‘We are always doing’, says he, ‘something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.’

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Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man.

Cato. Act v. Sc. 4.

From hence, let fierce contending nations know
What dire effects from civil discord flow.

Cato. Act v. Sc. 4.

The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers,
And heavily in clouds brings on the day,
The great, the important day, big with the fate
Of Cato and of Rome.

Cato. Act i. Sc. 1.

Unbounded courage and compassion join’d,
Tempering each other in the victor’s mind,
Alternately proclaim him good and great,
And make the hero and the man complete.

Thy steady temper, Portius,
Can look on guilt, rebellion, fraud, and C

Cato. Act i. Sc. 1.