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C- COLUTHUS LTCOPOLITES.

THE RAPE OF HELEN, &c.

Y« cjmphs of Troy, for beauty fam'J, who trace

From Xinthus' fertile streams your ancient race, Of: on whose sandy banks your tires are laid,. And many a trinket which your bands have made, Wliat time to Ida's hallow'd mount ye throng, To join the festive choir in dance and song; No longer on your favourite banks repose, But come, the judgment of the swain disclose; Sir from what hills t° trackless deeps unknown, Roih'd with impetuous zeal the daring clown; 10 Sty to what end, with future ills replete, O'er distant oceans sail'd a mighty fleet; , What feu could this adventurous youth embroil, Sow discord's feeds, o'er what disastrous soil? Siy from what source arose the dire debate. Which swains could end and goddesses create. What his decision? Of the Grecian dame Who to the shepherd's ear convey'd the name? Speak, for ye saw, on Ida's still retreat, Judicial Paris fill his shepherd's seat; to Vans ye saw, the graces' darling queen, As on her judge approv'd (he smil'd serene.

What time Hxmonia's lofty mountains rung
With hymeneal songs for Pelcus song,
OScioos Ganymede, at Jove's request,
Supplied with sparkling wine each welcome guest p
And all the gods to Thetis' nuptials came,
Siller of Arophitrite, honour'd dame.
Earth-shaking Neptune left his azure main,
And Jove supreme forsook his starry plain: 30
From Helicon, with odorous stirubs o'erspread,
Th muses' tuneful choir Apollo led.
Hiai Juno follow d, wife of sovereign Jove: T
With harmony the smiling qu en of love f"
Hasten'd to join the gods of Chiron's festive s
grove. J
Cupid's full quiver o'er her shoulder thrown,
rersuasion folUw'd with a bridal crown.
Minerva, though to nuptial rites a foe,
Came; but no helmet nodded o'er her brow.
Disna to the Centaur's grove resorts, 40
And for one day forgets her rural sports.
Miiloofe locks soaking as the zephyr* play'd,
Hit long behind convivial Bacchus stay'd.

War's g<xii j, when to Vulcan's dome he sped,
Ho spear hi* hand sustained, no casque his bead,

Such now, without bis helmet or his lance,
Smiling be look d, and led the bridal dance.
But from these blissful scenes was discord warn'dj
Peleus rejected her, and Chiron seorn'd.

And by the gadfly stung, the heifer strays 50
Far from iu fields, through every devious maze;
Thus, stung with envy, discord roam'd, nor ceas'd
Her baneful arts to interrupt the feast.
Oft from her flinty bed she ruih'd amain,
Then stood, then sunk into her seat again:
With desperate hand she tore her snaky head.
And with a serpent-scourge see laso'd her flinty
bed.

To dart the sorky lightning, and command
FromJieU's abyss the Titans' impious band,
Jovefrom his throne with rebel arm to wrest, 60
Were projects form'd within the fury's breast.
But, though incens'd soe dreaded Vulcan's ire,
Who forms Jove's bolt, and checks the raging
fire,

Her purpose changing, she with'rattling arms
Dissension meditates and dire alarms;
If haply clattering soields can strike dismay,
And from the nuptials drive the gods away.
But Mars soe dreaded, oft in arms array'd,
And this new project with complacence weigh'J.
The burniso'd apples, rich with golden rind, 70
Growth of Hesperian gardens struck her mind.
Refolv'd contention's baneful seeds to sow,
She tore the blushing apple from its bough,
Grasp'd the dire source whence future battles
sprung,

And midst the gods the golden mischief flung.
The stately wife of Jove with wondering eyes
Beheld and wifh'd to grasp the golden prize.
Beauty's fair queen to catch the apple strove;
For *tis the prize of beauty and of love.
Jove mark'd the contest, and, to crush debate, 80
Thus counsel'd Hermes, who beside him fat:
'Paris, perchance, from Priam sprung, you
'know:

'His herds he grazes on mount Ida's brow,
'And oft conducts them to the dewy meads,
'Through which his streams the Phrygian Xan.

'thus leads: 'Show him yon prize, and urge him to declare 'Which of these goddesses he deems most fair: 'In whom, of all his matchless skill can trace

< The cic.fe arch'd eyebrow and the roundest face,

* On such a face, where bends the circling bow,

'The golden apple, beauty's prize, bestow.' 91 Thus spoke the sire: the willing son obey'd,

Arid to their judge the deities convcy'd.

