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O'er the congenial dust injoind to shear
The chief I challeng'd; he, whose practis'd wit The graceful curl, and drop the tender tear. Knew all the serpent mazes of deceit, Then, mingling in the mournful pomp with you, Eludes my search : but when his form I view'd I'll pay my brother's ghost a warrior's due, Fresh froin the bath with fragrant oils renew'd, And mourn the brave Antilochus, a naine
His limbs in military purple dress'd; Not unrecorded in the rolls of fame :
Each brightening grace the genuine Greek con. With strength and speed superior forin'd in fight
fess'd. To face the foe, or intercept his light:
A previous pledge of sacred faith obtain'd,
“ Young and mature !" (the monarch thus The plaps of war against the town prepar'd. “ In thee renew'd the soul of Nestor shines : Exploring then the secrets of the state, Form'd by the care of that consummate sage, He learn'd what best might urge the Dardan fate; In early bloom an oracle of age.
And, safe returning to the Grecian host, Whene'er his influence Jove vouchsafes to shower Sent many a shade to Pluto's dreary coast. To bless the natal, and the nuptial hour;
Loud grief resounded through the towers of Troy,
Constraju'd me from my native realın to rove :
For every gift of mind, and manly grace."
displays Alternate all partake the grateful springs :
The matchless merit of the chief you praise : Then from the rites of purity repair,
Heroes in various climes myself have found, And with keen gust the savory viands share. For martial deeds, and depth of thought renown'd: Meantime, with genial joy to warm the soul, But Ithacus, unrival'd in his claim, Bright Helen mix'd a mirth-inspiring bowl: May boast a title to the loudest fame: Temper'd with drugs of sovereign use, t'assuage In battle calm, he guides the rapid storm, The boiling bosom of tumultuous rage;
Wise to resolve, and patient to perform. To clear the cloudy front of wrinkled care, What wondrous conduct in the chief appear’d, And dry the tearful sluices of despair :
When the vast fabric of the steed we rear'd! Charm'd with that virtuous draught th' exalted Some demon, anxious for the 'Trojan doom, All sense of woe delivers to the wind. [ınind Urg'd you with great Deiphobus to come, Though on the blazing pile his parent lay,
T explore the fravd; with guile oppos’d to guile, Or a lov'd brother groan'd his life away,
Slow-pacing thrice around th' insidious pile; Or darling son, oppress'd by rutsian-force,
Each noted leader's name you thrice invoke, Fell breathless at his feet, a mangled corse ; Your accent varying as their spouses spoke. From morn to eve, impassive and serene, The pleasing sounds each latent warrior warm’d, The man entranc'd would view the deathful scene. But most 'Tydides' and my heart alarm'd: These drugs, so friendly to the joys of life, To quit the steed we both impatient press, Bright Helen learn'd from Thone's imperial wife; Threatening to answer from the dark recess. Who sway'd the sceptre, where prolific Nile Unmov'd the mind of Ithacus remaind: With various simples clothes the fattend soil. And the vajo ardours of our love restrain'd: With wholesome herbage mix'd, the direful bane But Anticlus, unable to control, Of vegetable venom taints the plain;
Spoke loud the language of his yearning soul : From Pæon sprung, their patron-god imparts Ulysses straight, with indignation fir'd, To all the Pharian race bis healing arts.
(For so the common care of Greece requir'd) The beverage now prepar'd t'inspire the feast, Firm to his lips bis forceful hands apply'd, The circle thus the beauteous queen addrest : Till on his tongue the Auttering murmurs dy'd.
“ Thron'd in omnipotence, supremest Jove Meantime Minerva, from the fraudful horse, Tempers the fates of human race above;
Back to the court of Priam bent your course.! By the firm sanction of his sovereign will,
“ Inelement Fate!" Telemachus replies, Alternate are decreed our good aud ill.
“ Frail is the boasted attribute of wise :
But now let sleep the painful waste repair
Of sad reflection, and corroding care." Sole witness of the deed I now declare ;
He ceas'd; the menial fair that round her wait, Speak you (who saw) nis wonders in the war. At Helen's beck prepare the room of state;
“ Seam'd o'er with wounds, which his own sabre Beneath an ample portico, they spread In the vile habit of a village-slave, (gave, The downy fleece to form the slumberous bed; The foe deceiv'd, he pass'd the tented plain, And w'er soft palls of purple grain, 'unfold In Troy to mingle with the hostile train.
