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Oppos'd lo ber, on t'other side advance Thence issued such a blast and hollow roar, The costly feast, the carol, and the dance, 'As threaten'd from the hinge to heave the door Minstrels and music, poetry and play,
In through that door anorthern light there shone; Aud balls by night, and tournanienis by day. Twas all it had, for windows there were none. All these were painted on the wall, and more ; Thie gite was adamant; eternal frame! With acts and monuments of times before: illich, hew'd by Mass himself, froin Indija And others allded by prophetic doom,
quarries came, And lovers yet unborn, and loves to come: The labor of a God; and all along For there th' Ilalian mount and Cirheroni, Tough iron plaies were clench'd to make it The court of Venus was in colors diawa: A tua about was ev'ry pillar there: (strong Before the palace gate, in careless dress, A polish d nirror shone not half so clear. And loose array, sat portress Idlenes :
There saw I low the secret felon wrouyht, ] There, by the founi, Narcissus pin'd alone; 2 And treason lalı'ring in the trailor's thought; There Sampson was, with wiser Solomon, | And midwife Time the ripen d plot to murder And all the mighty names by Love undone. ) brought. Medea's charms were there','Circcan feasts, Tltere the red anger dard the pallid sear; With bowls that turn'denamour'lyouthistobeasts. Nexi stood llypocrisy with holy leer, Here might be seen, that beauty, wealth and wit, Soft smiling, and depurely looking down, And prowess, to the pow'r of love submit: . But hid the danger underneath the gown: The spreading snare for all mankind is laid: Ti assassinating wife, the houschola hend; And lovers all betray, and are betray'd. And, far the blackest there, the fruitor friend. The Goddess' self some noble hand had wrought; On t'other side, there stood destruction bare, Smiling she scem'd, and fullof pleasing thought :Unpunish'd rapine, and a waste of war; Froni Ocean as she first began to rise,
Contest, with sharpen'l knives, incloisters drawn, And smooth'dihe ruffled seas and cleard theskics; And all with blood bespread the holy lawn. She trod the brine all bare above the breast, Loud menacés were heard, and foul disgrace, ) And the green waves but ill conceal'd the rest; And bawling infamy, in language base; A lute she held; and on her liead was scen Till sense was lost in sound, and silence fed A wreath of roses red, and inyrtle's green;
the place. Her turtles fann'd the buxom air above, The slayer of himself vet saw I there, And, by his mother, stoor an infant Love. The gore congeaid was clotted in his hair : With wings untedy'd, his eyes were banded. With eyes half clos'd and gaping mouth be las, His hands a bow, his back a quiver bore, otoril and grim as when he breach'd his sullen woul Supplied with arrows brightand keen,adeadly In midst of all the dome inisfortune cat, (away. store.
And gloomy discolteni, and fell debate, But in the dome of mightv Murs the red And madness laughing in his ireful mool; With diff'rent figures all the sides were sprcad; And un'd complaint on theft, and criesofblond
This teinple, less in form, with equal ricc, There was the murder'd corpse, in covert land, Was imitative of the first in Thrace:
And rivlerat death in thousand shapes display'd: ! For that cold region was the lor'd abode, The city to the soldier's raye resign'd; And sov'reign mansion, of the warrior god. Successless wors, and poverty behind: The landscape was a forest wide and bare, Ships burni in fight, or forc'd on rocky shores, Where neither beast norlunan kind repair; and the tash hunier strangled by the boars: The fowl, that scent afar, the borders Av, The new-bona babe, by nurses overlairi ; [inade And shun the bitter blast, and wheelabourinesky. And the cock caught within the raging fire lic A cake of scurf lies baking on the gmund; Allills on Mars's nature, flame and steel; And prickly stabs instead of trees are found; The gasping Charivleer beneath the wheel Or woods with knots and knares dctorm'd and of his own car: the ruin'd house that falls, old,
And intercepts lier lord betwixt the walls; Headless the most, and hideous to behold: The whole division that to Mars pertains; A ratling tempest through the branches went, All trades of death that deal in steel fur gaios That stripp'd thein barc, and one solc way they were there: the butcher, armorer, and smith, - bent.
