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And thu« some matron mild her mind cxpress'd; (Tears in her rye, and terrors at her breast) 310

* Unfortunate Alcimeda, thy fate

'Now frowns malignant, though it frowns so

* Nor wills the tenor of thy life to run [late; 1 Serene and peaciful, a* it first begun.

* On Æson too attend unnumbrr'd woes;

* Far, better far, a lingering life to cLfc,

• And Lury all his sorrows in the tomb, 1 Unconscious of calamities to come,

'Oh! had b«'h Phrixut and the ram been drown'd

■ When Heile p'erish'd in the gulf profound : 320 'But the dire.nionsier was with voice endu'd,

4 And human accents from his mouth ensu'd,
1 To fad Alcimeda denouncing strife,

• And woes to cloud die evening of her life."
Thus spoke some matron as the heroes went;
Arou;id their lords the menial train lament:
Alcimeda embrae'd fur son with tears,

Each breast was chill'd with fad presaging fears.
Age-drooping Æli n heard the generai moan,
Wra| p'd in soft robes, and answer'd groan for
groan. 33c
But Jason sooths their fears, their bosom warms,
And bid- his servants bring the buruifn'd aims.
They, with a downcast look and lowly how,
Obey their chic! with silent steps antj flow.
The pensive queen, while tears bedew her face,
Her fon still circles with a fund embrace.
Thus to her nui lean infant orphan springs,
And wteps unceasing at she closely c!mgs;
Expericnc'd insults make her loath to flay
Beneath a stepdame's proud, oppressive sway.
Thus in her loyal breast the furrows pent 341
Fbrc'd sighs and tears, and struggled for a vent.
Still in rur anus she held her favourite son,
And comfortless with faultering speech begun:
1 Oh hid I died on that detested day,

• And with my sorrows sigh'd ray foul away,

• When Pelias publiih'd his severe decree, 1 Severe and fatal to my son and me!

* Thyself had then my age d eyelids clos'd, [pos'd;

• And thole dear haiiiis niy decent limbs com

• This boon alone I wifh'd tl.ee to impart, 351 1 This wish alone lay dormant at my heart.

'But now, alas! theugh first of Grecian names,

• Admir'd and envy'd by Thessaiiari dames, 1 1, like an handmaid, now am left behind,

■ Btreav'd of all tranquillity of mind.

* By thee rever'd, in dignity 1 shone,

* And first and last for thee unloos'd my zone. 'For unrelenting hate Lurina bore,

* Thee, one lov'd for, flic gave, but gave no mere. 'Alas! not cv'n the visions of the night j6o

• Foretold such fatal woes fruin Phrixus' slight.' Thus mourr.'d Alcimeda; her handmaidahear,

Sigh back her sighs, and answer tear with tear.

Then Jason these consoling words addresa'd,

To sooth the rising anguish of her breast:

"Cease, mother, cease excess of grief to show,

"Uh! cease this wild extravagance of woe,

"Tears cannot make one dire disaster less;

•* They cherish grief, and aggravate distress. 370

Wifely and justly have the gods Esli},rn'd "Uuthoujjht-cif miseries to all mankind.

"The lot they give you, though peTchaoce severe

"C .nfiding in Minerva, bravely bear.

"Minerva first this bold adventure mov'd,

"Apollo, and the oracles approv'd.

"These calls of heaven our confidence command,

"Join'd with the valour.nf- this princely bind.

"Halle, royal mother, to your native tow'rf,

"Pass with your handmaids there the peaceful

"hours. . . 380

'• Forbnde not here calamities to come:
"Your female train will re conduct you home."
He spoke; and from the palace bent his way,
Graceful of port; so moves thegnd of day
At Detos, from his odour-breathing fanes,
Or Claros situate ou Ionian plains,' ,
Or l.ycia's ample shores, where Xanthus leads
His winding waters through irriguous meads.
Thus Jason march'd majestic through the crowd,
And fame auspicious raas'd her-voice aloud: 390
When lo! the priestess of Diana came, .,,..
Their guardian goddess, Iphias was her name,
Bending,with age, and kifs'd the chief's light

