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O friend! forgive me, that I thus fulfil
Permit me now, belov'd of Jove ! to steep
Ho faid, and ent'ring, took his icat of fate, Soft Sleep a stranger to my weeping eyes,
With that Achilles bade prepare the bed,
Then he: Now, father, sleep, but ileep not bere;
To ask our counsel, or our orders taku),
But lay, with specd, it aught of thy desire
This of thy grace accord: to thee are known
16. Delcription of Jupiler. Such griefs, o king! have other parents HE (pukie, and awful bends his fable brows; known;
Shakes , the Remember theirs, and mitigate thy own.
nod, The care of Heaven thy Hector has appear’d,
The stamp of fate, and fauction of the God: Nor shall he lie wwept and uninterrd;
High heaven with trembling the dread signaliook, Soon may thy aged cliccks in tears be drown'd,
And all Olympus to the centre fhook. And all the cves of Lion fircarn around.
He faid, and rising, close the victim ewe With Glver fleece, which his attendants llew.
17. Awful Defeription of the Deities erzeugt The limbs they fever from the reeking hide,
in ibc Combat. With skill prepare them, and in parts (livide :
BUT when the pow’rs descending swell'da de
Now thro' each. Trojan heart he fury polls
With voice divine from llion's topmost cow'rs; Here, youthful grace and noble fire engage ;
Now thouts to Simois, from her beauteous hill; And there, the mild benerolence of age. Tlic mountains hook, t'ic iapid ftream ftood fil. Tius yazing long, the silence neither broke,
Above, the fire of and his thunder rolls, (A for mu fünc!) at length the father spoke : And pcals on peals redoubled rend the poles.
Beneath, stern Neptune shakes the solid ground Not with more case the skilful shepherd rivain
Τ Η Ε ODY S SE Y.
§ 19. Uljas on a defolate Island-The Cors Th'infernal monarch rear'd his horrid head;
ajfe mble, and stiid Mercury to Calypso, 10 procure Leap'd from his throne, lest Neptune's arm
bis Liberty. ---Description of the Morning; the should lay
defient of Mercury, and the Grotto of the Garius, His dark dominions open to the day,
most admirably painted. And pour in light on Pluto's drear abodes,
"HE faffron morn, with early blushes spread, Abhorr'd by men, and dreadful even to gods., Now role refulgent from Tithonus' bed;
With new-born day to gladden mortal fight, § 18. Defiription of the Grecian Army wben Then met th' eternal fynod of the sky,
And gild the courts of heaven with sacred light. marcbing ogainst the Trojans.
Before thc God who thunders from on high, -THE monarch issued his commands ; Supreme in migiit, fublime in majesty.
Straight the loud heralds call the gath’ring | Pallas to their deplores th’unequal fates
Of wife Ulviles, and liis toils relates :
who fill the blissful seats above!
But cruth the nations with an iron rod, Form the bright fringe, and seenid to burn in And every monarch be the scourge of God; gold.
If from your thoughts Ulyffes you remove, With this each Grecian's manly breast the warms, Who ruíd his subjects with a father's lovc. Swells their bold hearis, and strings their nervous Solc in an ille, encircled by the main,
Abandon's, banith'd from his native reign,
Nor friends are there, nor velels to convey,
And now fierce traitors, studious to destroy
Is 't not already in thy foul decreed, [storms)? Stretch their long necks, and clap their rustling The chief's return fail make the guilty bleed? wings;
What cannot wisdom de? Thou may ft rettore Now tow'r aloft, and course in airy rounds; The fon in lafety io his native Thore : Now light with noise; with noise the field re- While the fell foes, who late in ambush lay, founds,
With fraud defeated, mcature back their way. Thus num'rous and confus'd, extending wide, Then thus to Hermes the command was given: The legions crowd Scamander's How'ry side; Hermes, thou chofen melsenger of heaven! With rushing troops the plains are cover'd o'er, Go, to the nymph be the our orders borne : And thund'ring footsteps shake the founding fhore: 'Tis Jove's decree Ulyties snall return : Along the river's leyei meads they stand, The patient man fhall view his old abodes, Thick as in fpring the flow'rs adorn the land, Nor help'd by inortal hard, nor guiding gods; Or leaves the trees; or thick as insects play, In twice ten days thall fertile Scheria find, The wand'ring natio: of a summer's day, Alone, and floating to the wave and wind. That drawn by milky tteams, at ev'ning hours, The bold Phæacians there, whose haughty line In gather'd swarms turround the rural bow'rs : Is mix'd with gods, half human, half Jivine, From pail to pail with busy murmur run
The chief thall honour as fome hcavenly guest, The gilded legions, glite’ring in the sun. And swift transport him to his place of rest. Sothrong'd, fo clole, the Grecian squadrons Nood, His vessels loaded with a pientious ltore In radiant arms, and thirst for Trojan blood. Of brass, of vestures, and resplendent ore ; Each leader now his scatter'd force conjoins (A richer prize than if his joyful ille In close array, and furis the deep'ning lives. Receiv'd him charg'd with Thion's noble spoil).
