand thingsAnd yet I'm glad he's gone. Think you, Valeria, Your brother will delay: - They may engage Before he reaches them.

Valeria. The field's so near, That a few minutes brings him to the place. “ And 'tis not probable the senators “ So soon should yield a cause of so much justice. " Horatia. Alas I they should have thought on that before,


“'Tis now too late. The lion when he's rous'd “ Must have his prey, whose den we might have

pasad “ In safeiy while he slept. To draw the sword, “ And fire the youthful warrior's breast to arms “ With au ful visions of immortal fame, « And then to bid him sheath it, and forget “ He ever hop'd for conquest and renown«« Vain, vain attempt !

« Valeria. Yet when that just attempt
" Is seconded by love, and beauty's tears
" Lend their soft aid to melt the hero down,
“ What may we not expect ?

Horatia. My dear Valeria !
Fain would I hope I had the power to move him."
Valeria. My dear Horatia, success is yours already.
Horatia. And yet, should I succeed, the hard-gain'd

May chance to rob me of my future peace.
He may not always with the eyes of love
Look on that fondness which has stabb'd his fame.
He may regret too late the sacrifice
lle made to love, and a fond woman's weakness;
And think the milder joys of social life
But ill repay him for the mighty loss
Of patriot-reputation!

Valeria. Pray, furbear;
And search not thus into eventful time
For ills to come. “ This fatal temper, friend,
85 Alive to feel, and curious to explore

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