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Fierce in the van; then would'st thou, would'st nelope, gives a fictitious account of his adven. thou,-say,
tures; then assures her, he had formerly enterMisname me, glutton, in that glorious day?
tained her husband in Crete ; and describes exNo, thy ill-judging thoughts the brave disgrace; actly his person and dress, affirms to have heard 'Tis thou injurious art, not I am base.
of him in Phæacia and Thesprotia, and that his Proud to seem brave among a coward train !
return is certain, and within a month. He then But know, thou art not valorous, but vain.
goes to bathe, and is attended by Euryclea, who Gods! should the stern Ulysses rise in might,
discoveries him to be Ulysses by the scar upon These gates would seem too narrow for thy flight.” his leg, which he formerly received in hunting While yet he speaks, Eurymachus replies,
the wild boar on Parnassus. The poet inserts a With indignation flashing in his eyes:
digression, relating that accident, with all its “ Slave, I with justice might deserve the wrong! particulars. Should I not punish that opprobrious tongue, Irreverent to the great, and uncontroll’d, Art thou from wine, or innate folly, bold?
Consulting secret with the blue-ey'd maid, Perhaps these outrages from Irus flow,
Still in the dome divine Ulysses stay'd: A worthless triumph o'er a worthless foe!”
Revenge mature for act inflaın'd his breast; He said, and with full force a footstool threw : And thus the son the fervent sire address'd: Whirld from his arm, with erring rage it few; “ Instant convey those steely stores of war Ulysses, cautious of the vengeful foe,
To distant rooms, dispos'd with secret care : Stoops to the ground, and disappoints the blow. The cause demanded by the suitor-train, Not so a youth who deals the goblet round,
To soothe their fears, a specious reason feign: Full on his shoulder it inficts a wound,
Say, since Ulysses left his natal coast,
Then wild uproar and clamour mounts the sky, From the glad walls inglorious lumber torn.
Suggest, that Jove the pcaceful thought inspir'd,
To Euryclea thus: “ The female band In vile ignoble jars, the feast of joy."
In their apartments keep; secure the doors : To whom the stern Telemachus uprose:
These swarthy arıs among the covert stores “Gods! what wild folly from the goblet flows? Are seemlier hid; my thoughtless youth they Whence this unguarded openness of soul,
blame, But from the license of the copious bowl?
Imbrown'd with vapour of the smouldering fame.”. Or Heaven delusion sends : but bence, away! “ In happy hour," (pleas'd Euryclea cries) Forca I forbear, and without force obey."
Tutor'd by early woes, grow early wise! Silent, abash'd, they hear the stern rebuke, Inspect with sharpen'd sight, and frugal care, Tili thus Amphinomus the silence broke:
Your patriinonial wealth, a prudent heir. “ True are his words, and he whom truth offends, But who the lighted taper will provide, Not with Telemachus, but truth, contends; (The female train retir'd) your toils to guide ?” Let not the hand of violence invade
“ Without infringing hospitable rite, The reverend stranger, or the spotless maid; This guest” (he cried) “ shall bear the guiding Retire we hence, but crown with rosy wine I cheer no lazy vagrants with repast; (light: The Aowing goblet to the powers divine ;
They share the meal that earn it ere they taste." Guard he bis guest beneath whose roof he stands, He said; froin female ken she straight secures This justice, this the social rite, den ands." The purpos’d deed, and guards the bolted doors;
The peers assent: the goblet Mulins crown'd Auxiliar to his son, l'lysses bears
With shields indented deep in glorious wars.
Gild the cross vapour of this nether sphere !
And wrapt with ecstasy the sire address'd :
.“ What miracle thus dazzles with surprise!
“ Be calm,” replies the sire, “ to none impart, ARGUMENT.
But oft revolve the vision in thy heart:
Celestials, mantled in excess of light, THE DISCOVERY OF ULYSSES TO EURYCLEA.
Can visit inapproach'd by mortal sight. ULYsses and his son remove the weapons out of the Seek thou repose ; whilst here I sole remain,
armoury. Ulysses, in conversation with Pe- ' T' explore the conduct of the female train:
The pensive queen, perchance, desires to know Reveal, obsequions to my first demand,
He thuis: O queen! whose far resounding fame
Whose pious rule a warlike race obey : Whilst, forining plans of deaths, Ulysses stay'd In wavy gold thy summer vales are dress'd; In council secret with the martial maid;
Thy autumns beud with copious fruit oppress'd; Attendant nymphs in beauteous order wait
With flocks and herds each grassy plain is stor'd; The queen, descending from her bower of state. And fish of every fin thy seas afford; Her cheeks the warmer blush of Venus wear, Their afuent joys the grateful realms confess, Chasten'd with coy Diana's pensive air.
