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Reason'atone his upright judgment guides, He hears impartial, and for truth decides; Thus he determines from a fense profound,' And of contention heals the poi:>'nuus wound. Wise kings, when subjects grow in suction strong, first calm their minds, and then redress their wrong, 141 By their good counsels bid the tumult cease, "And looth contending parties into peace: s His aid with duteous rev'rence they implore, And as a grd their virtuous prince adore: . From whom the muses love such Mt flings flow, 'To them a righteous prince the people owe. From Jove, great origin, all monarchs spring, From mighty Jove of kings himself the king; From the Pierian maids, the heav'nly nine, 150 And from Apollo, sire of verse divine, Far shooting deity whose beams inspire, The poets spring, and all who strike the tyre. Bless'd whom with eyes of love the muses view, Sweet flow his words, gentle as selling dew. Is there a man by rising woes oppress'd, "Who feels the pangs of a distracted breast, tet'bftt the hard, who serves the nine, rehearse The acs* os heroes pass'd, the theme fur verse, Or if the praise of gods~. who pass their days 160 In cndless «sc above, adorns the lays, The pow'rful words administer relief, And freim the wounded mind expel the grief; Such are the charms which to the hard belong, A gift from gods deriv'd, the pow'r of song.

Hail maids celestial, feed of heav'n's great king, Hear, nor unaided let the poet sing, Inspire a lovely lay, harmonious nine, My theme th' immortal gods, a race divine, Of tai th, of heav'n which lamps of Hght adorn, And of old fable night, great parents born, 171 And, after, nourith'd by the briny main: Hear grddefles, aud aid the vent'rotis strain; . Say whence the deathless gcMs receiv'd their birth, And next relate the origin t.f earth, Whence the wide sea that spreads from snore to sliore,

Whose surges foam with rage, and billows roar, Whence rivers which in various channels flow. And whence the stars which light the world below,

And whence the wide expanse os heav'n, and whence 180

The god's, t>> mortals who their good dispense;

Say how from them our honours we receive,

And whence the pow'r that they our wants relieve;

How they arriv'd to the ethereal plains,
And took possession of the fair domains:
With these, Olympian mind*, n y breast inspire,
And to the end support the sacred fire,
In order all from the beginning trace,
From the first parents of the num'rous rare.

Chaos, <>f all the origin, gave birth 1E0
First to hor 1'ffppring the wide bofbm'd earth,
The feat secure of all the god.*, who now
PcflWs Olympus ever cloth'd with snow;
Th' abodes of Hell from the fame fountain rife,
A gloomy jand thai subterranean, lies;

And hence does I.ove his ancient tirftii^e'trace.,

txctjliug fair of all th* immortal rice f'

At'his approach all care ischas'd awajr,':

Nor can the wisest pow'r resist his sway;

Nor mau, nor god, his mighty force restrains, 20O'

Alike in ev'ry breast the godhead reigns:

And Erebn*, black son, from Chaos came, -f—

Born with his sister Night, a fable dame.

Night bore, the produce of her am'rous play With iirebu=, the sky, and cheerful day.

Earth first an equal to herself in same Brought forth, that covers all the starry frame, The spacious heav'n, of gods the safe domain, Who live in endless bliss, exempt from paiti; From her the lofty hills, and ev'ry grove, 2IO Where nymphs inhabit, goddesses, and rove: Without the mutual joys of love (he bore The barren Sea, whose whit'ning billows roar.

At length the Ocean, with his pools profound, Whose whirling streamspursoe their rapid round, Of Heaven and Earth is born; Cirug his birth From them derives, and Creus, sons of Earth; Hyperion and'Japhet, brothers, join: y Thta, and Khea, of this ancient line Slo v

Deseend; and Themis boasts the source divin y
And thou, Mnemosyne, and Phcebe crowti'd
With gold, and Tcthys for her charms renown'd;
To these successive wily Saturn came,
As lire and son in each a barb'rous name.
Three sons are sprung from Heav'n and Earth's,
embrace,

