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“ Mark well my voice," Ulysses straight replies : With speed they guide the vessel to the shores ; “ What need of aids, if favour'd by the skies? With speed debarking land the naval stores; If shielded to the dreadful fight we move,
Then, faithful to their charge, to Clytius bear, By mighty Pallas, and by thundering Jove." And trusts the presents to his friendly care.
“ Sufficient they” (Telemachus rejoin'd) Swift to the queen a herald flies t'impart “ Against the banded powers of all mankind : Her son's return, and ease a parent's heart; They, high enthron'd above the rolling clouds, Lest, a sad prey to ever-musing cares, Wither the strength of man, and awe the gods." Pale grief destroy what time awhile forbears.
“ Such aids expect,” he cries, “when strong in Th' uncautious herald with impatience burns, We rise terrific to the task of fight. (might And cries aloud : “Thy son, o queen, returns :" But thou, when morn salutes th' aërial plain, Eumæus sage approach'd the imperial throne, The court revisit and the lawless train :
And breath'd his inandate to her ear alone, Me thither in disguise Eumæus leads,
Then ineasur'd back the way—The suitor band, An aged mendicant in tatter'd weeds.
Stung to the soul, abash'd, confounded, stand; There, if base scorn insult my reverend age; And issuing from the dome, before the gate, Bear it my son! repress thy rising rage.
With clouded looks, a pale assembly sate. If outrag'd, cease that outrage to repel;
At length Eurymachus: “Our hopes are vain ; Bear it my son ! howe'er thy heart rebel.
Telemachus in triumph sails the main. Yet strive by prayer and counsel to restrain Haste, near the mast the swelling sbrond display ; Their lawless insults, though thou strive in vain : Haste, to our ambush'd friends the news convey.”. For wicked ears are deaf to wisdom's call, (fall. Scarce had he spoke, when, turning to the strand, And rengeance strikes whom Heaven has doom'd to Amphinomus survey'd th' associate band; Once more attend: when she' whose power inspires Full to the bay within the winding shores The thinking mind, my soul to vengeance fires ; With gather'd sails they stood, and lifted oars. I give the sign: that instant, from beneath, "O friends !” he cry'd, “elate with rising joy, Aloft convey the instruments of death,
See to the port secure the vessel fly! Armour and arms; and if ristrust arise,
Some god has told them, or themselves survey Thus veil the truth in plausible disguise :
The bark escap'd; and measure back their way." ““These glittering weapons, ere he sail'd to Swift at the word descending to the shores, Troy,
They moor the vessel and unlade the stores : Ulysses view'd with stern heroic joy:
Then moving from the strand, apart they sate, Then, beaming o'er th' illumin'd wall they shone : And full and frequent, form'd a dire debate. Now dust dishonours, all their lustre gone.
“ Lives then the boy?” “ He lives,” (Antinous I bear them hence (so Jove my soul inspires)
cries) From the pollution of the fuming fires;
“The care of gods and favourite of the skies. Lest, when the bowl inflames, in vengeful mood All night we watch'd, till with her orient wheels Ye rush to arms, and stain the feast with blood : Aurora flam'd above the eastern hills, Oft ready swords in luckless hour incite
And from the lofty brow of rocks by day The hand of wrath, and arm it for the fight.' Took in the ocean with a broad survey,
“ Such be the plea, and by the plea deceive : Yet safe he sails! the powers celestial give For Jove infatuates all, and all believe.
To shun the hidden snares of death, and live. Yet leave for each of us a sword to wield,
But die he shall, and thus condemn'd to bleed, A pointed javelin, and a fenceful shield.
Be now the scene of instant death decreed : But by my blood that in thy bosom glows,
Hope ye success ? undaunted crush the foe. By that regard, a son his father owes ;
Is he not wise ? know this, and strike the blow. The secret, that thy father lives, retain
Wait ye till he to arins in council draws Lock'd in thy bosom from the household train; The Grecks, averse too justly to our cause? Hide it from all; even from Eumæus hide, Strike ere, the states conven'd, the foe betray From my dear father, and my dearer bride. Our murderous ambush on the watery way. One care remains, to note the loyal few
Or choose ye vagrant from their rage to fly Whose faith yet lasts among the menial crew ; Outcasts of earth, to breathe an unknown sky? And, noting, ere we rise in vengeance, prove The brave prevent misfortunes; then be brave, Who loves his prince; for sure you merit love." And bury future danger in his grave.
