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Nature oppress'd, and harass'd out with care,
[Returns and sits.
Por. Alas, my father!
[Takes it up. Cato. Rash youth, forbear !
Por. O let the prayers, the entréaties of your friends, Their tears, their common danger, wrest it from you. Çato. Would's thou betray me? would'st thou give
me up, A slave, a captive, into Cæsar's hands?
[Rises. Retire: and learn obedience to a father; Or know, young man
Por. Look not thus sternly on me:
[Lays it down. Cato. 'Tis well: again I'm master of myself.
[Cato takes the stoord. Now, Cæsar, let thy troops beset our gates, And bar each avenue ; thy gathering fleets O'erspread the sea, and stop up every port; Cato shall open to himself a passage, And mock thy hopes.
[Comes forward, R. Por. [Kneels, R. c.] 0, sir, forgive your son, Whose grief hangs heavy on him!-0, my father How am I sure it is not the last time I e'er shall call you so :- be not displeas'd, 0, be not angry with me, whilst I weep, And, in the anguish of my heart, beseech you To quit the dreadful purpose of your soul. Cato. Thou hast been ever good and dutiful,
[Lays his hand on his head. Weep not, my son; all will be well again : The righteous gods, whom I have sought to please, Will succour Cato, and protect his children.
Por. Your words give comfort to my drooping heart.
[Rises. Cato. Porcius, thou may'st rely upon my conduct : Cato will never act what misbecomes him.But go, my son; take care that nought be wanting Among thy father's friends; see them embark'd; And tell me if the winds and seas befriend 'em.My soul is quite weigh'd down with care, and asks The soft refreshment of a moment's sleep.
(Cato goes up the Stage.-Porcius follows
him and kneels at his feet.-Cato looks kindly
upon him, and then exit, L. Por. My thoughts are more at ease; my heart revives.
Enter MARCIA, L. 0, Marcia, O, my sister, still there's hope: Our father will not cast away a life So needful to us all, and to his country. He is retir'd to rest, and seems to cherish Thoughts full of peace. He has dispatch'd me hence With orders that bespeak a mind compos'd, And studious for the safety of his friends. Marcia, take care that none disturb his slumbers.
[Exit Porcius, R. D. Mar. (c.) 0, ye immortal powers, that guard the just, Watch round bis couch, and soften his repose ! Banish his sorrows, and becalm his soul With easy dreams! Remember all his virtues, And shew mankind that goodness is your care !
Enter Lucia, L. Luc.(L.) Where is your father, Marcia? Where is Cato? Mar. Lucia, speak low:-he is retir'd to rest. My friend, I feel a gentle dawning hope Rise in my soul : we may be happy still,
Luc. (L. c.) Alas, I tremble when I think on Cato; In
every view, in every thought, I tremble.
Mar. Though stern and awful to the foes of Rome,
Luc. 'Tis his consent alone can make us happy.
Enter LUCIUS, L.
Enter JUBA, R.
Luci. Marcia, 'tis time we should awake thy father,
Enter PORCIUS, 'R.
Por. As I was hasting to the port, where now
(Groans are heard, L. E
But hark! what means that groan ?-O give me way, And let me fly into my father's presence.
[Exit PORCIUS, L. Luci. Cato amidst his slumbers, thinks on Rome, And in the wild disorder of his soul Mourns o'er his country.
[Groans again, L. Hah! a second groan !-Heaven guard us all !
Mar. Alas! 'tis not the voice
Luci. (L. c.) o Porcius,
Por. I've rais'd him up,
Mar. 0 Heaven, assist me in this dreadful hour
his two Freedmen.-Two first Freedmen remove the
O, Cæsar !
Cato. (c.) Here set me down.-
A senator of Rome, while Rome surviv'd,
[ Dies.-Curtain descends to solemn music.
Position of the Characters at the fall of the Curtain. FREEDMEN.
FREEDMEN. PORCIUS. JUBA, Caro. MARCIA. LUCIUS. R. ~R. C. --C.- -L. U. -L,