The Cyclops bold, in heart a haughty race,
Brontes, and Steropes, and Arges brave.
Who to the handscf Jove the thunder gave;
They for almighty pow'r did lightning frame,
All equal to the grd* themselves in fame; 230
One eye was plac'd, a large round orb,and bright,
Amidst their forehead to receive the light;
Hence were they Cyclops cali'd; Qrzat was their
Skill,

Their strength, and vigour, to perform their will.
The fruitful Earth by Heav'n conctiv'd again,
And for three mighty sons the rending pain
She fuffcr'd; Cottus, terrible to name, *
Gyges, and Briareus, of equal fame;
Conspicuous above the relt they fhin'd,
Of body strong, magnanimous of mind, 240
Fifty large Heads their lusty shoulders bore,
And, dang'rous to. approach, hands fifty more: .
Oi all from Heav'n, their fire, who took their
birth,

These wire most dreadful of the son« of Earth;
Their cruel father, from their na'al hour,
With bate pursued them, to his utmost pow'r; -
He from the parent womb did all convey
Into some secret cave remote from day:
The tyrant father thus his soils oppress'd,
And evil meditations fill'd his breast. 450
Earth deeply groan'd for these her fonsconfin'd,
And vengeance for their wrongs employ'd her
mind;

She yields black iron from her fruitful vein,
And of it forms an instrument of pain;
Then to her children thus, the silence broke.
Without reserve the deeply sighing spake.

My sent, descended from a barb'rous sire, Whose evil acts our breads to vengeance fire, Arentive to my friendly voice incline: TV aggressor he, and to revenge be thine. s6c

The D »1 proposal they astomsh'd hear j Herimrdspossett them with a silent fear; , a: bit, whom no deceit can blind.

To her responsive, thus declar'd his mind:

Matron, lor us the throwing pangs who bore,
Mxh lave we suffer**!, but will bear no more;
li Cjib as lathers ought our will not be,
The came of father is no tie to me;
Patient of wrongs if they th' attempt decline,
Th* aggressor he. all to revenge be mine. 270
Eirtn greatly joy'd at what hi* words reveal'd,
Acd ia cir.fr ambush from him all conccal'd;
Artu'd with the crooked instrument she made,
She'.'.ugh: him to direct the fharp-tooth'd blade.
Great Heav'a approach'd beneath the veil of
Visit,

PrapoUag from his consort, Earth, delight;
As in (nil length the god extended lay,
No fraud Inspecting in his am'rous play,
Oof rnfh'd his son, complotter with his wife, ~y
Hm right hand gratp'd the long, the fatal knife, C
His left the channel of the feed of life, 281J
Which from the roots the rough-tooth'd metal
tore,

Ard bath'd his fingers with his father's gore;
He throw'd behind the source of Heav'n's pain;
Vat fell the ruins of the god in vain:
TteUigoine drops which from the members fall,
The terrue earth receives, and drinks them all:
Heicc a the end of the revolving year,
*;/!ip» aiighty giants, pow'rful w ith the spear,
SoisJog m arina; the Furies took their birth 290
Hence,arui the Wood-nymphs of thefpacioutcarth.
Saturn the parts divided from the wound,
t-poilsof hi* parent god, cast from the ground
toco the lei; long through the watery plain;
They journcy'd un the surface of the maiu:
Irutial at length th' immortal subltance grows,
Vss'aing it foams, and in a circle flows;
£ehsid a nymph arise divinely fair,
*"ieai to Cythtra first the surges bear;
Ktire is she borne, safe o'er the dees * profound 300
Tj Cyprus, water'd by the waves around:
Aidhere she walks endow'd with every grace
To charm, the goddess blooming in her face;
He: kuksfktemand respect, and where she goes
learath her teuoer sect the herbage blows;
•Ai.c Aphrodite, from the foam her name,
A-_orjg the race of gods and men the fame;
Arl Cytherea from Cythera came;
Wietce, beauteous crown'd fbe safely cross'd the
fe.,

A«4 all'd, O Cyprus, Cypria from thee; 310
K-r Wsi by Philomcdca kftywn on earth,
A tame ileriv'd immediate from her birth:
Her soft attendants to th' immortal choir
*bere Love, the oldest god, and fair Desire:
The virgin whisper, and the tempting smile,
Tht sweet allurements that can hearts beguile,

Blandishments which never fail to move,
J '•eadjaip, and all tin food deceits in lgve,

Constant her steps pursue, or Will she go
Among the gods above, or men below. 320
Great Heaven was wrath thus by his sons to
bleed,

And caU'd tiieni Titans from the barbarous deed;
He told them all, from a prophetic mind,
The hours of his revenge were sure behind.

