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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

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. .

Cymfne, oeeac-born, with beauteous feet, Aft-J Japhet, in the bai:ds of wedlock meet; 770 from whose embrace a glorious offspring came, Atlas magnanimous, and great in fame, V. r- , v thon with lasting honours crown'd, Prometheus for his artifice renown'd, And Epintetheus of unstcdfast mind, Lar'd t; false joys, and :o the future bl!rrd, Who, raihly weak by soft temptations raov'd, Tie bane of arts and their inventors prov'd, Vsba took the work of Jove, the virgin {air, Nor saw beneath he charms the latent snare. 780 Biased by lightning from the hands of Jove, VesccuusfeU in Erebns to rove; His cV.ctlcss mind that could not brook command, And yrooe to ill, provok'd th' almighty hand. Atlas, so bard necessity ordains, Erect the pead'rous vault of stars sustains; Not far from the Hesperides he stands, Nor bom the load retracts his head or hands: Here was he fix'd by ove in counsel wise, Who all disposes, and who rules the Ikies i 790 To the fame god Prometheus ow'd his pains, Til bouna with hard inexccrable chains T» a large column, in the midmost part, Who btre his sufPrings with a dauntless heart; Turn Jove an'cagle flew, with wing, wide spread, Aad 00 tis never-dying liver fed; Ta'hat with his rav'nous beak by day he tore Tss night fupply'd, and furnish'd him with more: Cttc Hercules to his assistance came, JBora sf Aicmena, lovely-footed dame; 800 Asd arii he made the bird voracious bleed, Aal km his chains the son of Japhet freed; To cbss the god consents, th* Olympian fire, VTio, fcr bis son's renown, soppress'd his ire, The wrath h« bore against the wretch who strove la ccum'el with, himself, the pow'rful Jove; Seen was the mighty thund'rer's will, to raise To greatest height the Theban hero's praise.


^oea at rvlecoaa a contention rose, Vraaed immortals to each other foes, Tie 6rise Prometheus offer'd to compose b tie division of the sacrifice, bceecæg to deceive griat Jove the wise, He tx& & the flesh in the large ox's slein, Aci bo and the entrai!s with the fat within, Sert the white bones with artful care dispos'd, Aad in the candid fat from fight enclos'd: The (ire of gods and men, who saw the cheat, Tits spoke expressive of the dark deceit.

h dV* division how unjust the parts, 820 0 japhat's son, of kings the first in arts!

Xeprtachful spoke the god in council wise; To shorn Prometheus full of guile replies:

0 jate, the greatest of the powers divine, View the division, and the choice be thine.

Wily he spoke from a deceitful mind; J ft iiw his thoughts, nor co his heart was blind; Aad then the god, in wrath of soul, began To slot misfortunes to his subject man: The lots survey d, he with his hands embrae'd 8 jo

parts whkn were in the white fat incat'd; He law the bones, and anger fat coDsefs'd tyw his brow, for anger seiz'd his breast t

Hence to the gods the od'rous flames aspire From the white bones which feed the sacred fire. The cloud compelling Jove, By Japhet's son Enrag'd, to him in words like these begun:

O! who in mal-contrivance all transcend, Thine arts thou wilt not yet, obdurate, end.

So spoke th' eternal wisdom, full of ire, 48a And from that hour deny'd the use of fire To wretched men, who pass on earth their time, Mindful, Prometheus, of thy artful crime: But Jove in vain conceal'd the splendid flame; The son of Japhet, of immortal fame, Brought the bright sparks clandestine from above ClosM 'n a hollow cane; the thund'ring Jove Soon from the bitterness of soul, began To plot destruction to the peace of man.

Vulcan, a god renown'd, by Jove's command,
Form'd a fair virgin with a mailer hand, 851
Earth her first principle, her native air
As modest seeming as her face was fair.
The nymph, by Pallas, blue-ey'd goddess, dress'd,
Bright fhin'd improv'd beneath the candid vest;
The rich wrought veil behind, wond'rous to see,
Fruitful with art, bespoke the deity;
Her brows to compass did Minerva bring
A garland breathing all the sweets of spring:
And next the goddess, glorious to behold, 863
Plac'd on her head a glitt'ring crown of gold,
The work of Vulcan by his master-hand,
The labour of the god by Jove's command;
There seem'd to scud along the finny breed;
And there the beasts of land appear'd to seed;
Nature and art were there so much at strife,
The miracle might well be took for life.
Vulcan the lovely bane, the finilh'd maid,
To the immortal gods and men convey'd;
Graceful by Pallas dress'd the virgin trod, 876
And seem'd a blessing or for man or god:
Soon as they see th' inevitable snare,
They praise the artist, and admire the fair;
From her, the fatal guile, a sex derives
To men pernicious, and contracts their lives,
The softer kind, a false alluring.train,
Tempting to joys which ever end with pain,
Never beheld with the penuriaus race,
But ever seen where lux'ry shows her face.
As drones oppressive habitants of hives, 88a
Owe to the labour of the bee* their lives,
Whole work is always with the day begun,
And never ends but with the setting fun,
From flow'r to flow'r they rove, and loaded

