Sivut kuvina

• Or to the tower-defended town repaid "Afsar'd of safety and our royal care"

Th' assembly rose, as thus the princess spoke, Then to the.regal dome her way she took, lphinoa, mindful of the queen's command, Approach'd the Minyan* scattcr'd o'er the strand, Who throng'd atound her, eager to explore 931 Wherefore she came, and what commands she

bore • ■'- '•

Then thtrs she said: 'Strangers, to you as friends 'Hyf sipyla, the feed of Thoas, fends ,

* Her faithful herald with this strict command, 1 To find the leader of your martial band;

'Him she invites (of amity a proof) ■ 'To lodge beneath her hospitable roof:

* There time will furnish leisure to relate

'The genius and the manners of our state. 940

• Bat Jet his comrades rove, as pleasure leads,

'And pitch their tents along the fertile meads; * Or to the tower-defended town repair, 'Affur'd of safety, and the royal care.'

These words were grateful to the warlike band; From her they learn'd whose sceptre jul'd the land;

Instant they urg'd their chief's assent, and all
Prepar'd obsequious to accept the call.
A mantle doubly lin'd, of purple hue,
The fun of Æfon o'er hi* shoulders threw. 950
This Pallas gave him, when, with wond'rous art,
She planta'd his (hip, and measur'd every part.
Twere safer to survey the radiant globe
Of rising Phœbus, than this splendid robe.
Pall in the middle beam'd a crimson blaze,
The verge surrounding dared purple rays.
In every part historic scenes were wrought;
The moving figures feem'd inform'd with

Here, on their work intent, the Cyclops strove
Eager to forge a thunderbolt for Jove; 960
Half-rough, halfform'd the glowing engine lay,
And only wanted the fire-darting ray;
And this they hammer'd out on anvils dire;
At each collision fiash'd the fatal fire.
Nut distant far, in lively colours plann'd,
Two brothers, Zethus and Amphion stand,
Sons of Antiopa: no turrets crown'd
Thy city, Thebes, but walls were rising round.
A mountain's rocky summit Zethus bore
On his broad back, but feem'd to labour fore. 970
Behind, Amphion tun'd hi' golden (hell,
Amphion, deem'd in music to excel:
Rocks still pursu'd htm as he mov'd along,
Charm'd by the music of his magic song.
Crown'd with lost trcflVs, in a fairer field,
Gay Venus toy'd with Mars's splendid shield.
Down from her shoulder her expanded vest
Display'd the swelling beauties of her breast.
She in the brazen buckler, glittering bright,
Beheld her lovely image with delight. 980
On a rich plain appear, not distant far,
The Taphians, and Electryon's sens at war;
Fat steers the prize for whkh the swains contend,
Those strive to plunder, these their herds defend;
The mead* were moist with blood and rosy dew:
]jphe powerful man; triumph'd o'er the few.

Two chariots next roll'd lightly o'er the plains, This Pelops drove, and shook the sounding reins;

Hippodamia at his side he view'd:
In the next chariot, Myrtilus pursu'd, 990
And with him Of nomas; approaching near,
At Pelops' back he aim'd the vengeful spear;
The faithless axle, as the whtels whirl'd round,
Snapp'd short, and left h.m stretch'd along the

Here young Apollo stood, in act to throw
The whirring arrow from the twanging how.
At mighty Tityrus aim'd. who basely strove
To force his mother, .erst belov'd by Jove:
He from fair Elara deriv'd his birth,
Though fed and nourilh'd by prolific earth. 1020
There Phryxns stoop'd to listen to the ram,
On whose broad back the Hellespont he swam.
The beast look'd speaking: earnest could you

The lively piece would charmingly amaze.
Long might yu feast your eye, and lend an ear,
With pleasing hope the conference to hear.

