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My fons their old, unhappy fire despise,
Spoil'd of his kingdom, and depriv'd of eyes;
Guideless I wander, unregarded mourn,
While thefe exalt their fceptres o'er my urn;


These fons, ye Gods! who with flagitious pride,
Infult my darkness, and my groans deride.
Art thou a Father, unregarding Jove!

And fleeps thy thunder in the realms above?
Thou Fury, then, fome lasting curfe entail,
Which o'er their childrens children fhall prevail :
Place on their heads that crown distain'd with gore,
Which thefe dire hands from my flain father tore;
Go, and a parent's heavy curfes bear;
Break all the bonds of nature, and prepare
Their kindred fouls to mutual hate and war.
Give them to dare, what I might wish to fee
Blind as I am, fome glorious villany!



Soon fhalt thou find, if thou but arm their hands, 120
Their ready guilt preventing thy commands:
Couldst thou fome great, proportion'd mischief frame,
They'd prove the father from whofe loins they came.

Non regere, aut dictis moerentem flectere adorti
Quos genui, quocunque toro: quin ecce fuperbi
(Pro dolor) et noftro jamdudum funere reges,
Infultant tenebris, gemitufque odere paternos.
Hifce etiam funeftus ego? et videt ista deorum
Ignavus genitor? tu faltem debita vindex
Huc ades, et totos in poenam ordire nepotes.
Indue quod madidum tabo diadema cruentis
Unguibus arripui, votifque inftincta paternis
I media in fratres, generis confortia ferro
Diffiliant: da Tartarei regina barathri

Quod cupiam vidiffe nefas, nec tarda fequetur



Mens juvenum; modo digna veni, mea pignora nofces,


The Fury heard, while on Cocytus' brink Her fnakes unty'd, fulphureous waters drink ; But at the fummons, roll'd her eyes around, And fnatch'd the starting ferpents from the ground. Not half fo fwiftly shoots along in air,

The gliding light'ning, or descending star.

Thro' crouds of airy fhades fhe wing'd her flight, 130

And dark dominions of the filent night;

Swift as fhe pafs'd, the flitting ghosts withdrew,
And the pale spectres trembled at her view:
To th' iron gates of Tænarus fhe flies,

There spreads her dusky pinions to the skies.
The day beheld, and fick ning at the fight,
Veil'd her fair glories in the fhades of night.
Affrighted Atlas, on the diftant fhore,


Trembled, and shook the heav'ns and gods he bore.
Now from beneath Malea's airy height

Aloft fhe fprung, and steer'd to Thebes her flight;
With eager speed the well-known journey took,
Nor here regrets the hell fhe late forfook.

Talia jactanti crudelis Diva feveros
Advertit vultus; inamoenum forte fedebat
Cocyton juxta, refolutaque vertice crines,
Lambere fulfureas permiferat anguibus undas.
Ilicet igne Jovis, lapfifque citatior aftris
Triftibus exiliit ripis. difcedit inane



Vulgus, et occurfus dominae pavet; illa per umbras

Et caligantes, animarum examine campos,
Taenariae limen petit irremeabile portae.
Senfit adeffe dies; piceo nox obvia nimbo
Lucentes turbavit equos. procul arduus Atlas


Horruit, et dubia coelum cervice remifit.
Arripit extemplo Maleae de valle refurgens
Notum iter ad Thebas: neque enim velocior ullas
Itque reditque vias, cognataque Tartara mavult.



A hundred fnakes her gloomy visage shade,
A hundred ferpents guard her horrid head,
In her funk eyeballs dreadful meteors glow:
Such rays from Phoebe's bloody circles flow,
When lab'ring with ftrong charms, fhe fhoots from high
A fiery gleam, and reddens all the sky.^

Blood ftain'd her cheeks, and from her mouth there


Blue fteaming poifons, and a length of flame.


Famine and drought proceed, and plagues, and death.

