Sivut kuvina

i Ert long a secret audicrcr (lull obtain, 'And to my purpi.fes Absyrtus pain. 'My pUn ;l rccL Ikh) is it please, pursue: 1 Go, slay my brother, and the siifht renew.' Such wf.ic the snares the treacherous lovers laid;

And by larje presents was the prince betray'd. 'she heralds with these specious presents bore 5C0 The veil Hypsipyle so l.itely wore, raeh jrrace in Nuns isle, wi-h art divine. Wrought the rich raiment for the p.od of wine; He gave it Thoas, his illustrious heir, And Thoas to Hypsipyle the fair; She gave it Jason; wondt rin^ you behold And with new transport trace tii* cuibrnider'd gold.

What time with large tiectareous draughts opprr.Vd,

On the soft vesture Bacchus sunk to rest.

Close by his side the Cretan mu:d reeiin'd, 510

At Nnos ifle whom Theseus left behind;

From that blcfs'd hour the robe, with odour9

SUM, ,
Ambrosial fragrance wide around distill'd.

Her guileful purposes the magic m.iid In order thus before the heralds laid: shit soon as night her fable shade had spread, ^nd to the teniple was Medea led. Thither Absyrtus should repair and bear A project pieastng t" a brother's ear: Htwibe, the golden fleece in ttiumph borne, wo'.U to Æeta speed her wish'd return; 511 Hnr Phrixus' treacherous fans proloug'd her

And her to cruel foes configu'd a prey.

Then far (he flung her potent spcll« in air,

Which lur'd the distmt savage from his lair.
Csrfe of mankind 1 from thee contention* slur,
DJaftrois H-ve '. and every heart-felt woe:
Thy torts the children of thy lots infest,
Aiaosv they rankle in Medea's breast,
hlow vanquiiVd by her wiles, Absyrtus fell, J30
In seemly order now my muse must tell.

Medea now secur'd in Dian's fane. The Colchiat.s hasten to their ships again. Jafuii meanwhile lies in dose ambush bent( A-Myrtus and his friends to circumvent. Him, yet ur.practis'd in his sister's gtulc, Hii ready ship h.3d wafted to the ifle: liioccai'd in night they tugg'd their toilsome oars, Till in the bay secure the vessel moors. Aloue, in confidence, the stripling came, ,540 Ard at Diana's porch upproach'd the dame, (*he like a torrent look'd, when swoln with rain, Which foaming terrifies the village swain); so learn what snare her wily art could lay, To drive these bold adventuixis away. AM all was plann'd; when from his ambuscade Strung Æson's son, and shook his lifted blade, lae conscious sister, stung with secret dread, 1*4 her ow* eyes should view Absyrtus dead, Tarn'd fiom the murderous scene aside distress'd, Ati veil'd her guilty face beneath her vest. 5,51 At falls an ox beneath the striker's blow, »o was Absyrtus laid by Jasvii low. Tiaxj. II.

Near that bright sane the neighbouring Brugi built,

He eyes his victim, and completes his guilt.
Here funlc he low: and to his bleeding side,
Compressing both his hands the hero died.
Medea's veil rccciV'd the purple flood,
And her fair vesture biufh'd with brother's

Hell'- blackest fury the dire scene sttrvey'd, ,{60

And mark'd with sidelong eye the reeking blade.

The pious rite for blood in lectct spilt,

Jasun fulfils, and expiates his guilt.
I he skin he rases from the body (Uin,
thrice licks the blood, thrice spits it out again.

Then with collected earth rhe corse he prefs'd;

And still bis bones with Alisyrtcans rest.

When in full prospect the bright flambeau hlaz'd.