Who forges sharpen'd falchions, or the scythe Heaven froze above severe, the clouds congeal, The scarlet conquest on a tow't was plac'd, And through the crystal vault appeard ibeIl'ith shouts and soldiers' acclamations gracd. standing hail ;
A pointed sword hung threat'ning o'er his lità Such was the face without: a mountain stood Sustain'd but by a slender twine of thread.
Threat'ning from high, and overlook'd the wood | There saw I Mars's ides, the capitol,
The temple stood of Mars arınipotent: | The last triumvirs, and the wars they more,
All copied from the heavens, and ruling force For now the rivals round the world had sought,
That after, or before, were never known Above his head, a warrior and a naid; Such chiefs, as each an arıny seem'd alone : One when direct, and one when retrograde. Beside the champions, all of high degree,
Tird with deformities of death, I haste Who knighthood lov'd and deeds of chivalry, To the thira teinplc of Diana chaste.
Throng'd to the lists, and envied to behold A sylvan scene with various greens was drawn, The names of others, not their own, enroll'd. Shades on the sides and on the midst a lawn : Nor seems it strange; for every noble knight The silver Cynthia, with her nymphis around, who loves the fair, and is endued with inight, Pursued the flying deer, the woods with horns In such a quarrel would be proud to figlit. :) Calisto there stood inauisest of share, (resound: There breathes nouscarcea man on British ground And turn'd a bear, the northern star became: (An isle for love and armıs of old renown'd) Her son was next, and by peculiar grace But would have sold his life to purchase fame, In the cold circle held the second place : To Palamon or Arcite sent his name: The stag Icicon in the stream had spied, And had the land selected of the best, [the rest. The naked huntress, and, for seeing, died: Half had coine hence, and let the world provide His hounds, unknowing of his change, pursue A hundred knights with Palamon there came, The chace, and their mistaken master slew. Approv'd in sight, and men of mighty name; Pencian Daphae 100 was there to see,
| Their arms were sev'ral, as their nations were, Apollo's love before, and now his tree : But furnish'd all alike with sword and spear., Tn'adjoining faneth'assembled Grecksexpress'd, Some wore coal-armor imitating scale; And hunting of the Caledonian beast.
And next thcirskins were stubborn shirts of mail; Oenides' valor, and his envied prize; .
Some wore a breast-plate and a light juppon, The fatal pow'r of Atalanta's eyes;
Their horses cloth'd with rich caparison ; Diana's vengeance on the victor shown, Some for defence would leathern bucklers use The murd'ress mother, and consuming son; Of folded hides, and others shields of pruce; The Volscian queen extended on the plain; One hung a pole-as at his saddle-bow, The treason punish'd, and the traitor slain. And one a heavy mace to stun the foe; The rest were various huntings, well design'd, One for his legs and knees provided well, And savage bea ts destroyd, of ev'ry kind. With jambeux arin'd, and double plates of steel : The graceful goddess was array'd in green; This on bis helmet wore a lady's glove, About her feet were little beagles seen, (And that a ::eve embroiderd by his love. That watch'd with upward eyes the motions (With Palamon, above the rest in place, of their queen.