Rich tapestry, stiff with inwoven gold: In this attire secure from searching eyes,
Then, through th' illumin'd dome, to balmy rest Till haply piercing througla the dark disguise Th' obsequious herald guides each princely guest :
While to his regal bower the king ascends,
Jealous, to see their high behests obey'd; And beauteous Helen on her lord attends.
Severe, if men th' eternal rights evade. Soon as the Morn, in orient purple drest,
High o'er the gulfy sea, the Pharian isle l'nbarr’d the portal of the roseate east,
Fronts the deep roar of disemboguing Nile: The monarch rose; magnificent to view,
Her distance from the shore, the course begun Th' imperial mantle o'er bis vest he threw: At dawn, and ending with the setting Sun, The glittering zone athwart his shoulder cast, A galley measures; when the stiffer gales A starry falchion low-depending grac'd;
Rise on the ponp, and fully stretch the sails. Clasp'd on his fect th' embroider'd san lals shine; There, anchor'd ressels safe in harbour lie, Ani forth he moves, majestic and divine:
Whilst limpid springs the failing cask supply. lostaut to young Telemachus he pressid,
“ Au now the twentieth Sun, descending, laves And thus benevolent his speech address'd :
His glowing axle in the western waves;
And the pale mariner at once deplores
When, lo! a bright cerulean form appears, (Replies the prince) “ inftam’d with filial love,
The fair Eidothea! to dispel my fears; And anxious hope, to hear my parent's doom,
Proteus her sire divine. With pity press'd, A suppliant to your royal court I coine.
Me sole the daughter of the deep address'd; Our sovereign seat a lewd vsurping race
What time, with hunger pin'd, my absent mates With lawless riot and misrule disgrace;
Roam the wild isle in search of rural cates, To pampir'd insolence devoted fall
Bait the barb'd steel, and from the fishy flood Prime of the flock, and choicest of the stall: Appease th' afflictive fierce desires of food. For wild ambition wings their bold desire,
* • Whoe'er thou art,' the azure goddess cries, And all to mount th' imperial bed aspire.
'Thy conduct ill deserves the praise of wise: Bat prostrate I implore, on king! relate
Is death thy choice, or misery thy boast, The mournful series of my father's fate:
That here inglorious on a barren coast Fach known disaster of the man disclose,
Thy brave associates droop, a meagre train Porn by his mother to a world of woes!
With famine pale, and ask thy care in vain ?' Recite them! nor in erring pity fear
“ Struck with the kind reproach, I straight reply: To wound with storied grief the filial ear :
"Whate'er thy title in thy native sky, li e'er Clysses, to reclaim your right,
A goddess sure! for more than mortal grace Ayow'd his zeal in council or in fight,
Speaks the descendant of ethereal race:
Deep from his inmost soul Atrides sigh'd, O, piteous of iny fate, vouchsafe to shew
(For what's sequester'd from celestial view ?) Hearens! would a soft, inglorious dastard train What power becalms th' innavigable seas? An absent hero's nuptial joys profane!
What guilt provokes him, and what vows apSo with her young, amid the woodland shades,
pease?' A timorous hind the lion's court invades,
“ I ceas'd, when affable the goddess cry'd; leares in that fatal lair the tender fawns,
Observe, and in the truths I speak confide: Cumbs the green cliff, or feeds the flowery lawns : Th' oraculous scer frequents the Pharian coast, dieantime return'd, with dire remorseless sway From whose high bed my birth divine I boast: The monarch savage rends the trembling prey. Proteus, a name tremendous o'er the main, With equal fary, and with equal fame,
The delegate of Neptune's watery reign. l'lysses soon shall re-assert his claim.
Watch with insidious care his known abode; O Jore, supreme, whom gods and men revere ! There fast in chains constrain the various god : And thou ?, to whom 'tis given to gild the sphere! Who bound, obedient to superior force, With power congenial join'd, propitious aid Unerring will prescribe your destin'd course. The chief adopted by the martial maid!