Which to conduct the chiefs Medea rais'd,
Jilate wi;h hope the radhnt guide they view, 75O
And near the Cnlchiah vessel Argo drew.
As lions fierce the timorous flocks dismay,
Leap (.'er the folds, and drive them far away;
As trembling doves before the kite retreat,
So before Ar^o sties the Oolchian fleet,
Furious as flame, on all the host they prey'dj
And low in doath was each assailant laid.
J i son at leng'h, to aid his valiant crew,
Who little need his aid, appear'd in view.'
For not a fear their gallant hearts oppress'J, 58c)
Save what their Jason's safety might suggest.
The chiefs assembled with Medea fat,
And on their future voyage thus"debate;
Pelc-us began: ' Now, ere Aurora rife,
1 A speedy embarkation I advise:
'A different course with.caution Icr us choese;
'From that far different which the foe pursues.
'Fur (such my sanguine hope) when morning*

'Yon slaughters heaps discloses to their sight,
* No words will win them to pursue us far, ,593
1 No tongue entice them t.o renew the war.
'Sedition soon, their prince Absyrtus dead,
'Will, like a pest, o'er all the navy spread:
1 Secure and free shall we recross tile main,
'Their forces fcatter'd, and their sovereign slain.'

He s.tid: the chiefsa^onsented, and with haste Re-entcr'd Argo, and their oars embrae'd. Hard by F.lectris, last of isles, they row, Near which, EridanUB, thy waters flow. 509

Soon as their leader's fate the Colchians knew,
They vow'd destruction to the Grecian crew:
And eager to o'ertake rhe Mynian train,
Had travers'd in their wrath the boundless main,
But Juno, as her thunder awful roll'd,
Prcfag'd her vengeance, and their pride con»

Dreading Æeta's ire, the vanquished host
Far distant voyag'd from the Colchian coast.
Unnumbtr'd ports the fcatter'd fleet cxplor'd:
Some to those isles repair'd where Jason moor'd,
Nam'd from Absyrtus: some where stately flows
The flood Illyricum, expect repose;
Beside whose bank a lofty tower they rear'd,
Where Cadmus' and Harmonia's tomb appear'd;

Here with the natives dwell they. Others roam Til] midst Ciraunian rocks they find a home; Ceraunian nam'd, fusee Jove's red thunder tore Their (hips that anchor'd on the neighbouring (here.

But. towards the Hyllcan port the heroes bear,
And foriunc smiling, fix their halsers there.
Tor many an isle projected o'er the tide, 6iO
Near which no vessel could with safety ride.
No hostile arts the Hyllcans now devise:
They teach the Mynians where their voyage lies;
And for their friendly intercourse obtain
The largest tripod from Apollo's fane.
For, doubtful of the fleece, when Jason came
To hear responses from the Pythian dame,
Enrich'd and honour'd from the slirine he trod
With two bright tripods given by Delphi's god.
'Twas doom'd no power should lay the country
waste, 630
Within whose confines were these tripods plac'd.
Hid, for this cause, in earth the sumptuous prize
Hard by the fair Hyllean city lies;
Deep, deep it lies, with ponderous earth oppress'd,
That there unseen it might for ever rest.
King Hyllus, whom in sam'd Phœacia's shore
Fair Mclite to great Alcides hore,
To morral view as manifest no more,
Nausithciis, to youthful Hyllus kind,
■she heedless stripling in his courts.confin'd; 640
(l'"or, when to Macris' isle Alcides fled,
That far sam'd isle, which infant Bacchus fed,
To expiate his guilt, and walh the stain
Of blood yet streaming from his children slain,
Here as beside his favourite beach he rov'd,
The naiad Mclite he saw and lov'd,
The daughter of Ægtius fair and young,
Prom whose caresses hopeful Hyllus fprungO
But he, to manhood ripening, wifh'd to roam
Far from his sovereign's eye and regal home:
The native islanders augment his train, 651
And with their leader tempt the Chronian main.
Nuusitln iis complied with each demand,
And Hyllus settled on th' lllyric strand:
Hut as he strove his scatterM herd to shield,'
A boor's rude weapon stretch'd him on the field.
How cross these seas, how round th' Ausonian

And the JLigurian isles they plied their oars,
Yc muses tell: what tokens still remain
Of Argo's voyage, what her scats explain: 660
Hay, to what end, by what impelling gales
She o'er remotest seas unfurl'd her fails.