Such was the present of the blue ey'd maid—
In his right hand a missile lance he sway'd,
Which Atalanta, to reward the brave,
Sure pledge of friendship, to the hero gave, IOIO
When on the breezy Mrenalus (he rov'd,
And wish'd the company of him she lov'd;
But he, of suitors' amorous strife afraid,
Reprefs'd the fond intention of the maid.
Thus robb'd, thus arm'd, he to the city went,
Bright as a star that gilds the firmament,
Which maids assembled view with eager eyes
High o'er thuir roof in orient beauty rife.
On the bright signal, a« it darts its rays,
Attentive they with silent transport gaze. loao
Each, with this omen charm'd, expects, though

Return'd from distant climes her destin'd mate. Thus shone the chief, for high atchicvtments known,

Majestic as he mov'd to Lemons' town.
The noble heroines his footsteps meet,
With courteous joy the Grecian guest to greet,
Whose downcast eye ne'er wander'd, till he

To the proud palace of the royal dame;
Obsequious damsels at the portal wait,
And quick unbar the double-folding gate: 1033
Then through the various courts extending wide,
And stately rooms, Iphinoa was his guide;
On a bright throne, with rich embroidery grae'd,
Fronting her fovereigrr (he the hero plac'd.
Th' embarrass d queen, her face with blushes

In courteous terms address'd the prince, and said:
1 Why, gentle stranger, should your warlike train
'At distance far, without the walls remain?
'The men who till'd these ample fields before,
'Now turn with furrows on the Thracian shore.
'But hear, while I our matchless woes relate;
'So (halt you know the story of our fate. 1041
'Whcq o'er this realm my father Thoas reign'd,
• The Lemnign youth, to fraud aad rapine waio'd;

* On Thracian borders seiz'd the trembling prey,

* And brought those flocks, and lovely maids


* This Venus plann'd, with mischievous intent,

* And fierce among them fatal discord sent.

* Their wives they loath'd, and vainly impious

'led I«49

* War's spoils, fair captives, to the lawless bed.

* Long we endur'd, forgiving insults past,

'And hop'd the faithless would reform at last.

* In vain; each day but doubled our disgrace, 'Our children yielded to a spurious race.

* The widow'd mother, the discarded maid,

* Forlorn, neglected through the city stray'd. 'No tender pity touch'd the parent's breast,

* To fee his darling child abus'd, opprefs'd

* Beneath a stepdame'l proud, imperious sway:

'N ■ sons would then maternal duty pay, 1060 'Nor, as before, their mother's cause defend;

* No sister then to sister prov'd a friend:

* But the gay troops of Thracian captives fair

* £ittsiall'd the men, and challeng'd all their


* At home, abroad, the first, at pleasure's call,

* To share the banquet, and conduct the ball.

* At length, but strange'. some favouring power


1 In female minds inspir'd this bold design,

* That, when return'd from Thracia's hateful


"Our roofs these traitors might protect no more;

* That, thus constrain'd, they might forego their

* crimes, 1071

* Or with their captives fly to distant climes. 'They fail, return, the few remaining males

'Demand, then quit us with auspicious gales; 'And now the frigid fields of Thrace they 'plough,

■ And countries vhiten'd with Sithonian snow,

* Haste then, conduct your comrades to the


* Here fix your feat, and Lemnot is your own.

* And if to high dominion you aspire, 1079

* Reign here, and wield the sceptre of my sire.

* You must approve; for not so fair a coast,

* Or isle so fertile can the Ægean boast.

* Haste to your friends, and make my pleasures


* Nor let them longer lodge without the town." Artful she spoke, forbearing to relate

How in one night each woman slew her mate. Then Jason thus: " Whate'er your bounty "grants,

"Stores for our voyage,or our present wants, "Pleas'd we accept: I to my valiant bands "Will speed to signify your kind commands, 190a "Then soon conduct my comrades to the town: "But still, O queen, still wear your father's "crown.

"Not from disdain 1 shun imperial sway,

"But great atchievements call me hence away."