Each anxious fair her charms to heighten tries,

•And dart new lustre from her sparkling eyes.

Her Tcil aside insidious Venus flung;

Loose from the clasp her fragrant ringlets hung;

She then in golden cauls each curl compress'd,

Summon'd her little love, and thus address'd: 'Behold, my sons, the hour of trial near! 100

* Embrace, my loves, and bid me banistt fear.

* This days decision will eahance my fame,

* Crown beauty's queen, or sink in endless shame.

* Doubting I stand, to whom the swain may say, 'Bear thou, most fair, the gulden prize away.

'Nurs'd was each grace by Juno's fostering hand;

* And crowns and sceptres shift at her com

'mand.

* Minerva dictates in th' embattled field;

* And heroes tremble when (he shakes her shield. ■ Of all the goddesses that rule above, II*

* Far most defenceless is the queen of love.

* Without or spear or shield must Venus live;

'And crowns and sceptres she has none to give.

* Yet why despair? Though with no faulchion

'grae'd,

'Love's silken chain surrounds my slender waist. 'My bow this cestos, this the dart I fling,

* And with this cestus I infix my sting.

* My sting infix'd renews the lover's pain,

* And Virgins languish but revive again.'

Thus to her loves the rosy-finger'd queen lio
Told all her fears, and vented all her spleen:
To every word they lent a willing ear,
Round their fond mother clung, and strove to
cheer.

And how they reach mount Ida's grassy steep,
Where youthful Paris feeds his father's sheep:
What time he tends them in the plains below,
Through which the waters of Anaurus flow,
Apart he counts his cattle's numerous stock,
Apart he numbers all his fleecy flock.
A wild goat's skin, around his shoulders cast, 130
Loose fell and flow'd below bis girded waist.

* A pastoral staff, which swains delight to hold,
His roving herds protected and controll'd.
Accoutred thus, and warbling o'er his song,
He to his pipe melodious pae'd along.
Unnotrcd oft, while he renews his lay,

His flocks desert him, and his oxen stray.
Swift to his bower retires the tuneful man,
To pipe the praise of Heroic and os Pan.
Sunk is each animal in dead repose i
Ho dog around him harks, no heifer lows:
Echo alone rebounds through Ida's hills.
And all the air wiih sounds imperfect fills.
The cattle, slunk upon their verdant bed,

* Close by their piping lord repose their head.
Beneath the shades which sheltering rhickets blend,
When Paris' eye approaching Hermes ken'd,
Back he retire*, with sudden fear impress'd,
And slums the presence of the heavenly guest;

To the thick shrubs his tuneful reed convert, jj» j And all unfinifh'd leaves his warbled lays, I Thus winged Hermes to the shepherd (aid,

Who mark'd the gods approach with silent dread s 'Dismiss thy fears, nor with thy flocks adult;

'A mighty contest Paris must decide.

'Haste, judge annonne'd; for whose decision wait

* Three lovely females, of celestial state.

'Haste, and the triumph of that face declare, 'Which sweetest looks, and fairest midst the fair: 'Let her, whose form thy critic eye prefers, l6»

* Claim beauty's prize, and be this apple hers.

Thus Hermes spoke; the ready swain obey'd, And to decide the mighty cause eflay'd. With keenest look he mark'd the heavenly diaa; Their eye«, quick flashing as the lightning's flame', Their snowy necks, their garments fring'd with gold,

And rich embroidery wrought in every fold; Their gait he mark'd, as gracefully they mov'd, And round their feet his eye sagacious rovM. But, ere the smiling swain his thoughts erpresi'd, Grasping his hand him Pallas thus address'd j 171 'Regard not Phrygian youth, the wife of Jo«,

* Nor Venus heed the queen of wedded love; 'But martial prowess if thy wisdom prize,

* Know, f possess it; praise me to the skies.

* Thee, fame reports, puissant states obey,

'And Troy's proud city owns thy sovereign Any; 'Her suffering sons thy conquering arm haB • shield,

'And stern Bellona shall to Paris yield.

'Comply ; her succour will Minerva lend, 180

'Teach thee war's science, and in fight defend.'