All-seeing Jove their perfidy discern'd. And for Absyrtus slain with anger burn'd. 33y Circe's mystic rites heaven's sire decreed 'she guilt to expiate of so base a deed. To sn(Tcririfis dire, but what no mortal knew, lie, cie they safe return'd, soredoom'd the crew,

Beyond the Hyllean land their course they

Remote the vist Liburnian isles apprar'd, 67c
J .ate sill'J with Colchians; Pitya lair,
And rocky Issa, are ihe names they bear.
These illands pasi, Cercyra's cliffs they greet,
Where dwelt (sorherc had Neptune chose her seat)

Cercyra; he, by tender passions sway'd,
From distant Phliuns fetch'd the blatk-cy'd maid;
Melainc her admiring sailor's name,
As through dark groves they view the swarthy

Fleet as the vessel fails before the wind,
Ccrossus, Mclite they leave behind. 680
Soon on Nymphxa, though remote, (he gains,
Where Atla* daughter, queen Calypso, reigns.
The crew conjectur'd, through far distant Ikies
They saw the tall Ceraunian mountains rife.
And now Jove's purposes and vengeful rage
Propitious Juno's anxious thoughts engage.
That every toil with glory might be crown'd,
And no disastrous rocks their ship surround,
She walc'd the brisker gales in Argo's aid,
Till in Electris' isle (he rode embay'd. 650
Sudden, the vessel, as she sail'd along,
Spoke, wondrous portent! as with human tongue:
Her sturdy keel of Dodoncan oak.
By Pallas vocal made, prophetic spoke.
This solemn voice sheok every heart with fear:
They deem'd the thunderer's jhreaten'd vengeacce

1 Expect,' fays Argo,1 storms and wint'ry seas, ''Till Circe's rites the wrath of Jove appease. * Ye guardian twins, who aid our great dcfipi, 'By humble pray'r the heavenly powers incline 'To steer me safe to each Ausonian bay, 7*t 'And to the haunts of Circe point my way.'

Thus Argo spoke, as night her shades displays: The sons of l.eda listen'd and obey'd. Before th' immortal powers their hands they spread; [dread. All, save these chiefs, were struck with silent The canvass, wide-distended by the gales. Swift down Eridanus the galley fails. Here Jove's dread bolt transsix'd the stripling'!

side, '719

Who greatly dar'd the car of Phœbus guide.
This flood receiv'd him; and the flaming wound
Still steams, and spreads offensive vapours round.
The feathery race, as o'er the flood they fly,
Wrapp'd in sulphureous exhalations die.
The poplar's winding bark around them spread,
Apollo's daughters wail their brother dead.
Down their fair cheeks bright tears of amber

Sink in the sand, and harden by the sun.
When boisterous winds the troubled waters urpe,
And o'er its bank ascends the swelling surge, 7M
These amber gems, swept by the tide away,
Their pearly tribute to the river pay.
But, down the stream, as Celtic legends tell,
she tears of Phœbus floated as they fell
In amber drops, what time from angry Jove
The god withdrew, and left the realms above:
To the fair Hyperborean race he fled,
Griev'd for his favourite, Æsculapius dead.
From fair Coronis sprung this godlike son,
Where Amyros' streams near i-acera'run. 7 30
Strangers to mirth, the pensive Mynians mule
On their hard lot, and strengthening food refuse.
Lothipg the stench these putrid streams emit,
Sickening and spiritless whole days they fit;

Wliole nights they heaf the sorrowing sister* tell,,
How by the bolts of Jove their brother fell.
Their mingled tears, as o'er the stream they weep,
Like drops of oil float down the rapid deep.
The Rhone's broad channel A.-go's keel divides,
Which mingles with Eridanus its tides: 740
There, where the confluent floods unite their force,
Boisterous they foam. The Rhone derives its

From caverns deep, which, far from mortal sight,
Lead to the portals and the realms of night.
Ore stream its tribute to th' Ionian pays,
One to the wide Sardinian ocean llrays;
Through seven wide mouths it disembogues its

Where foaming to the sea its streams divides.
This winding stream transmits th* adventurous

To Isles that dclug'd all the Celtic plain. 750

Difillrousfate had here their labour foil',),

And of her boasted prowess Argo fpoil'd,

(For through a creek to ocean's depths convey'd,

To fore destruction had the heroes stray'd);

But Juno hasten V from on high, and stood

On a tall rock, and shouted o'er the flood.