Now darksome Night fruitful begun to prove,
Without the knowledge of connubial love;
From her biack womb sad Destiny aud Fnte,
Death, Sleep, and nuiu sous Dreams, derive their
date:

With Morous the darh goddVss teems again,
And Care the mother of a doleful train; 33"J
Th' Hesperides she bore, far in the leas,
Guard* of the golden fruit, and fertile trees!
From the lame parent sprung the rig'rous three,
The goddesses «f Fate and Destiny,
Clotho and J.achcsis, whose boundless sway,
With Atropcn both men and gods obey;
1*0 human race they, from their birth ordain
A life of pleasure, or a life of pain;
To llav'ry or to empire, such their pow'r,
They fix a mortal at hi*natal hour; 340
The crimes of men and gods the Facet pursue,
And give to each alike the vengeance due;
Nor can the greatest their resentment fly,
They punish e'er they lay their anger by;
And Nemesis from the fame fountain role,
From hurtful Night, herself the source of woes:
Hence Fraud and locle Desire the bane of life,
Old age vexatious, and corroding Strife.

From Strife pernicious painful labour rose,
Oblivion, famine, and tormenting woes; 3fO
Hence combats, murders, wars,and st^ughters rile.
Deceits aud quarrels, and injurious lies;
Unruly licence hence that knows no bounds,
Aud losses spring, and sad domestic wounds;
Hence perjury, black perjury, began,
A crime ddlruciive to the race of man.

Ole) Nereusto the Sea was born of Earth, Nereus who claims the precedence in birth To their descendants; him old god they call, Because sincere and assable to all; jf» In judgment moderation he preserves, And never from the paths ot justice swerves. Thaumas the great from the lame parents came, Phorcys the strong, and Ccto beauteous dame: To the fame sire did Earth Euribia bear, As iron hard her heart, a cruel fair.

Doris to Nereus bore a lovely train. Fifty fair daughters, wand'rera of the main; A beauteous mother she, of Ocean born, Whose graceful heaJ the comly'st locks adorn: 370 Proto, Euerate, nymphs begin the line, Sao to whom, and Amphitritc join; Eudore, Thetis, and Ga.ene, grace, With Glauce, aud Cymothoe, the race; Swift-tooted Spio hence derives her birch, With thee, Thalia, ever prone Co mirth; And Mclitc, charming in mien to !ee, Did the lame mother bear F.uiimcne, Agave too, Pasichca and thee; From whom sprung Eraco, Eunice you, 38© With aims appearing of a rosy hue;

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Doto and Proto join the progeny,

With them Pherusa and Dunamene;

"Nisea and Actea boast the same,

Protomedia from the fruitful dame,

And Doris honour'd with maternal name;

And hence does Panope her lineage trace,

And Galatea with a lovely face |

And hence Hippothoe who sweetly charm*,

And thou Hipponoe with thy rosy arms: 390

And hence Cymodoce the floods who binds,

And with Cymatolege stills the winds;

With them the power does Amphitrite share,

Of all the main the lovely'st footed fair;

Cumo, Heione, and Halimed

With a sweet garland that adorns her head,

Boast the fame rife, joyful Olauconome,

Pontoporea, and Liagore;

Fvagore, Laomedia join,

And thou Polynome, the num'rous line; 4C0

Autonoe, Lysianassa, name.

