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Bright as the lamp of night, or orb of day, In pleasing thonght he ran the prospect o'er,
Prepar'd for rest, and offering to the god'
Who bears the virtue of the sleepy rod.
With darkness circled, and an ambient cloud.
Then from around him dropt the veil of night;
Sudden he shines, and manifest to sight,
The nobles gaze, with awful fear opprest;
Low at her knees the much-enduring man)
To all that share the blessings of your reign,
'Tis what the happy to th' unhappy owe. Blaz'd on the banquets with a double day.
A wretched exile to his country send, Fall fifty handmaids form the household train ; Long worn with griefs, and long without a friend. Soule turn the mil, or sist the golden grain ; So may the gods your better days increase, Some ply the loom : their busy fingers inove And all your joys descend on all your race, Like poplar-leaves when Zephyr fans the grove. So reign for ever on your country's briast, Not more resowo'd the men of Scheria's isle, Your people blessing, by your people blest!” For sailing arts and all the naval toil,
Then to the genial hearth he bowd his face, Than Forks of female skill their women's pride, And humbled in the ashes took his place. The flying shuttle through the threads to guide : Silence ensued. The eldest first began, Pallas to these her double gifts imparts,
Echenas sage, a venerable man! lorentive genius, and industrious arts.
Whose well-taught mind the present age surpast, Close to the gates a spacious garden lies, And join'd to that th' experience of the last. From storms defended and inclement skies.
Fit worrls attended on his weighty senso, Four acres was the allotted space of ground, And mild persuasion flow'd in eloquence. Fae'd with a green enclosure all around,
“ O sight !” he cry'd,“ dishonest and unjust! Tall thriving trees confess'd the fruitful mould; A guest, a stranger, seated in the dust! The reddening apple ripens here to gold.
To raise the lowly suppliant from the ground Here the blue fig with luscious juice o'erflows, Befits a monarch. Lo! the peers around With deeper red the full pomegranate glows, But wait thy word, the gentle guest to grace, The branch here bends beneath the weighty pear,
And seat him fair in some distinguish'd place, And rerdant olises flourish round are year.
Let first the herald due libation pay The balmy spirit of the western gale
To Jove, who guides the wanderer on his way; Bernal breathes on fruits untaught to fail : Then set the genial banquet in his view, Each dropping pear a following pear supplies, And give the stranger guest a stranger's due.” On apples apples, figs on figs arise :
Ilis sage advice the listening king obeys, The carne mild season gives the blooms to blow, He stretch'd his hand the prudent chief to raise, The balls to harden, and the fruits to grow.
And from his seat Laodamas remov'd Here order'd vines in equal ranks appear, (The monarch's offspring, and his best-belov’d); With all th' united labours of the year;
There next his side the godlike hero sate; Some to unload the fertile branches run,
With stars of silver shone the bed of state. Sorne dry the blackening clusters in the San, The golden ewer a beauteous bandmaid brings, Others to tread the liquid harvest join,
Replenish'd from the cool translucent springs, Tee groaning presses foam with floods of wine. Whose polish'd case with copious streams supplies Here are the vines in early flower descry'd, A silver laver of capacious size. Ikeie grapes discoloard on the sunny side, The table next in regal order spread, And there in autumn's richest purple dy'd. The glittering canisters are heap'd with bread: Beds of all various herbs, for ever green,
Viands of various kinds invite the taste, la baptious order terminate the scene.
Of choicest sort and savour, rich repast ! Two plenteous fountains the whole prospect Thus feasting high, Alcinous gave the sign, crown'd;
And bade the herald pour the rosy wine. This through the garden Icads its streams around, “ Let all around the due libation pay Vuits each plant, and waters all the ground:
To Jove, who guides the wanderer on his way.” Wble that in pipes beneath the palace flows,
He said. Pontonous heard the king's command;
To you, the thoughts of no inhunian heart.