All heard, and all with sudden terror (hook:

For loud around them bursts of thunder broke.

Admonifb'd thus, submissive they r 'turn.

And steering back their better course discern. 760

Mid' Ccltz and Lugurians long they stray'd,

But rcach'd the sea-beat snore by Juno's aid:

O'er them each day her cloudy veil she drew,

And thus from human sight concral'd the crew;

Whose ship had now the broad mid channel pass'd,

And rode amid the Stœehades at last 1 [vain.

For Jove's twin sons had pray'd, nor pray'd in

Hmcc rear they altars, and due rites ordain

To these kind powers, whose influential aid

Not only Argo'sbold adventurerssway'd;

But later voyagers, by Jove's decree.

Have own'd their happy influence o'er the sea.

The Stcechades now lessening from their view,
Swift to Æthalia's isle the vessel slew, [lhore,
With chalks, that, as they cover'd, ting'd the
The heroes rubb'd their wearied bodies o'er.
Hue are their quoits and wond'rous armour

Here is their port display'd, Argoiis nam'd. '•
Hence sailing, they the Tyrrhene shore survey,
Ai through Ausonia's deeps they cleave their li-
quid way.

Ætas' celebrated port th»y reach, "Zi
And fasten here their hallers to the beach.
Hrre saw they Circe, as in ocean's bed,
Diunay'd with nightly dreams, she plung'd her

head. [%°'c For thus the sorceress dream'ds, that blood and Had fmear'd her walls, and flow'd around her


ThitiU her treasur'd stores were wrapp'din flame, ^"ith which she lur'd each passenger that came. Thttcopiim streams of blood her hand apply'd, And her fears vaniih'd as the ilaniei subside. *6jo Ft* thn the magic dame, as morning rose, 1 Wa&'d in the dcansingwave her locks *oi clothes,

Monsters, unlike the savage, bestial race,
Unlike to humankind in gait or face,
Limbs not their own support whose hideous frame
As sheep their shepherd follow, these their dame.
Such monsters once the pregnant earth disdos'd,
Of heterogeneous shape and limbs compos'd:
No drying wind» had then the foil candens'd,
No solar rays their genial warmth dispens'd; 800
But time perfection to each creature gave:
Monsters like these were seen in Circe's cave,
AU, stedfast gazing on her form and face,
Pronounc'd the sorceress of Æeta's race.
Those terrors vanifh'd, which her dream inspir'd,
Back to her gloomy cell the dame retir'd.
Close in her guileful hand she grasp'd each guest,
And bade them follow where her footsteps press'd.
The crowd aloof at Jason's mandate stay'd,
While he accompanied the Colchian maid. Bio
Together thus they Circe's steps pursue,
Till her enchanting cave arose in view.

Their visit's cause her troubled mind distress'd;
On downy feats she plac'd each princely guest.
They round her hearth sat motionless and mute:
(With plaintive suppliants such manners suit)
Her folded hands her blushing face conceal;
Deep in the ground he fix'd the murderous steel;
Nor dare they once, in equal sorrow drown'd,
List their dejected eyelids from the ground. 8jo
Circe beheld their guilt: she saw they fled
From vengeance hanging o'er the murderer's head.
The holy rites, approv'd of Jove, she pays:
(Jove, thus appeas'd, his hasty vengeance stays)
These rites from guilty ft ami the culprits clear,
Who lowly suppliant at her cell appear.
To expiate their crime in order due,
First to her shrine a sucking pig (he drew,
Whose nipples from its birth distended stood:
Its neck she struck, and bath'd her hands in
blood. 830
Next with libations meet and prayer she ply'd
Jove, who acquits the suppliant homicide
Without her door a train of naiads stand,
Administring whate'er her rites demand;
Within, the rUmc6, that round the hearth arise,
Waste, as she prays, the kneaded sacrifice:
That thus the furies' vengeful wrath might cease.
And Jove appeas'd, dismiss' them both in peace,
Whether they came to expiate the guilt
Of friends or strangers blood by treachery spilt.