He spoke, and gently press'd her fair right hand, Then lought his comiades scatter'J o'er the strand, Unnumber'd damsels round the hero wait, Cozing with joy, and follow to the gate;

Then grateful presents in swift cars convey xcf 9
To the land's margin, where the warriors lay.
When Jason now to his adventurous bands
Had signified Hypsipyla's commands,
Wi'h eager joy the Minyans haste to share
Her friendly roofs, and hospitable fare.
The queen of love rheflalia's chiefs inspires,
For Vulcan's fake, with amorous desires;
That Lemnos, Vulcan's sacred isle, a gen
May flourish, peopled with a race of men.
Great Jason hastens to the regal walls; I {Of
The rest proceed where chance or pleasure calls,
Save great Alcidcs: with a chosen train,
Ambitious he in Argo to remain.
Eager with joy the jolly crowds advance
To (hare the genial feast, or lead the dancsj;
To Venus' and to Vulcan's fane they throng,
And crown the day with victims and with song.
Sunk in soft ease th' enamour'd heroes lay,
(Their voyage still deferr'd from day to day)
And longer still, and longer had declin'd,
Full loth to leave the lovely place behind, Ills
Had not Alcides, the fair dames apart,
Thus spoke incens'd the language of his heart:
'Mistaken comrades, does our kindred, fay,
'From our own country drive us far away i
'Or are we fondly thus enamour'd grown
1 Of foreign damsels, and despise our own?
'Here shall we stay to till the Lemnian fields?
'Small fame to heroes this base commerce yields-
1 No god, propitious to the sons of Greece, Ills)

* Without our toil, will grant the golden fleece.

* Our course pursue we; for the breeze invites; 'And let him revel in love's soft delights,

■ Who here but stays to propagate his kind,

* And leave a memorable name behind.'
Alcides thus: none dar'd to lift his eye,

To breathe a murmur, or to make reply;
But keenly stung with this sarcastic style,
They haste to leave the lov'd Vulcanian isle.
Soon as the damsels their fix'd purpose knew,
Around the chiefs in busy crowds they flew. 114*
As bees from some deep-cavern'd rock proceed,
Buzz o'er the lilies of the laughing mead,
The sweets of all ambrosial herbs devour,
And fuck the foul of every fragrant slow'r;
Thus they in swarms the parting Greeks address,
With hands salute, with soothing words caress;
Then to the pow'rs above with fervour pray,
Safe to their arms the hcoes to convey.
Hypsipyla the hand of Jason press'd, 114J

And thus with tears the parting chief addrefs'd: 1
*' Adieu!—and may you with the sons of Greece
"Return triumphant with the golden fleece.
"Here (hall you then my father's sceptre sway,
"And his domains your sovereign will obey.
u The neighbouring states will furnish large sup-

"And a vast empire by your wisdom rise.

"But if on nobler plans your thoughts are bent,

"And vainly I presage the wisb'd event;

"Absent or present, to my memory kind,

"Still let Hypsipyla possess your mind. lite

"And if withoffspring Heaven should blessmejsay,

"How Cull 1 then my Jason's will obey

The prince beheld the queen with rapturous look,

And thai with mild benevolence bespoke: * May these events, (oredoom'd by heaven's 'decree,

'Successful prove, Hypsipyla, to thee.

'Bat still of Jason nobler thoughts retain:

'Enough for me o'er my own realm* to reign;

'May but the powers of heaven (I afle no more)

'Safe reconvey me to my native shore. 1170

1 If that's denied, and you, my source os joy,

'Bar, the soft token os our loves, a boy;

'Him, when mature, in kindness to your friend,

1 My parents' solace, to lolchos fend;

1 H then perchance the venerable pair

1 Survive their woes, and breathe this vital air,

1 There may he live, from Peli&s lar remov'd,

■ By Grecians honour'd, who his father lov'd.'

Hr spoke his last farewell: then first ascends The /hip, and with him his illustrious friends. 1180 In their due stations plac'd, each sciz'd an oar, While Argiu loos'd the cable from the fiiore. With active strokes the vigorous heroes sweep The sounding bosom of the billowy deep. As Orpheus counsell'd, and mild evening near, To Samothrace, Electra's isle, they steer, That there initiated in rites divine, Sife might they fail the navigable brine. 2;t, muse, presume not of these rites to tell: Farewell, dread isle '. dire deities, farewell! 1190 La not my verse these mysteries explain; To came is impious, to reveal profane. Thence the black main they laslt'd with all their might,

Thrace on their left, and Imbros on the right;

And fafery, with the new-declining fun,

To far-projecting Chersencfus run.