And bless the power that still delights to bless. An ivory seat with silver ringlets grac'd,
Gracious permit this prayer, imperial dame ! By fam'd Icmalius wrought, the menials plac'd : Forbear to know my lineage, or my name : With ivory silver'd thick the foot-stool shone, Urge not this breast to heave, these eyes to weep; O'er which the panther's various hide was thrown. In swect oblivion let my sorrow sleep! The sovereign seat with graceful air she pressid ; My woes awak'd will violate your ear; To different tasks their toil the nymphs address'd: And to this gay censorjous train appear The golden goblet some, and some restor'd A wins vapour melting in a tear.” From stains of luxury the polish'd board:
“ Their gifts the gods resum'd," (the queen reThese to remove th' expiring embers came, “ Exterior grace, and energy of mind: (join'd) While those with unctuous fir fonient the flame. When the dear partner of my nuptial joy, 'Twas then Melantho, with imperious mien,
Auxiliar troops combin'd, to conquer Troy. Renew'd th' attack, incontinent of spleen:
My lord's protecting hand alone would raise “ Avaunt,” she cry'd, "offensive to my sight! My drooping verdure, and extend my praise ! Deem not in ambush here to lurk by night,
Peers froin the distant Samian shores resort; Into the woman-state asquint to pry;
Here with Dulichians join'd, besiege the court: A day-devoarer, and an evening spy!
Zacynthus, green with ever-shady groves, Vagrant, be gone before this blazing brand And Ithaca, presumptuous, boast their loves : Shall urge"--and wav'd it hissing in her hand. Obtruding on my choice a second lord,
Th’insuited hero rolls bis wrathful eyes, They press the Hymenæan rite abhorr'd.
But ever for my lord in secret grieve !
This art, instinct by some celestial power, Constrain'd a rent-charge on the rich I live ; I try'd, elusive of the bridal hour: Reduc'd to crave the good I once could give : "Ye peers!' I cry, 'who press to gain a heart, A palace, wealth, and slaves, I late possess'd, Where dread Ulysses claims no future part; And all that makes the great be call’d the bless'd : Rebate
your loves, each rival suit suspend, My gate, an emblem of my open soul,
Till this funereal web my labours end : Embrac'd the poor, and dealt a bounteous dole. Cease, till to good Laertes I bequeath Scorn not tbe sad reverse, injurious maid ! A pall of state, the ornament of death. 'T'is Jove's high will, and be his will obey'd ! For when to fate he bows, each Grecian dame Nor think thyself exempt: that rosy prime With just reproach were licens'd to defame; Must share the general Joom of withering time:
Should he, long honour'd in supreme command, To some new channel soon, the changeful tide Want the las: duties of a daughter's hand.' Of royal grace th’offended queen may guide; The fiction pleas'd! their loves I long elude; And her lov'd lord wyplume thy towering pride.
The night still ravellid what the day renew'd, Or were he dead, 'tis wisdom to beware:
Three years successful in my art concealid, Sweet blooms the prince beneath Apollo's care;
My ineffectual fraud the fourth reveal'd: Your deeds with quick impartial eye surveys,
Befriended by my own domestic spies, Potent to punish what he cannot praise."
The woof unwrought the suitor-train surprise Her keen reproach had reach'd the sovereign's From nuptial rites they now no more recede, ear;
And fear forbids to falsify the breed. “ Loquacious insolent !" she cries, “ forbear: My anxious parents urge a speedy choice, To thee the purpose of my soul I told;
And to their suffrage gain the filial voice : Venial discourse, unblam'd, with him to hold : For rule mature, Telemachus deplores The storied labours of my wandering lord,
His doine dishonour'd, and exhausted storesTo soothe my grief, he haply may record :
But, stranger! as thy days seem full of fate, Yet him, my guest, thy venom'd rage hath stung: Divide discourse, in turn thy birth relate: Thy head shall pay the forfeit of thy tongue! Thy port asserts thee of distinguish'd race: But thou on whom my palace cares depend, No poor unfather'd pro:luct of disgrace." Eurynomè, regard the stranger-friend :
“ Princess !” he cries,“ renew'd by your com. A seat, soft-spread with furry spoils, prepare;
mand, Due-distant, for us both to speak, and hear.” The dear remembrance of my native land
The menial fair obeys with duteous baste : Of secret grief unseals the fruitful source; A seat adorn'd with furry spoils she plac'd:
And tears repeat their long forgotten course! Due-distant for discourse the hero sate;
So pays the wretch whom fate constrains to roam, When thus the sovereign from her chair of state: The dues of nature to his natal home!
