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By force, and at our heels all hell should rise
Heaven's purest light; yet our great enemy,
Sit unpolluted, and th’ æthereal mould,
In the wide womb of uncreated night,
So wise, let loose at once his utmost ire,
Thein in his anger whom his anger saves
Say they who counsel war ; " we are decreed, Anguilh. Réseru'd and destin'd to eternal woe ; Despair. Whatever doing, what can we suffer more? * Arguing. What can we suffer worse?” * Is this then worst,
Thus sitting, thus consulting, thus in arms ? Terror. What, when we fled amain, pursu'd and struck
By Heaven's afflicting thunder, and besought
Apprehen. What if the breath, that kindled these grim fires,
Awak'd, should blow them into sevenfold rage,
Should intermitted vengeance, arm again Florror. His red right hand to plague us ? What if all
Her stores were opened ; and this firmament
Impendent horrors, threat’ning hideous fall
contempt. Thus trampled, thus expell’d, to fuffer here Chains and these torments !” Better these thran Disfuasion.
worse, By my advice. To suffer, as to do,
Arguing Our strength is equal ; nor the law unjust, That so ordains. This was at first resolv'd, If we were wise, against so great a fue Contending, and so doubtful what might fall. I laugh when those, who at the spear are bold,
Contempt. And vent rous, if that fail them, shrink and fear What yet they know must follow ; to endure Exile, or ignominy, or bonds, or pain, The sentence of their
This is now
Of future days may bring ; what chance, what
change, Worth wajtings Since our present lot appears, For happy,
dishiatt lét, for ill, not worst, If we procure
not to ourselves more woe.
The speech of Seneca the philosopher, to Nero, complain
ing of the enoy of his enemies, and requesting the emperor to reduce him back to his former nurrow circumstances, that he might no longer be an object of their malignity, [The substance is taken from Corn. Tacit.
ANNAL. xiv.] Submilie. MAY it please the imperial Majesty of Cesar
favourably to accept the humble submissions and grateful acknowledgements of the weak, though faithful guide of his youth. (1)
It is now a great many years since I first had the honour of attending your imperial Majesty, as preceptor. And your bounty has rewarded
my labours with such affluence, as has drawn Co nplaint. upon me, what I had reason to expect, the envy
of many of those persons, who are always ready
to prescribe to their prince, where to bestow, and Apology. where to withhold his favours. It is well known,
that your illustrious ancestor, Augustus, bestowed on his deserving favourites, Agrippa, and Mæcenas, honours and emoluments, suitable to the dignity of the benefactor and to the services of the receivers; nor-has his conduct been blamed. My employment
(1) Seneca was one of Nero's preceptors ; and the emperor feemed, during the first part of his reign, to have profited much by his instructions. The egregious follies, and enormous, unprovoked cruelties he afterwards committed, of which his ordering Seneca to put himself to death, is among the mos flagrant, seem hardly otherwife accountable, than by supposing that he lost the ufe of his reason.
about your imperial Majesty, has indeed been purely domestic; I have neither headed your armies, nor assisted at your councils. But you know, Sir, (though there are some, who do not seem to attend to it) that a prince may be served in different ways, some more, others less conspicuous, and that the latter may be, to him, as valuable as the former.
" But what,” say inay enemies, “shall a Reinonst. private person, of equestrian rank, and a provincial by birth, be advanced to an equality with the patricians ? Shall an upstart, of no name, nor family, rank with those, who can by the statues, which make the ornament of their palaces, reckon backward a line of ancestors, long enough to tire out the fasti? (1) Shall a philosopher, who has written for others precepts of moderation, and contempt of all that is external, himself live in affluence and luxury ? Shall he purchase estates, and lay out money at interest ? Shall he build palaces, plant gardens, and adorn a country-seat, at his own expense, and for his own pleasure ?
Cæsar has given royally, as became imperial Gratitudę. magnificence. Seneca has received what his prince Apology. bestowed; nor did he ever ask : he is only guilty of_not refusing. Cesar's rank places him above the reach of invidious malignity. Seneca is not, nor can be high enough to despise the envi- Complaint. ous. As the overloaded soldier, or traveller, would be glad to be relieved of his burden, so I, in this last stage of the journey of life, now that I find myself unequal to the lightest cares, beg that Cæsar would kindly ease me of the trouble of my Intreating. unwieldy wealth. 'I beseech him to restore to the imperial treasury, from whence it came, what is to me superfluous and cumbrous. The time and the attention, which I am now obliged to bestow upon my villa, and my gardens, I shall be glad
(1) The Fasli, or Calendars, or if you please, Almanacs of the ancients, had, as our Almanacs, tables of kings, consuls, &c.
to apply to the regulation of my mind.Cæsar is Gratitude. in the flower of life. Long may he be equal to
the toils of government! His goodness will grant Intreating. to his worn out servant, leave to retire. It will Apology. not be derogatory from Cæsar's greatness, to
have it said, that he bestowed favours on some, who, so far from being intoxicated with them, shewed, that they could be happy when (at their own request) divested of them.
page 205) against his innocent wife. OTHEL-
Iago. [Alone] I Will in Cassio's lodging drop Plotting.
Are to the jealous confirmation strong Malicious. As proofs from holy writ. This will work mis. joy.
Enter OTHELLO. Does not see Iago.
Oth. Ha ! false to me! Southing Iago. Howu now, noble general ? No more of