To whom the youth: “ To emulate I aim Returns he? ambush'd we'll his walk invade,
And give the palace to the queen a dower,
Slaves to a boy; go, fatter and obey.
Nor be the wealth of kings consum'd in vain; Suffice it in this exigence alone
Then wed whom choice approves: the queen be To mark the damsels that attend the throne;
given Dispers'd the youth resides; their faith to prove To some blest prince, the prince decreed by Heaven." Jove grants henceforth, if thou hast spoke from Abash'd, the suitor train his voice attends ; Jove."
Till from his throne Ainphinomus ascends, While in debate they waste the hours away,
Who o'er Dulichium stretch'd his spacious reign, Tb'associates of the prince repass'd the bay; A land of plenty, blest with every grain :
Chief of the numbers who the queen address'd, Minerva.
And though displeasing, yet displeasing leasta
Soft were his words; his actions wisdom sway'd ; When near he drew, the prince breaks forth : Graceful awhile he paus'd, tben mildly said:
“ Proclaim "O friends, førbear! and be the thought with What tidings, friend? what speaks the voice of stood :
Say if the suitors measure back the main, (fame? 'Tis horrible to shed imperial blood !
Or still in ambush thirst for blood in vain ?» Consult we first th' allseeing powers above,
“Whether," he cries, “they measure back the And the sure oracles of righteous Jove.
Or still in ambush thirst in vain for blood, [Alood, If they assent, er'n by his hand he dies;
Escap'd my care: where lawless suitors sway, If they forbid, I war not with the skies."
Thy mandate borne, my soul disdain'd to stay. He said ; the rival train his voice approv'd, But from th' Hermæan height I cast a view, And rising instant to the palace mov'd.
Where to the port a bark high bounding flew ; Arriv'd, with wild tumultuous noise they sate, Her freight a shining band : with martial air Recumbent on the shining thrones of state.
Each pois'd his shield, and each advanc'd his spear: Then Medon, conscious of their dire debates, And, if aright these searching eyes survey, The murderous council to the queen relates.
Th' eluded suitors stem the watery way. Touch'd at the dreadful story she descends :
The prince, well pleas'd to disappoint their wiles, Her hasty steps a damsel-train attends.
Steals on his sire a glance, and secret smiles. Full where the dome its shining valves expands, And now, a short repast prepar'd, they fed, Sudden before the rival powers she stands :
Till the keen rage of craving hunger fled, And, veiling decent with a modest shade
Then to repose withdrawn, apart they lay, Her cheek, indignant to Antinous said :
And in soft sleep forgot the cares of day.
TELEMACHUS returning to the city relates to PeThe Tapbian pirates on Threspotia's shores ;
nelope the sum of his travels. Ulysses is cons Enrag'd, his life, his treasures they demanu;
ducted by Eumæus to the palace, where his old Ulysses sav'd him from th’avengers' hand.
dog Argus acknowledges his master, after an And would'st thou evil for his good repay ?
absence of twenty years, and dies with joy. His bed dishonour and his house betray
Eumæus returns into the country, and Ulysses Aflict his queen ? and with a murderous hand remains among the suitors whose behaviour is Destroy his heir?--but cease, 'tis I command.”
described. "Far hence those fears,” (Eurymachus reply'd)
as Aurora, daughter of the dawn, O prudent princess! bid thy soul confide.
Sprinkled with roseate light the dewy lawn; Breathes there a man who dares that hero slay,
In haste the prince arose, prepar'd to part ; While I behold the golden light of day?
His hand impatient grasps the pointed dart; No : by the righteous powers of Heaven I swear,
Fair on his feet the polish'd sandals shine, His blood in vengeance smokes upon my spear. And thus he greets the master of the swine: Ulysses, when my infant days I led,
“ My friend, adieu ; let this short stay suffice; With wine suffic'd me, and with dainties fed :
I haste to meet my mother's longing eyes, My generous soul abhors th' ungrateful part,
And end her tears, her sorrows, and her sighs. And my friend's son lives dearest to my heart.