If, studious of your realms, you then demand such to our sish the warrior soon restore,
Their state, since last you left your natal land; As when contending on the Lesbian shore
Instant the god obsequious will disclose His prowess Philomelidus confess'd,
Bright tracks of glory, or a cloud of woes.' And loud-acclaiming Greeks the victor bless'd: " She ceas'd, and suppliant thus I made reply: Then soon th' invaders of his bed and throne O goddess ! on thy aid my hopes rely; Their love presumptuous shall with life atone. Dictate propitious to my duteous ear, With patient car, o royal youth! attend What arts can captivate the changeful seer? The storied labours of thy father's friend :
For perilous th' assay, unheard the toil, Fruitful of deeds, the copious tale is long,
Telude the prescience of a god by guile.! Bat truth severe sball dictate to my tongue:
“ Thus to the goddess mild my suit I end. Learn what I heard the sea-born seer relate, Then she: “ Obedient to my rule, attend : Whose eye can pierce the dark recess of fate. When through the zone of Heaven the mounted “ Long on th' Ægyptian coast by calms confind,
Sun Heaven to my feet refus'd a prosperous wind :
Hath journey'd half, and half remains to run; No vows had we preferr’d, nor victim slain ! The seer, while zephyrs curl the swelling deep, For this the gods eachi favouring gale restrain: Basks on the breezy shore, in grateful sleep,
His oozy limbs. Emerging from the wave,
The pboca swift surround his rocky cave,
Frequent and full; the conseerated train
And shouting seize the god : our force t' evade, Of her!, whose azure trident awes the main: His various arts he soon resumes in aid : There wallowing warai, th' enormous herd exhales A lion now he curls the surgy mane; An oily steam, and taints the noon-tide gales. Sudden, our bands a spotted pard restrain ; To that recess, commodious for surprise,
Then, arı'd with tusks, and lightning in his eyes, When purple light shall next suffuse the skies, A boar's obscener shape the god belies : With me repair, and from thy warrior band On spiry volumes, tbere, a dragon rides; Three chosen chiefs of dauntless soul command : Here, from our strict embrace a stream he glides : Let their auxiliar force befriend the toil:
Ang last, sublime his stately growth he rears, For strong the god, and perfected in guile.
A tree, and well-dissembled foliage wears. Stretch'd on the shelly shore, he first surveys Vain efforts! with superior power compress'd, The founcing herd ascending from the seas; Me with reluctance thus the seer address'd: Their number summ’d, repos’d in sleep profound Say, son of Atreus, say what god inspir'd The scaly charge their guardian god surround: This daring fraud, and what the boon desir'd? So with his battering Rocks the careful swain
“ I thus: “O thou, whose certain eye foresees Abides, paviliou'd on the grassy plain.
The fix'd event of fate's remote decrees; With powers united, obstinately bold
After long woes, and various toil endur'd, Invade him, couch'd amid the scaly fold :
Still on this desert isle my fleet is moor'd; Instant he wears, elusive of the rape,
Unfriended of the gales. All-knowing! say, The mimic force of every savage shape :
What godhead interdicts the watery way? Or glides with liquid lapse a murmuring stream, What vows repentant will the power appease, Or, wrapt in flame, he glors at every limb. To speed a prosperous voyage o'er the seas?' Yet still retentive, with redoubled might,
To Jove,' with stern regard the god replies, Thro' each vain passive form constrain his fiight. "And all th' offended synod of the skies, But when, bis native shape resum'd, he stands Just hecatombs with duc devotion slain, Pa jent of conquest, and your cause demands; Thy guilt absolv'd, a prosperous royage gain. The cause that urg'd the bold attempt declare, To the firm sanction of thy fate attend ! And soothe the vanquish'd with a victor's prayer. An exile thou, nor cheering face of friend, The bands relax'd, implore the seer to say Nor sight of natal shore, nor regal dome, What godhead interdicts the watery way?
Shall yet enjoy, but still art dooin'd to roam. Who straight, propitious, in prophetic strain Once more the Nile, who from the secret source Will teach you to repass th' unmeasur'd main.' Of Jove's high seat descends with sweepy force, She ceas'd; and, bounding from the shelfy shore,
Must his billows white beneath thy oar, Round the descending nymph the waves resounding And altars blaze along his sanguine shore.