Circe arose, her mystic rites complete, 84I And plac'd the princes on a splendid seat. Near them she fat and urg'd them to explain Their plan and progress o'er the dangerous main: Whence rose the wish to visit Circe's isle, And thus beneath her roof converse a while. For still on every thought the vision press'd, And its remembrance still disturb'd herrcU. Soon as the sorceress saw Medea raise 849 From enrrh those eyes which shot a beamy blaze, Anxious she wilh'd to hear her native tongue. Conjecturing from her f;ature« whence she lprung, For all hrl's race are beauteous as their fire; Their radiant eyes emit celestial sire. The willing maid complied with each demand] Aud in the language oi hsr uativfr land •

Her story told; each strange event deslar'd,
What countries they had seen, what dangers foar'd;
Her sister's counsels, how they fway'd her breast,
How with the sons of Phrixus (he transgresi'd,
How from her father fled, his threats difdain'd:
But still untold her brother's fate remain'd. t6z
His fate th' enchantress knew; no arts could

The murderous deed: she pitied and reply'd:

'Ah! wretch, dire mischiefs thy return await. 'Hope not to shun thy father's .vengeful hate; 'Resolv'd on right, he to the realms of Greece 'Will close pursue thee, nor his fury cease,

* Till he avenge the murder of his son: 8fio 'For deeds of blackest darkness hast thou done.

* But go, at once my kin and suppliant free, 'N >r fear additional distress from me.

* Thy lover hence, far hence thyself remove,

'Who ftorn'dst a father's for a vagrant's love.

* Hei e supplicate no more: my heart disclaims 1 Thy guilty wandering* and sinister aims.1

She spoke: the maid lamented; o'er her head Her veil flic cast, and many a tear flit (bed. Her trembling hand the hero rais'd with speed, And from the cave of Circe both recede. 880

By watchful Iris taught, Saturnia knew What time from Circe's cave they both withdrew. To mark their steps commission'd Iris staid, On,whom these fresh injunctions Juno laid: "Halle, Iris, now; thy pinions now expand, 'And besr once more Slturnia's dread command, 1 Go, Thetis rouse from ocean's dark retreat;

* Her potent aid my projects will complete.

* Spread then towards Vulcan's shores thy speedy

'wing, 889 'Where round his anvils ceaseless hammers ring.

* Bid him no more his boisterous bellows ply^ 'Till heaven-built Argo fail securely by.

* Then to the deity, whose sovereign sway

* Controuls the winds, whom raging storms obey, 'Haste; and request that every rising gale

'Be hulh'd, and silence o'er the seas prevail:
'That round the waves ferenest zephyrs play,

* Till Argo anchors in Phæacia's bay.'
She (aid: and Iris, pois'd on airy wings,

From the bright summit of Olympus fprwigs : 900
Descends impetuous down the Ægean deeps,
Where in his watery caverns Nereus sleeps.
To Thetis first repairs the winged maid;
Solicits and obtains her potent aid.
Vulcan (he humble prayer address'd;
The god'of fire complied with her request:
His bellows heave their windy fides no more,
Norhisihml anvils shake the distant shores
Her wants to Æolus stre next disejos'd:
And while her wearied limbs she here repos'd,
Thetis from all her naiad train withdrew, 911
And from her Nereus to Olympus flew.
Juno with transport hail'd her sea-born guest,
Whom near her throne slie seated, and address'd:
« O, hear my tale, bright goddess of the main:
'Thou know'st my care for Jason and his train;

* Thou know'st how Juno's arm alone upheld,

* And through the jutting rocks their fliip im


'Around whose fides fierce, fiery tempests rave;
'And the huge crag is whiten'd by the wave. 910
'Now mutt they fail near Scylla's awful height,
'And where the rock Charbydis forms a streight.
1 Thee yet an infant in my arms I press'd,
'And more than all thy sister-nymphs carefs'd.
'Revering me, the wife of sovereign Jove,
'Thou scorn'dst the tenders of fiis lawless love.
1 ( For him a mortal beauty now inflames,
1 And now he revels with celestial dames),
'And Jove, in vengeance for his slighted bed,
'Swore not a deity should Thetis wed. 93s
'Nor could the fervour of his love abate,
'Till Themis thus disclos'd the will of fate;
'That from thy womb in future times should

