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Know then, my lord — how shall I tell thee all?

Pub. Stop, cruel maid, nor wound thy Publius
more ;
I dread the fatal fVankness of thy words :
Spare me the pain of knowing I am scom*d ;
Ajid if thy heart's devoted to another,
Yet do not tell it me ; in tender pitv
Do noti my fiur, dissolve the fond illusioa,
The dear delightful visions I have form'd
Of future joy, and fond exhaustless love.


Bar. (alone.) And shall I see him then, set
my Hamilcar,
Pride of my soul, and lord of all my wishes ?
The only man in all our burning Anic
Who ever taught my bosom how to love !
Down, foolish heart ! be calm, my buiy

If at his name I feel these strange emotions,
How shall I see, how meet my conqueror?
let not those presume to judge of joy [gives.
Who ne'er have Mt the pangs which absence
Such tender transport those mne can prove.
Who long, like me, have known disastrous love ;
The tears that fell, the sighs that once were paid.
Like grateful incense on his altar laid ;
The lambent flame rekindle, not destroy, ^
And woes remember'd heighten present kr

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Scm^-^The inside of the Temple of Belhimr-
Seats for the Senators and Aniassador* —
lActors guarding the entrance.

IIahuus, Pvbliub, and Senators.

Man. Let Regolus be sent fior to oar presence ;
And with him the ambassador of Carthage.
U it then true the foe would treat of peace 1

Pub. They wish at least our captives were
exclumff'd, -

And send my lather to declare their wish :
If he ebtain it, well : if not, then Regains
Returns to meet the Tengesuoce of the foe,
And paj for your refusal with his blood :
He ratified this treaty with his oath.
And, ere he quitted Carthage, heard, unmoY*d,
The dreadful preparations ror his death, [men !
Should he return. O Romans ! O my country-
Can you resign your heio to your foe ?
Say, can you give up Regains to Carthage 1

Man. reace, Publius, peace, for see, thy
, father comes.

Enter Hamilcas and Rkgclus.

Ham. Why dost thou stop 1 dost thou forget
this templel
I thoo^ these walls had been well known to
Reg. Hamilcar ! t was thinking what I was
When kst I saw them, and what now I am.
Ham. {to the consul.) Carthage, by me, to
Rieae this greeting sends ;
That, wearied out, at length, with bloo^ war.
If RomA inclines to peace, she <^ers it
Man. We will at leisnre answer thee. Be
Come, Regulus, resume thine ancient place.
Reg. (jointing to the senators.) Wno ih&n

are these 1
Man. Hie senators of Rome.
Reg. And who art thou 1
Man. What meanest thou 1 Pm her consul ;
Hast thou so soon foigotten Manlios 1 [Rome,
Reg. And shall a skive then have a place in
Among her consuls and her senator^ 1

Man. Yes ! — For her heroes Rome ibrgets
Softens their hanh MSterity for thee, [her laws ;
To whom she owes her conquest and her tri-
umphs, [bers.
Reg. Rome may foiget, but Regulus remem-
Man. Was ever man so obstinately good?

Ptt^Crmni'.) Fathers, your pardon. I can sit
no Itm^r. {To the senatoro.)

Reg. Publiiis, what dost thou mean 1
Pub. Todomvdu^;

Where Regohis must stand, shall radius sit?
Reg. Alas ! O R^ne, how are thy mannen
When last I left thee, ere I sail'd for Afric,
It waa a crime to think of private duties
When poblie oares required attention. — Sit,
iTo Pub.) And lean to occupy thy place with
Pub. Forgive me, six, if I refuse obedience ;
My heaii o'eiflows with duty to my father.

Reg. Enow, Publios, that thy dat3r's at aa
Thy father died when he became a slave, [end;

Man. Now urge thy suit, Hamilcar, we aU
tend. [seager ;

Hasn. Afric hath chosen Reguks her me«»
In him, both Carthage and Hamilcar speak.

Man. {to Reg.) We are prepar'd to hear thee.

Ham. {to Reg.) Ere thou speak'st

Maturely weigh what than hast sworn to do,
Shoald Rome refuse to treat vnth us of peaoe.

Reg. What I have sworn I will fulfi], Ham-
Be satiated. [ilear

Pub. Ye guardian gods of Rome,

With your awn eloquence inspiiBe him now !

