At length in sleep their bodies they compose, Silence is thrice enjoin'd; then tlmis aloud And dreamt the future fight, and early rose. The king at aruis bespeaks the knights and

Now scarce the dawning day began to spring, list’ning crowd.' Asara signalgiven the streets with clamors ring, 1 Our sov’reign lord has ponder'd in his mind At once the crowd arose ; confus’d and high. The means 10 spare the blood of gentle kind; Eren from the Heaven was hearda shouting cry; And of his grace and inborn clemency, For Mars was early up, and rous'd the sky. J He modifies his first severe decree; The Gods came dowowarel to behold the wars, | The keener edge of battle to rebate, Sharp'ningtheirsights, and leaningfromtheirstars. The troops for honor fighting, nor for hate. The neighing of the gen'rous horse was heard, He wills not death should terminate their strife; For battle by the busy groom prepar'd. . And wounds, if wounds ensue, be short of life: Rustling of harness, rautling of the shield, But issues, ere tre fight, bis dread command, Clattering of armor farbish for the field. That Alings afar the poniards hand to hand, Crowds to the castle mounted up the street, Be banish'd frony the field; that none shall care Batt'ring the pavement with their coursers' feet : With shorten'd sword to stab in closer war; The greedy fight might there devour the golit But in fair combat fight with manly strength, Of glittering arins, too dazzling to behold: Nor push with biting point, but strike at length. And polish'd steel that cast the view aside, The tourney is allow'd but one career And crested morions, with their plumy pride. Of the tough ash, with the sharp grinded spear: Knights with a long retinue of their 'squires, But knights un hors'd may rise from off the plain, In gaudy liveries inarch, and quaint attires. And fight on foot their honor to regain; One lac'd the helm, another held the lance: Nor, it'at mischief taken, on the ground A third the shining buckler did advance. Be slain, but prisoners to the pillar bound,'' The courser paw'd the ground with restless feet, At either barrier plac'd ; nor, captives made, And snorting foam'd,and champ'd the golden bit. Be freed, or armed anew, the fight invade. The smiths and armore on paltreys riele,

The chief of either side, bereft of life, Files in their hands, and hanuners at their side, Or yielded to his foe, concludes the strise. And nails for loosen'd spears, and thongs for Thus dooms the lord: now valiant knights and shields provide.

young, The yeomen guard the streets in seemly bands; Fight each his fill with swords and maces long. And clowns come crowding on, with cudgels The herald ends: the vaulted firmament in their bands.

With loud acclaims and vast applause is rent: The trumpets, next the gate, in order placcd, Heaven guard a prince so gracious and so good, Attend the sign to sound the martial blast; So just and yet so provident of blood!. The palace-yard is fill'd with floating tides, This was the gen'ral cry. The trumpets sound, And the last comers bear the foriner to the sides. And warlike symphony is heard around. The throng is in the niidst : the common crew | Theinarchingiroope thro’Athens taketheir way, Shut out, the hall admits the better few; The great earl-martial orders their array. In knots they stand, or in a ránk they walk, The fair from high the passing pomp behold; Serious in aspect, earnest in their talk: ' A rain of flow'rs is from the windows rollid, Factious, and favoring this or t other side. The casements are with collen tissue spread, As their strong fancy or weak reason guide: And horses' hoofs, for earth, or silken tapestry Their wagers back their wishes : numbers hold tread: With the fair freckled king, and beard of gold : The king goes midmost, and the rivals ride So vigorous are his eres, suclı rays they cast, in equal rank, and elose his cither side. So prominent his cagle's beak is placd. Next after then there rode i he royal wife, But most their looks on the black monarch bend, With Emily, the cause and the reward of strife, His rising muscles and his brawn commend; The following cavalcade, by three and three, His double-biling axe and beamy spear, Proceed by tiiles marshalld in degree. Fach asking a gigantic force to rear.

Thus thro' the southern gate they take their way, All spoke as partial favor mov'd the mind; And at the list arrive ere prime of day. And, safe themselves, at others cost divin'd. There, parting from the king, the chiefs divide,

Wak'd by the cries, thi' Athenian chief arose, | And, wheeling east and west, before their many The Knightly fornis of combat to dispose ;


[high, And passing thro' th' obsernicus guards he gat Th. Athenian monarch mouijt3 his throne on Conspicuous on a throne, sublime in state; And alios hin the queen and Emily: There for the two contending knights he sent: Next these the kindred of the crown are grac'd Armd cap-a-pee, with rer'rence low they bent. With nearer scats, and lords by ladies plac'd. He smild on both, and with superior look Scarce were they seated,when with clamors loud Alike their offered adoration took,

In ruslid at once a rude promiscuous crowd: The people press on ev'ry side, to see