His friends, his country, he shall see, though laro; Instant her circling wand the goddess waves,
Head, face, and inembers brittle into fivine:
§ 21. The Enchantments of en iedle Life, and the And stoops incumbent on the rolling dcep.
Evils that alloni a Course of Inactivity to
Pleafure, allrgorically représenied in the Sto; of
tbc Sirens and their song.
Uubleft the man whom pulic wins to riay Then swift ascending from the azu wave,
Nigh the cuff thore, and litten to the lay; He took the path that winded to the care.
No more that wretch full view the joys of life
, Large was the grot in which the nymph he found His blooming offspring, or his beauteous wife
! (Thefair-hair’dnymph withicvery beautycrownd). In verdant meads they sport
, and wide around She sat and lung; the rocks retound her lays;
Lic human bones that whiten all the ground; The cave was brighten'd with a riling blaze :
The ground polluted foats with human gøres Cedar and frankincente, an o'rous pile,
And human carnage taints the drcadful hore. Flam'd on the hearth, and wide perfum d theille: Fly swift the dang rous coast; let every'car While the with work and long the time divides, Be ftopp'd againit the song ! 'tis death to hear And thro' the loom the golden shuttle guides.
Firm to the inalt with chains thytelf be bound, Without the grot a various sylvan scene
Nor truit thy virtue to th' enchanting found. Appear'd around, and groves of living green;
If, mad with trantport, freedom thou demand,
Be every fetter ftrain d, and added band to band.
OH stay, o pride of Greece! Ulysses, stay!
Oh cealc thy courte, and listen to our iay! A id scream aloft, and skim the deeps below.
Blett is the man ordain'd our voice to hcar, Depending vines thc thciving cavern screen,
The fong instructs the fout, and chains the car. With purple clusters blushing thro' the green.
Approach! the foul thall into raptures rite! Four limpid fountains from the citf dinil
, 1 And ev'ry fountain pours a scv'ral rill,
Approach' and learn new wisdom from the vie!
We know whate'cr the kings of mighty name In mazy windings wand'ring down the hill:
Achiev'd at Ilion in the field of fame; Where blooming meads with vivid greens were
Whato'er beneath the sun's bright journey lics
O ftay, and learn new windom froin the witë i
Relation of ibe Dog Argas, with the Joy touch'd the meslenger of heaven : he stay'd,
Cremjiunces of bis kroving te voleo
Argus, the doz, his ancient master knew;
He, not unconscious of the voice, and tread,
Lifts to the found his ear, and rears his head.
Bred by Ulysses, nourish'd at his board,
But, ah! not fated long to picate his lord ! And roll'd his cyes around the restless deep;
To him, his swiftness and his firength were tale ;
With Argus, Argus, rung the woods around ;
With him the youth pursued the goat or fawn, $ 20.
by the Siry of Circe's frafting the Companions Now left to man's ingratitude he lay,
Unhous'd, neglected, in the public way;
Soos in the luscious feaft themfelves they loft, And where on heaps the rich manure we presta
He knew his lord; he knew, and strove to meet, The branch here bends beneath the weighty pear; In vain be strove to crawl, and kits his fect; And Verdant olives fiourith round the year. Yet (all he could) his tail, his cars, his cyes The balmy fjirit of the western gale Salute his master, and confcis his joys.
Eternal breathes on fruits untaught to fail : Soft picy touch'd the mighty master's soul; Each dropping pear a following pear supplies, And down his check a tear unbiddun stole, On apples appies, figs on figs arise; Stole unpercciv'd; he turn'd his head, and dried The same mild seafon gives the blooms to blow, The drop humane: then thus impatrioa'd cried: The buds to harden, and the fruits to grow. What noble beast in this abandon'd state
Here order'd vines in equal ranks appear, Lies here all helpless at Clyfies' gate?
