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Amidst the rocks he hears a hollow roar
From mouth and nose the briny torrent ran;
The soul scarce waking in the arms of death.
His head, and cast it on the rolling tide.
Now parting from the stream, Ulysses found But the loud deeps demand me back again.
A mossy bank, with pliant rushes crown'd! Above, sharp rocks forbid access; around, The bank he press'd, and gently kiss'd the ground; Roar the wild waves; beneath is sea profound! Where on the flowery herb as soft he lay, No footing sure affords tbe faithless sand,
Thus to his soul the sage began to say: To stem too rapid, and too deep to stand.
“What will ye next ordain, ye powers on high? If here I enter, my efforts are vain,
And yet, ah! yet, what fates are we to try? Dash'd on the cliffs, or heav'd into the main ; Here by the stream, if I the night out-wear, Or round the island if my course I bend,
Thus spent already, how shall nature bear Where the ports open, or the shores descend, The dews descending, and nocturnal air ; Back to the seas the rolling surge may sweep, Or chilly vapours, breathing from the flood And bury all my hopes beneath the deep.
When morning rises ? - If I take the wood, Or. some enormous whale the god may send, And in thick shelter of innumerous boughs (For many such on Amphitrite attend)
Enjoy the comfort gentle sleep allows; (past, Too well the turns of mortal chance I know, Though fenc'd from cold, and though my toil be And hate relentless of my heavenly foe.”
What savage beasts may wander in the waste !
At length he took the passage to the wood,
Wav'd high, and frown'd upon the stream below.
Alike their leaves, but not alike they smil'd Torn with full force, reluctant beats the wave: With sister fruits; one fertile, one was wild. His ragged claws are stuck with stones and sands : Nor here the Sun's meridian rays had power, So the rough rock bad shagg'd Ulysses hands. Nor wind sharp-piercing, nor the rushing shower ; And now had perish'd, whelm'd beneath the main, The verdant arch so close its texture kept : Th’ unhappy man: ev'n fate had been in vain: Beneath this covert great Ulysses crept. But all-subduing Pallas lent her power,
Of gather'd leaves an ample bed he made (shade); And prudence sav'd him in the needful hour.
(Thick strown by tenpest through the bowery Beyond the beating surge his course he bore, Where three at least inight winter's cold defy, (A wider circle, but in sight of shore)
Though Boreas rag'd along th' inclement sky. With longing eyes, observing, to survey
This store, with joy the patient hero found, Some smooth ascent, or safe-sequester'd bay And, sunk amidst them, heap'd the leaves around, Between the parting rocks at length he 'spy'd As some poor peasant, fated to reside A falling stream with gentler waters glide; Remote from neighbours in a forest wide, Where to the seas the shelving shore declin'd, Studious to save what human wants require, And form’d a bay impervious to the wind.
In embers heap'd, preserves the seeds of fire : To this calm port the glad Ulysses prest,
Hid in dry foliage thus Ulysses lies, And hail'd the river, and its god addrest :
Till Pallas pour'd soft slumbers on his eyes; “ Whoe'er thou art, before whose stream un- And golden dreams (the gift of sweet repose) known
Lull'd all his cares, and banish'd all his woes.
daughter of Alcinous king of Phæacia), com His suolo heart heav’d; his bluated body swell's : mands her to descend to the riyer, and wash the
tubes of state, in preparation to her nuptials. Now from her rosy car Aurora shed Nausicaa goes with her handınaids to the river; / The dawn, and all the orient flam'd with red. where while the garınents are spread on the Uprose the virgin with the morning light, bank, they divert themselves in sports. Their Obedient to the vision of the night. toices awake Ulysses, who, addressing himself | The queen she sought: the queen her hour to the princess, is by her relieved and clothed,
bestow'd and receives directions in what matiner to apply In curious works; the whirling spindle glow'd to the king and queen of the island.