From ev'ry blast of her contagious breath,

A robe obscene was o'er her shoulders thrown,

A dress by Fates and Furies worn alone.
She tofs'd her meagre arms; her better hand
In waving circles whirl'd a fun'ral brand:
A ferpent from her left was seen to rear


His flaming creft, and lafh the yielding air.
But when the Fury took her stand on high, ́


Where vaft Citharon's top falutes the sky,



Centum illi ftantes umbrabant ora ceraftae,
Turba minor diri capitis: fedet intus aba&tis
Ferrea lux oculis; qualis per nubila Phoebes
Atracea rubet arte labor: fuffufa veneno
Tenditur, ac fanie glifcit cutis: igneus atro
Ore vapor, quo longa fitis, morbique famefque,
Et populis mors una venit. riget horrida tergo
Palla, et caerulei redeunt in pectore nodi.
Atropos hos, atque ipfa novat Proferpina cultus. 155
Tum geminas quatit illa manus: haec igne rogali
Fulgurat, haec vivo manus aëra verberat hydro.
Ut ftetit, abrupta qua plurimus arce Cithaeron
Occurrit coelo, fera fibila crine virenti

A hifs from all the faaky tire went round;
The dreadful fignal all the rocks rebound,
And thro' th' Achaian cities fend the found.
Oete, with high Parnaffus, heard the voice;
Eurota's banks remurmur'd to the noise;
Again Leucothoë fhook at these alarms,
And prefs'd Palæmon closer in her arms.
Headlong from thence the glowing Fury fprings,
And o'er the Theban palace fpreads her wings,
Once more invades the guilty dome, and shrouds
Its bright pavilions in a veil of clouds.

Straight with the rage of all their race poffefs'd,
Stung to the foul, the brothers ftart from reft,
And all their Furies wake within their breast.
Their tortur'd minds repining Envy tears,
And Hate, engender'd by fufpicious fears;


Congeminat, fignum terris, unde omnis Achaei
Ora maris late, Pelopeiaque regna refultant.
Audiit et mediis coeli Parnaffus, et afper
Eurotas, dubiamque jugo fragor impulit Ceten
In latus, et geminis vix fluctibus obftitit Ifthmos.
Ipfa fuum genitrix, curvo delphine vagantem
Arripuit frenis, gremioque Palaemona preilit.
Atque ea Cadmaeo praeceps ubi limine primum
Conftitit, affuetaque infecit nube penates,
Protinus attoniti fratrum fub pectore motus,
Gentilefque animos fubiit furor, aegraque laetis.
Invidia, atque parens odii metus: inde regendi
Saevus amor: ruptaeque vices, jurifque fecundi






VER. 173. Gentilifque animus fubiit furor, feems a better reading than Gentilejque.

And facred Thirst of sway; and all the ties
Of Nature broke; and royal Perjuries;
And impotent Defire to reign alone,
That scorns the dull reverfion of a throne;
Each would the fweets of fov'reign rule devour,
While Difcord waits upon divided pow'r.

As ftubborn fteers by brawny plowmen broke,
And join'd reluctant to the galling yoke,
Alike difdain with fervile necks to be r
Th' unwonted weight, or drag the crooked fhare,
But rend the reins, and bound a diff'rent way,
And all the furrows in confufion lay:
Such was the difcord of the royal pair,
Whom fury drove precipitate to war.
In vain the chiefs contriv'd a fpecious way,
To govern Thebes by their alternate sway:
Unjuft decree! while this enjoys the state,
That mourns in exile his unequal fate,
And the short monarch of a hafty year
Forefees with anguish his returning heir.

Ambitus impatiens, et fummo dulcius unum
Stare loco, fociifque comes difcordia regnis.
Sic ubi delectos per torva armenta juvencos
Agricola impofito fociare affectat aratro :
Illi indignantes quis nondum vomere multo
Ardua nodofos cervix defcendit in armos,
In diverfa trahunt, atque aequis vincula laxant
Viribus, et vario confundunt limite fulcos:






Haud fecus indomitos praeceps difcordia fratres 190 Afperat. alterni placuit fub legibus anni

Exilio mutare ducem. fic jure maligno

Fortunam tranfire jubent, ut fceptra tenentem

Foedere praecipiti femper novus angeret haeres.

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