Lycurgus canic, the surely king of Thrace; Her legs were buskin'd, and the left before, 2 Black was his beard, and manly was his face; ) In act to shoot ; a silver bow she bore,
The balls of his broad eye's roll'd in his head, And at her back a painted quirer wore. And glar'l beiwixt a yellow and a red : She trod a waxing noon, that soon would wane, lle look'd a lion witii a gloomy stare, And, drinking borrow'd light, be fill'd again; | And o'er his eye-brows hung his matted hair : With down cast eyes, as seming to survey Biy-bon'd, and largeoflimbs, with sinews strong, The dark dominions, her alternate sway. . | Broad-shoulder'l, and his arms were round and Before her stood a woman in her throes,
long. And call'd Lucija's aid, her burden todisclose. Four milk-white bulls(the Thracian use of old) All these the painter drew with such coinmand, Were yok'd to draw his car of burnish'd gold. That Nature snatch'd the pencil from his hand, Upright he stood and borc aloft his shield, Asham'd and angry that his art could feign Conspicuous from afar, and overlook'd the field. And mend the tortures of a mother's pain. His surcoat was a bear-skin on his back; Theseus behcld the fanes of ev'ry God, His hairhung long behind,and glossy raven black. And thought his mighty cost was well bestow'd. His aniple forehead bore a coronet So princcs now their poets should regard; With sparkling dianjonds and with rubies set : But few can write, and fewer can reward. Ten brace, and more, of greyhounds, snowy fair The theatre thus rais'd, the lists inclos'd, And tall as stags, ran loose, and cours d around And all with vast magnificence dispos'd,
[the bear: 1 We leave the monarch pleas'd, and haste to bring A match for pards in flight, in grappling for) The knights to combai, and their arms to sing. With golden muzzles all theirinouthswerebound,
And collars of the saine their necks surround. в оок 1.
|Thus thro' the field Lycurgus took his way
His hundred knigh:s attend in pomp and proud The day approach'd when Fortune should array: decide
To match this monarch, with strong Arcite came Th' important enterprise, and give the bride ; Emetrius, king of Inde, a mighty name,
On a bay courser, goodly to behold, gold. There, falling ou his kpees before her shrine,
For thee the winds their eastern blasts förbear,
(apply. Some sprinkled freckles on his face were seen, | And birds to lays of love their tuneful noies) Whose dusk set off the whiteness of the skin; For thee the lion loaths the taste of blood, His awful presence did the crowd surprise, And roaring hunts his feniale thro' the wood: Nor durst the rash spectator mret his eyes; For thee the buils re-bellow thro' the groses, Eyes that confess'd him born for kingly sway, And tempt the stream, and snuff their absent Só ficroe, they flash'd intolerable day. .
loves. His age in nature's youthful prime appear'd, Tis thine, whate'er is pleasant, good or fair. 2 And just began to bloom his yellow beard. All nature is thy province, life thy care: Whene'er he spoke, his voice was heard around, Thou mad'sttheworld,anddosttheworldrepair.) Loud as a trumpet, with a silver sound. Thou gladder of the mount of Cytheron, A laurel wreath'd his temples, fresh and green; Increase of Jove, companion of the sun; And myrtle sprigs, the marks of love, were mix'd Ife'er Adonis touch'd thy tender heart, Upon his fist he bore, for his delight, between. Have pity, Goddess, for thou know'st the smart, An eagle well reclaim'd, and lily white. Alas! 'I have not words to tell my grief;
His hundred kniglits attend him to the war, To vent my sorrow would be some relief; All arm'd for battle, sare their hearls were harc. Light sufl'rings give us leisure to complain; Words and devices blaz'd on cvery shield, We groan, but cannot speak, in greater pain. And pleasing was the terror of the field. O Goddess, tell thyself what I would say, Forkings, and dukes,and barons you mightsee, Thou know'st it, and I feel too inuch to pray. Like sparkling stars, though diff'rent in degree, So grant my suit, as I inforce my might, All forth’increase ofarms, and love of chivalry.) In love to be thy champion and ihy knight; Before the king tamc leopards led the way, A servant to thy sex, a slave to thee, And troops of lions innocently play
A foe profest to barren chastity. So Bacchus thro' the conquor'd Indies rode, Nor ask I famc or honor of the field, And beastsingambols frisk Übeforethehonestgod. Nor choose I more to vanquish than to yield: In this array the war of either side
In my divine Emilia make me blest, Through Athens pass'd with military pride. Let fáte, or partial chance, dispose the rest : At prime, they enter'd on the Sunday morn; Find thou the inanner, and the nicans prepare ; Richiap stryspread thestreets and low'rs the posts Possession, more than conquest, is my care. The town was all a jubilee of feasts; acorn, Mars is the warrior's god; in him it lies, So 'Theseus willid in honor of his guests; On whom he favors to confer the prize; Himself with open arms the king embrac'd, With smiling aspect you serenely move Than all the rest in their degrees were grac'd. In your fifth orb, and rule the realm of love. No harbinger was needful for a night,
The fates but only spin the coarser clow, For ev'ry liouse was proud to lodge the knight. The finest of the wool is left for you.