Reg, Carthage bv me thia embassy has sent ;
If Rome will leave her undisturbed possession
Of all she now enjoys, she offefs peace ;
But if you rather wish pvotracted war.
Her next proposal is, exAanga of eapHves j^—
If 3rou demand advice ef Regulus,
Reject them both. —

Ham. What dost thou meant

Pub. My father !

Man. Exalted Ibrtitnde ! Pm lo^ ia vmnder.
{Aside.) [breath,

Reg. Romans! I will not idly ^end mj
T& show the dire efiects of such a peace ; %
The foes, who beg it, show their dread of vrar.

Man. But the exchange of pnsoners thou pF»*
posesti [nie fraud.

Reg. That artful scheme conceals some Pih

Ham. Roman, beware ! hast thou so soon
forgotten ?

Reg. I will fulfil ike treaty I have sworn to.

Pub. All vidU be ruined.

Reg. Conscript fathers ! hear me.— [ills,
Thoi^ this exchanffe teems vdth a thousand
Yet 'tis th* example I would deprecate.
This treaty fix*d, Rome's honour is no more ;
Should her degenerate sons be promised life.
Dishonest life, and worthless libertyj
Her fflory, valour, military pride.
Her nune, her fortitude, her all were lest.
What honest captive of them all would vrish
With shame to enter her inq>erial gatas,
The flagrant scourge of slavery onkis baek t
None, none, my friends, would wish a fate so vUe,
But those base cowards yAio resian'd their arms,
Unstain'd with hostile blood, and poorly sued.
Through ignominious fear of death, for bond-

The scorn, the laughter, of th' insulting foe.
O shame! shame! shame! eteraal infamy !

Man. However hurtful this exchange may be,
The liberty, die life of Regulus,
More than compensates for it

Reg. Thou' art mistaken.—

This Kegulns is a mere mortal man,
Yielding apoe to all th' infirmitiea
Of weak, decaying nature.-^! am old.
Nor can my future, feeble services.
Assist my country much ; but maiic me weQ ;
The young fiezoe heroes you'd restore to C«i-

In lieu of this old man, are her chief bulwarks.
Fathers ! in vig'rous youth this well-stnmg am
Fought for my oountiy, fought and conquai'd
ibr her:

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That was the time to prize its service high.
Now, weak and nerreless, let the foe possess it,
For it can harm them in the field no more^
Let Carthage have the poor, degrading triumph,
To dose these faiUng eyes ; ]^t, O, mj coun-
Check their vain hopes, and show aspirinff Afnc
'^lat heroes are the common growth of Kome.

MMn, Unequalled fortitude.

Pub. O iatal virtue ! [founds me.

Ham, What do I heart this constancy con-

Man. {to the MenatorM.) Let honour be the
spring of all our actions,
Not interest, fathers. Let no selfish views
Preach safety at the price of truth and justice.

Reg. If Kome would thank me, I will teach
her how.
—Know, fathers, that these savage Afiricans
Thought me so base, so Tery low of soul.
That the poor, vnretched privilege, of breathing.
Would force me to betray my country to them.
Have these barbarians any tortures left.
To match the cruelty of such a thought 1
Revenge me, fathers ! and I*m still a Roman.
Aim, arm yourselves, orepare your citizens,
Snatch vour imprisoned eagles from their fanes.
Fly to the shores of Carthage, force her gate^
Die evexy Roman sword in Punic blood —
And do such deeds — that when I shall return
(As I have noorn, and am resolved to do),
I may behold with joy, reflected back.
The tenors of your rage in the dire visages
Of m]^ astonished executioners. [in wonder !

Ham. Surprise has chill'd my blood! Pmlost

Pub. Does no one answer 1 must my father
perish ! [question :

Man. Rookans, we must defer th' miportant
Maturest counsels must determine on it.
Rest we awhile : — Nature requires some pause
From high-raiaM admiration. Thou, Hamilcar,
Shalt shortly know our final resolution.
Meantime, we go to. supplicate the gods.

Reg. Have you a aonbt remaining 1 Man-
lius, speak.

Man. Yes, Regulos, I think the danger less
To lose th' advanUge thy advice suggests.
Than would accrue to Rome in losing thee,
Whose vrisdom mi^ direct, whose YaUyar

guard her.
Athirst for gloiy thou wouldst rush on death,
And for thy country *s sake wouldst ^eatly perish.
Too vast a sacrifice thy zeal requires.
For Rome must bleed when Rc^;uhis expirea.
EseuMi eonnU and tenators.