Return to build the white, the waxen comb,
While lazy the luxurious race remain
Within, and of their toils enjoy the gain,
So woman,'by the thund'rer's hard decree.
And wretched man, are like the drone and bee:
If man the galling chain of wedlock shuns, 89s
He from one evil to another runs;
He, when his hairs are winter'd o'er with gray,
Will want a helpmate in th' afflicting day;
And if possessions large have blci>'d his life,
He di«a,and proves perhaps the source of strife;
A distant kindred, far ailay'd in blood,
Contend to make their doubtful tiUcs good >

Ot Ihoald he, these calamities to fly,
Hi* honour plight and join the mutual tie,
And should the partner of his bosom prove 900
A chaste and prudeut matron worthy lore;
Yet he would find this chaste, this prudent wife
The hapless author of a checquer'd life:
Bat should he, wretched man. a nymph embrace,
A stubborn consort, of a stubborn race,
Poor hamper'd slave,how rouit he drag the chain'
His mind, his breast, his heart, o'ercoarg'd with

What congregated woes must he endure!
"What ills on ills which will admit no cure!
Th' omnipotence of Jove io all we fee, 910
Whom none eludes, and what he wills must be;
Not thou, to none injurious, Japhet's son,
With all thy wisdom, could his anger shun;
His rage you suffer'd, and confess'd his pow'r,
Chain'd in hard durance in the penal hour.

The brothers Briareus and Cottus lay,
With Gyges, bound in chains, remov'd from day,
By their hard-hearted sire, who with surprise
View'd their vast strength, their form, and mon-
strous size:

In the remotest parts of earth confin'd 9ao
They far, and silent sorrows wreck'd their mind,
Till by th' advice of Earth, and aid of Jove,
With other gods, the fruits of Saturn's love,
With Rhea beauteous drefs'd, they broke the

And from their dungeons burst to light again.
Earth told them all from a prophetic light,
How gods encount'ring gods should meet in fight,
To them foretold, who flood devoid os fear.
Their hour of vict'ry and renown was near;
The Titans, and the bold Siturnian race, 93a
Should wage a dreadful war, ten years the space.
The Titans brave on lofty Othyrs stand,
And gloriously dare the thund'rer's hand:
The gods from Saturn sprung, ally their pow'r;
(Gods Rhea bore him in a fjtal hour):
from high Olympus they like gods engage.
And dauntless face, like gods, Tinman rage.
In the dire conflict neither party gains,
In equal balance long the war remains;
At last by truce each soul immortal rests, 940
Each God on nectar and ambrosia feasts;
Their spirits nectar and ambrosia raise,
And fire their generous breasts to acts of praise;
To whom, the banquet o'er, in council jein'd,
The fire of gods, and men express'd his mind:

Gods, who from earth and hcav'u, great rife,
descend, ,
To what my heart commands to speak attend:
For vict'ry long, and empire, have we strove,
.Long have ye battel'd in defence of Jove;
To war again, invincible your might,
And dare the Titans to the dreadful fight;
Of friendship strict observe the sacred charms,
Be that the cement of the gods in arms;
Grateful remember, when in chains ye lay.
From datknefs Jove redeem'd ye to the day.

He spoke, and Cottus to the god replies:
() venerable sire! in council wife,
Who freed immortals fr»ni a state of woe, .
Of what you utter well the truth we know:

Rescif J from chains and darkness here we {land,

0 fun of Saturn! by thy pow'rful hand; 06s fjor will we, king, the rage of war decline,

ill pow'r, indisputable pnw'r, is thine; The right of conquest shall confirm thy sway, And teach the Titans whom they must obey.

