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1 LE A D E R. Sempronius, you have acted like yourself, One would have thought you had been half in earnest.
$ E M.PRONIU S. Villain, stand off! base, groveling, worthless wretches, Mongrels in faction, poor faint-hearted traitors!
.-12. LEA DE R.
Nay, now you carry it too far, Sempronius :'-
Throw off the malk, there are none here but friends.
S E M PR 0 N 1U $.
Know, villains, when such paltry Naves presurne
To mix in treason, 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 monsters, drag 'em forth
To fudden death.
SEMPRONIU S. Dispatch 'em quick, but first pluck out their tongues, Left with their dying breath they low sedition.
Exeunt guards with the leaders.
Syp H A X and SEMPRONIU S.
Sr P H A X.
Our first design, my friend, has prov'd abortive;
Still there remains an after-game to play:
My troops are mounted; their Numidian steeds
up the wind, and long to scour the desart :
Let but Sempronius head us in our flight,
We'll force the gate where Marcus keeps his guard,
And hew down all that would oppofe our passage.
A day will bring us into Cæfar's camp.
s E M PR: NHƯ $. Confufion! I have fail'd of half my purpose. Marcia, the charming Marcia's left behind !
Sr P H A X.
How? will Sempronius turn a woman's fave!
Think not thy friend can ever feel the soft
Unmanly warinth, and tendernefs of love.
Syphax, I long to clasp that haughty inaid,
And bend her stubborn-virtue to my passion :
When I have gone thus far, I'd cast her off.
S r P H A X.
Well faid! that's spoken like thyself, Sempronius.
What hinders then, but that thou find her out,
And hurry her away by manly force?
SEM PRO NI U S.
But how to gain admission for access
Is given to none but fuba, and her brothers.
Sr PH A 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.
SEMPRONIU S. Heav'ns! what a thought is there! Marcia's my own! How will my bosom swell with anxious joy, When I behold her struggling 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 seiz'd of Proserpine, convey'd To hell's tremendous gloom th' affrighted maid, There grimly sınil'd, pleas’d with the beauteous prize, Nor envy'd Jove his sun-fhine and his skies. (Exeunt
OW tell me, Marcia, tell me from thy soul,
If thou believ'st 'tis possible for woman
To suffer greater ills than Lucia suffers !
M A RC I A.
O Lucia, Lucia! might my big-swoln heart
Vent all its griefs, and give a loo fe to forrow:
Marcia could answer thee in fighs, keep pace
With all thy woes, and count out tear for tear.
I know thou’rt doom'd alike, to be belov'd
By Zuba, and thy father's friend Sempronius;
But which of these has power to charm like Portius ?
M A RC I A. Still I must beg thee not 10 name Sempranius ! Lucia, I like not that loud boilt'rous.man ; Juba to all the brav'ry of a hero Adds softest love, and more than female sweetness; Juba might make the proudeft of our fex, Any of woman kind, but Marcia, happy.
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.
While Cato lives, his daughter has no right
To love or hate, but as his choice directs.
But should this father give you to Sempronius?
M A RC I A.
Marc. I dare not think he will: but if he shou'd
Why wilt thou add to all the griefs 1 suffer
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 softer thought in sense of present danger.
When love once pleads admission to our hearts
(In spite of all the virtue we can boast)
The woman that deliberates is loft.