hand; -
In vain she wifh'd to speak; the hasty band
With speedy footsteps irom the dame withdrew,
And Jofon mingled with his valiant crew.
Then from the tower fene'd town he bent his war,
And reach'd ere long the Pagasæan bay;
There join'd liis'comrades waiting on the Cmh,
And there saluted his confederate host. V*
When from IdLos. lo, the wondering train
Observe Acaltui hastening o'er the plain.
And with rjini Argus, his ooipeer aud friend;
Unknown to Pelias, to the ship they tend.
Argus around his brawny flioulders slung
A bull's black spoils that to his ancles hung.
■Vastus wore a mantle rich and gay,
.Wrought by his sister lovely Pelopa.
Thus rob'd, the chief, approach'd the crowded

shore:

Illustrious Jason stay'd not to explore 410

What cause so long detain'd them, but commands

To council ail the delegated bands.

On slirouds and fail, that cover'd half the btacli,

And the tall, tapering mast, in order each,

The heroes fat; then rising o'er the rest,

His buld associates Jason thus address'd:

* Since now the Itorcs lie ready cm the strand, 'And since our chiefs and arms are all at hand, 'No longer let us waste the golden day, * But the first summons of the breeze obey. 4V. 1 And, since we all with equal arduur burn 'For Colchian spoils, and hope a sale return, 1 Impartial choose some hero sam'd asar 'To guide the vessel, and conduct the war, 'Let him, your sovereign chief, with foreign foe 1 The terms of treaty, and of fight propose.'

He s poke; with earnest eyes the youthful barn Mirk bold Alcides for supreme command; On him with voice unanimous they call, Oirn him their leader, and the lord of all. In the mid.circle fat the godlike man, His broad right hand he wav'd, and thus began

11 Let none to me this arduous task assign, "F6r 1 the glory with the charge decline.

* Jason (lone (hall lead this valiant band,

* The chief who rais'd ic, let that chief com

*' mand."

Thus briefly spoke th' unconquerable man; Loud approbation through the circle ran: Thtn Jason rnsc (complacence fill'd his breast). And thus the pleas'd attentive throng address'd:

'Friends aud associates, since your wills decree 'Thisgreat, this honourable trust to me, 442 1 No longer be our enterprise delay'd: . ■ •

'To Phœbus first be due oblations vaid; 'Let then a short repast our strength renew: 'Ar,d, till my herdsmen to our gallant crew 'With beeves return, the best my stalls contain, ■ Strive we to launch cur vess'l in the main. "And when close stow'd our military, stores, 'iach tike his post, and ply the nimble oars.

* To Piœhus first; Emhafiati Phœbus, raise, 451 'Tf.c sinoking altar; let the victims blaze.

'He p.-omis'd, if due rites to him I pay, [way.

'To point through ocean's paths our dubious

He said and' iustant to 'he talk he slew;
Example fir'd his emulative crew.
They heap'J their vestments on a rock, that stood
Far from the insults of the roaring flood, 458
Bat, in times past, when win'try storms prevnil'd,
TV encroaching waves its towering top assail'd.
As Argus counsel's], with strong ropes they hound,
Compacting close, the vessel round and round;
Then with stout nails the sturdy planks they
join'd,

To brave the fury of the waves or wind:
Sex deiv'd with spades a channel deep and wide,
Through which the ship might launch into the
tide*.

Neir to the water deeper wa« the way,
Where wooden cylinders trarsverfely lay;
On these they heav'd the vtsscl from the plain,
To rollh'r, smoothly-gliding, to the main. 470
Tien to the benches, tapering oars they six'd ;•
A cubit's mealurcj was the space betwixt :•
This was the statin:) tor the labouring bands,
To tug with bending breasts, and out-stretch'd

hands. ■ :. ' ., .
First Tiphys mounted on th' aerial prow
To issue orders to tbb train below,
That at his.vrord, their strength uniting, all
Might join together, and together haul.
With eager ioi.k th.' attentive heroes stand,
And wait impatient till he gave command; 48*
Then all at once, with full exerted sway,
They move lier siom the station where she lay,
And pushing instant, as the pilot guides,
On smooth round rollers Pelian Argo glides;
Clihiy she glide*; loud shoutl the jovial hand;
The}i bjrtil, they pull, they push her-from the

