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SCENE VI.

SEMPRONIUS and the leaders of
the mutiny..

I

LEADER. ·

Sempronius, you have acted like yourself,

One would have thought you had been half in earnest, SEMPRONIUS.

Villain, ftand off! bafe, groveling, worthlefs wretches, Mongrels in faction, poor faint-hearted traitors!

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LEADER.

Nay, now you carry it too far, Sempronius

Throw off the malk, there are none here but friends.

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SEMPRONIUS.

Know, villains, when fuch paltry flaves prefume To mix in treafon, if the plot fucceeds, 'They're thrown neglected by: but if it fails, They're sure to die like dogs, as you shall do. Here, taks these factious, monfters, drag 'em forth To fudden death.

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SEMPRONIUS.

Dispatch 'em quick, but first pluck out their tongues, Left with their dying breath they fow sedition. [Exeunt guards with the leaders.

SCENE VII.

SYPHAX and SEM PRONIUS.

SYPHA X.

Our firft defign, my friend, has prov'd abortive,
Still there remains an after-game to play!
My troops are mounted; their Numidian steeds
Snuff up the wind, and long to fcour the defart:
Let but Sempronius head us in our flight,
We'll force the gate where Marcus keeps his guard,
And hew down all that would oppose our paffage.
A day will bring us into Cafar's camp.

SEMPRONIUS.

Confufion! I have fail'd of half

my purpose. Marcia, the charming Marcia's left behind!

SYPHA X.

How? will Sempronius turn a woman's flave!
SEMPRONIUS.

Think not thy friend can ever feel the foft Unmanly warinth, and tenderness of love. Syphax, I long to clasp that haughty maid, And bend her stubborn virtue to my passion:

When

thus far, I'd caft her off.

SYPHA X.

Well faid! that's fpoken like thyself, Sempronius. What hinders then, but that thou find her out,

And hurry her away by manly force?

When I have

gone

SEMPRONIUS.

But how to gain admiffion? for access
Is given to none but Juba, and her brothers.

SYPHA X.

Thou shalt have Juba's dress, and Juba's guards:
The doors will open, when Numidia's prince
Seems to appear before the flaves, that watch them.

SEMPRONIUS.

Heav'ns! what a thought is there! Marcia's my own! How will my bofom fwell with anxious joy, When I behold her ftruggling in my arms, With glowing beauty, and disorder'd charms. While fear and anger, with alternate grace, Pant in her breast, and vary in her face! So Pluto feiz'd of Proferpine, convey'd

To hell's tremendous gloom th' affrighted maid,

There grimly fmil'd, pleas'd with the beauteous prize, Nor envy'd Jove his fun-fhine and his skies.

[Exeunt

ACT

ACT IV. SCENE I

LUCIA and MARCI A.

LUCIA.

Now

OW tell me, Marcia, tell me from thy foul, If thou believ'ft 'tis poffible for woman To fuffer greater ills than Lucia fuffers!

MARCI A.

O Lucia, Lucia! might my big-fwoln heart Vent all its griefs, and give a loofe to forrow: Marcia could anfwer thee in fighs, keep pace With all thy woes, and count out tear for tear. LUCIA.

I know thou'rt doom'd alike, to be belov'd By Juba, and thy father's friend Sempronius;

But which of these has power to charm like Portius !

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MARCI A.

Still I must beg thee not to name Sempronius !
Lucia, I like not that loud boift'rous man;
Juba to all the brav'ry of a hero

Adds fofteft love, and more than female fweetness;
Juba might make the proudeft of our fex,
Any of woman kind, but Marcia, happy.

LUCIA.

And why not Marcia? come, you strive in vain

To hide your thoughts from one, who knows too well The inward glowings of a heart in love.

MARCI A.

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 Sempronius?
MARCI A.

Marc. I dare not think he will: but if he fhou'd→→
Why wilt thou add to all the griefs I fuffer
Imaginary ills, and fancy'd tortures?

I hear the found of feet! they march this way!
Let us retire, and try if we can drown
Each fofter thought in fenfe of prefent danger.
When love once pleads admiffion to our hearts
(In fpite of all the virtue we can boaft)

The woman that deliberates is loft.

[Exeunt.

SCENE

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