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IDYLLIUM XVIII.
THE EPITHALAM!UM OF HELEN.

ARGUMENT.
TAI Spartan virgins of the first rank are here introduced finging this fong at the nuptials of Hes

ler, before the bride chamber : first chey are jocular ; then they congratulate Menelaus on his being preferred to so many rival princes, and made the son-in law of Jupiter : they celebrate the beauty

of Helen, and conclude with wishing the married couple prosperity. Wakx Sparta's monarch, Menelaus, led | Twelve noble virgins, blooming, young, and fair, The beastcous Helen co his bridal bed,

With byacinthinc wreaths adorn'd their hair,

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