But thou, attentive, what we order heed ; Then fear no mortal arin ; if Heaven destroy, This hapless stranger to the city lead ; We must resign : for man is born to die.” Thus smooth he ended, yet his death conspir'd : And bless the hand that stretcbes forth the bread.
By public bounty let him there be fed, Then sorrowing, with sad step the queen retird, To wipe the tears from all afflicted eyes, With streaming eyes all comfortless deplor'd,
My will may covet, but my power denies. Touch'd with the dear remembrance of her lord :
If this raise anger in the stranger's thought, Nor ceas'd till Pallas bid her sorrows fly,
The pain of anger punishes the fanit : And in soft slumber scald her flowing eye.
The very truth ( undisguis'd declare ; And now Eumeus, at the evening hour,
For what so easy as to be sincere ?" Came late returning to his sylvan bower.
To this Ulysses : “What the prince requires Ulysses and his son had dressd with art
Of swift removal, seconds my desires. A yearling boar, and gave the gods their part, To want like mine the peopled town can yield Holy repast! that instant from the skies
More hopes of comfort than the lonely field, The martial goddess to Ulysses flies: .
Nor fits my agr to till the labour'd lands,
Or stoop to tasks a rural lord demands.
With riper beams when Phæbus warms the day." VOL XIX.
Thus he: nor aught Telemachus reply'd, Then disarray'd, the shining bath they sought, Bnt left the mansion with a lofty stride :
(With unguents smooth) of polish'd marble Schemes of revenge his pondering breast elate,
wrought; Revolving deep the suitors' sudden fate.
Obedient handmaids with assistant toil Arriving now before th' imperial hall;
Supply the limpid wave, and fragrant oil : He props his spear against the pillard wall: Then o'er their limbs refulgent robes they threw, Then like a lion o'er the threshold bounds;
And fresh from bathing to their seats withdrew,
Is pil'd with viaods and the strength of bread.
The pensive mother sits in humble state ; (Her beauteous cheeks the blush of Venus wear, Lowly she sat, and with dejected view Chasten'd with coy Diana's pensive air);
The fleecy threads ker ivory fingers drew. Hangs o'er her son ; in his embraces dies ; The prince and stranger shar'd the genial feast, Rains kisses on his neck, his face, his eyes ; Till now the rage of thirst and hunger ceas'd. Few words she spoke, though much she had to say; Whenthus thequeen : “My son! my only friend! And scarce those few, for tears, could force their Say, to my mournful couch shall I ascend? way.
(The couch deserted now a length of years; “Light of my eyes! he comes ! unhop'd-for joy! The couch for ever water'd with my tears!) Has Heaven from Pylos brought my lovely boy? Say, wilt thou not (ere yet the suitor-crew So snatch'd from all our cares - Tell, hast thou Return, and riot shakes our walls anew) brown
Say, wilt thou not the least account afford ? Thy faiher's fate? and tell me all thy own.” The least glad tidings of my absent lord ?”
" Ol dearest, most rever'd of womankind ! To her the youth: “We reach'd the Pylian Cease with those tears to melt a manly mind”
plains, (Replied the prince); “ nor be our fates deplor'd, Where Nestor, shepherd of his people, reigns. From d ath and treason to thy arms restor'd. All arts of tenderness to him are kuown, Go bathe, and rob’d in white, ascend the towers; Kind to Ulysses' race as to his own; With all thy handmaids thank th' immortal powers; No father with a fon der grasp of joy To every god vow hecatombs to bleed,
Strains to his bosom his long-absent boy.