: Superior to his sire, an infant king.
'Dreading th' event, lest in some future day
1 This infant kin£ should claim celestial sway,
'Thee Jove abandon'u to secure his throne,
: And reign unrivaU'd.ever and ah-ne.
But, Jo I I gave, thy bridal bed to grace,
A mortal husband worthy thy embrace; 940
1 made thi e mother of a happy line.
And to thy nuptial' call''! th? powers divine.
Myself, in honour to tiie godlike pair,
J->eign*d en that day the bridal torch to bear.
Soon as thy Ion ^believe the truths you hear)
Shall in Elysium's blissful plains appear,
Whom kindly now the fostering naiads guard
In Chiron's mansion, of thy milk debarr'd,
In Hymen's lilken chains the hero led,
Must share the honours of Medea's bed. 950
Oh! be a mother's tendcrest care difplay'd,
Succour thy Pcleu«, and thy daughter aid,
Hath he transgrelVd? thy rising wrath subdue;
For Are's dire effects th' immortals rue.
Vulcan, I ween obsequious to my will
His sires will stifle, and his bellows still;
His boisterous wave will Æolus restrain,
And zephyrs only fan the curling main,
Till Argo anchors in Phscacia's bay.
But (helves and stormy seas obstruct her way;
These, these I dread; but with my train expert,
Be thine the care these mischiefs to avert. 96*
Safe from Charybdis' gulf the vessel guide,
Safe from loud Scylla's all-absorbing5 tide;
Scylla, the terror of Ansonia's shore,
Whom Phorcuns to internal Hecat bore,
Cratxis nam'd. Oh! summon all thy pow'r,
Lest her voracious jaws my chiefs devour.
Hope's cheerly dawn if haply thou discern,
Snatch from the watery grave the sinking stern.
"If 'tis resolv'd,'.' replies th' assenting queen,
• Tempests to curb, and oceans to serene, 97*
Fear not; but in my profler'd aid confide:
This arm (half convoy Argo o'er the tide.
1'he surge subsiding (hall confess my sway,
Whilejharmlcfs zephyrs round the canvass play.
Now must I traverse the wide fields of air,
And to my sister's crystal grots repair;
Request their aid, and hasten to the shores,
Where anchor'd Argo unmolested moors: 98a
That each brave comrade, at the dawn of day,
With heart elate may cleave the liquid way."

She^poke; and through th' aerial regions sped, 1 ben Id the pools of ocean plung'd her head. At Thetis' call 'he sister nereids came, And flock'd obedient round their oozy dame. Judo's commands she bade the sifters heed, And to th' Aufonian deep descend with speed.

Swifter than lightning, or than Phoebus' beams, The goddelt darted through the yielding streams; Till, sliding smooth beside the Tyrrhene strand, Her speeds footsteps press'd th' Æsen land- 991 Along the winding beach the Mynians stray, Ani while with quoits and darts their hours away. Here Thetis singled from the gallant band Wcleus her spouse, and press'd the hero's hand: Unseen by all the host, his band she press'd; Bj all, (ave Pelt us, whom she thus addreli'd:

'Uiiter not here; but with returning light * Unfurl your fails, nor Juno's counsels flight. loco 'Stic through th' Erratic rocks your ship to guide, 'Which frown tremendous o'er the tossing tide. 1 For this the sea-green sisters join their force, 'And smooth through dangerous seas your des

'tin d course. 'My form, what time we urge the foaming keel, 1 By you not unobserv'd, to none reveal; 'Leu, as before, your folly 1 chastise, [rise.' * And to more desperate heights my vengeauce

