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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,
Chaos, <>f all the origin, gave birth 1E0
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
The Cyclops bold, in heart a haughty race,
Their strength, and vigour, to perform their will.
These wire most dreadful of the son« of Earth;
She yields black iron from her fruitful vein,
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,
PrapoUag from his consort, Earth, delight;
Ard bath'd his fingers with his father's gore;
A«4 all'd, O Cyprus, Cypria from thee; 310
Blandishments which never fail to move,
Constant her steps pursue, or Will she go
And caU'd tiieni Titans from the barbarous deed;
Now darksome Night fruitful begun to prove,
With Morous the darh goddVss teems again,
From Strife pernicious painful labour rose,
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;
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
Call'd Pegasus, a name not giv'n in vain,
And sought the palace os Almighty Jove;
Chrysaor, love the guide, Calliroe led,
hand: That fatal day beheld Eurytion fall, 461
And with him Orthus in a gloomy stall;
In love Echidna with Typhaon join'd,
Juno, with hate implacable, who strove
A lion's head on hrrtatrge shoulder's grew,
From Orthus and Chimera, foul embrace,
Os Cadmos fatal; from the seme dire vein*
lc Hercuki it last a foe he found,
Aodsiaenhis arm receiv'd a mortal wound.
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,
Kor, ProtL., are thy streams omitted here;
And Acheloas that like silver flows;
Hence Ncffov takes his course, and Rhodius,
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.
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,
The fruits of Thia and Hyperion rise,
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,
Who sends the bolts from his almighty hands,
To face the Titans in a dreadful war,
First, as her father counsell'd, Styx ascends,
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,
When to. the gods the sacred flames aspire,
Or now the weary'd creature faintly flies,
Rhea to Saturn bore her brother god,
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. .