Or glide a spectre in the realms beneath ;
My lengthen d journey to the Spartan court,
The matron heard, nor was his word in vain. (So Heaven decreed) engag'd the great in arms. She bath'd; and rob’d in white, with all her train, My cause of coming told, he thus rejoin'd; To every yod vow'd hecatombs to bleed,
And still his words live perfect in my mind, And call's Jove's vengeance on the guilty deed. “ 'LIeavens! would a soft, inglorious, dastard Arm'd with his lance, the prince then pass'd the An absent hero's nuptial joys profane ! (train gate;
So with her young, amid the woodland shades, Two dogs behind, a faithful guard, await; A tinorous bind the liou's court invades, ;Pallas his form with grace divine improves : Leaves in that fatal lair her tender fawns, The gazing crowd admires him as he moves : And climbs the clift, or feeds along the lawns ; Ilim, gathering round, the suitors greet
Meantime returning, with reinorseless sway With semblance fair, but inward deep deceit. The monarch savage rends the panting prey : Their false addresses generous he denied,
With equal fury, and with equal fame, Pass'd on, and sate by faithful Mentor's side ; Shall great Ulysses re-assert his claim. With Antiphus, and Halitherses sage
O Jove! Supreme! whom men and gods revere ; (His father's counsellors, rever'd for age).
And thou whose lustre gilds the rolling sphere ! Of his own fortunes, and Ulysses' fame,
With power congenial join'd, propitious aid
His prowess Philomelides confessd,
Now what von question of my ancient friend, Stabb’d in his palace if your prince must fall, With truth 1 answer; thou the truth attend. Hs, and our house, if treason must o'erthrow, Learn what I heard the sea-bora seer' relate, Better a friend possess them, than a foe;
Whose eyes can pierce the dark recess of fate. If death to these, and vengeance Heaven decree, Sole in an isle, imprison’d by the main, Riches are welcome then, not else, to me. The sad surviver of his nunierous train, Till then retain the gifts.”—The hero said, And in his hand the willing stranger led.
l'łysses lies; detain'd by magic charms,
Where, from the rock, with liquid lapse distils And press d unwilling in Calypso's arms.
A limpid fount ; that, spreads in parting rills, No sailors there, no vessel to convey,
Its current thence to serve the city brings : Nor oars to cut th’iromeasurable way
An useful work adorn’d by ancient kings.
Neritus, Ithacus, Polyctor, there,
He ceas'd; nor made the pensive queen reply, In marble urus receiv'd it from above,
Where silver alders, in high arches twind, "O suffering consort of the suffering man !
Drink the cold stream, and tremble to the wind. What human knowledge could, those kings might Beneath, sequester'd to the nymphs, is seen But I the secrets of high Heaven reveal. (tell; A mossy altar, deep embower'd in green; Before the first of gods be this declar'd,
Where constant vows by travellers are paid, Before the board whose blessing we have shard ; And holy horrours solemnize the shade. Witness the genial rites, and witness all
Here with bis goats (not vow'd to sacred flame, This house holds sacred in her ample wall! But pamper'd luxury) Melanthius carne : Er'n now this instant, great Ulysses lay'd
Two grooms attend him. With an envious look At rest, or wandering in his country's shade, He eyed the stranger, and imperious spoke : Their guiky deeds, in hearing, and in view,
“ The good old proverb how this pair fulfil! Secret revolves; and plans the vengeance due. One rogue is usher to another still. Of this sure auguries the gods bestow'd,
Heaven with a secret principle endued When first our vessel anchor'd in your road." Mankind, to seek their own similitude. (guest ? ." Succeed those omens, Heaven !" (the queen Where goes the swine herd with that ill-look'd rejoin'd)
That giant-glutton, dreadful at a feast ! "So shall our bounties speak a grateful mind; Full many a post have those broad shoulders worn, And every envied happiness attend
From every great man's gate repuls'd with scorn; The man, who calls Penelope his friend.”
To no' brave prize aspir'd the worthless swain, Thus commun’d they: wbile in the marble 'Twas but for scraps he ask'd, and ask'd in vain. (Scene of their insolence) the lords resort ; (court To beg, than work, he better understands ; Athwart the spacious square each tries his art, Or we perhaps might take him off thy hands. To whirl the disk, or aim the missile dart. For any office could the slave be good, Now did the hour of sweet repast arrive,
To cleanse the fold, or help the kids to food, And from the field the victim flocks they drive : If any labour those big joints could learn ; Medon, the herald, (one who pleas'd them best, Some whey, to wash his bowels, he might earn. And honour'd with a portion of their feast)
'To cringe, to whine, his idle hands to spread, To bid the banquet, interrupts their play.