With all th’united labours of the year; His bulk and beauty lpeak no vulgar praise;
Some to upload the fertile branches run, If as he feems he was in better days,
Sonic dry the black’ning clusters in the fun. Some carc his age deferves : or was he priz'd
Others to tread the liquid harveft join,
Here grapes discolour'd on the funny-side,
Bcds of all various herbs, for ever groen, Who never, never shall behold him inore ! In beauteous order terminate the scene. Long, long since perilh'd on a distant shore !
Two plenteous fountains the whole prospect Oh had you seen him, vig'rous, boid, and young,
crown'd : Swift as a stag, and as a lion trong;
This thro’the gardens lcads its stream around, Him no fell savage on the plain with stood,
Visies each plant, and waters all the ground; None scap'd him, bofom'd in the gloomy wood;
While that in pipes beneath the palace Hows, His eye how piercing, and his fcent how truc
And thence its current on the town bestows: To wind the vapour in the tainted dew!
To various use their various Itreams they bring, Such, when Ulviles left his natal coast;
The people one, and one supplies the king.
Court of Alcinous.
AUGHTER of great Rhexenor! (thus began, This faid, the honest herdiinan strode before : Low at her knces, the much enduring man) The muling monarch pausis at the door: To thce, thy confort, and his roval train, The dog whom fare had granted to behold
To all that ihare the bleflings of your reign, His lord, when twenty tedious years had rollid, A fuppliant bends: oh pity human woc! Takes a last look, and having seen him, dies;
"Tis ivhat the happy to th' unhappy owe. So clos d for ever faithful Argus' cyes!
d wretched exile to his country fend,
So may the gods your better days increase, § 24. Addvice of Pallas to Ulyffes, before be goes So reign for ever on your country's breast,
And all your joys descend on all your race; to the Court of the Ph.cucians.
Your people blefling, by your people bleft! MY task is done; the manfion you require Then to the genial carih le bow'd his face,
Appears before you : cnter and adinire. And huinbled in the athes took his place. High-thron dand feaiting there thou shalt behold The scopter d rulers. Fear not, but be bold: Silence ensued. The cldest first began, A decent boldnets ever meets with friends, Echenous fage, a venerable man ! Succeeds, and even a stringer recommends. Whole well-taught mind the pretent age furpassa,
And join'd to that th' experience of the latt.
Fit words attended on his weighty ferie, § 25. Pompous Desiription of the royal Garden And mild perfuafion flow'd in eloquence. of the Phæacians.
O lyht (he cricd) dishonest and unjust!
A guett, a stranger, fcated in the dust! CLOSE to the gates a spacious garden lies, To raise a lonely fuppliant from the ground
From storms defended and inclement skies: Befits a monarch. Lo! the peers around Four acres was th'allotted space of ground, But wait thy word, the gentle guest to grace, Fenc'd with a green inclosure all around. And feat him fair in fome di tinguith'd place. Tall thriving trees confess'd the fruitful mold; Let first the herald due libation pay The redd’ning apple ripens here to gold; To Jove, who guides the wand'rer on his way; Here the blue fig with luscious juice o‘erflows; Then set the genial banquet in his view, With deeper red the full pomegranate glows; And give the Itranger-guest a stranger's due.
TO Befo And Hi, ded
§ 27. Ulysses left seated with Alcinoids and bis ''Twas nighr; and, cover'd in the foliage deep,
green; jbe diiovering the Garment tha! was Jove plung'd my senses in the death of fleep.
A maid ainidst them goddess-like appear'd:
To her I sucd, she pitied my distrets;
In youth and beauty wisdom is but raie!
Cam'lt thou not hither, wondrous stranger ! say,
Hard is the tafk, O princois ! you impofu,
§ 28. Ulyffis at the Pbæacian Games.
Here Heaven an elegance of form denies,
And steals witli modcít violence our souls; Me, only me, the hand of fortune bore,
He speaks referv'dly, but he speaks with force,
Nor can one word be chang'd but for a worie ;
Inur'd a melancholy part to bear,
fuul : foul was joy'd in vain, Sonorous thro' the shaded air it sings;
The crowd gaze upwards while it cleaves the skies.
Stand forth, ye champions who the gauntlet wield,