Mansnt Reoulus, Publius, Hamilpab; to
them enter Attilu and Licinius.

Ham. Does Re^ukafulfil his promise thus t
Reg. Vre promis*d to return, and I will do it.
Att. My fiither ! think a moment
Lie. Ah! my friend!

Lie. and Att. O, hy this hand, we beg^
R^' Away! no more.

Thanks to Rome's guardian gods, Pm yet a slave.
And vriU be still a slave, to make Rome free !
AU. Wasthe exchange refusedl Oh ! ease

mjy fears.
Mag. Publius! conduct Hamilcar and myself

To the abode thou uast for each provided.

Att. A foreign residence ! a strange abode t
And will my father spurn his household gods T

Pub. My sire a stranger 1 — Will he taste m»
The smiling blessings of his cheexM home 1

Reg. Dost thou not know the laws of Rome
A foe's ambassador within her gates T [forbid

Pub. This rigid law does not extend to thee.

Reg. Yes ; did it not alike extend to all,
'Twere tyranny. — ^The law rights ereiy man.
But favours none.

Att. Then, O my father.

Allow thy daughter to partake thy fate !

Reg. Attilia ! no. The present exigence
Demands far other thoughts, than the soft cares,
The fond effusions, the delightful weakness,
The dear affections 'twixt the child and parent.

Att. How is my father chang'd from what
Pve known him ! [Regulus,

Reg. The fate of Regulus is chang'd, not
I am the same ; in laurels or in chains.
'Tis the same principle ; the same fix'd soul,
Unmov'd itself, though circumstances change.
The native vigour of the free-bom mind
Still struggles vrith, still conquers, adverse for*

Soars above chains, invincible though van-

[Exeunt Rboulus and Publivs.

Attilu, HiMiLCAB, goings enUr Bukcb

Bar. Ah ! my Hamilcar.

Ham. Ah! my long-lost Babcb .

Affain I lose thee ; Regulus rejects
Th' exchange of prisoners Africa proposes.
My heart's too full. Q)i, I have much to say !

Bar. Yet you unkindly leare me, uid sa^
nothing. [loves,

Ham. Ah ! didst thou love as thy Hamilcai
Words were superfluous ; in my eyes, my Barce,
Thou'dst read tne tender eloquence of love,
Th' uncounterfeited language of my heart.
A smsle look betrays the soul's soft feelings,
I And shows imperfect speech of little worth.

{Exit Habulcab.

Att. My father then conspires his own de
Is it not so 1 [struction.

Bar. Indeed, I fear it much:

But as the senate has not yet resolT*d, [ment :
There is some room for hope ; lose not a mo
And, ere the conscript fathers Are assembled,
Try all the powers eSf winning eloquence.
Each gentle art of feminine persuasion.
The love of kindred, and the feith of friends,
To bend the rigid Roinans to thy purpose.

Att. Yes, &rce, I vrill go ; I wiU exert
My Uttle pow'r, though hopeless of success.
Undone Attilia ! fall'n firom hope's gay heights
Down the dread i)recipice of oeep despair.
So some tir'd mariner the coast e^es,
And his lov'd home explores with straining ejm :
Prepares vrith joy to quit the treacherous dse^
Hush'd every wave, and every wind asleep ;
But, et% he lands upon the well-known shore.
Wild storms arise, and furious billovrs roar.
Tear the fond vrretch from aU his hopes away,
And drive his shatter'd bark again to aea.

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a Palace witJumi the
abode of the Carlht^

ScKiii — A Portico of ^
gates of Rome. — The
giman ambassador.
Enter Rboulus and Publius meetimg,

Reg. Ah ! Publius here at such a time as
this t [senate

Know*st thou the important question that the
This very hour debate t — ^Thy country's fflory,
Thy father^s honour, and the pubhc good?
Dost thou know this, and fonoly hnffer here ?

Pub, They*re not yet met, my faUier.

Reg. Haste— away —

Support my counsel in th* assembled senate,
Confirm their wav'ring virtue by thy courage,
And Regulus shall fflory in his boy. [task.

