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Their strength, united, best may help to bear
The bloody labours of the doubtful war:
Hither the Lycian princes bend their course, 419
The best and braveit of the hostile force.

But, if too fiercely there the foes contend, 4 Let Telamon, at least, our towers defend,

And Teucer hade with his unerring bow,
To share the danger, and repel the foe.

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Swift as the word, the herald speeds along
The lofty ramparts, through the martial throng;
And finds the heroes bath'd in sweat and gore,
Oppos'd in combat on the duity shore.
Ye valiant leaders of our worlike bands !
Your aid (said Thoös) Peleus' fon Jemands,
Your strength, united, best may help to bear
The bloody labours of the doubtful war :
Thither the Lycian princes bend their course,
The best and bravest of the hoftile force.

439 But if too fiercely here the foes contend, At least, let Telamon those towers defend, And Teucer haste with his urerring bow, To hare the danger, and repel the foe.

Straight to the fort great Ajax turn'd his care, 435
And thus bespoke his brothers of the war :
Now, valiant Lycomede! exert your might,
And, brave Ožleus, prove your force in fighe :
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Till by this arm the foe shall be repelld;
That done, expect me to complete the day-
Then, with his seven-fold thield, he strode away.

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With equal steps bold Teucer press’d the shore,
Whose fatal bow the strong Pandion bore.

High on the walls appear'd the Lycian powers, 445
Like some black tempest gathering round the towers;
The Greeks, oppress'd, their utmost force unite,
Prepar'd to labour in th' unequal fight;
The war renews, mix'd shouts and groans arise ;
'Tumultuous clamour mounts, and thickens in the skies;
Fierce Ajax first th' advancing Loft invades,
And sends the brave Epicles to the shades,
Sarpedon's friend ; across the warriour's way,
Rent from the walls, a rocky fragment lay ;
In modern ages not the strongest Twain

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Could heave th'unwieldy burthen from the plain.
He pois'd, and swung it round; then, toss’d on high,
It flew with force, and labour'd up the sky;
Full on the Lycian's helmet thundering down,
The ponderous ruin cruh d his batter'd crown.
As skilful divers from fome airy steep,
Headlong defcend, and shoot into the deep,
So falls Epicles; then in groans expires,
And murmuring to the shades the foul retires.

While to the ramparts daring Glaucus drew, 465
From Teucer's hand a winged arrow flew;
The bearded shaft the destin'd passage found,
And on his naked arm inflicts a wound.
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at froin th' unfinith'd fight.

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Divine Sarpedon with regret beheld
Disabled Glaucus slowly quit the field;
His heating breast with generous ardour glows, 475
He springs to fight, and flies

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the foes. Alcmäon first was doom'd his force to feel ; Deep in his breast he plung'd the pointed steel; Then, from the yawning wound with fury tore The spear, pursued by gushing streamıs of gore; 480 Down sinks the warriour with a thundering sound, His brazen armour rings against the ground.

Swift to the battlement the victor flies, Tugs with full force, and every nerve applies; It shakes; the ponderous stones disjointed yield; 485 The rolling ruins smuke along the field. A mighty breach appears, the walls lie bare; And, like a deluge, rushes in the war.

At once bold Teucer draws the twanging bow, i And Ajax sends his javelin at the foe:

490 Fixid in his belt the feather'd weapon stood, And through his buckler drove the trembling wood; But Jove was present in the dire debate, To thield his offspring, and avert his fate. The prince gave back, not meditating flight, 495 But urging vengeance, and severer fight; Then, rais'd with hope, and fir'd with glory's charms, His fainting squadrons to new fury warms : O where, ye Lycians! is the strength you boast? Your former fame and ancient virtue loft!

500 The breach lies open, but your chief in vain

Attempts alone the guarded pass to gain : |

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Unite, and foon that hostile fleet shall fall;

IT The force of powerful union conquers all.

This just rebuke infiam'd the Lycian crew, They join, they thicken, and th' assault renew : Unmov'd th' embodied Greeks their fury dare, And fix'd support the weight of all the war; Nor could the Greeks repel the Lycian powers, Nor the bold Lycians force the Grecian towers. As, on the confines of adjoining grounds, Two stubborn swains with blows dispute their bounds; They tug, they sweat; but neither gain or yield, One foot, one inch, of the contended field : Thus obstinate to death they fight, they fall; Nor these can keep, nor those can win, the wall. Their manly breasts are pierc'd with many a wound, Loud strokes are heard, and rattling arms resound, The copious slaughter covers all the shore, And the high ramparts drop with human gore. 520

As when two scales are charg'd with doubtful loads, From side to side the trembling balance nods (While some laborious matron, poor, With nice exactness weighs her woolly store) Till, pois'd aloft, the retting beam suspends Each equal weight; nor this, nor that, descends:

1 So stood the war, till Hector's matchless might With Fates prevailing, turn'd the scale of fight. Fierce as a whirlwind up the walls 'he flies, And fires his host with loud repeated cries: Advance, ye Trojans ! lend your valiant hands, Halte to the fleet, and toss the blazing brands !

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They hear, they run; and, gathering at his call,
Raise scaling-engines, and ascend the wall:
Around the works a wood of glittering spears 535
Shoots up, and all the rising host appears.
A ponderous stone bold Hector heav'd to throw,
Pointed above, and rough and gross below:
Not two strong men th' enormous weight could raise,
Such men as live in these degenerate days;

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Yet this, as easy as a fwain could bear
The snowy fleece, he toss’d, and shook in air :
For Jove upheld, and lighten’d of its load
Th’unwieldy-rock, the labour of a God.
Thus arın'd, before the folded gates be came, $4$.
Of masly substance, and stupendous frame;
With iron bars and brazen hinges strong,

On lofty beams-of solid timber hung: | Then, thundering through the planks with forceful sway,

Drives the sharp rock'; the folid beams give way, 550
The folds are shatter'd; from the crackling door
Leap the resounding bars, the flying hinges roar.
Now rushing in, the furious.chief appears,
Gloomy as night! and shakes two thining Spears :
A dreadful gleam from his bright armour came, 55$
And from his eye-balls flash'd the living flame,
He moves a God, resistless in his course,
And seems a match for more than mortal force.
Then pouring after, through the gaping space,
A tide of Trojans flows, and fills the place; ska
The Greeks behold, they tremble, and they fly;
The shore is heap'd with death, and tumult rends the sky,

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