Now pleas'd and satiate from the social rite Rob'd in the garments her own hands had made; Repair we to the blessings of the night:
Not without wonder seen. Then thus began, But with the rising day, assembled here,
Her words addressing to the godlike man: [say, Let all the elders of the land appear,
Cam'st thou not hither, wondrous stranger ! Pious observe our hospitable laws,
From lands remote, and o'er a length of sea! And Heaven propitiate in the stranger's cause : Tell then whence art thou ? whence that princely Then, join d in council, proper means explore
air? Safe to transport bim to the wish'd for shore And robes like these, so recent and so fair!” (How distant that, imports not us to know,
“ Hard is the task, oh princess! you impose :" Nor weigh the labour, but relieve the woe). (Thus, sighing, spoke the man of many woes) Meantime, nor harm nor anguish let him bear: “ The long, the mournful series to relate This interval, Heaven trusts him to our care; Of all iny sorrows sent by Heaven and fate! But to his native land our charge resign'd, Yet what you ask, attend. An island lies Heaven 's his life to come, and all the woes be- Beyond these tracts, and under other skies, hind.
Ogygia nam'd, in Ocean's watery arms; Then must he suffer wbat the Fates ordain; Where dwells Calypso, dreadful in her charms! For Fate has wove the thread of life with pain, Remote from gods or men she holds her reign, And twins, ev'n from the birth, are misery and man! Amid the terrours of the rolling main.
“ But if, descended from th' Olympian bower, Me, only me, the hand of Fortune bore Gracious approach us some immortal power; Unblest! to tread that interdicted shore: If in that form thou com'st a guest divine :
When Jove tremendous in the sable deeps Some high event the conscious gods design. Lanch'd his red lightning at our scatter'd ships: As yet, unbid they never grac'd our feast,
Then, all my feet, and all my followers lost, The solemn sacrifice call'd down the guest;
Sole on a plank, on boiling surges tost, Then manifest of Heaven the vision stood,
Heaven drove my wreck th'Ogygian isle to find, And to our eyes familiar was the god.
Full nine days floating to the wave and wind. Oft with some favour'd traveller they stray, Met by the goddess there with open arms, And shine before him all the desert way :
She brib'd my stay with more than human charms : With social intercourse, and face to face,
Nay promis'i, vainly promis'd, to bestow The friends and guardians of our pious race. Immortal life, exempt from age or woe: So near approach we their celestial kind,
But all her blandishments successless prove, By justice, truth, and probity of mind :
To banish from my breast my country's love. As our dire neighbours of Cyclopean birth
I stay reluctant seven continued years, Match in fierce wrong the giant-sons of Earth." And water her ambrosial couch with tears. “Let no such thought” (with modest grace re- The eighth she voluntary moves to part, join'd
Or urg'd by Jove, or her own changeful heart. The prudent Greek) “ possess the royal mind. A raft was form'd, to cross the surging sea; Alas! a mortal, like thyself, am I;
Herself supply'd the stores and rich array ; No glorious native of yon azure sky:
And gave the gales to waft me on the way. In form, ah! how unlike their heavenly kind ! In seventeen days appear'd your pleasing coast, How more inferior in the gifts of mind!
And woody moemtains, half in vapours lost. Alas, a mortal! most opprest of those
Joy touch'd my soul: my soul was joy'd in vain, Whom fate has loaded with a weight of woes ; For angry Neptune rous'd the raging main; By a sad train of miseries alone
The wild winds whistle, and the billows roar; Distinguish'd long, and second now to none ! The splitting raft the furious tempest tore ; By Heaven's high will compellid from shore to And storms vindictive intercept the shore. shore;
Soon as their rage subsides, the seas I brave With Heaven's high will prepar'd to suffer more. With naked force, and shoot along the wave, What bistories of toil could I declare !
To reach this isle: but there my hopes were But still long-wearied nature wants repair; The surge impell’d me on a craggy coast. [lost, Spent with fatigue, and shrunk with pining fast, I chose the safer sea, and chanc'd to find My craving bowels still require repast.
