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ARGU M E N T.
The Acts of Diomed.
DIOMED, assisted by Pallas, performs wonders in this
day's battle. Pandarus wounds him with an arrow, but the Goddess cures him, enables him to discern Gods from mortals, and prohibits him from contending with any of the former, excepting Venus. Æneas joins Pandarus to oppose him: Pandarus is killed, and Æneas in great danger, but for the assistance of Venus; who, as she is removing her son from the fight, is wounded on the hand by Dioned. Apollo seconds her in his rescue, and at length carries off Æneas to Troy, where he is healed in the temple of Pergamus. Mars rallies the Trojans, and assists Hector to make a stand. In the mean time Æneas is restored to the field, and they overthrow feveral of the Greeks; among the rest Tlepolemus is Nain by Sarpedon. Juno and Minerva descend to refift Mars; the latter incites Diomed to go against that God; he wounds him, and sends him groaning to heaven.
The first battle continues through this book. The scene is the same as in the former,
I L I A
B for her fires,
UT Pallas now Tydides' foul inspires,
Above the Greeks his deathless fame to raise,
The fons of Dares first the combat fought, 15 A wealthy priest, but rich without a fault; In Vulcan’s fane the father's days were led, The sons to toils of glorious battle bred ; These singled from their troops the fight maintain, These from their steeds, Tydides on the plain. Fierce for renown the brother chiefs draw near, And first bold Phegus cast his sounding spear,
Which o'er the warriour's shoulder took its course,
Struck with amaze and shame, the Trojan crew
Stern power of war! by whom the mighty fall,
40 Let the bráve chiefs their glorious toils divide; And whose the conquest mighty Jove decide : While we from interdicted fields retire, Nor tempt the wrath of heaven's avenging Sire.
Her words allay'd th’impetuous warriour's heat, 45 The God of arms and Martial Maid retreat; Remov'd from fight, on Xanthus' flowery bounds They sat, and listen’d to the dying sounds.
Meantime, the Greeks the Trojan race pursue, And some bold chieftain every leader new :
50 First Odius falls, and bites the bloody sand, His death ennobled by Atrides' hand;
As he to flight his wheeling car addrest,
Thy fate was next, o Phæstus ! doom'd to feel