The guaris, and then each other overbear, Their awful prince, and hear his high decree. And in a moreni thring the spacious theatre. Then signing to their beralls with his band, Now chan:'d the jarring noise to whispers low, hey gave his orders from tiveir !ofty stand.. | As winds forsaking seas more sofily blow;

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When at the western gate, on which the car By fits they cease; and, leaning on the lance,
Is plac'd aloft, that bears the God of war, (Take breath awhile, and to new fight advance.
Proud Arcite entring armi before his train, | Full oft the rivals mer, and neiller spard
Slops at the barrier and divides the plain. llis utmost force, and each foryot 10 ward.
Red was his banner, and display'll abroad [The head of this was to the saddle bent,
The bloody colors of his patron God.

| The other backward to ihe crupper sent: Arthat self moment enters Palamon

Buth were by turns alors'l; the jealous blon's The guic of Venus, and the rising sun; Fall thick and heavy, when on toot they close. Ward by the wanton winds, bis banner flies, So deep their falcbiops bite, that ev'ry stroke All inaiden white, and shares the people's cres. Piered to the quick ; and equal wounds ihcy From east to west, look all the world around,

gave and took.
Two troops so maich'd were nerer io be found: Borne far asunder by the sides of nien,
Such bodies built for strength, of equal age, Like adamant and steel they meal again.
In stature siz'd; so proud an equipage :

So when a tiger sucks the bullock's blood,
The nicest eye cou'd no distinction make A famish'd lion issuing froin the wood
IV here lay th' advantage, or what side to take. Roars lordly fierce, and challenges the food. J

Thus, rang'd the herald, for the last proclaims Each claims possession, neither will obey, A silence, while thev answer to their names: But both their paws are fastened on the prer; · For so the king decreed, to shun the carc, var. | They bite, ther tear,anıl while in vain they strire, The fraud of musters false, the common banc of The swains come arm'd between, and both to The tale was just, and then the gaies were closd, distance drive. And chief to chief, and iroop 10 troop oppos'd. At length, as fare foredoom'd, and all things The heralds last rctirid and loudly cried, The fortune of the field be fairly tried.

By course of time to their appointed encl, At shis, the challenger with fierce defy 2 So when the sun to west was far declin'd, Ilistruppetsounds, the challeng'd makesreply: / And both afresh in mortal battle join'd, With clingor rings the field, resounds the The strong Emetrius came in Arcite's aid, vaulied skv.

And Palaion with odds was overlaid : Their vizors closd, their lances in the rest, For, turning short, he struck with all his inight Or at he bclmer pointed, or the crest; Full on the helmet of the unwary knight. They vanish froni the barrier, speech the race, Deep was the wound ; lic stagger'd with the Aud spurring sec decrease the middle space.

blow, A cloud of smoke envelops either host, And turn'd him to his unexpected foe: dad ::11 it once the combatants are lost: | Whom with such force he struck, he felld him Darkling they join adverse, and shock unseen,

down, Coursers with conscrs justling, nien with men: Ind cleft the circle of his golden crown. As lab'ring in eclipse, while they star, But Arcite's nen who now prevail'd in fight, Till the next blast of wind restores the dar. | Twice ten al ouce surround the single knight: They look anew : the beauteous form of fight O'erpower'd at length, they force him to the Is chang'd, a:d war appears a grizly sight.

ground Two troops in fair array one moment show'd, Unvielded as he was, and to the pillar bound; The next, a field with fallen bodies strewirl: And king Lycurgus, while he fought in rain Not half the number in their seats are found ; His friend to free, was tunbled on the plain. But men and steeds lie grov'ling on the ground. Who now laments but Palamon, compelld The points of spears are struck within the shield, No more to try the fortune of the field ! The steeds without their riders scour the field. And, worse than death, to view with hateful eyes The knights unhors'd on foot renew the fight; His rival's conquest, and renounce the prize! The glitt'ring falchions cast a gleaming light: The royal judge on his tribunal placil, Hauberksandhelınsare hew' withmanpitwound: ho had beheid ihe figlu froin first to last, Out spills the streaming blood, and dyes the Bade cease the wars: pronouncing from on high, ground.

Arcite of Thebes has won the beanteous Emily, The mighty maces with such haste descend, The sound of trumpets to the voice replied, i They break the bones, and make the solid ar- And round the royal lists the heralds cried, } imor bend.