Pub, Ah ! spare thy son the most ungrateful
What ! — supplicate the ruin of my father t

Reg. The good of Rome can never hurt her

Pub. In pity to thy children, spare thyself.

Reg. Dost thou then think that mine's a
frantic bravery 1
That Regulus would rashly seek his fate 1
PubUus ! how little dost thou know thy sire !
Misjudging youth ! learn, that like other men,
I shun the m/, and I seek the good ;
But that I find in guilty and this in virtue.
Were it not guilt, guilt of the blackest die.
Even to think oi ^eedom at th* expense
Of my dear bleeding country 1 to me, therefore,
Freedom and life would be the heaviest evils ;
But to preserve that country, to restore her.
To heal her wounds, though at the price of /^e.
Or, what is dearer far, the price of liberty.
Is virtue — therefore, slavei^r and death
Are Reffulus's good — ^his wish — his choice.

Pub. Yet sure our country

Reg. Is a whoUy my Publius,

Of which we an are partSy nor should a citizen
Reffard his interests as distinct from hers;
No nopes or fears should touch his patriot soul,
But what affect her honour or her sname.
E^en when in hostile fields he bleeds to save her,
'Tis not his blood he loees, 'tis his countries ;
He only pays her back a debt he owes.
To her he's bound for birth and education :
Her laws secure him from domettic feuds.
And from the foreign foe her arms protect him.
She lends him honours, dignity, and rank.
His wrongs revenges, and his merit pays ;
And, like a tender and indulgent mother,
Loads him with comforts, and would make his

As blest as nature and the gods design'd it.
Such gifts, my son, have their alloy of pain,
And let th' unworthy vnretch, who will not bear
His portion o( the ^bUe burden, lose
fh* advantages it yields ; — let him retire
From the dear blessings of a social life.
And from the sacred laws which guard those

Aenounce the civiliz'd abodes of roan.
With kindred brutes one common shelter seek
}n honid wild?, and dens, and dreary caves,
And with their shaggy tenants share the spoil ;
Or, if the savage hunters mlis 'Jieir prey,

From scattered acorns ^k a scanty meal,—
Far from the sweet civilities of life ; [dom :
There let him live, and vaunt his wretched free-
While we, obedient to the laws that guard us,
Guard thein, and live or die as tkey decree.

Pub. With reverence and astonishment I bear
Thy words, my &ther, have convinc'd my reason
But cannot touch my heart ; — nature denies
Obedience so repugnant I'm a son.

Reg. A poor excuse, unworthy of a lUman .
Brutus, Virginius, Manlius — they were fathers

Pub. *Tis true, they were ; but this heroic
This glorious elevation of the soul, [greatness,
Has l^en confin'd to fathers, — ^Rome, till now,
Boasts not a son of such unnatural virtue,
Who, 8pun;iing all the powerful ties of blood,
Has lalKrar'd to procure his father's death.

Reg. Then be the first to give the great ex-
ample —
Go, hasten, be thyself that son, my Publius.

Pub. My father, ah !

Reg. Publius, no more ; begone-—

Attend the senate — let me know my fate ;
'Twill be more gloriou3 if announc'd h^ ^®0-

Pub. Too miKh, too much, thy rigid virtue
From thy unhappy son. O nature, nature !

Re^. Publius ! am I a stranger, or thy father <
In eiwer case an obvious du^ waits thee ;
If thou regard'st me as an ahen here.
Learn to prefer to mine the good of Rome ;
If as a fattier — reverence my commands, [sou!.

Pub. Ah ! couldst thou look into my inmost
And see how warm it bums with love and duty,
Thou wouldst abate the rigour of thy words.

Reg. Could I explore the secrets of thy breast,
The virtue I would wish should flourish there
Were fortitude, not weak, complaining love.

Pub. If thou requir'st my blood, I'U shed it all ;
But when thou dost enjoin the harsher task
That I should labour to procure thy death.
Forgive thy son — he has not so much virtue.
[Exit Publius.

Reg. Th* important hour draws on, and now
my soul
Loses her wonted calraiiess, lest the senate
Should doubt what answer to return to Car

ye protecting deities of Rome ! [thage.
Ye guardian gods ! look down propitious on her
Inspire her senate with your sacred wisdom.
And call up all that's Roman in their souls !

Enter Manuus (speaking).