She said, and vanish'd to the deeps below. The wondering chief was pieic'd with keenest woe. 1010 For since the damr, with indignation hVd, Had from her Pcleus' hated bed retir'd, Unseen till now she lurk'd: the strife begun ••.it. this unweeting cause, her infant son. For, soon as night dissus'd its darkest shade, Her young Achilles o'er the flame, she laid, And, at return us day, with ceaseless toil Apply'd to all his limbs ambrosial oil, That youth might triumph o'er th' attacks of time, 1019 for creeping age impair his vigorous prime. Tbe father saw, as from his bed he rose, Fierce, ambient flames his infant's limbs enclose; And, as he gaz'd, his rueful cries confcfs'd I he boding sorrows of a parent's breast. Fcoll for hU queen, who heard her lord deplore, rulh'd in a rage her infant no the floor. Then fleet a* air, or like a dream of night, She Tanifh'd sudden from his odious sight, l'-ung'd in her fury down the whelming main, N ir e'er emerg'd she from the waves again. 1030 For this he sorrow'd: but each sage command Which Thetis gave, he told his gallant band. They heard, and from their sports retir'd in haste; Then slur'd recumbent, in a short repast. Sated, they catch the comforts of repose, TiB, every toil renewing, morn arose.

Soon as her radiant light illumin'd heav'n, Ani to their wish were breezy zephyrs giv'n, Quitting the land, they climb with nimble foet the lofty decks, and reassume their feat. 1940 ach to his toil returns alert and bold:

shej tear the griping anchor from its hold; They hoist the yard, their bracing ropes unbind, And fire the flapping canvass to the wind.

Swift fails the ship: soon to th' expecting crew
Anthemoessa's isle arose iu view.
The syrens here, from Acheloiis sprung,
Allure the loitering sailors with their tongue,
Who, fastening to the beach the corded stay,
Neglect their voyage, and attend the lay. 1050
What time to Acheloiis' longing arms
The muse Terpsichore resign'd her charms,
Their mutual love these wily songsters crown'd;
Who lur'd, in times remote, with tempting found,
Ceres' fair daughter, and fallacious show
A virgin-face, while wing'd like fowls they flew.
On a bright eminence the charmers stand.
And watch the vessels as they tug to land.
Full many a mariner their songs betray,
Who lists and lingers till he pines away. 1060
As Argo sail'd they rais'd their tuneful tongue; their halfers had the heroes hung,
But Thracian Orpheus wak'd his wonted fire,
And fung responsive to his heavenly lyre",
That each resounding chord might pierce their ear,
And none the music of the syrens hear.
Yet still they fung: still briskly, with the breeze,
The vessel tilted o'er the curling seas.
Butes alone became an easy prey,
Who all enraptur'd listen'd to their lay, 1070
Erect, above the rowing chiefs, he stood,
And frantic sprung into the faithless flood.
His helpless hands he rais'd, the ship to gain,
And, but for Venus' aid, had rais'd in vain:
She Eryx' honour'd queen, the wretch descry'd,
And snatch'd him floundering from the foaming

His kind protectress, as her course she bends
Where Lilybœum's ample cape extends.
This dire mishap dishearten'd all the band, 1079
Who row with vigour from the traiterous strand.

But other pests, more fatal to their freight, Threaten their progress to that dangerous streight, Where Scylla's rock projects its wave-worn side, And where Charybdis' gulf absorbs the tide. Dash'd by the driven waves the Planctæ roar'd, From whose cleft summits flames sulphureous pour'd.

Thick dusky clouds involve the darken'd skies,
And hid are Phœbus''splendours from their eyes.
Though Vulcan ceas'd from his assiduous toils,
The fires slash thick, and fervid ocean boils. 1090
Here o'er the sailing pine the nymphs preside.
While Thetis' forceful hands the rudder guide.
As oft in shoals the sportive dolphins throng,
Circling the vessel as she fails along,
Whose playful gambols round the prow and stern
The much delighted mariners discern;
Round Argo thus the toiling nymphs attend,
And, led by Thetis, their assistance lend.
O'crhanging black the rock's bleak brow they see,
And gird their azure vestures to their knee. 1100
Now here, now there, as danger warns, they glide,
And stem mid' crushing crags the troubled tide.
Pendent on mountain waves the vessel hung,
That piere'd her solid planks, and foam'd the

rocks among.
Above these rocks, here now the nereids rise,
And float on billows hid amidst the skies:

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