A river's mouth impervious to the wind, Howe'er the noble, suffering mind, may grieve And clear of rocks. I fainted by the flood; Its load of anguish, and disdain to live;
Then took the shelter of the neighbouring wood. Necessity demands our daily bread;
'Twas night; and, cover'd in the foliage deep, Hunger is insolent, and will be fed.
Jove plung'd my senses in the death of sleep. But finish, Oye peers! what you propose, All night I slept, oblivious of my pajo: And let the morrow's dawn conclude my woes. Aurora dawn'd and Phoebus shin'd in vain, Pleas'd will I suffer all the gods ordain,
Nor, till oblique he slop'd his evening ray, To see my soil, my son, my friends, again.
Had Somnus dry'd the balmy dews away. That view vouchsaf'd, let instant death surprise Then female voices from the shore I heard : With ever-during shade these bappy eyes !” A maid amidst them, goddess-like, appear'da
Th'assembled peers with general praise approv'd To her I sued, she pity'd my distress;
Who from such youth could hope considerate care ? And to the gift of balmy sleep repairs.
In youth and beauty wisdom is but rare ! Ulysses in the regal walls alone
She gave me life, reliev'd with just supplies [eres, Remain'd : beside him, on a splendid throne, My wants, and lent these robes that strike your Divine Arete and Alcinous shone.
This is the truth: and oh, ye powers on high ! The queen, on nearer view, the guest survey'd, Forbid that want should sink me to a lie."
To this the king: "Our daughter but exprest splendid entertainments are made, where the Fler cares imperfect to our godlike guest.
celebrated musician and poet Demodocus plays Suppliant to her, since first he chose to pray, and sings to the guests. They next proceed to Why not herself did she conduct the way,
the games; the race, the wrestling, discus, &c. And with her handmaids to our court convey ?” where Ulysses casts a prodigious liength, to the
“ Hero and king !” (Ulysses thus reply'd) admiration of all the spectators. They return " Nor blame her faultless, nor suspect her pride : again to the banquet, and Demodocus sings the Ske bare me follow in th' attendant train;
loves of Mars and Venus. Ulysses, after a But fear and reverence did my steps detain,
compliment to the poet, desires him to sing the Lest rash suspicion might alarm thy mind:
introduction of the wooden horse into Troy; Man's of a jealous and mistaking kind.”
which subject provoking his tears, Alcinous en“ Far from my soul,” he cry'd," the gods efface quires of his guest, his name, parentage, and All wrath ill-grounded, and suspicion base!
And all the ruddy orient flames with day:
Alcinous, and the chief, with dawning light,
And fill the shining thrones along the bay.
From peer to peer, and thus incessant cries: Then gently waft thee to the pleasing shore,
“ Nobles and chiefs who rule Phæacia's states, Where thy soul rests, and labour is no more. The king in council your attendance waits : Far as Eubea though thy country lay,
A prince of grace divine your aid implores, Our ships with ease transport thee in a day. O'er unknown seas arriv'd from unknown shores." Thither of old, Earth's giant-son 2 to view,
She spoke, and sudden with tumultuous sounds On wings of winds with Rhadamanth they fiew: Of thronging multitudes the shore rebounds : This land, from whence their morning course At once the scats they fill: and every eye Sax them returning with the setting Sun. (begun, Gaz'd, as before some brother of the sky. Your eyes shall witness and confirm my tale, Pallas with grace divine his form improves, Our youth how dextrous, and how fleet our sail, More high he treads, and more enlarg'd he moves : When jastly tim'd with equal sweep they row, She sheds celestial bloom, regard to draw; And ocean whitens in long tracts below.”