I pass the royal treat, nor must relate Spare me but one small portion of the twing, The gifts bestow'd, nor how the champions sat: And let the sisters cut below your line: Who first or last, or how the knights address d. The rest amoug the rublish inay they sweep, Their vows, or who was fairest at the feast : Or add it to the varn of some old miser's heap. Whose voice, whose graceful dance did most sur. But if you this ambitions pray'r deny prise ;
(A wish, I grant, beyond moriality), Soft am'rous sighs, and silent love of eyes, Then let ine sink beneath proud Arcite's arins, The rivals call my Muse another way,
And I, once dead, let him possess her charms. To sing their vigils for th' ensuing day.
Thus ended he; then with observance due • 'Twas ebbing darkness, past the noon of night ; |The sacred incense on her altar ihrew.
Anri Phospher on the confines of the light. The curling smokemounts heavy from the fires; Promis'd the sun, ere day began to spring; | Arlength it catches fame, and in a blaze expires;
The tuneful lark already streich'd her wing, (At once the gracious Goddess gave the sign, And, Aiek'ring on her nest, made short essays Her statue shook, and trembled all the shrine : to sing:
Pleas'd Palamon the tardy onien took; When wakeful Palamon, preventing day, 7 For, since the Hames pursued the trailing smoke, Took to the royal lists his early way, pray. Heknewhisboonwasgranted; but theday delay, To Venus at her fane, in her own house io) ITo distance driven, and joy adjourn'd with long
Now morn with rosy lighthadstreak'd the sky; When, lo! the burning fire that shone so bright, Up rose the sun, and up rose Emily ; '. Flew off, all sudden, with extinguish'd light, Address'd her early steps to Cynthia's fane, And left one altar dark, a little space; [blaze : In state attended by her mailen train, ( Which turn'd self-kindled, and renew'd the Who bore the vests that holy rites require, | The other victor flame a moment stood, Incense, and od'rous gums, and cover'd fire. Then fell, and lifeless left the extinguish'd wood; The plenteous horny with pleasant incad they For ever lost, ui irrevocable light crown,
Forsook the black'ning coals, and sunk to nights Nor wanted aught besides in honor of the moon. At either end it whistled as it Hew, (dew; Nowwhile the templesmoke with honllow'dsteaiul And as the brands were preen, so dropp'd the They wash the virgu in a living stream; Infected as it fell with sweat of sanguine hue. ) The secret ceremonies I conceal,
Į The maid from that illomen turn'd her eyes, Uncou:h, perhaps unlawful, to reveal, | And with loud shricks and clamors rent theskics, But such they were as Pagan use requir'd, Nor knew what signified the boding sign, Perfuru'd by women when the men retir'd, But found the pow'rs displeas'd, and feard the Whose eyes profane their chaste mysterious rites wrath divine. Might turn io scandal, or obscene delights. Then shook the sacred shrine, and sudden light Well-meaners think no harm ; but for the rost, Sprung through the vaulted roof, and made the Thingssacred they pervert, and silence is the best. temple bright. Her shining hair, uncomb'd, was looscly spread,! The pow'r, behold! the pow'r in glory shone, A crown of mastless oak adoru d her head : By her bent bow and her keen arrows known; When to the shrine approach'd the spotless maid The rest, a huntress issuing from the wood, Hlad kindling fires on either altar laid
Reclining on her corne) spear she stood. (The rites were such as viere observ'd of old, Then gracious thus began : Dismiss thy fear, Bv Statius in his Theban story told);
Aud Heaven's unchang'd decrees attentive hear: Then kueeling with her hands across her breast, More pow'rful Gods have torn thee from my side, Thus lowly she preferr'd her chaste request : Unwilling to resign, and dooin'd a bride :