“ High wrapt in wonder of the future deed, [roar. Then will the gods, with holy pomp ador'd, With joy impetuous, to the port I speed:
To thy long vows a safe return accord.' The wants of nature with repast suffice,
“He ceas'd : heart-wounded with afflictive pain, Till night with grateful shade involv'd the skies, (Doom'd to repeat the perils of the main, And shed ambrosial dews. Fast by the deep, A shelfy tract and long!) 'O seer!' I cry, Along the tented shore, in balmy sleep,
"To the stern sanction of th’offended sky Our cares were lost. When o'er the eastem lawn, My prompt obedience bows. But deign to say, In saffron robes, the daughter of the dawn
What fate propitious, or what dire dismay, Advanc'd her rosy steps, before the bay,
Sustain those peers, the reliques of our host, Due ritual honours to the gods I pay;
Whom I with Nestor on the Phrygian coast Then seek the place the sea-born nymph assign'd, Embracing left? Must I the warriors weep, With tree associates of undaunted mind.
Whelm'd in the bottom of the monstrous deep? Arriv'd, to form along th' appointed strand Or did the kind domestic friend deplore For each a bed, she scoops the hilly sand :
The breathless heroes on their native shore?' Then, from her azure car, the finny spoils
“ • Press not too far,' reply'd the god;- but cease Of four vast phocæ takes, to veil her wiles ; To know, what known will violate thy peace: Beneath the fiuny spoils, extended prone,
Too curious of their doom! with friendly woe Hard toil! the prophet's picrcing eye to shun; Thy breast will heave, and tears eternal flow. New from the corse, the scaly frauds diffuse Part live! the rest, a lamentable train ! Unsavory stench of oil, and brackish ooze , Range the dark bounds of Pluto's dreary reign. But the bright sea-maid's gentle power implor'd, Two, foremost in the roll of Mars renown'd, With nectar'd drops the sickening sense restor'd. Whose arms with conquest in thy cause were crown'd,
“ Thus till the Sun had travellid half the skies, Fell by disastrous fate; by tempests tost, Ambush'd we lie, and wait the bold emprise : A third lives wretched on a distant coast. When, thronging thick to bask in open air,
By Neptune rescued from Minerva's hate, The flocks of Ocean to the strand repair:
On Gyræ, safe Oilean Ajax sate, Couch'd on the sunny sand, the monsters sleep: His ship o'erwhelm'd; but, frowning on the floods, Then Proteus, mounting from the hoary deep, Impious he roar'd defiance to the gods ; Surveys his charge, unknowing of deceit
To his own process all the glory gave, (In order told, we make the sum complete). The power defrauding who vouchsafd to save Pleas'd with the false review, secure he lies, This heard the raging ruler of the main ; And leaden slumbers press his dronping eyes. His spear, indignant for such bigh disdain, Rushing impetuous forth, we straight prepare He lanch'd; dividing with his forky mace A furious onsct with the sound of war,
Thaërial summit from the marble base;
The rock rush'd sea-ward with impetuous roar Amphitrite,
Ingulf'd, and to th' abyss the boaster bore,
" " By Juno's guardian aid, the watery vast, Laertes' son: girt with circumfluous tides,
When streaming grief his faded cheek bedew'd. A whirling gust tumultuous from the shore But vain bis prayer, his arts are vain, to move Across the deep his labouring vessel bore.
Th'enamour'd goddess, or elude her love :
His vessel sunk, and dear companions lost,
A happier lot the smiling Fates decree :
Of utmost Earth, where Rhadamanthus reigns. With rapture oft the verge of Greece reviews, Joys ever young, unmix'd with pain or fear, And the dear turf with tears of joy bedews.