Sisters descended from the fertile dame;

In the bright list Evarne fair we find,

Spotless the nymph both in her form and mind,

And Psamathe of a majestic mien:

And thou divine Mcnippe there art seen;

To these we Neso add, Eupompe thee,

And thee Themisto next, and Pron*e;

Memertes, virgin chaste, completes the race, 410

Not last in honour, though the last in place;

Her breast the virtues of her parent fire,

Her mind the copy of her deathless fire.

From blameless Nercus these, the fruits of joy,

And goodly offices the nymphs employ.

Of Ocean born, Electre plights her word To Thaumas, and obeys her rightful lord; Iris to whom, a goddess swift, she bears; From them the Harpies, with their comely hairs, Descend, Aello who pursues the wind. And with her sister leaves the birds behind; 410 Ocypete the other; when they fly, They seem with rapid wings to reach the sky.

Ceto to Phorcya bore the Graiz, gray From the first moment they beheld the day; Hence gods and men these daughters Graiz*} name;'

Pcphredo lovely vcil'd from Ceto came, s

And Enyo with her sacred veil: the same 3

To Phorcys bore the Gorgons, who remain
Far in the feat of night, the distant main, 429
Where, murm'ring at their talk, th' Hesperidei
Watch o'er the golden frnit, and fertile trees:
The number of the Gorgons once were three,
Stheno, Medusa, and Euryale;'
Of which two sisters draw immortal breath,
I'rec from the fears of age as free from death;
But thou Medusa felt apow'rsul foe,
A mortal thou, and born to mortal woe;
Nothing avail'd of love thy blissful hours,
In a soft meadow, on a bed os flow'rs,
Thy tender dalliance with the ocean's king, 44s)
And in the beauty of the year the spring;
You by the conqu'ring hand of Perseus bled,
Perseus whose sword laid low in dust thy head;
Then started out when you began to bleed,
The great Chrysler, and the gallant tteed

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Call'd Pegasus, a name not giv'n in vain,
Born near the fountains of the spacious main.
His birth will great Chrysaor's name unsold, .
When in his hand glitter'd the sword of gold;
Mounted on Pegasus he soar'd above, 450

And sought the palace os Almighty Jove;
Loaded with lightning through he skies he rode.
And bore it with the thunder to the god.

Chrysaor, love the guide, Calliroe led,
Daughter of Ocean, to the genial bed;
Whence Geryon sprang, fierce with bis triple

head;
Whom. Hercules laid breathless on the ground,
In Erythea which the waves surround;
His oxen lowing round their master stand,
While he falls gasping from the conqu'ror'a

hand: That fatal day beheld Eurytion fall, 461

And with him Orthus in a gloomy stall;
By his strong arm the dog and herdsmen slain,
The hero drove the oxen cross the main;
The wide-brow'd herds he to Tiryntha* bore.
And safely landed on the sacred shore.
Calliroe in a cave conceiv'd again,
And for Ehidna bore maternal pain;
A monster she of an undaunted mind.
Unlike the gods, nor like the human-kind; 47*
One half a nymph of a prodigious size,
Fair her complexion, aud asquint her eyes;
The other half a serpent dire to view,
Large, and voracious, and of various hue;
Deep in a Syrian rock her horrid den,
From the immortal gods remote, and men;
There, so the council of the gods ordains,
Forlorn, and ever young, the nymph remains.

In love Echidna with Typhaon join'd,
Outrageous he, and blust'ring as the wind; 48*
Of these the offsprings prov'd a furious race;
Orthus, the produce of the first embrace.
Was vigilant to watch his master's herd,
The dog of Geryon and a trusty guard:
Next Cerberus, the dog of Pluto, came,
Devouring direful of a monstrous frame;
From fifty heads he barks with fifty tongues,
Fierce and undaunted with his brazen lungs:
The dreadful Hydra rose from the fame bed,
In Lerna by the fair-arm'd Juno bred, 400

Juno, with hate implacable, who strove
Against the virtues of the son of Jove;
But Hercules, with lolaus join'd,
Amphitryon's race, and of a martial mind,
Bless'd with the counsel of the warlike maid,
Dead at his feet the horrid monster laid:
From the fame parents sprung Chimxra dire,
From whose black nostrils issued flames of fire;
Strong and of size immense; a monster she,
Rapid in flight, astonishing to seo; 5C0

A lion's head on hrrtatrge shoulder's grew,
The goat's and dragon's terrible to view;
A lion she before in mane and throat,
Behind a dragon, in the midst a goat;
Her Pegasus the swift subdued in flight,
Back'd by Belletophon a gallant knight.