He ends, the rest assent to what he says;
And the gods thank him with the voice of praise;
He more than ever feels himself inspir'd.
And l.Ls mind burns with love of glory fir'd.
All rush to battle with impetuous might, 97s)
And gods and goddesses provoke the sight.
The race that Rhea to her lord conceivM,
And the Titanic gods by Jove relievM
From Erybus, who there in bondage lay,
Ally their arms in this immortal day.
Each brother fearless the dire conflict stands,
Each rears his fifty heads, and hundred hands;
They mighty rocks from their foundations tore,
And fiercely brave against the Titans bore.
Furious and swift the Titan phalanx drove, 9S0
And both with mighty force for empire strove:
The ocean roar'd from ev'ry part profound,
And the earth bellow'd from her inmost ground:
Heav'n groans, and, to the gods, conflicting bends.
And the loud tumult high Olympus rends.
So strong the darts from god to god were hurl'd,
The clamour rcach'd the subterranean world;
And where, with haughty strides, each warrior

Hell felt the weight, and funk beneath the god;
All Tartarus could hear the blows from far: 99c
Such was the big, the horrid, voice of war!
And now the murmur of incitement flies,
All rang'd in martial order, through the skies;
Here Jove above the rest conspicuous shin'd,
In valour equal to his strength his mind;
Erect and dauntless fee the thund'rer stand.
The bolts red hissing from his vengeful hand;
He walks majestic round the starry frame;
And now the lightnings from Olympus flame;
The earth wide blazes with the fires of Jove, 100
Nor the flash spares the verdure of the grove.
Fierce glows the air, the boiling ocean roars,
And the seas wash with burning waves their shores
The dazzling vapours round the Titans glare,
A light too pow'rful for their eyes to bear!
One conflagration seems to seize on all,
And threatens Chaos with the gen'ral fall.
From what their eyes behold, and what they hea-
The universal wreck of worlds is near:
Should the Urge vault of stars, the heav'ns,defceri
And with the earth in loud confusion blend, loi
Like this would seem the great tumultuous jar
The gods engag'd, such the big voice of war!
And now the batt'ling winds their havoc make-
Thick whirU the dust, earth, thy foundations fhak
The arms of Jove thick and terrific fly.
And blaze and bellow through the trembling fk
Winds, thunder, lightning, through both arm

Their course impetuous, from the hands of Jo v
Loud and stupendous is the raging fight, 10
And now each warrior god exerts his might.
Cottus, and Briareus, who scorns to yield,

1 And Gjges panting for the martial field,

Foremost the labours os the day'increase,

Vet the horrors of the battle cease: [throw,
From their strong hands three hundred rocks they
And, oft repeated, overwhelm the foe;
Tfcev tore'j the Titans deep beneath the ground,
Caft (rmn their pride, and in fad durance bound;
Fe from the surface of the earth they lie, 1030
In chains, a* earth is distant from the Iky;
From earth the distance to the starry frame,
From earth to gloomy Tartarus, the fame.
From the high heav'n a brazen anvil cast,
Nine eights and days in rapid whirls would last,
And reach the earth the tenth, whence strongly

The tame the paffige to th' infernal world,
To Tart*r»s; which, a brazen closure bounds,

black entrance threefold night sor

Wirh earth tiy vast foundationsenver'd o'er; 1040 And coerc the ocean's endless fountains roar: Brrtoad-compelling Jove the Titans fell, And there in chick, in horrid darkness dwell: They lie confin'd, unable thence to pas', The wall and gates by Neptune made of brass; Jove's trusty guards, Gyges and Cottus, stand There, and with Briareus the pass command. The entrance there, and the last limits, lie Of earth, the barren main, the starry Iky, And Tart'rns, there of all the fountains rife, 105s A sight detested by immortal eyes: A mighty chasm, horror and darkness here; Aal treat the gates the journey of a year; Here Kerens in hoarse, in frightful murmurs play, Tie feat of Night, where mists exclude the day. Bc!m the gate the son of Japhec stands, Kr from the skies retracts his head or hands; Where night and day their course alternate lead; W acre both their entrance make and both recede, Beth wait the season to direct their way, 1060 And spread, successive, o'er the earth their sway: Thii cheers the eyes of mortals with her light; The harbinger of Sleep pernicious Night: AU here the sons of Night their mansion keep, fas' deities, Death and his brother Sleep; VTkocm, from the dawn to the decline of day, The fun beholds not with his piercing ray: One o'er the land extends, and o'er the seas, Asd lulls the weary'd mind of man to ease; That iron-hearted, and of cruel soul, 1070 Brazen his breast, nor can he brook controul. To whom, and ne'er return, all mortals go, And even to immortal gods a foe. Foremost th'infernal palaces are seen Of Pluto, and Persephone his queen; A horrid dog, and grim, couch'd on the floor, (iaards, with malicious art, the sounding door; Os each, who in the entrance first appears, He iasming wagt his tail, and cocks his ears: Hatty strive to measure back the way, 1080 Their steps he watches, and devours his prey. Hex Styx, a goddess, whom immortals hate, 1 he first-born fair of Ocean, keeps her state; Fnmi gods remote her silver columns rife, R»sf 'i with large rodes her dome that fronts th