Thus Pallas strove to influence the swain, Whose favour Juno thus attempts to gain:

• Should'st thou with beauty's prize my chanm 'reward,

'AU Asia's realms shall own thee for their lord.

* Say, what from battles but contention springs' 'Such contests shun; for what are wars to Icings! 'But him, whose hands the rod of empire sway, 'Cowards revere, and conquerors obey.

* Minerva's friends are oft Bellona's slaves, lac 'And the fiend slaughters whom the goddefi

'saves.'

Proffers of boundless sway thus Juno made; And Venus thus, contemptuous smiling, said; But first her floating veil aloft she threw, And all her graces to the shepherd shew; Loosen'd her little loves' attractive chain, Aud tried each art to captivate the swain.

'Accept my boon' (thus spoke the smiutj dame),

'Battles forget, and dread Bellona's name. 'Beauty's rich meed at Venus' hand receive, 1 And Asia's wide domain to tyrants leave. 30) 'The deathfu} fight, the din of arras I fear; ■' Can Venus' hand direct the martial spear? 'Women with beauty stoutest hearts ass.u'1, 'Beauty, their best defence, their strongest mail. 'Prefer domestic ease to martial strife, 1 And to exploits of war a pleasing wife. 'To realms extensive Helen's bed prefer, 'And scaff at kingdoms, when oppos'd to her.

1 Thy price with en»y Sparta shall survey, 310 1 And Troy to Paris tune the bridal lay.

The ihephcrd, who astonish'd stood acd muu, Conufu'd to Venn* the Hesperian Um, The claim of beauty, and the source of woei; For dire debates from this decision rose. Uplifting in her hand the glowing prize, She rallied thus the vanquished deities:

'To me, ye martial dames, the prize resign; 1 Beauty I court, and beauty's prize is mine. 'Mother of mighty Mars and Vulcan too, 330 'Fame fays, the choir of rrices sprung from 'you:

'Vet distant far, this day, your daughters stray u, 1 And Do one grace appear'd to lend you aid. 1 Man too dcclin'd t' assert his mother's right, 1 Though oft his brandish'd sword decides the •fight,

'His boasted flames why could not Vulcan cast, 'Aid at one blaze his mother's rivals blast? 'Vain are thy triumphs, Pallas, vain thy scorn; 'Thou, not in wedlock, nor of woman horn. Jove'.- teeming head the monstrons birth con

'tains, 3 JO

'And the barb'd iron ripp'd thee from his brains. 'Brac'd with th' unyielding plaits of ruthless

'mail,

'She curses Cupid and the silken veil.

1 Connubial bliss and concord she abhors,

'In discord glories, and delights in wars.

'Yet know, virago, not in feats of arms

1 Triumph weak women, but in beauty's charms.

'Nor men nor women are those muugrels base,

1 Like you, equivocal in form and face.' 339

la terms like these the laughter-loving queen Rallied her rivals, and increas'd their spleen, As, lifting high, she view'd with secret joy Her beauty's triumphs, and the bane of Troy. Infpir'd with love tor her, the fair unknown, By beauty's conquering queen pronoune'd his own,

IB-fated" Paris to the forest's maze
Men vers'd in Pallas' various arts conveys.
At Pericles' command they give the blow,
•And lay the glories of the forest low.
He, artist fam'd, his frantic prince obey'd, ajo
And burden'd ocean wi:h the ships he made.
From Ida's summits rush'd the daring swain,
And to its bowery shades preferr'd the boisterous
main.

Th' extended beach with choice oblations stor'd,
And his protectress Venos oft implor'd.
The billowy deep his furrowing keel divides,
And in the Hellespont his vessel rides.
But prodigies announce approaching ill,
And with presages fad each bosom sill. 359
L'p-heaving waves heaven's starry concave shroud,
And round each Bear is cast a circling cloud.
Cloud* and big waves dilcharge their watery
stores j

Full or the deck the bursting torrent pours.
Their sturdy oars with unabating sweep
Far whitening agitate the angry deep.
Dardinui pass'd, and llion's fertile plains,
Ac aoujii of lsinaxus' lake th' adveaturer gains.

