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losing my senses already; and if you should turn yourself into a giant, with saucer-eyes, or a black horse without a head, or any of the ugly shapes I ask pardon-you apparitions sometimes put on,
I am sure I should go clean o' one side at the Earnest in- least glimpse of you. Pray, then, in the name treaty. of the blessed virgin, and all the saints, male and
female, be so good as to vanish quietly, and leave your poor frightened old friend wit enough to
keep him out of a mad-house. Vexation. Pand. This is undoubtedly that rogue Mas
carille's manufacture. He has, for some gracious purpose, contrived to send me to the country on a fool's errand, and I suppose, in my absence,
he has, to answer some other pious end, persuaded Encourage. you that I am dead. Come, give me thy hand,
and the wilt be convinced I am not dead more
than thyself. Reluctance. Ans. (drawing back.] What was it I saw laid
out upon the bed, then ? Encourage. Pand. How should I know? It was not I,
Ans. If I were sure you are not dead, I should
not be afraid to touch you : but the hand of a Shuddering dead man unust be so cold ! Encourage. . Pand. Prithee now give over. I tell you, it
is nothing but Mascarille's invention. [He
seizes Anselm's hand, who screams out.] Terror. Ans. Ah ! St. Anthony preserve me!
AhReturning ah-eh-eh -Why-why-after all, your hand is not so co-0
---old, neither. Of the two, it is rather warmer than my own. Can it be,
though, that you are not dead ? Encourage.
Pand. Not I. Recollect. Ans. I begin to question it a little myself. But
still my inind misgives ine plaguily about the corpse I saw laid out upon your bed. If I could
but find out what that wasEncourage. Pand. Pshaw, prithee, what signifies it what
it was ? As long as you see plainly I am not dead.
Ans. Why yes, as you say, that is the point. A fenting. But yet the corpse upon the bed haunts me. But (pauses] I'll be hang'd if it be not as you say. Vexation. Mascarille is a rogue. But, if you be not dead, I am in two sweet scrapes. One is, the danger of being dubbed Mascarille's fool. The other of losing fifty pieces, I furnished him for your interment.
Pand. O, you have lent him money, have Discovery. you ? Then the secret is out.
Ans. Yes; but you know, it was upon the cre Apology. dit of your estate, and for your own personal benefit. For, if you had been dead, you must have been buried, you know. And Mascarille told me, your son could come at no ready cash,
So that I hope you will see me paid, Requesting Pand. I'll be hang'd if I do. I have enough Refusing. to pay on that score otherwise.
Ans. I'll pluck of every single grey hair that Vexation. is upon my old foolish head. What! to have no more wit at this time of life!—I expect nothing else than that they should make a farce in praise of my wisdom, and act me, till the town be sick of ine.
[Exeunt different ways.]
you know, you know.
(1) in which he exhorts the army he had assembled, in
Corn. Tacit. VIT, AGRIC. COUNTRYMEN, and FELLOW-SOLDIERS ! WHEN I consider the cause, for which we have drawn our swords, and the necessity of striking an effectual blowo, before we sheath them.
(1) The Caledonii, were, according to Ptolemy, the inhabitants of the interior parts of Scotlanı.
of the enemy.
