James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
Death of Cato
By Joseph Addison (16721719)
Marcus Porcius Cato was a Roman patriot and Stoic philosopher. He sided with Pompey against Cæsar on the outbreak of the civil war in the year 49 and after the battle of Pharsalia he committed suicide on Feb. 5, 46 B.C., having learned of Cæsars victory at Thapsus.
CÆSARS arms have thrown down all distinction;
Whoeer is brave and virtuous is a Roman
Im sick to deathO when shall I get loose
From this vain world, th abode of guilt and sorrow!