With crimson threads, while busy damsels call
Then with a filial awe the royal maid
Say, with thy garments shall I bend my way, In eller times the soft Phæacian train
Where through the vales the mazy waters stray? in case possest the wide Hyperian plain;
A dignity of dress adorns the great, Till the Cyclopean race in arms arose,
And kings draw lustre from the robe of state. A lawless nation of gigantic foes :
Five sons thou hast; three wait the bridal day, Then great Nausithous from Hyperia far,
And spotless robes become the
gay: Through seas retreating from the sound of war, So when with praise amid the dance they shine, The recreant nation to fair Scheria led,
By these' my cares adorn'd, that praise is mine, Where never science rear'd her laurell'd head: Thus she: but blushes ill-restrain'd betray There, round his tribes, a strength of wall he rais'd; | Her thoughts intentive on the bridal day: To Heaven the glittering domes and temples blaz’d: The conscious sire the dawning blush survey'd, Just to his realms, he parted grounds from grounds, And siniling thus bespoke the blooming maid: And shar'd the lands, and gave the lands their bounds. My child, my darling joy, the car receive ; Now in the silent grave the monarch lay,
That, and whate'er our daughter asks, we give. And wise Alcinous held the regal sway.
Swift at the royal nod th' attending train To his high palace through the fields of air The car prepare, the mules incessant rein. The goddess shot: Ulysses was her care.
The blooming virgin with dispatchful cares There as the night in silence roll'd away,
Tunics, and stoles, and robes imperial, bears. A heaven of charms divine Nausicaa lay:
The queen, assiduous, to her train assigns Tarongh the thick gloom the shining portals blaze; | The sumptuous viands, and the flavorous wines Two nyinphs the portals guard, each nymph a The train prepare a cruise of curious mould, Grace.
A cruise of fragrance, form’d of burnish'd gold ; Light as the viewless air the warrior-maid Odour divine! whose soft refreshing streams Gldes through the valves, and hovers round her Sleek the smooth skin, and scent the snowy limbro head ;
Now mounting the gay seat, the silken reins A farourite virgin's blooming form she took, Shine in ber hand: along the sounding plains Fron Dymas sprung, and thus the vision spoke: Swift fly the inules: nor rode the nymph alone ;
" Oh ipdolent! to waste thy hours a way Around, a bevy of bright damsels shone. 48 skrepist thou careless of the bridal day? They seek the cisterns where Phracian dames Thy spousal ornament neglected lies;
Wash their fair garments in the linpid streams; Ane, prépare the bridal train, arise!
Where, gathering into depth from falling rills, A juist applause the cares of dress impart,
The lucid wave a spacious bason fills. And give srit transport to a parent's heart. The mules unbarness'd range beside the main, Haste, to the limpid streaın direct thy way, Or crop the verdant herbage of the plain. When the gay morn unveils her smiling ray: Then emulous the royal robes they lave, Haste to the stream! Companion of thy care, And plunge the vestures in the cleansing wave; L, I tby steps attend, tby labours share. (The vestures cleans’d o'erspread the shelly sand, Tirgin, awake! the marriage-hour is nigh, Their snowy lustre whitens all the strand:) See! from their tirones thy kindred monarchs sigb; Then with a short repast relieve their toil, The royal car at early dawn obtain,
And o'er their limbs diffuse ambrosial oil ; en ondt mules obedient to the rein;
And, while the robes imbibe the solar ray, For rough the way, and r'istant rolls the wave, O'er the green mead the sporting virgins play Where their fair rests Phæaciay virrins lave. (Their shining veils unbound). Along the skies h pomp ride forth; for pomp. becomes the great, Tot, and retost, the ball incessant flies. Ani majesty derives a grace from statc.”
They sport, they feast; Nausicaa lists her voice, Tren to the palaces of Heaven she sails, And, warbling sweet, makes Earth and Heaven Jacan'ınt on the wings of wafting gales :
rejoice. The eat of gods; the regions mill of peace,
As when o'er Erymanth Diana roves, Fall joy, and calm eternity of ease.
Or wide Taygetas' resounding groves : There no rude winds presume to shake the skies, Asylvan train the huntress queen surrounds, No rains descend, po snowy vapours rise ;
Her rattling quiver from her shoulder sounds: Bat on inmortal thrones the blest repose :
Fierce in the sport, along the mountain's brow The firmament with living splendours glows. They bay the boar, or chase the bounting roe : E the fae goddess wing'd th' aërial way,
High o'er the lawn with more majestic pece, Tboegh Heaven's eternal gates that blazd with day. I above the nymphs she treads with stately grace;
Distinguish'd excellence the goddess proves ; Thus seems the palm with stately honours crown'd
By Phebus' altars; thus o’erlooks the ground,
Meantime (the care and favourite of the skies) But ah, how chang'd! from thence my sorrow
O fatal voyage, source of all my woes!) (flows;
Raptur'd I stood, and, as this hour amaz'd, To break the bands of all-composing rest.