But inward on my soul let sorrow prey,
O'er all his frame: illustrious on his breast Your sovereign will my duty bids obey.
The double-clasping gold the king confest. “ Crete awes the circling waves, a fruitful soil ! In the rich woof a hound, Mosaic drawn, And ninety cities crown the sea-born isle:
Bore on full-stretch, and seiz'd a dappled fawn; Mix'd with her genuine sons, adopted names Deep in the neck his fangs indent their hold; In various tongues avow their various claims : They pant, and struggle in the moving gold. Cydoniaps dreadful with the bended yew,
Fine as a filmyweb beneath it shone And bold Pelasgi boast a native's due:
A vest, that dazzled like a cloudless sun: The Dorians, plum'd amid the files of war, The female traiu who round him throng'd to gaze, Her foodful glebe with fierce Achaians share ; In silent wonder sigh'd unwilling praise. Cnossus, her capital of high command,
A sabre, when the warrior press'd to part, Where scepter'd Minos with impartial hand I gave, enamelld with Vulcanian art: Divided right; each ninth resolving year A mantle purple-ting'd, and radiant vest, By Jove receiv'd in council to confer.
Dimension'd equal to his size express'd His son Deucaljon bore successive sway;
Affection grateful to my honour'd guest. His son, who gave me first to view the day! A favourite herald in his train I knew, The royal bed an elder issue blest,
His visage solemn sad, of sable bue: Idomeneus, whom Ilian fields attest
Short woolly curls o'erfleec'd his bending head, Of matchless deeds : untrain'd to martial toil O’er which a promontory-shoulder spread; I liv'd inglorious in my native isle,
Eurybates ! in whose large soul alone Studious of peace; and Æthon is my name. Ulysses view'd an image of his own.” 'Twas then to Crete that great Ulysses came; His speech the tempest of her grief restor'd, For elemental war, and wintry Jove,
In all he told she recogniz'd her lord, From Malea's gusty cape bis navy drove
But when the storm was spent in plenteous showers } To bright Lucina's fane ; the shelfy coast, A pause inspiriting her languish'd powers: Where loud Amnisus in the deep is lost.
“Oh! thou," she cry'd, * whom first inclement His vessels moor’d, (an incommodious port!) Made welcome to my hospitable gate; [fate The hero speeded to the Cnossian court:
With all thy wants the name of poor shall end: Ardent the partner of his arms to find,
Henceforth live honour'd, my domestic friend! In leagues of long commutual friendship join'd. The vest much envy'd on your native coast, Vain hope! ten suns had warm'd the western And regal robe with figur'd gold emboss'd, strand,
In happier hours my artful hand employd, Since my brave brother with his Cretan band When my lov'd lord this blissful bower enjoy'd : Had saiļd for Troy: but to the genial ftast The fall of Troy, erroneous and forlorn My honour'd roof receiv'd the royal guest : Doom'd to survive, and never to return !" Becves for his train the Cnossian peers assiga Then he, with pity touch'd: “O royal dame! A public treat, with jars of generous wine.
Your ever-anxious mind, and beauteous frame, Twelve days, while Boreas vex'd th' aërial space, From the devouring rage of grief reclaim. My hospitable dome he deign’d to grace :
I not the fondness of your soul reprove And, when the north had ceas'd the stormy roar, For such a lord! who crown'd your virgin love He wing'd his voyage to the Phrygian shore." With the dear blessing of a fair increase ; Thus the fam'd hero, perfected in wiles,
Himself adorn'd with more than mortal grace: With fair similitude of truth beguiles
Yet while I speak, the mighty woe suspend; The queen's attentive ear: Lissolr'd in woe, Truth forms my tale ; to pleasing truth attende From her bright eyes the tears unbounded flow, The royal object of your dearest care As snows collected on the mountain freeze,
-Breathes in no distant clime the vital air; When milder regions breathe a vernal breeze, In rich Thesprotia, and the nearer bound The fleecy pile obeys the whispering gales,
Of Thessaly, his name I heard renown'd; Ends in a stream, and murmurs through the vales: Without retinue, to that friendly shore So, melted with the pleasing tale he told,
Welcom'd with gifts of price, a suinless store! Down her fair cheek the copious torrent rollid: His sacrilegious train, who dar'd to prey She to her present lord laments bim lost,
On herds devoted to the god of day,
To perish in the rough Trinacrian sea.
