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losing my senses already ; and if you should turn yourself into a giant, with saucer-eyes, or a black ħorse without a head, or any of the ugly shapesman 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.

that I am dead. Come, give me thy hand, and thou 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. Ho: should I know ? It was not I,

however. Reluctance. 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 inust be so co-Owold ! 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 courage. is not so co——-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.

Ans. I begin to question it a little myself. But still my mind misgivęs mne plaguily about the corpse I saw laid out upon your bed. If I could

but find out what that was Encourage. Pand. Pshav, prithee, what signifies it what

it was ? As long as you see plainly I am 'ret dead

Recollect.

Ans. Why yes, as you say, that is the point, Aflenting, 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 coine at no ready cash, you know. So that I hope you will see me paid, Requesting Pand, I'll be hang’d if I do. I have enough

I have enough Refusing. . to pay on that score otherwise.

Ans. I'll pluck off' 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 me.

[Exeunt different ways.]

you know.

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LXXV.

EXHORTATION.
The speech of GALGACUS the general of the Caledonii,

(1) in which he exhorts the army he had assembled, in
order to expel the Romans, to fighi caliantly against
their foes under Jul. AGRICOLA.

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 bloze, before we sheath thein

(1) The Caledonii, were, according to Ptolemy, the inhabitants of the interior parts of Scotland.

Courage.

Vexation.

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 the infamous joke 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 iminortal 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 from the common disgrace, and the common suf

ferings. You lie alınost 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 effectually, 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 Accusing 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 come at. And if they should conquer the dry land, over the whole world, they will then think of carrying their arins beyond the ocean, to see

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whether there be not certain unknown regions,
which they may attack, and reduce under subjec-
tion 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, be-
cause the victory will be easy; if rich, they are
drawn thither by the hope of plunder; if poor, by
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 king-
dom as a rich one, Their supreme joy seems to Horror,
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 con-
quered 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 cor-
rupted by the arts of these cruel spoilers. The
fruits of our industry, are plundered to inake up Accusing,
the tributes imposed on us by oppressive avarice.
Britons sow their fields; and the greedy Romans
reap

them. Our very 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 yokę.

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dation.

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, iny countrymen, and fellow-soldiers,

suspected and hated, as we ever must be by the Romans, 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

the Brigantines (1) to shaking of 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 get 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. Reinon 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
rors and weaknesses as others? Does not peace
effeminate thein ? Does not abundauce debauch

them? Does not wantonness enervate them ? Contempt. Do they not even go to excess in the most un

(1) The Brigantines, according to Ptolemy, inhabited what is now called Yorkshire, the bilhopric of Durham, &c.

strance.

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