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Enter . VARIUS, with TITINIUS newly arriv'd at
Hat mean these sumptuous Preparations?
Is this a Time for either Pompor Pleasure
When two, the best and boldest Sons of Rome,
The justest Cause too that was e'er defended,
Are on the very Brink of their Destruction.
O wrong not sacred Athens, Sir, the Nurse
The Mother of all Arts and Sciences :
Has she spread Wit and Learning thro’the World,
Nay soften’d Rome her self (but rough before)
To Arts, to Eloquence, and gentler Manners,
And is she now upbraided :
TITINIUS. "Fallacious Eloquence, and useless Arts !
I own her Learning; but that Polishing
Has but too much weaken'dour harder Steel.
Our ancient, rough, and manly Worth now bends
At the hard touch of Perils and of Toils.
Our Gold is melted to a finer Shape,
But mix'd with dross of Flatt’ry and Corruption.
How else could BRUTUS be a banilh'd Man?
Or how could Liberty fly here for Refuge?
And whither should it fly, if not to Athens?
The School of all Philosophy and Virtue.
Our publick Recreations here are sacred :
This Day th’ Athenians, ever true to Virtue,
ịn this low Ebb, in spite of pow'rful Rome,
Have kept their Custom, tho’against their Safety,
And consecrated Sports for your
Is't possible? Pardon a Stranger's Error,
Newly arriv'd with Succours from afar,
Sent from the Gods, I think: for 'tistheir Cause;
And unknown Regions have espous'd our Quarrel.
The Sports are just beginning; I have time
Only to let you know these are not Trifles,
Or such as are in Nations loose of Manners;
But solemn Celebrations to the Gods,
With pious Hymns imploring their Protection,
Wise Athens ever has indulgʻd Diversions
With more Magnificence than greatest Princes ;
But they are all dispos'd in praise of Virtue,
Inspiring Courage, Generosity,
And most of all, Affection to their Country,
How think you now, TITINIUS?
And grow my self impatient for your Pleasures.
SCENE II. The Scene opens, and discovers the magnificent
Temple of BACCHUS, where the publick Entertainments were wont to be celebrated at Athens. The Statue of BRUTUS being this day erected, is rape posed to be the Occasion of these Solemnities, and
must appear in the furthermost part of the Stage. After the Shews and Songs are over., BRUTUS, LU
CILIUS, TITINIUS, and VARIUS remain on the
By these refin'd Diversions, we perceivę
This Town retains its old Magnificence.
No wonder ATTICUS, so nice a Judge,
When he retir’d, preferr'd this place to all.
Philosophy is highly'st honour'd here;
And from that Fountain of superiour Wisdom
Flows all this Stream of Arts and Sciences.
Here Poetry, harmoniously divine,
Is most transporting thus accompany'd
With artful Paintings, and melodious Sounds.
The Muses join in all Athenian Pleasures.
But that which has occasion’d these Delights,
Gives the true taste to all; your matchless Merit.
Hold, VARIUS; too much has been said already
In complement : and I receive it only
As Honour doneme for Rome's sake, not mine.
So Prizes, taken but by vulgar Hands,
Are brought in Triumph to the Capitol.
Yet then, we know, that Leader justly triumphs,
Under whose Conduct those rich Spoils are gain'd.
But were our Conduct equal to our Cause;
In which the noble CASSIUS, and my self
Have here engag‘d all Afia on our Side;
Yet the whole World deliver’d, must acknowledge
All owing to this gen'rous Commonwealth.
Rome could not fail to find support in Athens;
Her elder Sister, both in Arts and Arms,
And great Protectress of fair Liberty;
That Liberty to which she owes her Splendour.
Most truly noted: From whence ever came
Good Sense, or Learning, Arts of Peace, or War?
- Deepness of Thought, or Nobleness of Nature
Except where Liberty enlarg’d the Mind?
The very Air of Freedom breeds great Souls,
Which Education ripens into Virtue.
And here inspires the usefullest of Virtues,
Tender Affection to our native Country.
My Friends and near Relations, when I took
My tender leave, after a thousand Counsels,