Is all, by which that graceless maw is fed.
While thus the copious banquet they provide ; He thus : nor insolent of word alone,
Spuru'd with his rustic heel bis king unknown; Proceed Ulysses and the faithful swain :
Spur'd, but not mor'd: he like a pillar stood, When thus Eumæus, generous and humane : Nor stirr'd an inch, contemptuous, from the road :
To town, observant our lord's behest, Doubtful, or with his staff to strike him dead, Now let us speed; my friend, no more my Or greet the pavement with his worthless head. guest!
Short was that doubt; to quell his rage inur’d, Yet like myself I wish'd thee here preferr'd, The hero stood self-conquer'd, and endur'd. Guard of the flock, or keeper of the herd.
But, hateful of the wretch, Eumtus heav'd But much to raise my master's wrath I fear; His hands ohtesting, and this prayer conceiv'd : The wrath of princes ever is severe.
* Daughters of Jove! who from th' ethereal bowers Then heed his will, and be our journey made Descend to swell the springs, and feed the flowers! While the broad beams of Phoebus are display'd, Nymphs of this fountain ! to whose sacred names
ete brown evening spreads her chilly shade.” Our rural victims mount in blazing flames ! " Just thy advice,” (the prudent chief rejoin'd) | To whom Ulyssrs' piety preferr'd And such as suits the dictate of my mind.
The yearly firstlings of h's flock and herd; lead on : but help me to some staff, to stay Succeed may wish; your votary restore : My feeble step, since rugged is the way.”
Oh, be some god bis convoy to our shore ! Across his shoulders then the scrip he flung, Due pains shall punish then this slave's offence, Hide-patch'd, and fasten'd by a tvisted thong. And humble all his airs of insolence, A stafi Eunaus gave. Along the way
Who, proudly stalking leaves the herd; at large, Cheerly they fare : behind, the keepers stay; Coinnicnces courtier, and neglects his charge." These with their watchful dogs (a constant guard) " What mutters he?" (Melanthius sharp rejoins) Supply his absence, and atteot the heid.
“ This crafty misercant big with dark designs ? And now his city strikes the monarch's eyes,
The day shall come; nay, 'tis already near, Alas ! how chang'd! a man of miseries ; When, slave! to sell thee at a price too dear, Propp'd on a staff, a beggar old and bare,
Must be my care; and hence transport thee o'er, la rage dishonest fluttering with the air !
(A loud and scandal to this happy shore). Now pass'd the rugged road, they jourvey down Oh! that as surely great Apollo's dart, shcart. The cater'd way descending to the town, Or some brave suitor's sword, might pierce the Of the proud son ; as that ac stand this hour Some care his age deserres: or was be priz'd In lasting safety froin the father's power!"
For worthless beauty! therefore now despis'd ? So spoke the wretch, but, shunning farther fray, Such dogs and men there are, more things of state, Turn'd his proud step, and left them on their way. And always cherish'd by their friends, the great." Straight to the feastful palace he repair'd,
“ Not Argus so" (Eumæus thus rejoin'd) Familiar enter'd, and the banquet shar'd;
“ But seri'd a master of a nobler kind, Beneath Eurymachus, his patron lord,
Who never, never shall behold him more! He took his place, and plenty heap'd the board. Long, long since perish'd on a distant shore !
Meantime they heard, soft-circling in the sky, Oh! had you seen him, vigorous, bold, and young, Sweet airs ascend, and heavenly winstrelsy Swift as a stag, and as a lion strong; (For Phemius to the lyre attun'd the strain): Him no fell savage on the plain withstood, Ulysses hearken'd, then address'd the swain : None 'scap'd him, bosom'd in the gloomy wood,
Well may this palace admiration claim, His eye how piercing, and his scent how true, Great and respondent to the master's fame! To wind the vapour in the tainted dew! Stage above stage th' imperial structure stands, Such, when t'lysses left his natal coast; Holds the cbief honours, and the town comniands: Now years unnerve him, and his lord is lost! High walls and battleinents the courts enclose, The women keep the generous creature bare, And the strong gates defy an host of foes.