Here, cross the main, swift-footed Trts brings
A message seldom from the king of kings;
But when among the gods contention spreads,
And in debate divides immortal heads,
From Jove the goddess wings her rapid flight 1090
To the fam'd river, and the feat of Night,
Thence in a golden vase the water bears,
By whose cool streams eachpow'r immortal swears.
Styx from a sacred fount her course derives,
And far beneath the earth her passage drives;
From a stupendous rock descend her waves.
And the black realms of Night her current laves t
Could any her capacious channels drain.
They'd prove a tenth of all the spacious main;
Nine parts in mazes clear as silver glide IXOO
Along the earth, or join the ocean's tide;
The other from the rock in billows rolls,
Source of misfortune to immortal souls.
Who with false oaths disgrace th' Olympian bow'rs,
Incur the punishment of heav'uly pow'rs:
The perjtir'd god, as in the arms of death,
Lethargic lies, nor seems to draw his breath;
Nor him the nectar and ambrosia cheer,
While tht fun goes his j urney of a year;
Nor with the lethargy concludes his pain, mo
But complicated woes behind remain:
Nine tedious years he must an exile rove,
Nor join the council, nor the feasts of Jove;
The banifh'd god back in the tenth they call
To hcav'nly banquets and th' Olympian hall:
The honours such the godson Styx bellow.
Whose living streams through rugged channels

Where the beginning, and last limits lie
Of earth, the barren miin, the starry stcy.
And Tart'rus; where of all the fountains rife; IIM
A sight detested hy immortal eyes.
Th' inhabitants through brazen portals pass,
Over a threshold of e'erlasting brass,
The growth spontaneous, and foundations deep;
And here th* allies of Jove their captives keep,
The Titans, who to utter darkness fell,
And in the farthest parts of Chaos dwell.
Jove grateful gave to his auxiliar train,
Cottus and Gygcs, mansions in the main;
To Briareus,for his superior might T,3*
Exerted fiercely in the dreadful fight,
Neptune who shakes the earth, his daughter gave,
Cymopolia, to reward the brave.

When the great victor god, almighty Jove,
The Titans from celestial regions drove.
Wide Earth Typhœus bore, with lart'rus join'd,
Her youngest born, and blust'ring as the wind;
Fit for most arduous works his brawny hands,
On feet as durable as gods he stands; 1139
From heads of serpents hiss and hundred tongues,
And lick his horrid jaws, untir'd his lungs;
From his dire hundred heads his eye-balls stare,
And fire-like, dreadful to beholders glare;
Terrific from his hundred mouths to hear,
Voices of ev'ry kind torment the car;
His utt'ranee sounds like gods in council full;
And now he bellows like the lordly bull:
j And now he roars like the stern beast that reigns
j King of th: woods, and terror of the plaint;

And now, surprising to be heard, he yelp*. 1150
I.ike, from hii ev'ry voice, the lion s whelps;
And-now, so loud a noise the monster makes,
The loftiest mountain from its basis shakes:
And now Typhceus had perplex'd the day,
And over men and gods usurp'd the sway,
Hud not the pow'rful monarch of the skies,
Ot m«« and gods the sire, great Jove the wife,
Against the foe his hottest vengeance hurl'd,
Which blaz'd and thunder'd through th' ethereal

world; 1159
Through land and main the bolts red hissing fell.
And through old Ocean rcach'd the gates of Hell.
Th' almighty rising made Olympus nod,
And the earth groan'd beneath the vengeful god.
Hoarse through the cerule main the thunder


Through which the light'ning flew, both uncontroul'd;