See that the lictors wait, aifH guard the en
Tkke care that none intrude. [tranc»»

Reg. Ah! ManUusheret

What can this meant

Man. Where, where is R^y^ulus t

The great, the godlike, the invincible f
Oh, let me stram the hero to my breast. —

Reg. {avoiding him.) Manlius, stand oS, r»
member rm a slave 1
And thou Rome's consul.

Man. I am somethii^ more :

1 am a man enamour'd of thy virtues ;
Thy fortitude and courage have subdued m*.
I was thy rival— I am now thy friend :

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Allow me that distiiictioii, deater fir

Than all the honours Rome can give without it.

Reg. This is the temper atiU ^ noUe minds,
And Xhette the bleaaingB of an humble fortune.
Had I not been a sUnCy I ne'er had gained
The treasure of thy frieadehip.

Man. I confesa,

Thj ffrandeur eatt a Teil before mj eyes,.
Whid) the reverse of fortune has remav'd.
Oft have I seen thee on the day of triun^ihy
A conqueror of nations, enter Kerne ;
Kow, thou hast conquer'd /orltine and tkjfmif.
Thy laurelB oft have mov'd my soul to envy.
Thy chaiDB awaken my respect, ray revmrenee ;
Then Reguhis i^ppear'd a hero to me,
He rises nvw a god.

Reg, Manliw, enough.

Cease thy applause ; 'tis dang'rous ; praise likis

Mi^t tempt the most severe and cautious virtue.
Bless'd be the gods, who gild m^latter days
With the brieht gfloiy of the consults friendship !

Man. Foi^jd it, Jove ! saidst thou thy latter
May gracious heav'n to a far distant hour
Pxotract thy valued life. Be it my care
To crown the hopes of thy adminng country,
By giving back her long-lost hero to her.
I wm exert my power to brin^ about
Th* exchange ol captives Africa proposes.

Reg. Mimlius, and is it thus, is this the way
Thou dost begin to give me proofs of friendship 1
Ah ! if thy love be so destructive to me,
What would thy hatred be 1 Mistaken consul I
Shall I then lose the profit of my wroogst
Be thus defirauied of the benefit
I vaioly hoped from all my years of bondage t
1 did not come to ^ow ray chains to Rome,
To move my countiy to a weak eompassioB ;
I came to save her kommr, to preserve her
From tarnishing her glory ; came to snatch her
From offisrs so destractive to her fame.

Manlius ! either g^ve rae proofii more w(
A Roman's friendship, or renew thy hate.

Mam. Dost thou net know, that, this exchange
Inevitable death must be thy fate 1 [refusM,

Reg. And has the name of deaik sudi terror
in it.
To strike with dread the mif^ty soul of Manlius t
Tis not to-day I learn that I am mortal.
The fbe can only take from Reguhis
What wearied nature would have shortly yield-
It will be now a voluntary gift, [ed ;
'Twould then become a tribute seisM, not offered.
Yes, Manlius, tell the world that as I lived
For Rome alone, when I could live no bnger,
'TwBS my last care how, dying, to assist,
To save that country I had lived to serve.

iisn. O unezainpled w»th ! O godUke Reg-
Thrice happy Rome ! unparalleled in heroes !
Hast thou then swom, thou awfully good man !
Never to bless the consul with thy friendship t

Reg. If thou wilt love me, love me like a
Roman. [dim.

'^ese are the terms on which I take thy friend-
We both must make a sacrifice to Rome,

1 of my life, and thou of RegtUue :

One must resign his being, one his fnenft.
It is but just, mat what procures our countiy
Such real blessings, svlcd. substantial good, '
Should cost thee something — I shall lose bvt

little. .
Go then, my friend ! but promioe, ere thou goest.
With all the consular authority.
Thou wilt support my counsel in the senate.
If thou art willing to accept these terms, [shm^
With transport I embrace thy profier^d frieno-
Man. {after a pause.) Tes, I do promise.
Reg. Bounteous gods, I thank you *

Te never gave, in all your round of blessing,
A ffift so greatly welcome to my soul.
As Manlius' friendship on the terms of honour !
Jlfon. Inunortal Powers ! why am not I a slaveT
By heav'n ! I almost envy thee thy bonds.
Reg. My friend ! there's not a moment to bo
Ere this, perhaps, the senate is assembled.
To thee, and to thy virtues, I commit
The dignihr of Rome— my peace and honojr.
Man. Iliustrious man, farewell I
Reg. Farewell, my friend I

IfoM. The sacred flame thou hast kindled in
my soul
Glows in each yein, trembles in every nerve,
And raises me to something more than man.
My blood is fired with virtue, and with Rome,
And every pulse boats an alarm to glory.
Who woidd not spurn a soeptre when compar'd
With chains like mine ? Thou man of evexy

farewell 1 may aU the gods protect and blest

thee. [J&ctt Mahlius.