With reverence at the lofty wonder gaz'd;
A plant so stately, or a nymph so fair.
Heaven bade the deep to spare! but Hearen, my
Spares only to inflict some mightier woe; [fue, Possest by wild barbarians fierce in arms;
Inur'd to care, to death in all its forms; Or men, whose bosom tender pity warms? Outcast I rove, familiar with the stornis! What sounds are thr-se that gather froin the shores: Once more I view the face of human-kind: The voice of nymphs that haunt the sylvan bowers, Oh, let soft pity touch thy generous mind ! The fair-hair'd Drvacis of the shady wood;
Unconscious of what air I breathe, I stand
Naked, defenceless, on a foreign land.
Crown the chaste wishes of thy virtuous soul,
Blest be thy husband with a blooming race,
And lasting union crown your blissful days.
To whom the nymph: “O stranger, cease thy care; (The steer or stag): or with keen hunger bold, Wise is thy soul, but man is born to bear: Springs o'er the fence, and dissipates the fold. Jove weighs affairs of Earth, in dubious scales, No less a terrout, from the neighbouring groves And the good suffers, while the bad prevails: (Rough from the tossing surge) Ulysses moves; Bear, with a soul resign'd, the will of Jove; Urg'd on by want, and recent from the storms; Who breathes, must inourn: thy woes are from The brackish ooze his manly face deforms.
Then to her maids: Why, why, ye coward Or prostrate at her knee address the prayer.
train, But fearfnl to offend, by Wisdom sway'd,
These fears, this fight? Ye fear, and fly in vain. At awful distance he accosts the majd :
Dread ye a foe? dismiss that idle dread, “ If from the skies a goddess, or if Earth 'Tis death with hostile steps these shores to tread; .(Imperial virgin) boast thy glorious birth,
Safe in the love of Heaven, an ocean flows To thee I hend! if in that bright disguise
Around our realm, a barrier from the foes; Thou visit Earth, a daughter of the skies,
"Tis ours this son of sorrow to relieve, Hail, Dian, hail! the huntress of the groves Cheer the sad heart, nor let affliction griere. So shines majestic, and so stately moves,
By Jove the stranger and the poor are sent;
And what to those we give, to Jove is lent.
Close by the stream a royal dress they lay,
A vest and robe, with rich embroidery gay: When stately in the dance you swim th' harmoni- Then unguents in a vase of gold supply,
That breath'd a fragrance through the balmy sky. But blest o'er all, the youth with heavenly charms, To them the king: “No longer I detain Who olasps the bright perfection in his arms! Your friendly care: retire, ye virgin train! Never, I never view'd till this blest hour
Retire, while from my weary'd limbs I lare Sech finish'd grace! I gaze, and I adore !
The foul pollution of the briny' wave :
Ye &nds! sinee this worn frame refection knew, Lest malice, prone the virtuong to defame,
" 'What stranger this whom thus Nausicaa To raise the blush, or pain the modest eyes."
leads? The nymphs withdrawn, at once into the tide Heavens, with what graceful majesty he treads! Active be bounds; the flashing waves divide : Perhaps a native of some distant shore, O'er all his limbs his hands the wave diffuse, The future consort of her bridal hour : And from his locks compress the weedy ooze ; Or rather some descendant of the skies; The balmy oil, a fragrant shower, he sheds ; Won by her prayers, th' aëria! bridegroom flies. Then, drest, in pomp magnificently treads. Heaven on that hour his choicest influence shed The warrior goddess gives his frame to shine That gave a foreign spouse to crown her bed! With majesty enlarg’d, and air divine :
All, all the godlike worthies that adorn Back from his brow a length of hair unfurls, This realm, she flies : Phæacia is her scorn.' His hyacinthine locks descend in wavy curls.