Then stemm'd they, aided by the southern gales,

The st-irmy Hellespont with swelling sails,

Lrft the high-surging sea with mornirtg light,

A-d reach'd Sigxum with approaching night.

Eardauia past, and high-exalted Ide, Ijoi

They saw Abydos on the stormy tide.

Thence sail'd they by Percote's pasture lands,

Pitrca'a meadows, and Abaniis' sands;

And nightly, favour'd by th« friendly blast,

The purple-foaming Hcllespont-they past.

An ancient ifland in Propontis lies.

That towering lifts its summit to the skies;

Hear Phrygia's corn-abounding coast it stands,

Ae'! far-projecting all the main commands; laio

Aa island this, save wbere the isthmus' chain j

Cocncct* both lands, and curbs the boisterous

main. [roar, ]

Roand its rough sides the thundering tempests
And a safe bay is form'd on either shore.
Æsepus* waters near this isthmus fall:
And bordering tribes the mountain Arcton call.
Os this rnugh mountain, barbarous, fierce, and


DwetJ mighty giants, hideous to behold;
Aid, w.ndrrful to tell! each monster stands
Wiih six h'lge arms, and fix rapacious hand*; mo
Two pendent on their shaggy shoulders grow,
And four deform their horrid sides below.
TaAss. II.

The lowland isthmus, verging to tha main,
The Dolian's till'd, and all the fertile plain.
O'er these reign'd Cyxicus, the brave, the young,
Who from the gallant watrior, Æneus, sprung.
The daughter of Euforu«, first in fame,
Bore Cyzicus, Æneta was her came.
Secure they liv'd, and free from war's alarms,
Though earth's huge son* were terrible in arms.
Sprung from the monarch of the hoary tide, 113 j
On Neptune's aid the Dolian race rely'd.
To this fair port, with gentle-breathing gales,
This friendly shore, Thessalian Argo sails.
Here the rope fasten'd stone they heave on shore,
Which scrv'd as anchor to the ship before,
But now too light, so Typhis bids, they bring.
And leave it at the pure Artacian spring;
Then choose another on the rocky bay, 1139
More ponderous far, the rolling ship to stay.
There the first stone unnumber'd years remain'd.
Till, as Apollo's oracle ordain'd,
Th' lonians found, with rites mysterious grac'J,
And sacred to Jasonian Pallas piae'd.
Soon as the Italians, near apprnaching, knew
Thessalian Argo, and the godlike crew,
X.ed on by Cyzicus they haste to meet
The princely band, and amicably greet;
Invite them down the winding bay to fall,
And fix thtir cable near the city wall. it5<J
Thus friendly treated, the Pelafgic train
Strive with their oars th' interior port to gain.
Then first Ecbafian Phœbus they aJore,
And rear an altar on the sounding silore.
To them the king dispatch'd, with heart benign,
Fat sheep, and strong exhilarating wine.
For thus the sacred oracle foretold,
* When here arrives a band of heroes hold,
'With kind complacence treat the godlike crew,
'Meet not in arms, but pay them honours due!'
Scarce had the down the monarch's cheeks o'er-
spread; 1261

No children yet had bles»'<i the nuptial bed.
Clita, his lovely queen, the young, the fair,
Renown'd for beauty, and her golden hair, ',
Sprung from Perosian Merops, still remains
A stranger to l.ucina's cruel pains.
Late from her father's court the king convey'd,
With ample dower enrich'd, the blameless maid;
Yet he neglects the genial bed, and feasts',
All fears far banishing, with foreiga guests. ia;e
Oft he inquires of Pelias' stern command,
And why the heroes left their native land.
A» oft they alk'd why cities neighbouring lay,
And in Propontis which the safest bay.
But scanty knowledge could die king bestow,'
Though it behov'd them much these truths to
know. ,
When morning rose, the Diodymean iteep
Some mount, to view the navigable deep,
And all its winding bays the road they came
They honour'd with illustrious Jason's name. ia8o
The chiefs, who chose aboard the ship to stay,
Remov'd her from the moorings where she.

