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Seite 43 - My voice is still for war. Gods! can a Roman senate long debate Which of the two to choose, slavery or death ? No ; let us rise at once, gird on our swords, And at the head of our remaining troops, Attack the foe, break through the thick array Of his throng'd legions, and charge home upon him.
Seite 45 - Let|| not a torrent of impetuous zeal Transport thee thus beyond the bounds of REASON : True FORTITUDE is seen in great exploits, That justice warrants, and that wisdom guides: All else is tow'ring frenzy and distraction.
Seite 46 - Bid him disband his legions, Restore the commonwealth to liberty, Submit his actions to the public censure, And stand the judgment of a Roman senate. Bid him do this, and Cato is his friend.
Seite 40 - Not all the pomp and majesty of Rome Can raise her senate more than Cato's presence. His virtues render our assembly awful, They strike with something like religious fear, And make even Caesar tremble at the head Of armies flush'd with conquest : O my Portius ! Could I but call that wondrous man my father, Would but thy sister Marcia be propitious To thy friend's vows : I might be bless'd indeed ! PORTIUS.
Seite 38 - THE dawn is overcast, the morning low'rs, And heavily in clouds brings on the day, The great, th' important day, big with the fate Of Cato and of Rome" Our father's death Would fill up all the guilt of civil war, And close the scene of blood.
Seite 45 - Let not a torrent of impetuous zeal Transport thee thus beyond the bounds of reason : True fortitude is seen in great exploits That justice warrants, and that wisdom guides. All else is towering frenzy and distraction. Are not the lives of those who draw the sword In Rome's defence intrusted to our care! Should we...
Seite 43 - ... legions, and charge home upon him. Perhaps some arm more lucky than the rest, may reach his heart, and free the world from bondage. Rise, fathers, rise! 'Tis Rome demands your help: Rise, and revenge her slaughtered citizens, or share their fate! The corpse of half her senate manure the fields of Thessaly, while we sit here deliberating in cold debates, if we should sacrifice our lives to honour, or wear them out in servitude and chains.
Seite 47 - ... legions, Restore the commonwealth to liberty, Submit his actions to the public censure, And stand the judgment of a Roman senate. Bid him do this, and Cato is his friend. DEC. Cato, the world talks loudly of your wisdom CATO. Nay more...