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Living up to nature's rules,
Not deprav'd by knaves and fools, Happily we all might live, and harmless as our sheep; Then at length as calmly die, as infants fall asleep,
Second Song after the second Act. .
The Genius of Rome.
From bright unknown abodes of bliss I come,
Her * fate approaches ! yet, I will engage
Tis hard so brave a man should fall so low;
Yet oh! I grieve that Brutus should be stain'd,
*The fall of the
But only he can make the rest combine;
Unthinking men no sort of scruples make;
Thus, while they all for publick good intend,
Third SONG after the third Act.
Chorus of Roman Senators.
ARK is the path poor mortals tread:
Wisdom itself a guide does need:
That a worse César would succeed.
Under pretence of necessary force
By which we our own selves enthrall,
Proscribe the best, impoy'rish all.
That Cæfar with ambitious thoughts
Had virtues too, his very foes cou'd find:
But never in his noble mind.
Too late we now repent our hasty choice;
In vain bemoan so quick a turn; Dejected Rome cries with united voice,
Better, a thousand times, that we had born Our ills a while, with patience, and with ease,
fatal cure much worse than our disease.
Fourth Song after the fourth Act.
Brutus and Cassius.
'Till the fierce clangor fires our blood : Let all the neighb'ring echoes ring
With wishes for our country's good:
May Rome be freed from war's alarms,
And mulas too heavy to be born: May she beware of foreign arms,
And send them back with noble scorn., And, for reward, oc.
May she no more confide in friends
Who nothing farther understood, Than only, for their private ends,
To waste her wealth, and spil her blood. And, for reward, c.
Our greatest patriots Fove restrain
From faction, which they wisdom call; * From the low thoughts of little gain,
And hazarding the losing all. And, for reward, cc.
Our arms we'll eagerly prepare,
Then, to the glorious combat fly; All disengag'd from future care,
Except to overcome, or dye. And, for reward, etc.
They fight, oppression to increase :
We, for our liberties and laws;
When freedom is the noble cause.