strand. . ■; • -.^m V,

Beneath the huge hulk groan the rollst* strong;
Black smoke arises as she moves aior.g; ,
With swift descent the rustics to the main:
Cot/cive rope« her rapid rate restrain. . 490
Then, next, their fails they hoisted, tix'd their oars,
Ti,e mast erected, and embark'd the stores.
By Iota on benches were the heroes plac'd,
Aoi with two. ltcrocs every .bqntli was grae'd.

On great Alcides, formidable name,
And on Ancatus, who stom 1'egea came,
With voice unanimous, the martial host
Bestow d the centre's honourable post.
To watchful Tiphys was the helm asfign'd, 490)
To stem the waves, and catch she savouring wind.
This done, with stones beside the Ihoie which by,
They rear'd an altar to the god of day,
Embasian Phoebus, and the surface round
With th*' dry branches of an olive cruwn'd.
Meanwhile the herdsmen drove two beev . well
fed

From Jason's stalls; youths to the altar led
The victims; some brought water from the lake;
Some the due offering of the salted cake.
Jason, while these the sacrifice prepare,
Thust»his parent god prefers his pray'r: J1 •

'Patton nt Pagasae, thine ear we claim, 'Guard of the .city grae'd with Ælor.'s name: 1 When to contuit thine oracle I went, 'It promis'd to reveal this great, event, , 'The final issue of our bold emprise:. 'On thee, chief author, all oar hope relies. 'Conduct my comrades to the far-faui'd fleece, 'Then safe restore them to the realms of Greece. 'And here I vow. whatever chiefs rcturu, 'So many bull? shall 00 thine altar burn; jXsH 'A sacrifice at Dflphos is decreed, 'And in Ortygia shall the victims bleed. 'But now these humble offerings which we pay, 'Gracious accept, far-darting god of day.

* Be thou. O father, our aulpicious guide,

* When hence we fail across the founding tide.

'Smooth the rough billows, and let breeacs bland

* Propitious waft us to the Colchian land.'

1 hua pray'd he suppliant, and prepar'd toV.rske
The sacred offering of the salted cake 4jO>
Alcides, fam'd lor manly strength and sway,
And bold Anciu.« rose the beeves to flay
Alcides' club impress'd a deadly wound
On tne steer's front and fcll'd him tn the ground.
Thy axe Antæus, at one sturdy stroke,
Ike steer's skull fractur'd, and the neck-bone
broke,

Down fell the victim, floundering with thf blow,
Prone on his horns and plough'd the sand below.
The ready train that round in order stood,
Stab the fallen beeves, and shed the life-warm
blood; 54a
Then from the body strip the smoking hide,
The beasts they quarter, and the joints di\ide;
The thighs devoted to the gods they part,
On these the fat, involv'd in cawls, with art
Tht v spread, and as the lambent flame devours,
The Grecian chief the pure libation pours.
Joy fill'd the breast of Union to behold.
Mow from the thighs the flame relucerjt roll'd
In purple volumes, and piopitious smoke;
And thus the seer, inspir'd by Phœbus spoke:

'Though various perils your attempt oppose, 1 And toils unnumber'd bring unoumber'd woes,; 'Yet shall ye safe return, ye sons of Greece, Si3 'Acbrn'd with conquest, and the golden fleece. ■ Me ciuel fate or.'iuns on Asia's shore 'To die, nor ne'er behold my country more*

4 And though my destiny lung fix'd I knew, « Yet. still resolv'd, I join'd the martial crew j « Inflam'd with glory to the host I came,

• Of life regardless, emuloui of fame.' 560
Thus he; the host the fate of Idmon mourn,
But joy transports them for their wilh'd return.
The fun. remitting now his fiercer ray.