O Goddess, hinter of the woodland green, | The two contending knights are weigh'd above; To whom both heaven, and earth, and seas, arc One Mars protects, and one the Queen of Love : seen ;
But which the man, is in the Thund'rer's breast; Queen of the nether skies, where half the year This he pronounc'd, 'tis he who loves the best. The silver branis descend, and light the gloomy The fire that once extinct reviv'd again, sphere;
Foreshows the love allotted to remain : Goddess of inaids, and conscious of our hearts ; | Farewell! she said, and vanish'd from the place; So keep me from the vengeance of thy darts, The shcafof arrows shook, and rattled in the case. Which Niobe's devoice issue felt,
Aghast at this the royal virgin stood, When hissingthroughsheshiesthefeather’ddeaths Disclaim'd, and now no more a sister of the wood: As I desire to live a virgin life, were dealt; But to the parting Goddess thus she pray'd : ) Nor know the name of mother or of wife. Propitious still be present to my aid, Thy votress from iny teniler years I am, . Nor quite abandon your once favor'd maid. ) And love, like thee, the woods and sylvan game. Then sighing she return'd; but sinil'd betwixt, Like death, thou know'st, hoath the nuptial With hopes and fears,and joyswith sorrow's mixt. And man, the tyrant of our sex, I hate, [state, El The next returning planetary hour A lowly servaní, but a lofty niate ;
STOF Mars, who shar'd the heptarchy of pow'r, Where love is duty on the female side; | His steps bold Arcite to the temple bent, Ontheirs mere sensualgust, and sought with surly T adore with Pagan rites the pow'rarmnipotent: Now by thy triple shape, as thou art scen (pride. Then prostrate low before his altar lay, spray : In heaven, earth, hell, and ev'ry wiere a queen, And rais'd his manly voice, and thus began to Grant this my first desire ; let' discord cease, Strong God of arms, whose iron sceptre sways And make betwixt the rivals lasting peace : The freezing North, and Hyperborean seas, Quench their hot fire, or far from me remove And Scythian colds, and Thracia's winter coast, The fame, and turn it on soine other love: Where stand thy steeds, and thou art honor’d Or, if my frowning stars have so decreed,
! And force is added to the fainting crew.
The flames ascendon either altar clear, (pray'r. I dar'd the death, unknowing how to yield, While thus the blameless inaid address'd her And, falling in my rank, still kept the field :)
Then let my arms prevail, by thee sustain'd, For this, with soul devout, he thank'd the Gori; That Einily by conquest may be gain'd., and of success secure, returned to his atode. Have pity on my pains; nor those unknown. These rows thus granted rais'd a strife above To Mars, which, when a lover, were his own. Betwixt the God of War and Queen of Lore. Venus, the public care of all above,
She granting first had right of time 10 plead; Thy stubborn heart has softea'd into lose: But he had granted 100, nor would recede. Now by her blandishments and pow'rful charms, Jove was for. Venus; but he feared his wife; When yielded she lay curling in my arnis, And seemed unwilling to decide the strife; Ev'n by thy shame, if shame it may be callid, Till Saturu from his leaden throne arose, When Vulcan had thec in his net enthrallid; | And found a way the diff'rence to compose: O envied ignominy, sweet disgrace,
Though sparing of his grace, to mischief bent, When ev'ry God that saw thee wish'd thv place! He seldom does a good with good intent. By those dear pleasures, aid my arms in fight, Wayward, but wise; by long experience taught, And make me conquer in my patron's right: To please both parties, for ill ends, he sought: For I am young, a novice in the trade, For this advantage age froin youth has won, The fool of love unpractise to persuade, As not to be outridden, though outrun: And want the soothing arts that catch the fair ; By furtune he was now to Venus trin'd, But, caught myself, lie struggling in the snare: And with stern Mars in Capricorn was join'd:. And she I love, or laughs at all my pain, Of him disposing in his own abode, Or knows he's worth too well, and pays me with He sooth'd the Goddess, while he gull'd the God. disclain,