From Orthus and Chimera, foul embrace,
Is Sphinx dcriv'd, a monster to the race

Os Cadmos fatal; from the seme dire vein*
Sprang the stern ranger of Ncmean plains,
Tec lion ocuriih'd by the wife of Jove,
Permitted lord of Treturn's mount to rove;
Kra.cj he, ud Apefas, commands,
Alarms the people, and destroys their lands;

lc Hercuki it last a foe he found,

Aodsiaenhis arm receiv'd a mortal wound.
Ceta sad Phoreys both reoew'd their flame;

Tnan«hkh anviur a horrid serpent came;

Via itff, while in a spacious cave he lies, Watchful o'er all the golden fruit his eyes, jao

Tcthysand Ocean, born of heav'n, embrace,
Whence springs the Nile, and along wat'ry race,
Alpbrns, u>d Eridamua the strong,
1 hat rises deep, and stately rolls along,
Strymaa, Mz&ndWr, and tiie Ister clear;

Kor, ProtL., are thy streams omitted here;
To tot seme rife Rhesus hia current owes,

And Acheloas that like silver flows;

Hence Ncffov takes his course, and Rhodius,
W/tn Hatiacmoo and Hcpt&porus; .530
To these the Gratiic and Æl'apus join,
Hemss to these, and Simois divine,
Pet cm, and the Caic flood that laves
The verdant margins with his beauteous waves;
The great Sangarius, and the Laden, name,
Partheniu*. and Evenus, streams of fame,
And you, Ardefcus, boast the fruitful line,
And Lastly you Scamendcr the divine,
hem the fame parents, fertile pair, we trace

A jiogeny of nymphs, a sacred race; 540

Who, Irctn their birth, o'er all mankind the care

With the great king Apollo jointly share;

In this is Jove, the god of gods, obey'd.
Who grant* the livers all to lend their aid.
7he nymphs from Tethys, and old Ocean, these,
Pitho, Admete, daughters of the seas,
lasthc and EUctra, nymphs of fame.
Doris and Prymno, and the beauteous dame
Urania, as a goddess fair in face;
Hexce Hippo, and hence Clyniene we trace, 550

Aad tbou, Rodia, of the num'rous race;

Zcuo to these succeeds Callirue,

Ope, Idya, and Pasithoe;

Piexacre here, and Gaiaxaure join,

Aad lovely Dion of a lovely nine;

Moloboiu and Thoe add to these,

Asd charming Polydora form'd to please,

Ccrces whose beauties all from nature rise,

And Pluto with her large majestic eyes;

Perfeis, Xanthe, in the list we see,

And Ianira, and Acaste thee;

Meaesiho, nor Europa, hence remove,

Nor Metis, nor Petrxa raising love;

Crisie and Asia boast one ancient sire,

With fair Calypso, object of desire,

Teseftho, safiroii veil'd, Eurynome,

Ecdore, Tyche, and Ocyroe, •

And thou Amphiro of the source divine,

Aad Styx exceeding all the lovely line:

These are the sons first in the list of fame, 570}

And daughters,which from ancientOcean came, V

Aad fruitful Tethys, venerable dame: 3 Thctfands of streams which flow the spacious earth

Crea Tethys, and her sons, deduce their birth;

Numbers of tides sire yielded to her lord,
Too many for a mortal to record;
But they who on or near their borders dwell,
Their virtues know, and can describe them well.

The fruits of Thia and Hyperion rise,
And with refulgent lustre light the fleies, 58*
"she great, the glorious fun transcending bright.
And the fair splendid moon the lamp us night;
With, them Aurora, when whose dawn appears,
Who mortal men and gods immortal cheers.

