A spacious breach is made; the town lies bare; Some hoisting-levers, some the wheels prepare And fasten to the horse’s feet; the rest With cables haul along th’ unwieldly beast.
A mighty breach is made: the rooms conceal’d Appear, and all the palace is reveal’d; The halls of audience, and of public state, And where the lonely queen in secret sate.
The pit resounds with shrieks; a war succeeds, For breach of public faith, and unexampled deeds.
’T is just that I should vindicate alone The broken truce, or for the breach atone.
Advancing to the front, the hero stands, And, stretching out to heav’n his pious hands, Attests the gods, asserts his innocence, Upbraids with breach of faith th’ Ausonian prince; Declares the royal honor doubly stain’d, And twice the rites of holy peace profan’d.
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He was sued for breach of contract.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;