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Val. Thy folly's cause enough.
Br. Rail not at folly-
Val. Kill'd! Whom?
Val. I.et slaves and sycophants do that; not.I.
Br. Indeed !-Belike you wish him laid as low.
Br. Jove tells thee what to do
Val. What is this?
Br. I am Brutus.
Val. A cause like ours
Br. No more. We're interrupted.
Val. Farewell. Hereafter we'll discourse,
[Exit VALERIUS, R. Br. [Alone] My soul expands ! my spirit swells
Enter Sextus, wrapped in a mantle, R. V. E. and
crosses to L. Welcome, gentle prince !
Sex. Ha! Brutus here !-Unhoused amid the storm ? Br. Whence com’st thou, prince? from battle? from
the camp? Sex. Not from the camp, good Brutus-from Col
Sex. Ay, I will speak,-
Br. 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 Br. [Apart.] Patience, oh heart !-a moment longer,
Sex. Alarm'd aud frantic,
Br. And-and- -the matron ?-
then ! Lash you with snakes !
Vipers, that die not slowly, knaw your heart !
Sex. Amazement ! What can mean this sudden frenzy?
Br. What ? Violation ! Do we dwell in dens, In cavern'd 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 thee ! A guard, I say!
[Exit Sextus. Br. [Alone.] The blow is struck ! The anxious
SCENE II.- An Apartment in the house of Collatinus.
COLLATINUS enters wildly, a bloody dagyer in his hand, followed by VALERius and LUCRETIUS, R. Col. "She's dead. Lucretia's dead! I pluck'd this
steel From my Lucretia's heart! This is her blood ! Howl, howl, ye men of Rome. Look! there she lies, That was your wonder. Ye mighty gods, where are your thunders now ? Ye men and warriors, have you human hearts ? But who shall dare to mourn her loss like me!
Enter BRUTUS. Br. I dare,-and so dare every honest Roman, Luc. Whence comes this mad intrusion ? Hence
begone! • The scere 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.
Br. The noble spirit fled : How died Lucretia ?
Br. Heroic matron!
[Crosses to c. Hail! dawn of glory! [Snatching the dagger.] Hail,
thou sacred weapon!
[Crosses to L. Val. What can this mean?
Br. It means that Lucius Junius has torown off
Luc. Can this be Lucius Junius ?
Vul. Ha! The voice
Col. Oh, glorious Brutus,
Br. No more of this.
(Brutus 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 !
[He rises Valerius, Collatine, Lucretius,-allHere, I adjure ye by this fatal dagger, All stain’d and reeking with her sacred blood, Be partners in my oath, revenge her fall!
All. We swear !
Br. Well have ye said : ana, oh! methinks I see
May draw down ruin, and defeat our glory.
SCENE III.-The Palace of Tullia.
Enter Flavius CORUXNA, L. in haste, meeting Ho
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 sayst thou, Brut's ?
Hor. Fly through the city ; gather all the force
[ Exeunt ; HORATIO R., CORUNNA L.