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“ Such childish humour from weak minds proceeds:
Thy wretched wife mistook the matter so, “To slay herself, that should have slain her foe.
“ Courageous Roman, do not steep thy heart "In such relenting dew of lamentations, “ But kneel with me, and help to bear thy part, " To rouse our Roman gods with invocations, "That they will suffer these abominations, (Since Rome herself in them doth stand disgrac’d)
[chas'd. By our strong arms from forth her fair streets
“Now, by the Capitol that we adore, “And by this chaste blood so unjustly stain'd, • By heaven's fair sun, that breeds the fat earth's
store, “By all our country rights in Rome maintain'd, “ And by chaste Lucrece' soul that late complain’d
“Her wrongs to us, and by this bloody knife, “We will revenge the death of this true wife.”
This said, he struck his hand upon his breast,
And that deep vow which Brutus made before, He doth again repeat, and that they swore.
58 allow] i. e. approve.
When they had sworn to this advised doom,
The Romans plausibly 59 did give consent
69 plausibly) i. e. with acclamations.