Fill the wide circle of th' eternal year: Him, thus exulting on the distant strand,
Stern Winter siniles on that auspicious clime; A spy distinguish'd from his airy stand,
The fields are florid with unfading prime; To bribe whose vigilance, Ægysthus told
From the bleak pole no vinds inclement blow, A mighty sum of ill-persuading gold :
Mould the round hail, or Aake the fleecy snow : There watch'd this guardian of his guilty fear, But from the breezy deep the blest inhale Till the twelfth Moon had wheeld her pale career ; The fragrant murmurs of the western gale. And now, admonish'd by his eye, to court, This grace peculiar will the gods afford [lord.' With terrour wing'd, conveys the dread report. To thee, the son of Jove, and beauteous Helen's Of deathtul arts expert, his lord employs
“He ceas'd; and, plunging in the vast profound, The ministers of blood in dark surprise :
Beneath the god the whirling billows bound. And twenty youths, in radiant mail encas'd, Then speeding back, involv'd in various thought, Close ambush'd nigh the spacious hall he plac'd. My friends attending at the shore I sought. Then bids prepare the hospitable treat:
Arriv'd, the rage of hunger we control, Vain shows of love to veil his felon-hate !
Till night with silent shade invests the pole; То grace the victor's welcome from the wars, Then lose the cares of life in pleasing rest. A train of coursers and triumphal cars
Soon as the morn reveals the roseate east, Magnificent he leads! the royal guest,
With sails we wing the masts, our anchors weigh, Thoughtless of ill, accepts the fraudful feast. Unmoor the fleet, and rush into the sea. The troop, forth issuing from the dark recess, Rang'd on the banks, beneath our equal oars With homicidal rage the king oppress!
White curl the waves, and the vex'd ocean roars. So, whilst he feeds luxurious in the stall,
Then, steering backward from the Pharian isle, Tbe sovereign of the herd is doom'd to fall. We gain the stream of Jove-descending Nile: The partners of his fame and toils of Troy, There quit the ships, and on the destin'd shore Around their lord, a mighty ruin ! lie:
With ritual hecatombs the gods adore :
A cenotaph I raise of deathless fame.
The feet swift tilting o'er the surges flew,
Till Grecian cliffs appear'd, a blissful view! Bat when, superior to the rage of woe,
" Thy patient ear hath heard me long relate I stood restor’d, and tears had ceas'd to flow; A story, fruitful of disastrous fate : Lenient of grief, the pitying god began
And now, young prince, indulge my fond request; Forget the brother, and resume the man: Be Sparta honour'd with his royal guest, To fate's supreme dispose the dead resign, Till, from his eastern goal, the joyous Sun Tbat care be fale's, a speedy passage thine.
His twelfth diurpal race begins to run. Sul lives the wretch who wrought the death de- Meantime my train the friendly gifts prepare, Bat lives a victim for thy vengeful sword; (plor'd, Three sprightly coursers, and a polish'd car: Caless with filial rage Orestes glow,
With these, a goblet of capacious mould, And swift prevent the meditated blow;
Figur'd with art to dignify the gold, You timely will return a welcome guest,
(Form'd for libation to the gods) shall prove With him to share the sad funereal feast.'
A pledge and monument of sacred love." · He said: new thoughts my beating heart em- “My quick return,” young Ithacus rejoin'd, My gloomy soul receives a gleam of joy. (ploy, Damps the warm wishes of my raptur'd mind: Fair hope revives; and eager I addrest
Did not my fate my needful haste constrain, The prescient god head to reveal the rest.
Charm'd by your speech, so graceful and humane, * The doom decreed of those disastrous two Lost in delight the circling year would roll, I've beard with pain, but, oh! the tale pursue ; While deep attention fix'd my listening soul. What third brave son of Mars the Fates constrain But now to Pyle permit my destin'd way, To roam the howling desert of the main :
My lov'd associates chide my long delay: Or, in eternal shade if cold he lies,
In dear remembrance of your royal grace, Prosoke new sorrow from these grateful eyes.' I take the present of the promis’a vase; ". That chief,' rejoin'd the god, his race derives The coursers, for the champaign sports, retain; From Ithaca, and wondrous woes survives ; That gift our barren rocks will render vain :
Horrid with cliffs, our meagre land allows The ponderous engine rais's to crush us all,
For ambush'd close beneath the Samian shore
His hand the king with tender passion pressid, He soon his rashness shall with life atone, And, smiling, thus the royal youth addr ssd: Seek for his father's fate, but find his own." “ ( early worth ! a soul so wise, and young, With vast applause the sentence all approve; Proclaims you from the sage Ulysses sprung, Then rise, and to the feastful hall remove; Selected from my stores, of mashless price, Swift to the queen the herald Medon ran, An urn shall recompense your prudent choice: Who heard the consult of the dire divan: Not mean the massy mould of silver, grac'd Before her dome the royal inatron stands, By Vulcan's art, the verge with gold enchas'd; And thus the message of his haste demands: A pledge the scepter'd power of Sidon gave,
“ What will the suitors? must my servant-train When to his realm ) plough'd th’orient wave.” Thallotted labours of the day refrain,
Thus they alternate; while nith artful care For them to form some exquisite repast ? The menial train the regal feast prepare :
Heaven grant this festival may prove their last! The firstlings of the flock are doom'd to die; Or, if they still must live, from me remove Rich fragrant wines the cheering bowl supply ; The double plague of luxury and love ! A female band the gift of Ceres bring;
Forbear, ye sons of insolence! forbear,
Meanwhile, in Ithaca, the enitor-powers In the young soul illustrious thought to raise,
Were ye not tutorid with Ulysses' praise?
