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Cato

A Tragedy, in Five Acts

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Author: Joseph Addison
Published: 1823
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,223 / 55 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.1
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 912
Added to site: 2010.03.11
mnybks.net#: 26947
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Drama
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n genius Is well disposed to mischief, were he prompt And eager on it; but he must be spurr'd, And every moment quicken'd to the course. Cato has used me ill; he has refused His daughter Marcia to my ardent vows. Besides, his baffled arms, and ruin'd cause, Are bars to my ambition. Cæsar's favour, That show'rs down greatness on his friends, will raise me To Rome's first honours. If I give up Cato, I claim, in my reward, his captive daughter. But Syphax comes----

Enter SYPHAX.

Syph. Sempronius, all is ready; I've sounded my Numidians, man by man, And find them ripe for a revolt: they all Complain aloud of Cato's discipline, And wait but the command to change their master.

Sem. Believe me, Syphax, there's no time to waste; Ev'n while we speak, our conqueror comes on, And gathers ground upon us every moment. Alas! thou know'st not Cæsar's active soul, With what a dreadful course he rushes on From war to war. In vain has nature form'd Mountains and ocean

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