Pours from the west the faint remains of day:
Low as he sinks, the lofty rocks expand
Their lengthen'd shadows o'er the distant land.
On leafy couches now the warlike train
Repose along the beach that skirts the main.
Before the chiefs a'c savoury viands plac'd.
And generous wines, delicious to the taste. 570
The hours in mutual converse they empldy,
In festive songs, and undiffembled joy.
Thus at the banquet sport the young and gay,
When mirth breaks in, and envy skulks away.
But not unmark'd was Jason's pensive look;
Idas beheld him, and licentious spoke:

'What doubts, what fears, do Æson's son per-
plex? svex?

♦ What dangers fright him, and what sorrows « Proclaim thy thoughts: or is thy dubious mind

* Dismay'd with terrors of the dastard kind? 580

• Now by this stout, unconquer'd lance, I swear, 'On which in war victorious wreaths I bear,

• Scorning from Jove's assistance to receive

* Those palms, which this resistless lance can give)

* No foes shall brave.no wiles of war withstand,

* Though Jove frown adverse, this impetuous hand. 'Such Idas is, for prowess fam'd afar, 'Arene's boast, the thunderbolt of war."

This said, the boaster seiz'd a goblet, sill'd With racy wine, and to the bottom swill'd. 590 O'er his black beard and cheeks the liquor flow'd: Th' assembled host with indignation glow'd. Then Idmon rose, and boldly thus reply'd:

"Vain wretch! to brand our leader and our "guide; [wine,

* And more irreverent still, thus flufh'd with "To dare reproach superior powers divine.

"Far different speech must cheer the social train; "Thy words arc brutish, and thy boasts are

"vain. "Thus, fame reports, the Aloi'dæ strove "long since to irritate the powers above 600 . *' By vile aspersions, infamously free; •■ Yet they in valour far exceeded thee. "Slain by the shafts of Phœbus, down they fell, "Though high aspiring, to the depths of hell."

He said; but Idas, with sarcastic sneer, Laughing provok'd the venerable seer: 'Declare, wise augur, if the god» decree,

• The same perdition shall be hurl'd on me,

* Which fam'd Aloeus' impious sons befel 609

• Wl en slain by Phoebus, and condemn'd to hell.

• Meantime escape, or manfully withstand,

1 Vain seer, the fury of this vengeful hand.'

Thus Idas spoke, impatient of controul, And rising rage inflam'd his fiery foul; Nor had they here ccas'd fiercely to contest, But Jason and his friends their wrath repress'd. 'Twas then, the jarring heroes to compose, Th' enchanting bard, Ocagrian Ore hem rose,

And thus, attuning to the trembling strings His soothing voice, of harmony he lings: 6U "How at the first, beneath chaotic sway, "Heaven, earth, and sea. in wild disorder lay; "Till nature parted the cnnflictinu foes, "And beauteous order from confusion rose. "H.w in yon bright ethereal fields above "The lucid stars in constant orbits move; "How the pale queen of night, and gulden son, "Through months and years their radiant journeys run: [woods, "Whence rose the mountains, clad with waring "Fhe crystal founts; and hoarse resounding flood', "With all their nymphs; from what celestial feed "Springs the vast species of the serpent breed: "How o'er the new-created world below", 631 "On high Olympus'summits crowu'd with snow, "Ophion, and, from ocean sprung of old, "The fair Eurynome reign"d uncontrolled: "How haughty Saturn, with superior sway, "Exil'd Ophion from the realms of day; "Eurynome before proud Rhea fled, 63J "And how both funk in ocean's billowy bed. "Longtime they rul'd the blest Titanian gods, "While infant Jove posscss'd the dark abodes "Of Dicte's cave; yet uninform'd his mind "With heavenly wisdom, and his hand cooSn'i "Forg'd by earth's giant sons, with livid nji "Flam'd not as yet the lightning's piercingbatt i "Nor roar'd the thunder through the Kak»

"above, "The strength and glory of almighty Jove."