Snter Licnnvs.
Reg. Now I begin to lire : pro|dtioti8 HeavsB
Inclines to favour me. — ^Lickdns here?
Lie. With joy, my honomr'd friend, I seek

fhv presence.
Reg. And why with joy ?
Lie. Because my heart once mote

Beats higb with flattering hope, in thy greal

1 have been labouring. [cause

Reg. Say'st thou in my cause?

Lie. In thine and Rome's. Does it excite
thy wonder?
Cottldst thou then think so pooify of lacmim^
That base ingratitude oould find a place
Within his bosom?— Can I then forget
Thy thousand acts of friendship to my yontiit
Forget them too at that important moment
When most I mig^t assist thee ? — ^BeguhiSy
Thou wast my leader, general, fsther - -all.
Didst thou not teach me early how to tread
The path of glory ; point tbe way iiiyseU^
And bid me follow thee ?

Reg. Bnt say, Lidnins,

What hast thoa done to serve me ?

Lie. I have defended

Tl^ Uberty and life I

Reg. Ah! speak— explain.*—

Lie, Just as the fathers were about to meet^
I ha^en'd to the temple-— at the entrance
Their passage I retarded, by the ibroe
Of strong entreaty; then address'd myself
So well to each, that I from each obtain'd

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A dedaretiofi, that hit vtaoet power
Should be ezevted for thj life and freedom.

Reg. Oreat gods ! what do I hear 1 Licinins

Lie. Not he alone ; no, 'twere indeed unjnst
To rob the hit Attilia of her claim
To filial merit— What I could, I did. [earth.
But she-"^ charming daughter — heay'n and
What did sIm not, to save her father 1

Reg. Who!

Zjie. Attilia, thy beknr'd— 4hy age's darlmg !
Wat ever father blett'd with tuoh a child !
Godt ! how her lookt took captiro all who taw
How did her toothing eloquence subdue [her !
The ttoutesthearttm Rome! How did she rouse
Contending passions in the breasts of all !
How swecily temper dignity with grief!
With what a soft, inimitable grace, [sooth'd.
She pnitMy reproach'd, entreated, iatter'd,

Reg. What taid the senators 1

Uc. What could ihey say 1

Who could resist the lovely conqueror 1
See where she comet-^Hoi>e dances in her eyes,
And lights up all her beauties into smiles.

Enter Attiua. ^

Ait. Oq^ more, my dearest father —

Reg. Ah, presume not

To call me by that name. For know, Attiha,
I number ikee among the foes of Regulus.

Att What do I heart thy foot my father's
foe t [g^'7>

Reg. His worst of foes — the murd'rer of ms

Att. Ah ! is it then a proof of enmitif
To wish thee all the good uat gods can give thee,
To yield my life, if needful, for th^ service 1

Reg. Tbou rash, imprudent gal ! thou little
The dignity and weight of public caret.
Who made a weak and inezperienc'd wmum
The arbiter of Regulus's iate 1

Im, For pity*t sake, my Lord !

Reg. Peace, peace, yowig man !

Her ulence better than thy language pleads.
Thai bears at least the tembltnce m repentance.
Immortal powers ! — ^A daughter and a Roman !

Att. Because I am a daughter, I presum'A —

Lie. Because I am a Roman, I aspired
T* oppoae th' inhuman rigour of thy mte.

Rig. Nomore,Liciniut. Howcanhebecall'd
A Roman, who would live with infamj t
Or how can she be Regulus't daughter.
Whose coward mind wants fortitude and hohoor 1
Unhappy chfldren ! now you make me feel
The burden of my chains : your feeble souls
Hove made me know I am indeed a slave.

{Exit Rkgulus.

Att. Ten me, Licinius, and oh ! tell me truly,

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