Now. far remote, they view Pangræa's height:
Now Phillis'rising tomb attracts their sight,
And the dull round she nine times trod lo vain,
To view the faithless wanderer again. %Jl
Hsemonia's meads remote, the Trojan spies
Th' Aebaian cities unexpected life:
Phthia, with heroes far renown'd replete;
Mycenæ, fam'd for many a spacious street.
Beside the meads, where Erymanthus glides, . .
Sparta aspires, that boasts her beauteous brides;
Sparta with joy th' expecting swain survey'd,
l.av'd by Eurotas, by Atrides sway'd.
Nor distant far, o'ershaded by a wood, 380
Beneath a mountain's brow Therapnæ stood.
Short was their voyage now: the bending oar
Was heard to lash the foamy surge no more.
The sailors, safe embosom'd in the bay,
Firm to the beach confine the corded stay.
In purifying waters plung'd the swain,
And, rising thence, pae'd flowly o'er the plain;
For much he fear'd, lest his incautious tread
O'er his wafh'd feet the fpattei'd mire should
spread:

Or lest hi" hair, beneath his casque confin'd, 390 ,

Should, if he ran, be ruffled with the wind.

The city's splendour Paris' eye detains,

The citizen's abodes, and glistering fanes. ,

Here Pallas' form, in mimic gold pourtray'd,

Here Hyacinthus' image he survey'd.

Him with delight the Amiclæans view'd,

Pursuing Phœbus, and by him pursu'd;

But, sore displeas'd at jealous Zephyr's spite,

They urg'd the stripling to unequal fight;

For Phoebus' efforts ineffectual prov'd, 30s>

To save from Zephyr's rage the youth he lov'd.

Earth with compassion heard Apollo's cries, .

And from her bosom bade a flower arise,

His favourite's name, imprefs'd upon whose

icaf,;

Still, as the god contemplates, sooths his grief. .
Now Priam's son before At rides' dome
Exulting stood in beauty's purple bloom.
Not Scmcle, by Jove's caresses won,
On Jove bestow'd so beautiful a sun:
(Forgive me, Bacchus, feed of Jove supreme)
Such peerless graces round his person beam. 311
Touch'd by fair Helen's hand, the bolts recede;
She to the spacious hall repair'd with speed:
Her forni distinct th' unfolded portaLs (how;
She looL'd, she ponder'd, and again withdrew.
Then on a radiant scat she bade him rest,
And, still insatiate, gaz'd upon her guest.
Awhile she likens him in graceful mien
To love, attendant on the Cyprian queen.
But "tis not love,, flic recollects agaii;
Nor bow nor qiiiver deck this gallant swain.
'Tis Bacchus sure, the god of wine, she said;
For o'er his cheeks a rosy bloom i> spread.
Daring at length her saultering voice to raise,
She thus exprcssM her w onder'and her praise:
'Whence art thou, stranger? whence thy
* comely race?
'Thy couutry tell me, and thy natal place.
'In thee I mark the majesty of kings:
But not from Greece, thy lofty lineage springs;

'Not sandy Pyle thine origin can show; 33s

■ I know not thee, though Neslor's Ion I know.

■ Phthia, the nurse of heroes, train'd not thee j

* For known are all ih' Æacidx to me,

* Peleus, and Telamon renown'd in sight,

■ Patroclus' courtesy, Achilles' mij>ht.'

Inspir'd by love, thus spoke the gentle dame; And he thus answering, fann'd the rising flame: "If e'er recording same, illustrious maid, 338 "Hath to thine car gre.it I lion's name convey'd, "Ilion, whose walls on Phrygian frontiers stand,

* Rear'd by Apollo's and by Neptune's hand; "Him if thou know'st, most opulent of kings,

"Who reigns o'er Ilion, and from Saturn springs;

"I to hereditary worth aspire;

u The wealthy Priam is my honour'd sire,

11 My high descent from Dunlanus I prove;

"And ancient Dar-thnus descends from Jove.

"Th' immortals thus forsake the realms of light,

"And mix with mortab in the social rite.

"Neptune and Phcc'ous thus forsick the sphere,

"Firm on its base my native Troy to rear. 351

"But know, on three fair goddesses, of late,

"Sentence I pass'd, and dos'd the long debate.

"On Venus, who with charms superior shone,

"I lavish'd praises, and conferr'd my boon.

"The Cyprian goddess, plcas'd with my decree,

"Reserv'd this rccompcnce, O queen, for me;

** Some faithful fair, possess'd of heavenly charms,

■ Should, she protested, bless my longing arms;

"Helen her name, to beauty's queen ally'd; 360 *' Helen, for thee I stemm'd the troubled tide.