Here the sweet bard his tuneful lyre unstrung, And ceas'd the heavenly music of his tongue; tp But, with the found entrane'd, the listening en Still thought him singing, and still scem'd to

hear:
In silent rapture every chief remains,
And feels within his heart the thrilling strains.
Forthwith the bowl they crown with rosy wine,
And pay due honours to the powers divine,
Then on the flaming tongues libations pour,
And wait salubrious sleep's composing hour.
Soon as thebright-ey'd morning's splendid ray
On Pelion's summit pour'd the welcome day, 64*
Light skimm'd the breezes o'er the liquid plain.
And gently iwcll'd the fluctuating main;
Then Fiphys rose, and, summon'd by his care,
Embark the heroes, and their oars prepare.
Portentous now along the winding sllorcs
Hoarse founding Pagascan Neptune roars:
From Pelion Argo's keel loud murmurs broke,
Urgent to fail; the keel of sacred oak,
Endu'd with voice, and marvellously wrought,
Itonian Pallas from Dodona brought. ''•

Now on their destin'd posts, atrang'd along,
In seemly order sat the princely throng;
Fast by each chief his glittering armour flames:
The midmost station bold Anczus claims,
With great Alcldea (whose enormous might
Arm'd with a massy club provokes the fight),
Close plac'd beside him: in the yielding flood
The keel deep-sinking owns the demigod.

Their haulers now they loose, and on tht brine To Ncatunt pear the consecrated wine 1 '*•

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Then front his native shore fad Jason turns
Kit oft-reverted eye, and silent mourns.
Ai in Ortygia, or the Delphic fane,
Ot where Ismenus laves liccotia's plain,
Apollo's altar round, the youthful choir.
The dance according with the sounding lyre,
The hallow'd ground with equal cadence beat,
And move in measure their alternate feet *,
Together so tficssalia's princes sweep
With well tim'd oars the Diver-curling deep: 690
While, railing high the I hracian harp, presides
Melodious Orpheus, and the movement guides.
DaA'd by their oars, the foaming bill ws broke,
And load remurrnur'd to each mighty stroke.
Swift fail'd the (hip, the fun refulgent beam'd,
And bright as flame their glittering armour
gleam'd,

Wkile to their outstretch'J oars the heroes bow,
Tk parted ocean whitening foams below.
So Aiaes the path, along some grassy plain,
Worn by the footsteps of the village swain. 700
TV immortal powers that Jove's proud palace
crown,

Ail on that memorable day look'd down,
The godlike chiefs and- Argo to survey,
A- through the deep they urg'd their daring way.
Then too on pelion's cloud-capt summit stood
The nymphs that wander in that {acred wood;
Wondering they view'd below the sailing pine,
(Itunian Pallas fram'd the work divine)
And bold 1 heslatia's labouring heroes sweep
With stretching uars the navigable deep. 710
Lo! from the mountain's topmost cliff descends
The Centaur Chiron; to the shore he bends
His bally footsteps : on the beach he stood,
And dipp'd his fetlocks in the hoary flood.
He hail'd the heroe« with his big broad hand,
And wish*J them safe to gain their native land.
With Chiron came Chariclo to the shore ,
The young Achilles in her arms she bore.
Pcleus, his sire, with secret pleasure smil'd,
As high in air she rai-'d the royal child. 7Z0
And now the winding bay's safe precincts past,
Tbessalian Argo plough'd the watery waste;
On Tiphys' care the valiant chiefs rely'd,
To steer the vessel o'er the foaming tide,
The smooth wcll-modell'd rudder to command,
Obsequious to the movement of hi- hand.
Aad next inserting in the keel below
The mast tall-tapcr ng, to the stern and prow.
With n-pes that through the rolling pulleys glide,
They rear upright, and firm on every side. 730
Then high in air the swelling sails they raise,
While on their besoms buxom Zephyr plays.
With savouring gales their Heady course they
keep

To where Tiizurn frowns upon the deep.
Meanwhile sweet Orpheus, as they fail'd along,
Rais'd to Diana the melodious song, [sides,
Who sav'd them, where her guardian power pre-
From treacherous rocks that lurk beneath the tides.
The fish in shoals, attentive to his lay,
Purfu'd the poet o'er the watery way; 740
Aod oft emerging from their liquid sphere,
strove more distinct bis heavenly notes to hear.

