Our Italy Shines o’er with civil swords: Sextus Pompeius Makes his approaches to the port of Rome; Equality of two domestic powers Breed scrupulous faction: the hated, grown to strength, Are newly grown to love: the condemn’d Pompey, Rich in his father’s honour, creeps apace Into the hearts of such as have not thriv’d Upon the present state, whose numbers threaten; And quietness, grown sick of rest, would purge By any desperate change.
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The extremists in the party want to purge the leadership of moderates.
Unlike most of his colleagues, he survived the purge of intellectuals during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.