Arcite of 'Thebes has won the beauteous bride.) This thrusts amid the throng witli furious force; The people rend the skies with vast applause; Down goes at once, the horseman and the horse: Allown the chief, when fortune owns the cause. That courser stumbles on the fallen steed, Arcite is own'd ev'n by the gods above, And found'ring throws the rider o'er his head. And conqu’ring Mars insults the Queen of Love. One rolls along a foot-ball to his foes ;

So langh'd he, when the rightful Titan sail'd, One with a broken truncheon deals his blows. | And Jove's usurping arms in heaven prevailid. This halting, this disabled with his wound, Laugh'd all the pow'rs who favor tyranny; In triumphi led, is to the pillar bound; And all the standing army of the sky. Where by the king's award he must abide : But Venus with dejected eyes appears. Tikre goes a capirve led on i' other side. And weeping on the lists distils her tears ;

'. Her

ller will refus'd, which grieves a woman most, The vent'rous knight is from the saddllc throw"
And in her champion foil'd, the cause of love is But 'tis the fault of fortune, not his own.
Till, Saturu said, Fair daughter, now be still,[lost. If crowns and palms the conqu’ring side adorn,
The blust'ring fool has satistied his will; The victor under better stars was born :
His boon is given; his knight has gain'd the day, The brave man seeks not popular applause,
But lost the prize; th' arrears are yet to pay. Nor overpower'd with arms deserts his cause ;
Thy hour is come, and mine the care shall be Unsham'd, tho' foil'd, he does the best he can;
To please thy knight, and set thy promise free. Force is of brutes, but honor is of man.

Now while the heralds run the lists around, "Thus Theseus smild on al, with equal grace,
And Arcite, Arcile, heaven and earth resound; And each was set according to his place.
A miracle (not less it could he call'd)

With ease'were reconcil'd the diff'ring parts,
'Their joy with unexpected sorrow pallid. For envy never dwells in noble hearts.
The victor knight had laid his helm aside, At lengih they took their leave, the time expird,
Part for his case, the greater part for pride : Well pleas'd, and to their several homes retird.
Bare-headed, popularly low he bow'd,

Meanwhile the health of Arcite still impairs; And paid the salutations to the crowd.

From bad proceeds to worse, and mocks the Then spurring at full speed, ran headlong on

leeches cares ; Where Theseus sat on his imperial throne; Swoln is his breast, his inward pains increase; Furious he drove, and upward cast his eye, All means are us'd, and all without success. Where, next the queen, was plac'd his Emily; The clotted blood lies heavy on his heart, Then passing to the saddle-bow he bent : Corrupts, and there remains in spite of art : A sweet regard the gracious virgin lent. Nor breathing veins, nor cupping, will prevail; (For woman, to the brave an easy prey, All outward remedies and inward fail : * Still follow fortune where she leads the way.) The mould of nature's fabric is destroy'd ; Just then from earth sprung out a flashing Gre, Her vessels discompos'd, her virtue void : By Pluto sent, at Saturn's bad desire :

The bellows of his lungs begin to swell : Thestariling steed was seis'd with sudden fright, All out of frame is every secret cell, And, bounding, o'er the pommel cast the knight: Nor can the good receive, nor bad expel. Forward he few, and, pitching on his head, Those breathing organs thus within oppress'd, He quiver'd with his sect, and lay for dead. With venom soon distend the sinews of his breast. Black was his count'nance in a little space; Nought profits him to save abandon'd life, For all the blood was gather'din his face. [ground, Nor vomits upward aid, nor downward laxative. Help was at hand : they reard him from the The midmost region batter'd and destroy'd, And from his cumbrous arms his limbs unbound: When nature cannot work th' effect of art is Then lanc'd a vein, and watch'd returning breath ; It came; but clogg'd with symptoms of his death. For physic can but mend our crazy state, The saddle-bow the nobler parts had prest, Patch an old building, not a new create. All bruis'd and mortifed his manly breast. | Arcite is doom'd to die in all his pride, Him still entranc'd, and in a litter laid, Must leave his youth, and yield his beauteous They bore from field, and to his bed convey'd. 1 . bride, At length he wak’d, and, with a feeble cry, Gain'd hardly, against right, and unenjoy'd. J The word he first pronounc'd was Emily. When 'twas declar'd all hope of life was past Meantiine the king, though inwardly he Conscience (that of all physic works the last) mourn'd,

Caus'd him to send for Emily in haste. In pomp triumphant to the town return'd, With her, at his desire, caine Palamon; Attended by the chiefs who fought the field Then on his pillow rais'd, he thus begun; (Now friendly mix'd, and in one troopcompellid), No language can express the smallest part Compos'd his looks to counterfeited cheer, Of what I feel, and sufler in my heart, And bade them mot.for Arcite's life to fear. For you, whom best I love and value most; But that which gladded all the warrior train, But to your service I bequeath my ghost; Though most were sorely wounded none were Which from this mortal body when untied,

Unseen, unheard, shall hover at your side; The surgeons soon despoil'd them of their arms, Nor fright you waking, nor your sleep offend, And some with salves they cure, and some with But wait officious, and your steps attend. . charms;

How I have lov'd, excuse my falt'ring tongực, Fonient the bruises, and the pains assuage, My spirits feeble, and my pains are strong: And heal their inward hurts with soy'reign This I may say, I only grieve to die, draughts of sage, .

