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Where once his steeds their favage banquet found, 390
And human bones yet whiten all the ground.

Say, can thofe honours please? and canft thou love
Prefumptuous Crete, that boafts the tomb of Jove!
And shall not Tantalus's kingdom share
Thy wife and fifter's tutelary care?
Reverse, O Jove, thy too fevere decree,
Nor doom to war a race deriy'd from thee;

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On impious realms and barb'rous Kings impofe
Thy plagues, and curse 'em with fuch fons as those.
Thus, in reproach and pray'r, the Queen exprefs'd
The rage and grief contending in her breast ;
Unmov'd remain'd the Ruler of the sky,
And from his throne return'd this ftern reply.
'Twas thus I deem'd thy haughty foul would bear
The dire, tho' juft, revenge which I prepare 405
Against a nation thy peculiar care :

No lefs Dione might for Thebes contend,
Nor Bacchus lefs his native town defend,

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Dignius abruptis etiamnum inhumata procorum
Relliquiis trunca ora rigent. tamen hic tibi templi
Gratus honos. placet Ida nocens, mentitaque manes
Creta tuos. me Tantaleis confiftere tectis,
Quae tandem invidia eft? belli deflecte tumultus,
Et generis miferefce tui. funt impia late

Regna tibi, melius generos paffura nocentes.

Finierat mifcens precibus convicia Juno,

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At non ille gravis, dictis, quanquam afpera, motus
Reddidit haec; Equidem haud rebar te mente fecunda
Laturam, quodcunque tuos (licet aequus) in Argos
Confulerem, neque me (detur fi copia) fallit
Multa fuper Thebis Bacchum, aufuramque Dionem

NOTES.

VER. 399, with fuch fons as those.] Eteocles and Polynices.

Yet these in filence fee the fates fulfil

Their work, and rev'rence our superior will.

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For by the black infernal Styx I swear,

`(That dreadful oath which binds the Thunderer) 'Tis fix'd; th' irrevocable doom of Jove;

No force can bend me, no perfuafion move.
Hafte then, Cyllenius, thro' the liquid air;
Go mount the winds, and to the shades repair;
Bid hell's black monarch my commands obey,
And give up Laius to the realms of day,
Whose ghost yet shiv'ring on Cocytus' sand,
Expects its paffage to the further ftrand:
Let the pale fire revifit Thebes, and bear
Thefe pleafing orders to the tyrant's ear;
That, from his exil'd brother, fwell'd with pride
Of foreign forces, and his Argive bride,
Almighty Jove commands him to detain
The promis'd empire, and alternate reign:
Be this the cause of more than mortal hate:
The reft, fucceeding times fhall ripen into Fate.

Dicere, fed noftri reverentia ponderis obstat.
Horrendos etenim latices, Stygia aequora fratris
Obteftor, manfurum et non revocabile verum,
Nil fore quo dictis flectar. quare impiger ales
Portantes praecede Notos Cyllenia proles:
Aëra per liquidum, regnifque illapfus opacis
Dic patruo, Superas fenior fe tollat ad auras
Laius, extinctum nati quem vulnere, nondum
Ulterior Lethes accepit ripa profundi
Lege Erebi: ferat haec diro mea jussa nepoti
Germanum exilio fretum, Argolicifque tumentem
Hofpitiis, quod fponte cupit, procul impius aula
Arceat, alternum regni inficiatus honorem:
Hinc caufae irarum: certo reliqua ordine ducam.

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The God obeys, and to his feet applies

Thofe golden wings that cut the yielding fkies.
His ample hat his beamy locks o'erfpread,

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And veil'd the ftarry glories of his head.
He feiz'd the wand that caufes fleep to fly,
Or in soft slumbers feals the wakeful eye;
That drives the dead to dark Tartarian coafts,
Or back to life compels the wand ring ghofts.
Thus, thro' the parting clouds, the fon of May
Wings on the whistling winds his rapid way;
Now fmoothly fteers thro' air his equal flight,
Now fprings aloft, and tow'rs th' ethereal height; 440
Then wheeling down the fleep of heav'n he flies,
And draws a radiant circle o'er the fkies.
Meantime the banish'd Polynices roves

(His Thebes abandon'd) thro' th' Aonian groves, 444 While future realms his wand'ring thoughts delight, His daily vifion and his dream by night;

Paret Atlantiades dictis genitoris, et inde Summa pedum propere plantaribus illigat alis, Obnubitque comas, et temperat aftra galero. Tum dextrae virgam inferuit, qua pellere dulces Aut fuadere iterum fomnos, qua nigra subire Tartara, et exangues animare affueverat umbras. Defiluit; tenuique exceptus inhorruit aura.