And gives a dignity of mien, to awe; Thus be. No word th' experienc'd man replies, with strength, the future prize of Fame to play, But thus to Heaven (and heavenward lifts his eyes) And gather all the honours of the day. "O, Jove! 0, father! what the king accords Then from his glittering throne Alcinous rose : Do thou make perfect' sacred be his words ! “ Attend," he cry'd, “while we our will disclose. Wide o'er the world Alcinous' glory shine! Your present aid this godlike stranger craves, Le faine be his, and ah! my country mine!" Tost by rude tempest through a war of waves ; Meantime Arete, for the hour of rest,
Perhaps from realms that view the rising day, Ordains the fleecy couch, and covering vest : Or nations subject to the western ray. Bids her fair train the purple quilts prepare, Then grant, what here all sons of woe obtain And the thick carpets spread with busy care. (For here affliction never pleads in vain :) With torches blazing in their hands they past, Be chosen youths prepar'd, expert to try And finish'd all the queen's command with haste: The vast profound, and bid the vessel fly : Then gave the signal to the willing guest :
Lanch the tall bark, and order every oar;
Then in our court indulge the genial hour.
Be there Demodocus, the bard of Fame,
Thus spoke the prince: th' attending peers obey,
In state they move; Alcinous leads the way:
Youth, and white age, tumultuous pour along:
Now all accesses to the dome are fill'd; Aleixous calls a council, in which it is resolved to Eight boars, the choicest of the herd, are killa ? transport Ulysses into his country. After which, Two beeves, twelve fatlings, from the flock they
bring ? Tityus.
To crown the feast; so wills the bounteans king.
The herald now arrives, and guides along
With these came forth Ambașineus the strong; The sacred master of celestial song :
And three brave sons, from great Alcinous sprung. Dear to the Muse! who gave his days to Bow Rang'd in a line the ready racers stand, With mighty blessings, mix'd with pighty woe: Start from the goal, and vanish o'er the strand : With clouds of darkness quench'd his visual ray, Swift as on wings of winds opborne they fiy, But gave him skill to raise the lofty lay,
And drifts of rising dust involve the sky: High on a radiant throne sublime in state,
Before the rest, what space the hinds allow Encircled by huge multitudes, be satc:
Between the mule and ox, from plough to plough, With silver shone the throne; his lyre well strung Clytonous sprung: he wing'd the rapid way, To rapturous sounds, at hand Pontonous hung: And bore th' unrivall’d bonours of the day. Before his seat a polish'd table shines,
With fierce embrace the brawny wrestlers join; And a full goblet foams with generous wines : The conquest, great Euryalus, is thine. His food a herald bore : and now they ted: Amphialus sprung forward with a bound, And now tbe rage of craving hunger bed.
Superior in the leap, a length of grond: Then, fir'd by all the Muse aloud be sings From Elatreus' strong arm the discris flies, The inighty deeds of olemi-gods and kings : And sings with unmatch'd force along the skies From that fierce wrath the noble song arose, And Laodam whirls high, with dreadful sway, That made Ulysses and Achilles foes:
The gloves of death, victorious in the fray. How o'er the teast they doom the fall of Troy ; While thus the peerage in the games contends, The stern debate Atrides hears with joy :
In act to speak, Laodamas ascends : (skill'd For Heaven for told the contest, when he trod “ O friends," he cries, “the stranger seems wen The marble threshold of the Delphic god,
To try th'illustrious labours of the field: Curious to learn the counsels of the sky,
I deem him brave : then grant the brave man's Ere yet he loos'd the rage of war on Troy.
Invite the hero to his share of fame. (claim, Touchd at the song, Ulysses straight resign'd Wbat nervous arms he boasts ! how firm his tread 1 To soft affliction all bis manly mind :
His limbs how turn'd! how broad his shoulders Before his eyes the purple vest he drew,
spread: Industrious to conceal the falling dew :
By age unbroke !--but all-consuming care But when the music paus’d, he ceased to shed Destroys, perhaps, that strength that time would The fowing tear, and rais'd his drooping head :
spare : And, lifting to the gods a goblet crown'd,
Dire is the ocean, dread in all its forms! He pour'd a pure libation to the ground.