“ And just the blame ; for female innocenco As by some artist, to whom Vulcan gives
Not only flies the guilt, but shuns th' offence : His skill divine, a breathing statue lives;
Th’unguarded virgin, as unchaste, I blame; By Pallas taught, he frames the wonderous mould, and the least freedom with the sex is shame; And o'er the silver pours the fusile gold.
Till our consenting sires a spouse provide, So Pallas his heroic frame improves
And public nuptials justify the bride. With heavenly bloom, and like a god he moves. “But would'st thou soon review thy native A fragrance breathes around : majestic grace
plain, Attends his steps; th' astonish'd virgins gaze. Attend, and speedy thou shalt pass the main : Soft he reclines along the murmuring seas,
Nigh where a grove with verdant poplars crown'd, lnbaling freshness from the fanning breeze.
To Pallas sacred, shades the holy ground,
“Not without care divine the stranger treads Around the grove a mead with lively green
Hence lies the town, as far as to the ear
Floats a strong shout along the waves of air. Ok, Heaven! in my connubial hour decree There wait embower'd, while) ascend alone This man my spouse, or such a spouse as he ! To great Alcinous on his royal throne. But haste, the viands and the bowl provide
“ Arriv'd, advance impatient of delay, The maids the viands, and the bowl supply'd: And to the lofty palace bend thy way: Eager he fed, for keen his hunger rag'd,
The lofty palace overlooks the town, And with the generous vintage thirst asswag’d. From every doom by pomp superior known: Now on return her care Nausicaa bends,
A child may point the way. With earnest gaitThe robes resumes, the glittering car ascends, Seek thou the queen along the rooms of state ; Far blooming o'er the field: and as she press'd Her royal hand a wonderous work desigas, The splendid seat, the listening chief address'd : Around a circle of bright damsels shines,
Stranger arise ! the Sun rolls down the day, Part twist the threads, and part the wood dispose, Lo! to the palace I direct the way:
While with the purple orb the spindle glows. Where in high state the nobles of the land High on a throne, amid the Scherian powers, Attend my royal sire, a radiant band.
My royal father shares the genial hours : But hear, though wisdom in thy soul presides, But to the queen thy mournful tale disclose, Speaks from thy tongue, and every action guides ; With the prevailing eloquence of woes: Atrance at distance while I pass the plain
So shalt thou view with joy thy natal shore, Where o'er the furrows waves the golden grain : Though mountains rise between, and oceans roar.'
ar." Alone I re-ascend-With airy mounds
She added not, but waving as she wheeld Astreagth of wall the guarded city bounds : The silver scourge, it glitter'd o'er the field : The jutting land two ample bays divides :
With skill the virgin guides th' embroider'd rein, Full through the narrow mouths descend the tides: Slow rolis the car before th' attending train. The spacious basons arching rocks enclose, Now whirling down the heavens, the golden day A sare defence from every storm that blows. Shot through the western ciouds a dewy ray; Close to the bay great Neptune's fane adjoins ; The grove they reach, where from the sacred shade, And near, a forum fank'd with marble shines, To Pallas thus the pensive hero pray'd : Where the bold youth, the numerous fleets to “ Daughter of Jove! whose arms in thunder store,
wield Shape the broad sail, or smooth the taper oar: Th’avenging bolt, and shake the dreadful shield; Par tot the bow they bend, nor boast the skill Forsook by thee, in vain I sought thy aid To give the feather d arrows wings to kill ; When booming billows clos'd above my head: But the tall mast above the vessel rear,
Attend, unconquer'd maid ! accord my vọ48,4 Or teach the Battering sail to float in air,
Bid the great hear, and pitying heal my woes." They rush into the deep with eager joy,
This heard Minerva, but forbore to fly Canl the steep surge, and through the tempest Ay; (By Neptune awd) apparent from the sky: A proud, unpolish'd race--To ine belongs Stern god! who rag'd with vengeance unrestrain'd, Tae care to shun the blast of slanderous tongues ; Till great Ulysses haild bis native land.
A race of rugged mariners are these;
Unpolish'd men, and boisterous as their seass
No bird so light, no thought so swift, as they.”