A floating fragment of the wreck regain'd,
And rode the storm; till, by the billows tost, Firm wisdom interdicts to softening tear.
He landed on the fair Phæacian coast. A speechless interval of grief ensues,
That race, who emulate the life of gods, Till thus the queen the tender theme renews : Receive him joyous to their blest abodes :
“ Stranger ! that e'er thy hospitable roof Large gifts confer, a ready sail command, Ulysses grac'd, confirm by faithful proof;
To speed his voyage to the Grecian strand. Delineate to my view my warlike lord,
But your wise lord (in whose capacious soul His form, his habit, and his train record."
High schemes of power in just succession roll) ""Tis hard,” he cries,“ to bring to sudden sight His Ithaca refus'd from favouring fate, Ideas that have wing'd their distant fight;
Till copious wealth might guard his regal state. Rare on the mind those images are trac'd, Phedon the fact affirm'd, whose sovereign sway Whose footsteps twenty winters have defac'd: Thesprotian tribes, a duteous race, obey : But what I can, receive. In ample mode, And bade the gods this added truth attest, A robe of military purple flow'd
(While pure libations crown'd the genial feast)
That anchor'd in his port the vessel stand, Pleas'd with his wise reply, the queer rejoin'd: To waft the hero to bis natal land.
“ Such gentle manners, and so sage a mind, I for Dulichium urge the watery way,
In all who grac'd this hospitable bower But first the Ulyssean wealth survey:
I ne'er discern'd, before this social hour. So rich the value of a store so vast
Such servant as your humble choice requires, Demands the pomp of centuries to waste!
To light receiv'd the lord of my desires, The darling object of your royal love,
New from the birth : and with a mother's hand Was journey'd thence to Dodonean Jove;
His tender bloom to manly growth sustain'd By the sure precept of the sylvan shrine,
Of matchless prudence, and a duteous mind; To form the conduct of his great design :
Though now to life's extremest verge declin'd Irresolute of soul, his state to shrowd
Of strength superior to the toil assign'd.In dark disguise, or come a king avow'd ?
Rise, Euryclea! with officieus care Thus lives your lord; nor longer doom'd to roam: For the poor friend the cleansing bath prepare : Soon will he grace this dear paternal dome. This debt his correspondent fortunes claim, By Jove, the source of good, supreme in power! Too like Ulysses, and perhaps the same! By the blcst genius of this friendly bower!
Thus, old with woes, my fancy paints him now * ; 1 ratify my speech; before the Sun
For age untimely marks the careful brow !" His annual longitude of Heaven shall run ;
Instant, obsequious to the mild command, When the pale empress of yon starry train
Sad Euryclea rose: with trembling hand In the next inonth renews her faded wane,
She veils the torrent of her tearful eyes ; Ulysses will assert his rightful reign.” [“ are due, And thus impassion'd to herself replies :
** What thanks! what boon!” reply'd the queen, “ Son of my love, and monarch of my cares; When time shall prove the storied blessing true : What pangs for thee this wretched bosom bears! My lord's return should fate no more retard, Are thus by Jove who constant beg his aid Envy shall sicken át thy vast reward.
With pious deed and pure devotion paid? But my prophetic fears, alas! presage,
He never dar'd defraud the sacred fanc, The wounds of destiny's relentless rage.
Of perfect hecatombs in order slain : I long must weep, nor will Ulysses come,
There oft implor'd his tutelary power, With royal gifts to send you honour'd home! Long to protract the sad sepulchral hour; Your other task, ye menial train, forbear : That, form'd for empire with paternal care, Now wash the stranger, and the bed prepare: His realm might recognize an equal heir. With splendid palls the downy fleece adorn : Oh destin'd head! The pious vows are lost ; Uprising early with the purple morn,
His god forgets him on a foreign coast ! His sinews shrunk with age, and stiff with toil, Perhaps, like thee, poor guest ! in wanton pride In the warm bath foment with fragrant oil. The rich insult him, and the young deride! Then with Telemachus the social feast
Conscious of worth revil'd, thy generous mind Partaking free, my sole invited guest;
The friendly rite of purity declin'd; Whoe'er neglects to pay distinction due,
My will concurring with my queen's command, The breach of hospitable right may rue.