Meanwhile the sons of earth, a numerous train.
From their bleak mountains rulh into the slain,
Besiege the pervious bay, and strive to block
Its mouth with massy fragments from the rock j
Intending there Thessalia's pine to keep
Hemm'd up, like some huge monster of the deep.
But Hercules remain'd: his bow he drew,
And heaps of giants with his arrows flew. 1290
The rest enrag'd, rough, rocky fragments tore,
Hurl'd high in air, and thunder'd from the shore.
(This labour still for Hercules remain'd,
By Juno, Jove's imperial queen, ordain'd)
And fiercely now the glowing battle burn'd,
When lo '. the chiefs from Dindymus rcturn'd,
Attack'd the desperate giants in the rear,
And dealt destruction with the dart and spear;
Till earth's fierce sens, defil'd with wounds and

Befier»e the uervious bav. and strive to block The favouring nipht. alai

Dropp'd dead: their bodies cover'd half the
shore. 13PO
As near the sea's broad brink, with sturdy strokes,
Assiduous woodmen fell aspiring oaks;
Then draw them in due order from the flo:>d,
And thus well drench'd they cleave with cafe the
wood i • M
Thus at the entrance of the hoary bay,
The frequent corse os many a giant lay;
Some, tumbled headlong, made the sea their grave,
While their legs role above the briny wave;
Home o'er the sands their horrid visage Ihow,
Their feet deep-rooted in the mud below. I31*
Thus their huge trunks afford abundant fare
To Neptune's fishes, and the birds of air.
Soon as concluded was the bloody stay,
And favouring breezes call'd the chiefs away,
They loos'd; o'er swelling ocean southern gales
Breath'd all day long, and sili'd their bellying

Night rose, the favouring gales no longer last,
The ship drives backward with the stormy blast.
Again they harbour on the friendly coast,
Where late the Dolianscntertain'd the host; 1310
And round the rock the steady cable bind,
The rock ev'n now to sacred same conllgn'd.
Here through the gloom of night again they came,
And knew not that the country was the lame.
Nor knew the Dolians, so dark night prevail'd,
That back to Cyzicum the Gretl-,9 had sail'd;
But deem'd the chiefs a band of Macrian foes:
To arms they call, and force to force oppose.
A gleamy lustre glanc'd along the field,
While soear met spear, and shield encounter'd

shield. 13 J°

In son-scorch'd bushes thus the bickering blaze flames forth, and crackling on the branches


£)irc was the conflict; on the fatal plain J Their prince, alas! was nuiubcr'd with the slain, Sllif queen and brijal bed beheld he ne'er again. J l;or Jason spy'd the prince advancing near, And through his bosom plung'd the furious spear; The ribs it broke, and circumscrib'd his date, Wing'd with th' inevitable will of fate. Fate, like a wall, devoted man surrounds, 1340 And fast confines him in its circling bounds. Himself he deem'd, in that disorder'd fight, Vainly be deent'd \ protected by the night;

The favouring night, alas! produe'd his bans,
And chiefs unnumber'd with their prince were
For Hercules, with his all-conquering bow, [flain.
Disparch'd Teledcs to the shades below,
And Mr^abrontcs: by Acastus' hand
Pale Sphodris lay extended on the strand.
Peleus to Pluto's dark dominions gave 1350
Zelys the hardy, and Gcphyrus brave.
Bold 1 tlanion, weli-flcilTd the lance to wield,
Left Bafileus expiring on the field.
Next Idas-vanquished Promeus by his fide;
By warlike Clytius Hyacinthus dy'd.
Fair Lcda's sons, in bloody combat stcill'd,
Fierce Megalossacus and Phsogius kill'd.
And Melcagcr added two to these,
Itymonens and valiant Artaces.
These all were chiefs in fighting fields approv'J,
Dcplor'd as heroes, and as brothers lov'd. Ijil
The rest for safety on their flight rely
(As trembling doves before the falcon fly);
Then to the city-gates tumultuous press,
And raise the pieremg cry of deep distress:
The city mourn'd: they deem'd, retum'd siTM
That hostile Macrians had renew'd the war. [fat,