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Nec mora, fublimes raptim per inane volatus
Carpit, et ingenti defignat nubila gyro.

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Interea patriis olim vagus exul ab oris
Oedipodionides furto deferta pererrat
Aoniae. jam jamque animis male debita regna
Concipit, et longum fignis cun&tantibus annum
Stare gemit. tenet una dies noctefque recurfans

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Forbidden Thebes appears before his eye,
From whence he fees his abfent brother fly,
With transport views the airy rule his own,
And fwells on an imaginary throne.
Fain would he caft a tedious age away,
And live out all in one triumphant day.
He chides the lazy progrefs of the fun,
And bids the year with swifter motion run.
With anxious hopes his craving mind is toft,
And all his joys in length of wishes loft.

The hero then refolves his courfe to bend
Where ancient Danaus' fruitful fields extend,
And fam'd Mycene's lofty tow'rs afcend,
(Where late the fun did Atreus' crimes deteft,
And disappear'd in horror of the feast.)
And now by chance, by fate, or furies led,
From Bacchus' confecrated caves he fled,

Where the fhrill cries of frantic matrons found,

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And Pentheus' blood enrich'd the rifing ground. 46;

Cura virum, fi quando humilem decedere regno
Germanum, et femet Thebis, opibufque potitum
Cerneret hac aevum cupiat pro luce pacifci.
Nunc queritur ceu tarda fugae difpendia: fed mox
Attollit flatus ducis, et fediffe fuperbum

Dejecto fe fratre putat. fpes anxia mentem
Extrahit, et longo confumit gaudia voto.
Tunc fedit Inachias urbes, Danaciaque arva,

Et caligantes abrupto fole Mycenas,

Ferre iter impavidum. feu praevia ducit Erinnys,
Seu fors ille viae, five hac immota vocabat
Atropos. Ogygiis ululata furoribus antrat
Deferit, et pingues Baccheo fanguine colles.

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Then fees Citharon tow'ring o'er the plain,
And thence declining gently to the main.
Next to the bounds of Nifus realm repairs,
Where treacherous Scylla cut the purple hairs:
The hanging cliffs of Scyron's rock explores,
And hears the murmurs of the diff'rent fhores :
Paffes the ftrait that parts the foaming feas,
And ftately Corinth's pleafing site surveys.

470

'I'was now the time when Phoebus yields to night, And rifing Cynthia sheds her filver light,

Wide o'er the world in folemn pomp she drew
Her airy chariot, hung with pearly dew;

All birds and beasts lie hufh'd; Sleep fteals away
The wild defires of men, and toils of day,
And brings, defcending thro' the filent air,
A sweet forgetfulness of human care.
Yet no red clouds, with golden borders gay,
Promise the skies the bright returns of day;
No faint reflections of the diftant light

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Streak with long gleams the fcatt'ring fhades of night;

Inde plagam, qua molle fedens in plana Cithaeron
Porrigitur. laffumque inclinat ad aequora montem,
Praeterit, hinc artte fcopulofo in limite pendens, 470
Infames Scyrone petras, Scyllaeaque rura
Purpureo regnata feni, mitemque Corinthon
Linquit, et in mediis audit duo littora campis.
Jamque per emeriti furgens confinia Phoebi

Titanis, late mundo subvecta filenti

Rorifera gelidum tenuaverat aëra biga.

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Jam pecudes volucresque tacent; jam Somnus avaris
Inferpit curis, pronufque per aëra nutat,
Grata laboratae referens oblivia vitae.
Sed nec puniceo rediturum nubila coele

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