Accept the bath from this obsequious hand. The vulgar of my sex 1 most exceed
A strong emotion shakes my anguish'd breast; In real fame, when most humane my deed : In thy whole form Ulysses seems express'd: And yainly to the praise of queen aspire,
Of all the wretched harbour'd on our coast, If, stranger! I permit that mean attire,
None imag'd e'er like thee my master lost." Beneath the feastful bower. A narrow space
Thas half discover'd through the dark disguise, Confines the circle of our destin'd race;
With cold composure feign'd, the chief replies: 'Tis ours with good the scanty round to grace. “ You join your suffrage to the public vote; Those who to cruel wrong their state abuse, The same you think, have all beholders thought." Dreaded in life the mutter'd curse pursues ;
He said. Replenish'd from the purest springs, By death disrob'd of all their savage powers,
The laver straight with busy care she brings: Then licens'd rage her hateful prey devours. In the deep vase, that shono like burnish'd gold, But he whose inborn worth his acts commend, The boiling fuid temperates the cold. Of gentle soul, to human race a friend;
Meantime revolving in his thoughtful mind The wretched he relieves diffuse his fame,
The scar with which his manly knee was sign'd; And distant tongues extol the patron name." His face averting from the crackling blaze,
“ Princess," he cry'd, “ in vain your bounties His shoulders intercept th' unfriendly rays: On me, confirm'd and obstinate in woe. (flow | Thus cautious in the obscure he hop'd to fly When my lov'd Crete receiv'd my final view, The curious search of Euryclea's eye. And from my weeping eyes her cliffs withdrew; Cautious in vain ! nor ceas'd the dame to find The tatter'd weeds (my decent robe resigu'd) The scar,, with which his manly knee was sign'ch I chose the livery of a woeful mind!
This on Parnassus (combating the boar)
With glancing rage the tusky savage tore.
Por spotless faith and deeds of martial fame; To wash a wretched wanderer would disdain ; Hermes, his patron-god, those gifts bestow'd, But if, in track of long experience try'd,
Whose shrine with weanling lambs he wont to And sad similitude of woes ally'd,
load.) Somne wretch reluctant views aërial light,
His course to Ithaca this hero sped,
Was new disclos'd to birth; the banquet ends, Then back they led the youth with loud acclaim;
Autolycus, enainour'd with his fame,
“ Receive," she cries, your royal daughter's With added gifts return'd him glorious home.
Relates the chase, and early praise achiev'd.
When Euryclea found, th' ablution ceasd ;
Down dropp'd the leg, from her slack hand re-
Her fiuttering words in melting murmurs died;
At length, ab. upt-"My son ! my king!”-she Amphithea's arms receivid the royal heir:
cried. Her ancient lord · an equal joy possest;
His neck with fond embrace infolding fast,
Full on the queen her raptur'd eye she cast,
Minerva fix'd her mind on views remote,
Soon as the Morn, new rob'd in purple light, An exile have I told, with weeping eyes,
At length return'd, some god inspires thy breast The young Autolyci, assay the chase.
To know thy king, and here I stand confessid. Parnassus, thick perplex'd with horrid shades, This heaven-viscover'd truth to thee consign'd, With deepmouth'd hounds the hunter troop in- Reserve the treasure of thy indiost mind : vades:
Else, if the gods my vengeful arın sustain, What time the Sun, from ocean's peaceful stream, And prostrate to my sword the suitor train: Darts o'er the lawn his horizontal beam.
With their lewd mates, thy undistinguish'd age The pack impatient snuti the tainted gale;
Shall bleed a victim to vindictive rage.” The thorny wiles the woodmen ficrce assail :
Then thus rejoin'd the dame, devoid of fear: And, foremost of the train, his cornel spcar • What words, my son, have pass'd thy lipe Ulysses wav'd, to rouse the savage war.
: severe! Deep in the rough recesses of the wood,
Deep in my soul the trust shall lodge secur'd;
With ribs of steel, and marble heart, immur'd.
The lewd to death devote, the virtuous spare.
“ My own experience shall their doom decide; With fiery glare his sanguine eyeballs shine, A witness judge precludes a long appeal : And bristles high impale his horrid chine.
Suffice it thee thy monarch to conceal." Young Ithacus advanc'd, defies the foe,
He said : obsequious, with redoubled pace,
She to the fount conveys th' exhausted vase :
Suspend the restful hour with sweet discourse.
And mvattended by sincere repose,
When Nature's hush'd beneath her brooding shade,
My echoing griefs the starry vault invade.
As, when the months are clad in flowery green, · Autolycus.
Sad Philumel in bowery shades unseen,