To Creus, her elpous'd, a son of earth, Euryhia gave the great Astraeiis birth; Pcrfes from them, of all most skilful came, And Pallai first of goddesses in fame.

Aurora brought to great Aflræus forth The west, the south-wind, and the rapid north} The morning-star fair Lucifer she bare. And ornaments of heav'n ten thousand more.

From Styx, the fairest of old Ocean's line,
And Pallas sprung a progeny divine,
Zeal to perform, and Vict'ry in her pace
Fair-footed, Valour, Might, a glorious race!
They hold a mansion in the realms above.
Their scat is always near the throne of Jove}
Where the dread thund'ring god pursue* his way,
They march, and close behind his steps obey. 60a
This honour they by Styx their mother gain'd;
Which by her prudence she from Jove obtain'd:
When the great pow'r that ev'n the gods com-
mands,

Who sends the bolts from his almighty hands,
Summon'd th' immortals, who-ebcysl his call.
He thus address'd them in th' Olympian hall:
Ye gods, like gods, with me who danntlese
dare

To face the Titans in a dreadful war,
Above the rest in honour shall ye stand,
And ample recompence shall load your hand : 6ia
To Saturn's reign who bow'd, and unpreserr'd,
Void of distinction, and without reward,
Great, and magnificently rich, (hall shine,
As right requires, and suits a pow'r divine.

First, as her father counsell'd, Styx ascends,
And her brave offsprings to the god commends;
Great Jove receiv'd her with peculiar grace,
Nor honour'd lets the mother than her race;
Enrich'd with gifts she left the bright abodes,
By Jove ordain'd the solemn oath of gods; 621*
Her children, as she wifh'd, behind remain,
Constant attendants on the thund'rer's train:
Alike the god with all maintain'd his word,
And roles in empire strong of lords the lord.

Phœbe with fondness to her Cœus deav'd, And she a goddess by a god conceiv'd; Latona, fable-veil'd, the produce proves, Pleasing to all of their connubial loves, Sweetly engaging from her natal hour, The most delightful in th' Olympian bow'r! From them Astcrea sprung, a nymph renown'd, And with the spousal love of Perses crown'd; To whom (he bore Hecate, lov'd by Jove, And honour'd by th' inhabitants above. Profusely gifted from th' almighty hand, With pow'r extensive o'er the sea and land, And great the honour ihe by Jove's high leave, Pees from the starry vault of heav'n receive,

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When to. the gods the sacred flames aspire,
From human off'rings as the laws require, 640
To Hecate the vows are first preferr'd j
Happy of men whose pray'rs are kindly heard,
Success attends his every act below,
Honour, wealth, pow'r, to him abundant flow.
The gods who all from earth and heaven descend,
On her decision for their lots depend;
Nor what the earliest gods the Titans claim,
By her ordain'd, of honour or of fame,
Has Jove revok'd by his supreme commond,
For her decrees, irrevocable stand: 6?o
Nor is her honour less, nor less her pow'r,
Because she onlybless'd the nuptial hour;
Great is her pow'r on earth, and great her fame,"J
Nor less in hcav'n, and o'er the main the lame, >
Because Satnrnian Jove reveres the dame: J
The man she loves (he can to greatness raise,
And grant to whom she savours public praise;
This shines for words distinguish'd at the bar;
One proudly triumphs in the spoils of war j
And she alone can speedy vict'ry give, 660
And rich in glory bid the conqu'rer live:
And where the venerable rulers meet
She sits supreme upon the judgment-seat t'
In single trials or of strength or skill,
Propitious she presides o'er whom (he will:
To honour she extends the beauteous crown,
And glads the parent with the son's renown,
With rapid swiftness wings the gallant steeds,
And in the race the fifing courser speeds.
Who.urg'd by want, and led by hopes of gain, 670
Pursue their journey cross the dang'rous main,
Stq Hecate they all for safety how,
And to their god and her prefer the bow.
With ease the goddess, venerable dame,
Gives to the sportsman's hand his wifh'd-for
game;