Unite we now in Hymen's mystic bands: "Thus love inspires, and Venus thus commands. ** Scorn not my suit, nor beauty's queen despise: TM More need I add to influence the wile? "For well thou know'st, how dastardly or basil

* Is Menelaus's degenerate race.

"And well I know, that GræciVs ample coast "No fair like thee, for beauty sam'd, tan boast."

He said: on earth her sparkling eyes she cast, Embarrass'd paus'd awhile, and spoke at last: 371

'To visit Ilion, and her towers survey,

* Rear'd by the god of ocean and of day,

* (Stupendous labours by celestials wrought)

'Hath oft, illustrious guest, employ'dmy thought,

* Oft have I wilh'd to saunter o'er the vales,

* Whose flowery pasture Phœbus' flocks regales; 'Where, beneath Ilion's walls, along the meads,

* The shepherd-god his low ing oxen feeds.

« To Ilion I'll attend thee: haste, away; 380

* For beauty's queen forbids our long delay.

* No husband's threats, no husband's search I

'dread,

* Though he to Troy suspect his Helen fled.'

The Spartan dame, of matchless charms possess'd,

Proffer'd these terms to her consenting guest. Night, which relieves our toils, when the bright fun.

In ocean funk, his daily course has run,
Now gives her softest slumbers, ere the ray
Of rising morn proclaims th' approach of day.
Two gates of airy dreams she opens wide; 390
Of polife'U horn it this, where truths abide:

Voices divine through this mysterious gate
Proclaim th' unalterable will of fate.
But through the ivory-gate incessant troop
Of vain, delusive dreams, a faithless group.
Helen, sedue'd from Menelaus' bed,
Th' a !venturous shepherd to his navy led:
To Troy with speed he bear* the fatal freight;
For Venus' proffers confidence create.

At morning's dawn Hermione apt ears, 4:0
W ith tresses discompos'd and bath'd in tears;
She rous'd her menial train, and thus express'd
The bodmg sorrows of her troubled breast:

* Where, fair attendants, is my mother fled, 'Who left me steeping in her lonely bed? 'For yesternight (he took her trusty key, 'Turn'd the strong bolt, and slept secure with me.' Her hapless sate the pensive train deplore, And in thick circles gather round the door; Here all contend to moderate her grief, 4I0 And by their kind condolence give relief: 'Unhappy princess, check the rising tear; 'Thy mother, alilent now, will soon appear.

* Soon as thy sorrow's bitter source she knows, 'Her speedy presence will dispel thy woes.

'The virgin.check, with sorrow's weight o'er• come,

'Sinks languid down, and loses half its bloom. 'Deep in the head the tearful eye retires,

* There sullen fits, nor darts its wonted fires. 419 1 Eager, perchance, the band of nymphs to meet, 'She saunters devious from her favourite seat,

'And, of some flowery mead at length possess'd, 'Sinks on the dew-bespangled lawn to rest. 'Or to some kindred stream perchance she strays, 'Bathes in Eurotas' streams, and round its mar

'Why talk ye thus?' (the pensive maid replies, The tears of anguish trickling from her eyes) 'She knows each roseate bower, each vale and 'hill,

'She knows the course of every windingrill. 'The stars are set; «n rugged rocks she lies: 43* 1 The stars are up; nor does my mother rise. 'What hills, what dales thy devious steps detain? 'Hath some relentless beast my mother slain? 1 But beasts, which lawless round the forest rove, 1 Revere the sacred progeny of Jove. [brow, 'Or art thou fall'n from some steep mountain's 'Thy corse conceal'd in dreary dells below?

* But through the groves, with thickest foliage

1 crown'd, sgrocud, 1 Beneath each (hrivcIPd leaf that strews the 'Assiduous have I sought thy corse in vain: 44* ( Why should we then the guiltless grove arraign? 'Bat have Eurotas' streams, which rapid flow, 'O'erwhehned thee bathing in its deeps below 'Yet in the. deeps below the Naiads live, 'And they to womankind protection give.' Thus spoke she sorrowing, and reclin'd-her

head,

And sleeping seem'd to mingle with the dead;
For sleep his elder brother's aspect wears,
Lies mute like him, and ondisturb'd by caret.
Hence the swoln eyes of females, deep distrets'd,
Oft, when the tear is trickling, sink to rest. AS1

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