again, I feel joyful hopes arising in my mind, that this day an opening shall be made for the
restoration of British liberty, and for shaking off Vexation. the infamous yoke of Roman slavery. Caledonia
is yet free. The all-grasping power of Rome Courage. has not yet been able to seize our liberty. But
it is only to be preserved by valour. By flight Warning. it cannot: for the sea confines us; and that the more effectually, as being possessed by the fleets
As it is by arms, that the brave acquire immortal fame, so it is by arms that the
sordid must defend their lives and properties, or Encourage, lose them. You are the very men, my friends,
who have hitherto set bounds to the unmeasurable ambition of the Romans. In consequence of your inhabiting the more inaccessible parts of the island, to which the shores of those countries on the continent, which are enslaved by the Roinans, are invisible, you have hitherto been free froin the common disgrace, and the common suf
ferings. You lie almost out of the reach of fame Warning. itself. But you must not expect to enjoy this
untroubled security any longer, unless you bestir yourselves so effectualiy, as to put it out of the power of the enemy to search out your retreats, and disturb your repose. If you do not, curiosity alone will set them a prying, and they will conclude that there is somewhat worth the labour of conquering, in the interior parts of the island, merely because they have never seen them. What is little known, is often coveted, because so little known. And you are not to expect, that you should escape the ravage of the general plunder
ers of mankind, by any sentiment of moderation Aceuring. in them. When the countries, which are more
accessible, come to be subdued, they will then force their way into those, which are harder to
And if they should conquer the dry land, over the whole world, they will then think of carrying their arms beyond the ocean, to see
whether there be not certain unknown regions, which they may attack, and reduce under subjection to the Roman empire. For we see, that if a country is thought to be powerful in arms, the Romans attack it, because the conquest will be glorious; if inconsiderable in the military art, because the victory will be easy; if rich, they are drawn thither by the hope of plunder; if poor, hy the desire of fame. The east and the west, the south and the north, the face of the whole earth, is the scene of their military atchievements ; the world is too little for their ambition, and their avarice. They are the only nation ever known to be equally desirous of conquering a poor kingdom as a rich one. Their supreme joy seems to to be ravaging, fighting, and shedding of blood; and when they have unpeopled a region, so that there are none left alive able to bear arms, they say they have given peace to that country.
Nature itself has peculiarly endeared to all Tenderness men, their wives and their children. But it is known to you, my countrymen, that the conquered youth are daily draughted off to supply the deficiencies in the Roman army. The wives, Horror, the sisters, and the daughters of the conquered, are either exposed to the violence, or at least corrupted by the arts of these cruel spoilers. The fruits of our industry, are plundered to make up Accusing, the tributes imposed on us by oppressive avarice, Britons sow their fields; and the greedy Romans
bodies are worn out in car- Complaint. rying on their military works, and our toils are rewarded by them with abuse and stripes. Those, who are born to slavery, are bought and maintained by their master. But this unhappy coun- Indignation try pays for being enslaved, and feeds those who enslave it. And our portion of disgrace is the bitterest, as the inhabitants of this island are the last, who have fallen under the galling yoke.
Accusing. Our native bent against tyranny, is the offence,
which most sensibly irritates those lordly usurpers.
Our distance from the seat of government, and our natural defence by the surrounding ocean, render us obnoxious to their suspicions : for they know, that Britons are born with an instinctive love of liberty; and they conclude, that we must be naturally led to think of taking the advantage of our detached situation, to disengage ourselves
one time or other, from their oppression, Warning. Thus, my countrymen, and fellow-soldiers,
suspected and hated, as we ever must be by the Roinans, there is no prospect of our enjoying
even a tolerable state of bondage under them. Courage. Let us, then, in the name of all that is sacred,
and in defence of all that is dear to us, resolve to exert ourselves, if not for glory, at least for
safety; if not in vindication of British honour, Commen at least in defence of our lives. How near were dation. the Brigantines (1) to shaking off the yoke-led
on too by a woman ?—They burnt a Roman settle
ment: they attacked the dreaded Roman legions Regret. in their camp. Had not their partial success
drawn them into a fatal security, the business Courage.
was done. And shall not we, of the Caledonian region, whose territories are yet free, and whose strength entire, shall we not, my fellow-soldiers, attempt somewhat, which may shew these foreign ravagers, that they have more to do than they think of, before they be masters of the whole island.
But, after all, who are these mighty Romans! Are they gods, or mortal men, like ourselves? Do we not see that they fall into the same errors and weaknesses as others ? Does not peace effeminate them? Does not abundauce debauch
thein ? Does not wantonness enervate them ? Contempt. Do they not even go to excess in the inost une
(1) The Brigantines, according to Ptolemy, inhabited what is How called Yorklhire, the bishopric of Durham, &c.