A sleek and idle race is all their care : Far other cares its dwellers now employ :
The master gone, the servants what restrains ? The throng'd assembly, and the feast of joy : Or dwells humanity where riot reigns ? I see the smokes of sacrifice aspire,
Jove fix'd it certain, that whatever day And here (what graces every feast) the lyre." Makes man a slave, takes half bis worth away."
Then thus Eumæus : Judge we which were This said, the honest herdsman strode before ; Amidst yon revellers a surlden guest [best ; | The musing monarch pauses at the door : Chuse you to mingle, while behind I stay? The dog, whom fato had granted to behold Or I first entering introduce the way?
His lord, when twenty tedious years had rollid, Wait for a space without, but wait not long; Takes a last look, and having seen bim, dies ; This is the house of violence and wrong :
So clos'd for ever faithful Argus' eyes! Some rude insult thy reverend age may bear; And now Telemachus, the first of all, For like their lawless lords the servants are. Observ'd Eumæus entering in the hall;
“ Just is, O friend! thy caution, and address'd” | Distant he saw, across the shady dome; (Replied the chief) “ to no unheedful breast; Then gave a sign, and beckon'd him to come: “ The wrongs and injuries of base mankind There stood an empty seat, where late was plac'd, Fresh to my sense, and always in my mind. In order due, the steward of the feast The bravely patient to no fortune yields :
(Who now was busied carving round the board); On rolling oceans, and in fighting fields,
Eumæus took, and plac'd it near his lord. Storms have I pass'd, and many a stern debate; Before him instant was the banquet spread, And now in bumbler scene submit to fate.
And the bright basket pild with loaves of bread. What cannot want? The blest she will expose, Next came Ulysses lowly at the door, And I am learn'd in all her train of wocs ; A figure despicable, old, and poor, She fills with navies, hosts, and loud alarms, In squalid vests, with many a gaping rent, The sea, the land, and shakes the world with arms!" Propp'd on a staff, and trembling as he went,
“ Thus, near the gates conferring as they drew, Then, resting on the threshold of the gate, Argus, the dog, his ancient master knew;
Against a cypress pillar lean'd his weight He, not unconscious of the voice and tread, (Smooth'd by the workman to a polish'd plain); Lifts to the sound his ear, and rears his head; The thoughtful son beheld, and callid his swain : Bred by Ulysses, nourish'd at his hoard,
“These viands, and this bread, Eumæus! bear, But, ah! not fated long to please his lord! And let yon mendicant our plenty share: To him, his swiftness and his strength were vain ; Then let him circle round the suitors' board, The voice of glory call'd him o'er the main. And try the bounty of each gracious lord: Till then in every sylvan chase renown'd,
Bold let him act, encourag'd thus by me; With Argus, Argus, rung the woods around ; How ill, alas! do want and shame agree !" With him the youth pursued the goat or fawn, His lord's command the faithful servant bears ; Or trac'd the mazy leveret o'er the lawn.
The seeming beggar answers with his prayers. Now left to man's ingratitude he lay,
“ Blest be Telemachus! in every deed Unhous'd, neglected in the public way;
Inspire him, Jove! in every wish succeed ! And where on heaps the rich manure was spread, This said, the portion from his son convey'd Obscene with reptiles, took his sordid bed.
With smiles receiving on his scrip he lay'd. He knew his lord; he knew, and strove to meet; long as the minstrel swept the sounding wire, In vain he strove to crawl, and kiss his feet; He fed, and ceas'd when silence held the lyre. Yet (all he could) his tail, his ears, his eyes, Soon as the suitors from the banquet rose, Salute his master, and confess his joys.
Minerva prompts the man of mighty woes Soft pity touch'd the mighty master's soul; To tempt their bounties with a suppliant's art, Adown his cheek a tear unbidden stole,
And learn the generous from th' ignoble heart Stole unperceiv'd; he turn'd his head, and dry'd (Not but his soul, resentful as humane, The drop humane: then thus impassion'd cry'd ; Dooms to full vengeance all the offending train);
“ What noble beast in this abandon'd state With speaking eyes, and voice of plaintive sound, Lies here all helpless at Ulysses' gate?
Humble he moves, imploring all around.
With such an image touch'd of human woe;