Have not your fathers oft my lord defin'd, Some whirl the disk, and some the jareliu dart. Gentle of speech, beneficent of mind ? Aside, sequester d from the vast resort,
Some kings with arbitrary rage devour,
Or in their tyrant-minions vest the power:
The people's parent, he protecterl all :
"My ship equipp'd within the neighbouring port, His stores ye ravage, and usurp his state." The prince, departing from the Pylian court, He thus: “ () were the woes you speak the worst! Requested for his speed; but, courteous, say They form a deed more odions and accurst; When steers be home, or why this long delay?' More dreadful than your boding soul divines : For Elis I shonld sail withi utmost speed,
But pitving Jove avert the dire designs ! T” import twelve mares which there luxurious The darling object of your royal care feed,
Is mark'd to perish in a deathful snare;
Unknowing of the course to Pyle design'd, Horrid to speak! in ambush is decreed
The hope and heir of Ithaca to bleeul !” The prince in rural bower they fondly thought, Sudden she sunk beneath the weighty woes, Numbering his flocks and herds, not far remote. The vital streams a chilling horrour froze :
Relate,” Antinous cries, “ devoid of guile, The big round tear stands trembling in her eye, When spread the prince his sail for distant Pyle? And on her tongue imperfect accents die. Did chosen chiefs across the gulfy main
At length, in tender language, interwove Attend his voyage, or domestic train ?
With sighs, she thus express'd her anxious love: Spontaneous did you spced his secret course, " Why rashly would my soni his fate explore, Or was the vessel seiz'd by fraud or force?” Ride the wild waves, and quit the safer shore ?
“ With willing duty, not reluctant mind," Did he, with all the greatly wretched, crave (Noëmon cry'd) “ the vessel was resign'd.
A blank oblivion, and untiinely grave ?" Who, in the balance, with the great affairs
“ 'Tis not,” reply'd the sage,” to Medon given Of courts, presume to weigh their private cares? To know, if some inhabitant of Heaven With bim, the peerage next in power to you: In his young breast the daring thought inspir'd; And Mentor, captain of the lordly crew,
Or if, alone with filial duty fir'd, Or some celestial in his reverend form,
The winds and waves he tempts in early bloom, Safe from the secret rock and adverse storm, Studions to learn his absent father's doom." Pilots the course : for when the glimmering ray The sage retir'd: unable to control Of yester dawn disclos'd the tender day,
The mighty griefs that swell her labouring soul, Mentor himself I saw, and much admir'd"- Rolling convulsive on the floor, is seen Then ceas'd the youth, and from the court retir'd. The piteous object of a prostrate queen.
Confounded and appalld, th' unfinish'd gane Words to her dumb complaint a pause supplies, The suitors quit, and all to council came.
And breath, to waste in unavailing cries. Antinous first th' assembled peers addrest,
Around their sovereign wept the menial fair, Rage sparkling in his eyes, and burning in his breast: To whom she thus addressid her deep despair:
si o'shame to manhood ! shall one daring boy “ Behold a wretch whom all the gods consiga The scheme of all our happiness destroy?
'To woe! Did ever sorrows equal mine? Fly unperceiv'd, seducing half the flower
Long to my joys my dearest lord is lost, Of nobles, and invite a foreign power?
His country's buckler, and the Grecian boast :