As sheep in flocks thick-pasturing on the plain
Attend 'he footsteps of the fhepherd-fwain,
His well-known call they hear, and fully fed,
Pace slowly on, their leader at their head;
Who pipes melodious, as he moves along,
On sprightly reeds his modulated song:
Thus charm'd with tuneful sounds the scaly train
Pursu'd the flying vessel o'er the main. 750
And now the winds with savouring breezes blew,
Corn crown'd Thessalia lessen'd to the view.
The Grecian heroes pass by Pelion's steep,
Whose rocky summit nodded o'er the deep.
Now Sepias' cliff* beneath the waves subside,
And sea-girt Sciathos surmounts the tide.
Next, but far distant, was Piresise seen,
(Built on Magnesia's continent serene)
And Dolops' tomb, for this pacific shore,
Blest with mild evening's soften'd gales, they bore.
To him with victims was an altar crown'd, 761
While night prevail'd, and ocean roar'd around.
Two days they tarried, till propitious gales
Rofe-with the third, and bellied all their fails.
Assiduous then, the well known shore they fill,
The shore call'd Aphetæ os Argo still.
Next Melibcea, on Thell'alia's (bore,
They pass, where winds and thundering tempests
roar.

At early dawn, incumbent o'er the deep,
I'hey view high Omolc's aspiring steep. 77*
Next by the streams of Aruyrus they steer,
And where thy vales, Hurymeoa, appear,
And Ossa and Olympus' shady brow;
Loud from deep caverns gush the waves below.
By night beside Pellene's heights they fail,
And rough Canastra frowing o'er the vale.
But when the n.orn display's) her orient light,
fall Athos rose conspicuous to the sight;
Which though from Lemnos fat remov'd it lay.
As far as ships can fail till noon of day, 780
Yet the proud mountain's high-exalted head,
A gloom umbrageous o'er Vlyrina spread.
All day till eve the soft indulgent gales
Their succour lent, and fill'd the swelling sails.
But when with eve the breezes ceas'd to blow,
The mariners to Sintian Lemnos row,
Ill-fated island! where the female train
Had all the males, the year preceding, slain.
F' r, deep-enamour'd with the nymphs of Thrace,
The men declin'd the conjugal embrace; 79W
Their wives they slighted, and unwary led
War s pleasing spoils, fair captives, to their bed.
For angry Venus robb'd ot love's delights
Che Lemnian females, for neglected rites.
Ah miserable train! with envy curs'd.
And jealousy, of passions far the worst!
One fatal night this unrelenting crew
Their mates and all the lovely Captives slew,
And every male, lest in the course of time
Should rise some bero to revenge the crime. 8o»
Hypsipyla alone, illustrious maid,
Spar'd her sire Thoas, who the sceptre sway'ti.
With pious care, in reverence to his age,
In a capacious ark she plac'd the sage,
Confiding in the mercy of the wave
The monarch from the massacre to save>

Some faithful fishers, to their mandate just,
Convcy'd with care the delegated trust
Safe to a neighbouring sea-surrounded shore,
Qinœa narn'd, so nam'd in days of yore, 8lo
Now Sicinum: from Sicinu* it takes
Its title, whom a Naiad of the-lakes,
The nymph Œ'lœi, beautiful and fair,
Comprefs'd hy !lions, to the monarch bare.
The widow'd Lemnians, though by waves fe-
cur'd,

Ofr shone in arms, to martial toils inur'd.
To feed their cattle wa* their daily care,
Or cleave the furrow with the crooked share:
Expert at these. Minerva's arts they sciirn'd.
Which once employ'd them, aud which once

adorn'd. 8zp Oft to the main, opprefs'd with dire alarms, They look'd; for much they fear 'A the Tliracian

arms.