But when the rosy morn began to wake,
All found their irretrievable mistake.
Heart-rending grief oppress'd the Grecian train,
To fee the hospitable monarch slain, Ij/I
A clay-cold corse, extended on the store,
Deform'd with dust, and all besmear d with j«t.
The Greeks and Dolians, funk in deep despair,
Mourn three long days, and rend their graccW

A tomb they rear upon the rising ground,
And clad in brazen arms thrice march around;
Then for the monarch, on Limouia's plain,
Of rites observant, funeral-gamea ordain.
There stands the tomb, adora'd with honrxit

due, 13!
Which distant ages will with sorrow view.
When the fad news at Clita's ear arriv'd,
Nat long the queen her monarch's fate survivM
But woe augmenting, round her neck ste tied
The noose diflionest, and unseemly died.
Her mournful dirge the weeping dryads fung,
While Dindymus with lamentations rung;
Aud all the tears that from their eye-lids fell,
The gods transformM in pity to a well;
so crystal streams it murmurs Hill, and weeps, 13
And still the name of wretched Clita keep-
A day se dismal,replete with woes.
Till this fad day, to Dolians never rose.
Deep, deep immers'd in sorrow they remain'd,
And oil from life iuf porting food abstain'd;
Save such poor pittance as man's needs require.
Of corn ungrouud, or unprepar'd by fire.
And animal, on this day, the Dolians still
Sift coarsest meat, aud at the public mill.
Thenceforth twelve days aud nights dire stor

prevail, u Nor could the chiefs unfurl the swelling sail. The follow ing night, by sleep's soft power • Once more in Cyzicum the heroes rest; [prel Mopsus alone aud brave Acastus keep The watch nocturnal, while their comrade* He Vita, lo! a Halcyon, of cerulean hue, O'er the fair head of siumbeiing Jason flew, li airy circles, wond'rous to behold, Aui, screaming loud, the ceasing storm foretold. Tbe grateful sound after.five Mopsus heard, 1410 And mark'd the mcauing of the sea-bred bird; Which gently rising from the deck below, tech'dm the summit of th1 aerial prow) Then rotis'd he Jason from hit fleecy bed, . Of beepi' soft fleins compos'd, and thus he said; '0 sou us /Eson hear 1 be this thy care, 'haste, to the fane of Dindymus repair; 1 ThereCyhele with sacrifice implore, 'So iriii che winds tempestuous cease to roar. 1 Fix urn (Mclaim'd the boding Halcyon true, 'Ai rcmrii thee sunk in deep reposeshe flew. 1411 'By Cybele's dread power the vast profound, 'And il [he winds i n harmony are bound. 1 By her subsists prolific earth below, 1 And high Olympus, ever crown'd with snow. 'Ju»e yields when Hie ascends the courts of day, 'And all the powers immortal own her sway.'

To Jisun thus the Venerable seer j And welcome came the tidings to his ear. bfhutthe chief, exulting with a bound, 14 v: :?.Ting from the bed, and wak'ti his comrades round.

iiafe with joy his loo's-, his words unfold
The glad presage w hich Mopsus had foretold.
Then from the stalls the youths appointed drove
Seeled oien to the heights above.
Scot from the tock unloo.'d the corded stay,
Arid with fleet oars approach'il the Thraciatv bay.
From thence the top of Dindymus they gain d j
few wete the heroes that aboard renuin'd: 1439
h; those the Macrian rocks, and Thracian land
Dredry opposite, appear'd at hand;
Tt: Thraciao Bosphorus here, involv'd in shade,
hi .Virus's rising mountain* were furvey'd;
^tre where his waters black Æl'epus pours,
fcpea's plain> an(j Adrastcia's tow'rs,
A tine's vast trunk adorn'd with branches stood,
Through old, yet sound, and long had grae'd the

