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Εγώ δ' εμας αλώσεις.
Ούχ ίππG, ώλεσεν με,
Ω Δ Η IZ'.
Εις ποτήριον αργυρών,
“Ηφαισε, μοί ποίησον,
• 3. But I attune my own Defeat.] Ovid seems to have imitated this Paffage :
Vincor, & ingenium fumptis revocatur ab armis,
Amor. L. 2. Eleg. 18.
But I attune my own Defeat.
COME, Vulcan, all thy Skill impart,
OME, Vulcan, all thy Skill impart,
This Silver Mass implores thy Art. No glittring Arms my Cares employ, For what are Wars to Me and Joy?
VER. 8. Strange Foes, which dart from Beauty's Eyes.] Nonnus calls the Eyes omavlisñpes epóstwv, The Archers of Love. And an Epigram in the Anthologia, speaking of Love, says,
Ow λέληθας, Τοξοτα, Ζωοφίλας όμμασι κρυπτόμωG. But not unseen, in Zenophelia's Eyes The little wanton Archer ambush'd lies. VER. 3. No glittering Arms my Cares employ.] Al
Ποτήριον 3 κοίλον,
luding, as Commentators observe, to that pompous Suit of Armour which Vulcan made for Achilles, at the Request of his Mother, the Goddess Thetis.
VER. 7. I'd have no Constellations bine.] Alluding to the Shield of Achilles, on which Vulcan describ'd the Constellations, as Homer informs us.
There shone the Image of the Master-Mind, There Earth, there Heav'n, there Ocean he designd; Th'unweary'd Sun, the Moon compleatly round; The Starry Lights that Heav'n's high Convex crown'd; The Pleiads, Hyads, with the Northern Team ; Ard great Orion's more refulgent Beam ; To which, around the Axle of the Sky, The Bear revolving, points his golden Eye, Still shines, exalted on th' ætherial Plain, Nor bathes his blazing Forehead in the Main. Pope. VER. 9. Let no Orion frowning rise.] Orion, according to Hesiod, was the Son of Neptune, and Euryale the Daughter of Minos; but Ariftomachus makes him the adopted Son of Erythræus a Theban, who being childless, obtain'd him from the Urine of Jupiter and Mercury, in recompence for the hospitable Reception he had given
But sink me deep a mirthful Bowl,
I'd have no Conftellations shine,
them. Callimachus tells us, that he offer'd Violence to Diana, and was shot by her with an Arrow, of which Opinion is Horace.
L. 3. Od. 4.
With fiercer Darts than those of Love. Creech. But Homer assures us, that he was belov'd by Diana, and shot by her out of a Fit of Jealousy. His Con. stellation is compos’d of Seventeen Stars. Anacreon gives Orion the Epithet of sugees, hateful, because he is observ'd to be attended with Rain and tempestuous Weather. Horace calls him, Infeftus : Dum pecori lupus, & nautis infeftus Orion.
Epod. 15 As long as Wolves pursue the tim'rous Sheep, Or stern Orion rages o'er the Deep. VER. 10. Nor Pleiads weep from mimick Skies.] The
Pleiades were the Daughters of Atlas, the Son of Japetus or Neptune, and Pleione the Daughter of Oceanus and Tethys.
Mnafeas tells us, that Atlas had fifteen Daughters ; five of which having mourn'd themselves to Death for their Brother Hyas, who was killd in Hunting by a Lion, were chang'd into Stars, and call'd Hyades; that seven of the remaining ten flew themselves thru' Grief, for the Loss of their Sisters, and were therefore call'd Pleiades, because the Majority agreed in the Action. But Pherecydes Atheniensis says, they were the Nurses of Bacchus, and that Jupiter, to reward their