And when rheffalian Argo caught their view,
Quick from Myrita to the ihore they flew.
AU clad in glittering arms they fuess'd the strand,
Impetuous; (like the Bacchanalian band.
When with raw flesh their horrid scads they
close): [foes.
They deem'd the vessel sior'd with Thracian
Hypfipyla advane'd among the rest,
In the bright armour of her father dress'd; 830
Anxious, aflonifh'd all the dames appear,
And by their silence testified their fear.
Meanwhile Æthalidcs the heroes fend;
To him their peaceful mandates they commend.
Invested with the office of the god,
They grace their herald too with Hermes' rod,
Hermes his sire; who blefs'd his favourite heir
With memory nor time, nor place impair.
In vain around him Acheron's waters roll;
They pour no dull oblivion o'er his foul. 840
To him the fates this privilege bestow,
By turns to wander with the shades below:
By turns with men to view the golden day,
And feel the fun's invigorating ray.
But why expatiate on such themes as these?
Why tell the fame of great Æthalides.'
The herald to Hypfipyla addrefs'd,
With mild benevolence, this joint request:
That now, at evening-close, the friendly land
Might hospitably treat this gallant band, 850
Who fcar'd at morn to hoist their swelling sails,
For Boreas blew with unpr pitious gales.

The queen had summon d to the council.hall
The Lemnian dames, the dames obey'd her call:
Who mUdly, with persuasion in her look,
In order rang'd, the heroines bespoke:

'Let us, my mates, and ye my words attend,

* Commodious presents to these strangers fend; 'Such as their friends to mariners consign,

'Salubrious viands, and delicious wine: 863 'So will they peaceful on our borders stay, 'Nor need compel them to the town to stray.

* Here will they learn the story of our guilt,

* The vows we broke, the kindred blood we

- 'spilt; 'And sure a tale, thus horrid, must appear 'Cruel and. impious to a foreign car.

'These are the counsels of your faithful friend,
'Prompt to advise, and steady to defend
1 She who can furnish counsel more discreet,
'N iw let her offer—for this cause we meet." 870
Thu« spoke the queen, and press'd her father's
throne,

A royal feat, compos'd of solid stone.
Then rose Polyxo, venerable dame,
Once the queen's nurse, opprefs'd with age, and
lame;

A staff sustain'd her (for her limbs were weak)
Tottering with age, yet vehement to speak.
Near her four damsels, blooming, fresh and fair,
Sat crown'd with ringlets of the whitest hair.
Full in the midst she stood, then rais'd her head,
Her back was bent with years, and thu- (he
said: 880
'The queen's advice I greatly must commend,
'Commodious presents to our guests to fend.
'And what more saving counsel shall t give
'To those my friends who shall hereafter live;
'Whene'er the sons of l'hrace, or hostile hosts
'From other kingdoms shall infest our Cm&i;
'Which well may happen, we must all allow,
'As this invasion that alarms us now?
'But should some god avert th' impending ill,
'Yet greater evils may be fa), and will. ?js
'For when the oldest die, as die they must,
'And our wife matrons be transforms to dust,
'And you, now young, opprefs'd at lad «ilh

1 Shall itnprolific tread life's irksome stage: 'What wretched mortals ye, who then survive'. 1 Who to their laboi.r, then, the steers shall drive i 'Will oxen then their necks spontaneous How 'Beneeth the yoke, and drag the ponderous 'plough .'

'Or will they reap the harvest on the plain, 1 And every autumn house the golden grain ' QC< 'I, though prescrv'd to this important day, '1 For death from me abhorrent turnr. away), 'Yet, ere the fun completes his annual round, 'If right I judge, (hall mingle with the ground, 1 Lodg'd in the lap of eaith, at nature's call, 1 And 'scape the ruin that involves you all. 'Hear then, young damsels, what my years at

'vise; ■* 'Before you now the fair occasion lies: 'Commit your city to these strangers' care, $c 1 Let them your mi' Cons and possessions fhatc. She spoke, plcas'd murmurs iill'd the spacio hall:

Poiyxo's counsel was approv'd by all. From her sire's throne Hypfipyla arose. Thus in few words the confe. citee to close: "My mates, since all this sage advice commen "An indant message to the ship I send."

She said, and t Iphinoa gave command"; "Hasle. find the leader of yon martial band, "Invite him (of our amity a proof "To lodge beneath my hose itable roof: 5 "There time will furnish leisure to relate "The genius and the manners of our state. "But let his comrades rove, as pleasure leads, "And pitch their tents along the fertile; mead.

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