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SENECA'S TRAGEDIES.

Vivite Iffiti. properat curfu Vita citato, volucrique die Rota prtecipitis vertitur anni. 180 Dui'ce peragunt penfa Sorores, Nee fua retro fila revolvunt. At gens hominum fertur rapidis Obvia fatis, incerta fui? Stygias ultro quEErimus undas. 185 Nimium, Alclde, pedlore fovti Properas mceftos vifere Manes. Certo veniunt ordine Parcee. Nulli juffo ceffare licet, Nulli fcriptum profeiTe diem. 190 Recipit populos urna citatos. Alium multis gloria terris. Tradat, & omueis fama per urbcs Garrula laudet, coeloque parem ToUat & aftris: alius curru 195 Sublimis eat. me mea tellus Lara fecreto tutoque tegat Venit ad pigros cana fenedlus: Humilique loco, fed certa fedet Sordida parvae fortuna domus: 200 Alte virtus animofa cadit. Sed moefta venit crine foluto Megara, parvum comitata gregem: Tardufque fenio graditur Alcidse parens.

ACTUS SECUNDUS.

MEGARA, AMPHITRYON.

Megara abfentiam Herculis deflet enumeratis ipfms aarumuis. I.yci vim & infolentiam conqueritur. Defpondentem animum Megaram & defperantem confolatur Amphitryon.

MEG. O MAGNE Olympi redlor, & mundi arbiter, 205 Jam ftatue tandem gravibus a:rumnis modum, Finemque cladi. nulla lux unquam mihi


stranger to few except those who, mindful of the fleetingness of time, pass their lives profitably, as if they can never expect them to return! Whilst the Fates permit, lead your lives with a joyful heart—Life hastens along with a quickened stride, and the revolution of the year is