Tire caught thewinds which on their wings they") bore, [roar, f

Fierce flame the earth and heav'n, the seas loud f
Aud beat with burning wavesthc burning shore; J
The tumult of the gods was heard afar:
How hard to lay this hurricane of war! 1170
The god who o'er the dead infernal reigns,
E'en Pluto, trembled in his dark domains:
Dire horror seiz'd the rebel Titan band,
lu Tartarus who round their Saturn stand:
But Jove at last collected all his might,
With light'ning arm'd, and thunder for the sight.
With strides majestic from Olympus strode;
What pow'r is able now to face the god!
The flash obedient executes his ire;
The giant blazes with vindictive sire; Il8o
From ev'ry head a disf'rcnt flame ascends;
Tiie monster bellows, and Olympus bends:
The god repeats his blows, beneath each wound
All maim'd the giant falls, and groans the ground,
Fierce flash the lightnings from the hands of Jove,
The mountains burn, and crackles ev'ry grove.
The melted earth floats from her inmost caves,
As from, the furnace run metallic waves;
Under the caverns ofthesacied ground, 1189
Where Vulcan works, and restlel* anvils found,
Beneath the hand divine the iron grows
Ductile, and liquid from the furnace flows;
So the earth melted: and the giant fell,
Plung'd by the amis of mighty Jove to hell.

Typhceus bore the rapid winds which fly
With tempcsti wing'd.and darken all the Iky;
But from the bounteous gods derive their birth
The gales which breathe frugiferons to eartb,
The south, the north, and the swift western wind
Which ever blow to prosit human kind: 'taoo
Those from Typhceus sprung, an useless train,
To men pernicious, bluller o'er the main;
With thick and fable clouds they veil the deep,
And now destructive cross the ocean sweep;
The mariner with dread beholds from far
The gathering storms,and elemental war;
His bark the furious blast and billows rend;
The surges rife, and cataracts* eseend;
Above, beneath, he hears the tempest roar;
iSow sink* the vcflel,and he scars no more; 1110

And remedy to this they none can fines,
Who are resolved te trade by sea and wines.
On land in whirlwinds, or unkindly show'rs,
They blast the lovely fruits and blooming fluw'n;
O'er sea and land the blust'ring tyrants reign,
And make of earth-born men the labours vain.

And now the gods, who fought for endless same,
The god of gods almighty Jove proclaim,
As Earth advis'd: nor reigns Olympian Jove
ingrate to them who with the Titans strove; 111m
On those who war'd beneath his wide command
He honours heaps with an impartial hand.

And now the king of gods, Jove, Metis led, The wisest fair one, to the genul bed; Who with the blue-ey'd virgin fruitful proves, Minerva, pledge of their celestial loves; The sire, from what kind eatth and heav'n reveal'd,

Artful the matron in himself conceal'd;

From her it was decreed a race should rise

That would usurp the kingdom of the ikies : IlJ*

And first the virgin with her azure eyes.

Equal in strength, and as her father wise,

U born, the offspring of th' almighty'sbrain:

And Metis by the god conceiv'd again,

A sou decreed to reign o'er heav'n and earth,

Had not the sire destroy'd the mighty birth:

He made the goddess in himself reside,

To be in ev'ry act th'eternal guide.

The Hours to Jove did lovely Themis bear, Eunomie, Dice, and Irene fair; 12:40 O'er human labours they the pow'r. possess, With seasons kind the fruits of earth to bless: She by the thund'ring god conceiv'd again, And fufler'd ser the fates the rending pain, Clotho and Lachesis to whom we owe, With Atropm, our shares of joy or woe; This honour they receiv'd from Jove the wise, The mighty sire, the ruler of the ikies.

Eurynonie, from ocean sprung, to Jove The beauteous graces bore inspiring love, 125* Aglaia, and Euphrosyne the fair, Aud thou Thalia of a graceful air; From the bright eyes of these such charms proceed As make the hearts of all beholders bleed.

He Ceres next, a bounteous goddess led
To taste the pleasures of the genial bed;
To him fair-arm'd Persephone ihe bore,
Whom Pluto ravilh'd from her native shore:
The mournful dame he of her child bereft,
But the wise sire assented to the theft. I 2 ' •

Mnemosyne his breast with love inspires,
The fair tress'd object of the god's desires;
Of whom the muses, tuneful nine, are born,
Whose brows rich diadems of gold adorn ,
To them uninterrupted joys belong,
Them the gay feast delights, and sacred song.

Latona bore, the fruits of Jove s embrace.
The loveliest offsprings of th' ethereal race;
She for Apollo felt the child-bed throw ; ■
And Artemis for thee who twang the bow. 1273

Last Juno fills th' almighty monarch's irnis, A blooming consort, and replete with charms j From her Lucina, Mars, and Hebe, spring; Their sire of gods the god, of kings the king:.

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