Or now the weary'd creature faintly flies,
And for a while eludes the huntsman's eyes,
Who stretches sure to seize the panting prey,
And bear the glory os the chase away,
Till by the kind protect'ress of the plains, 680
Her strength recovers, and new life she gains,
She starts, surprising, and outstrips the wind,
And leaves the masters of the chase behind.
With Mercury the watchful goddess guards
Of goats the straggling flocks, the lowing herds,
And bleating folds rich with the pond'rous fleece;
By her they lessen, and by her increase.
The only daughter of her mother born,
And her the yods with various gifts adorn:
O'er infants she, so Jove ordain'd, presides, 600
And the upgrowing youth to merit guides;
Great is the trial the future man to breed,
A trust to her by Saturn's son decreed.

Rhea to Saturn bore her brother god,
Vesta and Ceres: Juno golden shod,
And Pluto hard of heart, whose wide command
Is o'er a dark and subterranean land,
A pow'rsul monarch, hence derive their birth,
With Neptune, deity who shakes the earth;
Of these great Jove, the ruler of the skies, 700
Of gods and men the sire, in counsel wife, .
Is born; and him the universe adores,
Aud ,hc earth Ucmbks. when hi;, thunder roars.

Saturn from earth, and hcav'n adorn'd with starsj Had learn'd the rumour of approaching wars, Great as he was, a greater should arise, ~t To rob him of the empire of the skies, J. The mighty Jove, his son, in counsel wise: j With dread the fatal prophecy he heard. And for his regal honours greatly fear'd, And that the dire decree might fruitless prove, Devour's his pledges, at their birth, of love: Now Rhea, who her flaughter'd children grlev'd', With Jove, the sire of gods and men, eonceiv'd; To earth and heav'n (he for assistance runs, And begs their counsel to revenge her sons, To guard her Jove from wily Saturn's ire, Secret to keep him from a barb'rons sire: They to their daughter lend a willing car, And to her speak the hour of vengeance near, 7M Nor hide they from her what the fates ordain Of her great-minded son, and Saturn's reign: Her fase to Crete the parent gods convey, In Lyctus there, a fertile foil, she lay; At length the tedious months their course had run, When mighty Jove she bore, her youngest son; Wide.spreading earth receiv'd the child with joy, And train'd the god up from a new-born boy. Rhea to Lyctus safely took her flight, Protected by the sable veil of night; 73a Far in the sacred earth her son she laid, On mount Ægxus ever crown'd with shade. When the old king, who once could boast his reign O'er all the gods, and the ethereal plain, Came jealous of the infant's suture pow'r, A stone the mother gave him to devour; Greedy he seiz'd th' imaginary child, And swallow'd heedless, by the dress begnild; Nor thoaght the wretched god of ought to fear. Nor knew the day of his disgrace wa» near; 740 Invincible remains his Jove alive, His throne to shake, and from his kingdom drive The cruel parent, for to him 'us giv'n To rule the gods, and mount the throne of heav'n. Well thriv'd the deity, nor was it long Before liis strength increas'd, and limbs grow'J strong.'

When the revolving year his course had run,

By earth thy art and Jove his pow'rsul son,

The crafty Saturn, once by gods ador'd,

His injur'd ofiVprings to the light rtstor'd: 7JO

First from within he yielded to the day

The stone deceitful, and his latest prey;

This Jove, in mem'ry of the wond'rous tale,

r i.d on ParnaJTus in a sacred vale,

In Pytho the divine, a mark to be,

That suture ages may astonish'd see:

And now a greater task behind remains,

To free hiskiudred heav'n-born race from chain*,

In an ill hour by Saturn rashly bound, 7<5?

Who from the bands of Jove their freedom found i

With zeal the gods perforni'd a thankful part.

The debt of gratitude lay next their heart;

Jove owes to them the bolts which dreadful fly,

And the bright lightning which illumes the sky

To him th' exchange for liberty they bore,

Gists deep in earth conceal'd, unknown before;

Now arm'd with them, he reigns almighty Jove.*

The lordof men below, and 5. .

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