Thus having spoke, th' unknown celestial leads
The footstep of the deity he treads,
And secret moves along the crowded space,
Unseen of all the rude Phæacjan race. The princess Nausicaa returns to the city, and (So Pallas orderd, Pallas to tlwir eyes
Ulysses soon after follows thither. He is met by Pallas in the forın of a young virgin, who The chief with wonder sees th’extended streets,
The mist objected, and condens'd the skies). guides him to the palace, and directs him in the spreading barbours, and the rising fleets ; what manner to address the queen Arete. She
He next their princes' lofty domes admires, then involves him in a mist, which causes him to pass invisible. The palace and gardens And deep entrenchments, and high walls of stone,
In separate islands crown'd with rising spires; of Alcinous described. Ulysses falling at the That gird the city like a marble zone, feet of the queen, the mist disperses, the Phæadians admire, and receive himn with respect. There stopp'd the goddess, and her speech renew'd:
At length the kingly palace-gates he view'd ; The queen inquiring by what means he had the
My task is done; the mansion you inquire carments lie then wore, he relates to her and
Appears before you : enter, and adınire. Alcinous his departure from Calypso, and his High thron'd, and feasting, there thou shalt behold arrival on their dominions.
The sceptred rulers. Fear not, but be bold : The same day continues, and the book ends with A decept boldness cyer meets with friends, the night.
Succeeds, and ev'n a stranger recommends.
First to the queen prefer a suppliant's claim,
Alcinous' queen, Arete is her name,
For know, from ocean's god Nausithoas sprung,
The race of giants, in pious, proud, and bold; Receiv'd the vestures, and the mules unbound.
Perish'd the nation in inrightcous war,
Perish'd the prince, and left this only heir).
Who now, by Neptune's amorous porrer comprest, Now worn with age, Eurymedusa namd:
Father and prince of the Phæacian name; The captive dame Phæacian rovers bore,
From him Rhexenor and Alcinous came. Snatch'd from Epirus, her sweet native shore,
The first by Phæbus' burning arrows fir'd, (A grateful prize) and in her bloom bestow'd
New from his nuptials, hapless youth! expir'd. On good Alcinous, honour'd as a god :
No son surviv'd : Arete heir'd his state, Nurse of Nausicaa froin her infant years,
And her, Alcinous chose his royal mate. And tender second to a mother's cares.
With honours yet to womankind unknown, Now from the sacred thicket where he lay,
This queen be graces, and divides the throne : To town Ulysses took the winding way.
In equal tenderness her sons conspire, Propitious Pallas, to secure her care,
And all the children emulate their sire, Around him spread a veil of thicken'd air;
When thro' the streets she gracious (eigus to more, To shun th' encounter of the vulgar crowd,
(The public wonder and the public love) Insulting still, inquisitive and loud.
"The tongues of all with transport sound her praise, When near the fam'd Phæacian walls he drew,
"The eyes of all, as on a goddess, gaze. The beauteous city opening to his view,
She feels the triumph of a generous breast : His step a virgin met, and stood before:
To heal divisious, to relieve th' opprest; A polish'd urn the seeming virgin bore,
In virtue rich; in blessing others, blest. And youthful smild; but in the low disguise
Go thea secure, thy humble suit prefer, Lay hid the goddess with the azure eyes. (mands) and owe thy country and thy friends to her.'' “ Show me, fair daughter," (thus the chief de
With that the goddess deign'd no longer stay, " The house of him who rules these bappy lands. But o'er the world of waters wing'd her way: Through many woes and wanderings, lo! I come
Forsaking Scheria's ever-pleasing shore, To good Alcinous' hospitable dome.
The winds to Marathon the virgin bore; Far from my native coast, I rove alone,
Thence, where proud Athens rears her towery head, A wretched stranger, and of all unknown !"
With opening streets and shining structures spread, The goddess answer'd, “ Father, I obey,
She past, delighted with the well-known seats; And point the wandering traveller his way:
And to Erectheus' sacred dome retreats. Well known to me the palace you inquire,
Meanwhile Ulysses at the palace waits, For fast beside it dwells my honour'd sire;
There stops, and anxious with his soul debates, But silent march, nor greet the common train
Fix'd in amaze before the royal gates. With questions needless, or inquiry vain, The front appear'd with radiant splendours gay,