Thiitnink they bew'd, and made by Argus' skill,
At ima^e of the goddess of the hill;
■ 'tick 00 the rocky eminence they plac'd, 145c
I 'A the thick boughs of circling beeches grae'd.
1«ej rear an altar then on rising ground,
W Hones that readiest lay, and wide around
Impose the branches of the sacred oak,
Aad Dindymus's deity invoke,

guardian power of Phrygra's hills and woods,

venerable mother of the gods. °"'Titjas and Cyllenus too they call, tt all her priest* most lov'd, and honout'd most of all:

kill prophetic they alone are fam'd; 1460 l!ao Dactyli these priests are nam'd;

whom Anchiala in Dictc's cave B.ctght forth, where chill Oaiis roll his wave. While 00 the burning victims Jason pours hiiotions due, the goddess he implores Tofcilt propitiotu on the Grecian train, Ak) Uilt the tempests of the roaring main.

Then Orpheus call'd, and youthful chiefs advance,
All clad in arms, to lead the martial dance;
With flashing swords they clatter'd on their

shields, 1470
And sill'd with festive sounds th' aerial fields.
Lost in these sounds was every doleful strain,
And their loud waitings for their monarch slain.
The l'hrygians still their goddess' favour win,
By the revolving wheel and timbril's din.
Of these pore rite* the mighty mother (how'd
Her mind approving, by these signs bestow'd:
Boughs bend with fruit, each from her bosom


Herbs ever green, and voluntary flow'rs.
Fierce forest beasts forsake the lonely den, 1480
Approach with gentleness, and fawn on men.
A pleasing omen, and more wond'rous still
The goddess gave: the liindymean hill,
That ne'er knew Water on its airy brow,
Bursts into streams, and founts perennial flow.
This wonder still the Phrygian shepherds sing,
And give the name of Jasorl to the spring.
Then on the mount the chiefs the feast prolong.
And praise the venerable queen in song. 1489'
But when the morning rose they plied their oars,
And the wind ceasing, left the Phrygian shores.
Then fair contention fir'd the'princely train,
Who best the toil of rowing could sustain.
For now the howling storm was lulVd to steep;
lithcrol mildness had conipos'd the deep.
On the calm sea the labouring chiefs rely'd;
Fleet flew the ship along the yielding tide;
Not Neptune's steeds so swift, with loosen'd reins,
Skim the light level of the liquid plains.
Rut when with even-tide the blustering breeze
Brufh'd the broad bosom of the swelling seas,
The wearied chiefs their toilsome course reprefs'd,
And all, save great Alcides, funk to rest.
Swift through the waves his arm unaided drew
The ship, deep-laden with the drowsy crew.
Through all her planks the well-compacted pine
Shook, as his oars dispers'd the foamy brine.
Bui soon the heroes view'd the Mysian shore,
As by the mouth of Ryndacus they bore.
On Phrygia'i fields a wishful look they cast, 1510
And huge Ægxon's promontory pass'd,
When great Alcides, at one luckless stroke,
His oar, hard straining, near the middle broke.
One part was swallow'd in the whelming main,
One, though he sell,.his grasping hands retain;
B.ickward he fell, but soon his feat regain'd.
And lothing rest in mute amaze remain'd.
What time the weary labourer, wanting rest,
Hies to his cot with pining fast oppress'd;
Ev'n in the entrance of his rural door 15 2C

His tottering knees he bends, and moves na

His dusty limbs he views, and callous hands,
And curses hunger's insolent demands:
Then, not till then, the chiefs to Chius row,
Chius, whose streams around Arganthon flow.
The friendly Mysians on their peaceful coast
Receive with hospicality the host;
Abundant stores they fend, with hearts benign,
Fat sheep, and strong exhilarating wine. 152?

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