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Swells in the winds, and comes more full upon us.

M A R CU S;
Oh, for some glorious cause to fall in battle!
Lucia, thou hast undone me! thy disdain
Has broke

my
heart; 'tis death must give me ease.

POR TI U S,
Quick let us hence; who knows if Catu's life
Stards sure ? O Marcu's, I am warm’d, my heart
Leaps at the trumpet's voice, and burns for glory. [Exit.

SCENE IV.

SEMPRONIUS with the leaders of

the mutiny.

SEMPRONIU S.
At length the winds are rais’d, the storm blows high
Ee it your care, my friends, to keep it up
In its full fury, and direct it right,
'Till it has spent itself on Cato's head.
Meanwhile I'll herd among his friends, and feem
One of the number, that whate'er'arrive,
My friends and fellow-foldiers may be safe. [Exit.

IL E A D E R.
We all are fafe, Sempronius is our friend,
Sempronius is as brave a man as Cato.
But hark! he enters. Bear up boldly to him;

Be

Be sure you beat him down, and bind him fast.
This day will end our toils, and give us reft!
Fear nothing, for Sempronius is our friend.

SCENE V.

CAT O, SEMPRONIUS,

LUCIUS, PORTIUS, MARCUS, &c.

CAT O.
Where are these bold intrepid fons of war,
That greatly turn their back upon

the foe, And to their general send a brave defiance :

SE M PRO NI U S.
Curfe on their daftard fouls, they stand astonish’d! [ Aside.

C A TO
Perfidious men! and will you thus di shonour
Your past exploits, and fully all your wars ?
Do
you

confess 'twas not a zeal for Rome,
Nor love of liberty, nor thirst of honour,
Drew you thus far; but hopes to share the spoil
Of conquer'd towns, and plunder'd provinces ?
Fird with such motives you do well to join
With Cato's foes, and follow Cæfar's banners.
Why did I 'scape the envenom'd afpic's rago,
And all the fiery monsters of the desart,
To see this day? why could not Care fall

Without your guilt? behold, ungrateful men,
Behold

my

bosom naked to your view,
And let the man that's injur'd strike the blow.
Which of you all suspects that he is wrong'd,
Or thinks he suffers greater ills than Cato?
Am I distinguish'd from you but by toils,
Superior toils, and heavier weight of cares!
Painful pre-eminence!

SEM PROVIUS.
By heavens, they droop!
Confusion to the villains ! all is loft.

[Apule.
CA TO.
"Have you forgotten Libya's burning waste,
Its barren rocks, parch'd earth, and hills of fand,
Its tainted air, and all its broods of poison?
Who was the first to explore th’untrodden path,
When life was hazarded in every step ?
Or, fainting in the long laborious march,
When on the banks of an unlook'd-for stream
You funk the river with repeated draughts,
Who was the last in all your host that thirsted ?

SEMPRONIUS.
If some penurious source by chance appear'd,
Scanty of waters, when you scoop'd it dry,
And offers the full helmet up to Cata;
Did he not dash th' untasted moisture from him?
Did he not lead you through the mid-day fun,

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And clouds of duft ? did not his temples glow
In the same sultry winds, and scorching heat ?

CA TO.
Hence, worthless men! hence! and complain to Cafar
You could not undergo the toils of war,
Nor bear the hardships that your leader bore.

LUCIUS.
See, Cato, see th' unhappy men! they weep!
Fear, and remorse, and sorrow for their crime,
Appear in every look, and plead for mercy.

CA TO.
Learn to be honest men, give up your leaders,
And pardon fhall descend on all the rest.

SE M P R O N I U S.
Cato, commit these wretches to my care.
First let 'em 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,
When they look up and see their fellow-traitors
Stuck on a fork, and black’ning in the fun.

LUCIU S.
Sempronius, why, why, wilt thou urge the fate
Of wretched men ?

SEMPRONIUS.
How! would'st thou clear rebellion!

Lucius,

Lucius, (good man) pities the poor offenders
That wou'd imbrue their hands in Cato's blood.

C A T O.
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 degenerate age requires
Severity, and justice in its rigoor;
This awes an impious, bold, offending world,
Commands obedience, and gives force to laws.
When by juft vengeance guilty mortals perish,
The gods behold their punishment with pleasure,
And lay th' uplifted thunder-bolt aside.

SEM PRO N I U S.
Cato, I execute thy will with pleasure.

C A TO Mean while we'll sacrifice to liberty. Remember, Omy friends, the laws, the rights, The gen’rous plan of pow'r deliver'd down, From age to age, by your renown'd forefathers, (So dearly bought, the price of so much blood) O let it never perish in your hands ! But piously transmit it to your children. Do thou, great liberty, inspire our fouls, And make our lives in thy possession happy, Or our deaths glorious in thy just defence. [Exit Cato'

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