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Val. Let slaves and sycophants do that : not I.
Bru. Indeed !-Belike you wish him laid as low ?
Bru. Jove tells thee what to do
Val. What is this?
Bru. I am Brutus !
Val. A cause like ours
Bru. No more-we're interrupted.
Val. Farewell. Hereafter we'll discourse. And may the gods confirm the hope you've raised !
[Escit, R. Bru. (Alone.] My soul expands ! my spirit swells with.
As if the glorious moment were at hand!
Sex. Ha! Brutus here!-- Unhoused amid the storm ?
Sex. Not from the camp, good Brutus—fiom CollatiaThe camp of Venus,-not of Mars, good Brutus.
Sex. Ay, I will speak,-
Bru. Nay, prince, not so; you cannot do a deed
Sex. Indeed! Dost think it ? Then let me tell thee, Brutus,—wild with passion For this famed matron,—though we met but once,Last night I stole in secret from the camp, Where, in security, I left her husband. She was alone. I said affairs of consequence Had brought me to Collatia. She received me As the king's son, and as her husband's friend Bru. [Apart.] Patience, oh, heart !-a moment longer,
patience! Sex. When midnight came, I crept into her chanıber · Bru. [Apart.] Inhuman monster!
Sex. Alarmed and frantic,
Bru. And-and-the matron ?-
then! Lash you with snakes !
Sex. Amazement! What can mean this sudden frenzy?
Bru. What ? Violation ! Do we dwell in dens, In caverned rocks, or amongst men in Rome ?
(Thunder and lightning become very violent. Hear the loud curse of Heaven! 'Tis not for nothing The thunderer keeps this coil above your
head! (Points to the fragments of the statue. Look on that ruin! See your father's statue Unhorsed and headless! Tremble at the omen!
Sex. This is not madness. Ha! my dagger lost ! Wretch ! thou shalt not escape me.
Ho! a guard ! The rack shall punish theel A guard, I say! [Exit. Bru. [ Alone.] The blow is struck! the anxious mes->
sages To Collatinus and his friends, explained: And now, Rome's liberty or loss is certain ! I'll hasten to Collatia-join my kinsmenTo the moon, folly! Vengeance, I embrace thee! [Exit.
SCENE II.-An Apartment in the House of Collatinus. COLLATINUS enters wildly, a bloody dagger in his hand,
followed by VALERIUS and LUCRETIUS, R. Col. *She's dead! Lucretia's dead! I plucked this
gieel Fron) my Lucretia's heart! This is her blood ! Howl, howl, ye men of Rome! Look! there she lies, That was your wonder! Yo mighty gods, where are your
thunders now ? S ? men and warriors, have you human hearts ? Ist who shall dare to mourn her loss like me }
Enter BRUTUS, L.
* The scene which was omitted after the first representation, and for which this introductory speech of Collatinus is substituted, will be found in a note at the end of the play.
Her name's immortal, and her country saved! [Crosses, c.
(Crosses, L. Val. What can this mean?
Bru. It means that Lucius Junius has thrown off
Luc. Can this be Lucius Junius?
Val. Ha! The voice
Col. Oh, glorious Brutus,
Bru. No more of this.
[Kneels. Hear me, great Jove! and thou, paternal Mars, And spotless Vesta! To the death, I swear My burning vengeance shall pursue these Tarquins ! Ne'er shall my limbs know rest till they are swept From off the earth, which groans beneath their infamy! This, from the bottom of my soul, I swear ! (Rises. Valerius, Collatine, Lucretius,_allHere, I adjure ye by this fatal dagger, All stained and reeking with her sacred blood, Be partners in my oath-revenge her fall!
All. We swear!
Bru. Well have ye said : and, oh, methinks I see
Scene III.-The Palace of Tullia.
Hor. Where are thy troops ? why dost thou dally here, When thou should’st pay their insolence with death?
Cor. The soldiers join the throng—the gates are closed, And the mad crowd exclaim,' We banish Tarquin.' Brutus is at their head, and leads them on.
Hor. What miracle is this? How say'st thou, Brutus ?
Cor. Ay, che fool Brutus. Now before the rostrum
(Exeunt, Horatius, R., Corunna, L
Scene IV.-The Forum. The Populace fill the Stage. Brutus is discovered upon
the Forum. The dead body of Lucretia is on a bier