Cease, daughter, to complain and stint the strise; For sure I am, unless I win in arins,
Thy Palamon shall have this proinis'd wife : To stand excluded fram Emilia's charms: And Mars, the lord of conquest in the fight Nor can my strength avail, unless by thee With palm and laurel shall adorn bis knight. Endued by force, I gain the victory;
Wide is my course, not turn I to my place, Then for the fire which pairm’d thy gen'nus Till length of time, and more with tardy pice. Pity thy subject's pains and equal smart. Theart, Man feels me, when I press th' ethereal plains ; So be the morrow's sweat and labor mine, My hand is heavy, and the wound remains. The pain and honor of the conquest thine: Mine is the shipwreck, in a wat'ry sign; Then shall the war, and stern debaie, and strife And, in an earthy, the dark dungeon mine. Immorial, he the business of my life;
Cold shivering agues, melancholy care, 2 And in thy fane, the dusty spoils among, Chung; And bitter blasting winds, and poison'd air, 1 High on the burnished roof'my banner shall be Are niine, and wilsul death, resulting from Rank'd with my champions buckler, and below, despair. With arms rerers'il, th'achievements of my foe: The throtling quinsey 'tis my star appoints, And while these lirabs the vital spirit feeds, And rhuematisms ascend to rack the joints : While day to night, and night to day succeeds, When churis rebel against their patre prince, Thy smoking altar shall he fat with food i arm their hands and furnish with pretence; Of incense, and the grateful stream of blood; And, housin, in the lion's hateful sign, Burnt off'rings morn and eveningshall be thinc, Bought senates, and deserting troops are mine. And fires eternal in thy temple shine.
Mine is the privy pois'ning ; I conimand The bush of yellow beard, this length of hair, Inkindly seasoris and ungrateful land. Which from my birth inviolate I bear, By me kings' palaces are pushid to ground, Guiltless of steel and from the razor free, and miners crushi'd beneath their mincs arefound. Shall fall a plenteous crop, reserv'd for thee; 'Twas I slew Sampson, when the pillar'd hall
So may my arms with victory be blest : Fell down, and crush'd the many with the fall. · I ask no more: let fate dispose the rest. [close My looking is the fire of pestilence,
The champion ceas'd ; there followed in the That sweeps at once the people and the prince, A hollow groan: a murmuring wind arose; Now sweep no more but trust thy grandsire's art, The rings of iron, that on the doors were hung, Mars shall be pleas'd, and thou perforin the part Sent out a jarring sound, and harshly rung; "Tis ill, though diff'rent your complexions are, The bolted gates flew open at the blast; The family of Heaven for men should war. The storm rush'd in, and Arcite stood aghast ; Th' expedient pleas d, where neitheir lost his The flames were blown aside, yet shone they right; bright,
Mars had the day, and Venus bad the night. Fann'd by the wind, and gave a ruffied light. The management they left to Chronos' care;
Then from the ground, a scent began to rise, Now turn we to th' effect, and sing the war. Sweet-smelling as accepted sacrifice :
In Athens all was pleasure, nirib, and plos, This owen pleas'd, and as the flames aspire All proper to the spring, and sprighiy Maya With odorous incense Arcite heaps the fire;. Which ev'ry soul inspir'd with such delight, Nor wanted hymns to Mars, or heathen charms: 'Twas jesting all the day, and love at night, At length the nociding statue clash'd his arnis, Heaven smild, and gladded was the heart of And with a sullo sound and feeble cry (victory. I man; Half sunk, and half pronounced, the word of And Venus had the world as when it first began.