Man must decay, when man contends with storms"? Transported with the song, the listening train “ Well hast thou spoke,” (Euryalus replies); Again with loud applause demand the strain : “ Thine is the guest, invite him thou to rise." Again Ulysses veil'd his pensive head,
Swift at the word, advancing from the crowd, Again, unmann'd, a shower of sorrow shed: He made obeisance, and thus spoke aloud : Conceal'd he wept: the king observ'd alone
“ Vouchsafes the reverend stranger to display The silent tear, and heard the secret groan: His manly worth, and share the glorious day? Then to the bard aloud: O cease to sing, Father, arise! for thee thy port proclaims Dumb be thy voice, and mute th' harmonious | Expert to conquer in the solemn games, string;
To fame arise for what more fame can yield Enough the feast has pleas'd, enough the power Than the swift race, or condict of the field? Of heavenly song has crown'd the genial hour! Steal from corroding care one transient day, Incessant in the games your strength display; To glory give the space thou hast to stay ; Contest, ye brave, the honours of the day : Short is the time, and, lo! ev'n now the gales That, pleas'd, th' admiring stranger may pro- Call thee aboard, and stretch the swelling sails."? claim
To whom with sighs Ulysses gave reply: In distant regions the Phæacian fame:
“ Ah! why th' ill-suiting pastime must I try None wield the ganotlet with so dire a sway, To gloomy care my thoughts alone are free; Or swifter in the race devour the way;
Ill the gay sports with troubled hearts agree: None in the leap spring with so strong a bound, Sad from my natal hour my days have ran, Or firmer, in the wrestling, press the ground.” A much-amicted, much enduring man!
Thus spoke the king; th' attending peers obey : Who suppliant to the king and peers implores In state they move, Alcinous leads the way : speedy voyage to his native shores.” His golden lyre Demodochus unstrung,
" Wide wanders, Laodam, thy erring tonguç, High on a column in the palace hung:
The sports of glory to the brave belong," And, guided by a herald's guardian cares,
(Retorts Euryalus): “ he boasts no claim Majestic to the lists of fame repairs.
Among the great, unlike the sons of fame. Now swarms the populace; a countless throng, A wandering merchant he frequents the majo; Youth and hoar age; and man drives man along : Some mean sea-farer in pursuit of gain; The games begin; ambitious of the prize,
Studious of freight, in naval trade well skillid, Acroneus, 'Thoön, and Eretinens rise;
But dreads th' athletic labours of the field.” The prize Ocyalus and Prymneus claim,
Incens'd Ulysses with a frown replies. Anchialus and Ponteus, chiefs of fame :
“ () forward to proclaim thy soul uavise! There Proreus, Neates, Eratreus appear,
With partial hands the gods their gifts dispense; And fam'd' Amphialus, Polyneus' heir;
Some greatly think, some speak with manly sense ; Euryalus like Mars terrifc rose,
Here Heaven an elegance of form denies, When razi in wrath he withers hosts of facs : But wisdoin the defect of form supplies : Naubolides with grace unequall'd shone,
This man with energy of thought controls, Or equal'd by Laodamas alone.
And steals with modest violence our souls,
He speaks teserrüdly, but he speaks with force, In fighting helds as far the spear I throw,
As flies an arrow from the well-drawn bow.
Sole in the race the contest I decline, Ani, as he mores, the gazing crowd reveres. Stiff are my weary joints, and I resign; While others, beauteous as tn'etherial kind, By storms and hunger worn : age well may fail, The nobler portion sant, a knowing mind.
When storms and hunger both at once assail." Jn outward show Heaven gives thee excel,
Abash'd, the mpbers hear the godlike man, But Hearen denies the praise of thinking well. Till great Alcinous mildly thus began : (tongue Ill bear the brave a rude ungovern'd tongue,
“ Weil hast thou spoke, and well thy generous And, youth, my generous soul resents the wrong: With decent pride refutes a public wrong: Skill'd in heroic exercise, I claim
Warm are thy words, but warm without offence; A post of honour with the sons of fame:
Fear only fools, secure in men of sense: Sub was my boast while vigour crown'd my days, Thy worth is known. Then hear our country's Now care surrounds me, and uy force decays ;
And bear to heroes our beroic fame; (claim, Inur'd a melancholy part to bear,
In distant realms our glorions deeds display,
When blest with ease thy woes and wanderings end, To prove the hero.-Slauder stings the hrave." Teach them thy consort, bid thy sons attend!
Then, striding forward with a furious bound, How lov'd of Jove be crown'd our sires with praise,
We in the course unrivall'd speed display,
Or through cerulean billows plough the way; Couch'd to the earth, tempestuous as it fies, To dress, to dance, to sing, our sole delight, The crowd gaze npward while it cleaves the skies. The feast or bath by day, and love by night: Beyond ali marks, with many a giddy round Rise then, ye skill'd in measures; let him bear Down rushing, it up-turns a hill of ground. Your fame to men tbat breathe a distant air:
That instant Pailas, bursting from a cloud, And faithful say, to you the powers belong Fix'd a distinguish'd mark, and cry'd alouu! To race, to sail, to dance, to chant the song. “ Evin he who sightless wants bis visual ray
But, herald, to the palace swift repair, May by his touch alone award the day:
And the soft lyre to grace our pastimes bear." Thy signal throw transcends the utinost bound Swift at the word, obedient to the king, Ofe every champion by a length of ground.
The herald Aies the tuneful lyre to bring. Securely bid the strongest of the train
Up rose nine seniors, chosen to survey Arise to throw: the strongest throws in vain.” The future games, the judges of the day. She spoke; and momentary ipounts the sky:
With instant care they mark a spacious round, The friendly voice Ulysses hears with joy,
And level for the dance th' allotted ground; Then thus aloud, (elate with decent pride) The herald bears the lyre : intent to play,
Rise, ye Pbxacjans, try your force, he cried; | The bard a lvancing meditates the lay, “ If with this throw the strongest caster vie,
Skill'd in the dance, tall youths, a blooming hand, Still, further still, I bid the discus dy,
Graceful before the heavenly minstrel stand :
Their teet half view less quiver in the skies :
The glancing splendours as their sandals play. In such heroic games / yield to none,
Meantime the bard, alternate to the strings, Or yield to brave Laodamas alone :
The loves of Mars and Cytherea sings; Shall I with brave Laodamas contend?
How the stern god, enamour'd with her charms, A friend is sacred, and I stvle him friend.
Clasp'd the gay panting goddess in his arms, Ungenerous were the man, and base of beart,
By bribes seduc'd : and how the Sun, whose eye Who takes the kind, and pays th’uograteful part; Views the broad Heavens, disclos'd the lawless joy: Chiefly the man, in foreign realms contin'd, Stung to the soul indignant through the skies base to his friend, to his own interest blind: To his black forge vindictive Vulcan flies : All, all your heroes I this day defy ;
Arriv'd, his sinewy arıs incessant place Give me a man that we our might may try.
Th' eternal anvil on the massy base. Expert in every art, I boast the skill
A wondrous net he labours, to betray To give the feather d arrows wings to kill;
The wanton lovers, as entwin'd they lay, Should a whole host at once discharge the bow, Indissolubly strong! Then instant bears My well aim'd shaft with death prevents the foe:
To his immortal dome the finish'd snares. Alune superior in the fieid of Troy,
Above, below, around, with art dispread, Creat Philocietes taught the shaft to fiy.
The sure enclosure folds the genial bed ; Prom all the sons of Earth, unrivall’d praise Whose texture ev'n the search of gods deceives, I justly claim; but yield to better days,
Thin as the filmy threads the spider weaves. To those fam'd days wheu great Alcides rose, Then, as withdrawing from the starry bowers, And Eurytus, who bade the gods be foes :
He feigns a journey to the Lemnian shores, (Vain Earytus, whose art became his crime, His favourite isle ! observant Mars descries Svept from the Earth, he perish'd in his prime; His wish'd recess, and to the goddess fies: Sadden th' irremeable way he trod,
He glows, he burns: the fair-hair'd queen of love la boldly durst defy the bowyer-god). Descends smooth gliding from the courts of Jove,