Because I lose my charming Emily : The king in person visits all around;

|To die, when Heaven had put you in my pow'r, Comforts the sick, congratulates the sound ; Fate could not choose a more malicious hour! Honors the princely chiefs, rewards the rest, What greater curse could envious fortune zive, And holds for thrice three days a royal feast. | Than just to die when I began to live! None was disgrac'd; for failing is no shame, Am cowardice alone is loss of fame.

Now warm in love, now with'ring in the grave!



Never, O never inore to sce the sun!

Till Theseus in his arms convey'd with care, Sull dark, in a damp vault, and still alone! Far from so sad a sight, the swooning fair. This fate is common; but I lose joy breath, 'Twere loss of time ber sorrow to relate; ) Near bliss, and yet not bless'd before iny death. [Ill bears the sex a youthful lover's fate, Farewell; but take me dying in your arins, When just approaching to the noptial state ;) "Tis all I can enjoy of all your cliarms : But, like a low-hung cloud, it rains so fast, This hand I cannot but in death resign; That all at once it falls, and cannot last. Ah! could I live! but while I live eis mine. The face of things is chang'd, and Athens now, I feel my end approach, and thus embrac'd, lihat laugh'd so lave, becomes the scene of woe: Am pleas'd to dic; but hear me speak my last : Matrous and majds, both sexes, ev'ry state, Ah! my sweet fne, for you, and you alone, With tears lansent the kuight's untiinely fate. I broke my faith with injurd Palamon. . Nor greater grief in talling Troy was seen But love the sense of right and wrong confounis, For Hector's death; but Hector was not then. Strong love and proud ambition lave no bounds: Old men with dust deform'd their hoary hair ; And much I doubt, should licaven ny lite pro- The women beat their breasts, their checks they long,

tear. I should return to justify my wrong.

Why wouldst thou go, with one consent they cry, For, while my foriner flames remain within, When thou hadst gold enough, and Emily? Repentance is but want of pow'r tó sin.

Theseus himself, who should have cheer'd the Witb inortai haired I pursued his life;

grief Nor he, for you, were guilty of the strife: Of nthers, wanted now the same relief. Nor I, but as I lov'il; yet all combin'd, Old Egeus only could revive his son, Your beauty, and my impotence of mind,' Who various changes of the world had known; And bis concurrent flame, that blew my fire; And strange vicissitudes of human fate, For still our kindred souls had one desire. Suill alt'ring, never in a steady state; He had a moment's right in point of time; Good after ill, and after pain delight; Had I seen tirst, then his had been the crime. Alternate, like the scenes of day and night; Fate made it inine, and justified his rignit; Since ev'ry man who lives is born to die, Nor holds this earth a more deserving knight And none can boast sincere felicity, For virtue, valor, and for noble blood,

With eqnal inind what happens iet us bear, Truth, honor, all that is compris'd in good; | Nor joy nor griove too much for things beyond So help me Heaven, in all the world is none

(ur care. So worthy to be loved as Palainon.

Like pilgrions to th' appointed place we tend;. He loves you too with such an holy fire The world's an inn, and death the journer's end. As will not, cannot, but with life expire : Evenkings but play; and when their part is dene, Our vow'd affections both have often tried, | Some other, worse or beiter, mount the thrope. Nor any love but yours could ours divide. With words like these the crowd was satisfied: Then, by my lore's inviolable band,

And so they would have been had Theseus died. By my long suf'ring, and my short cominand, But he, their king, was lab'ring in his mind 2 If c'er you plight your vow's when I am gone, A fitting place for fun'ral pompis to find, Hare pity on the faiihful Palamon.

Which were in honor of the dead design'd: ) This was his fast; for death came on aniain, And, after long dehate, at last he found And exercis'd below his iron reign ;

|(As love itself had mark'd the spot of ground) Then upward to the seat of life he goes: That grove for ever green, that conscious land, Sense fled before him, wliat he touch'd he froze. Where he vish Polimon fongbt hand to hand; Yet couli he not his closing eyes withdraw,, That where he fou liis amorous decires Though less and less of Emily he saw;

With soft complaints, and felt his hottest fires. So, speechless, for a little space he lay ; [There other flames might waste his carthly part, Then grasp'd the hand he held, and sigh'd his Aud burn his limbs, where lore had burn'd soul away.

his heart But whither went his soul, let such' rclate This once resolvd, the peasants were enjoin'd IVbo search the secrets of the inture stare: Sere-wood, and firs, and dodderd oaks to find. Divines can say but what themselves believe; With sounding axes to the grove they go, Strong proofs they have, but not demonstrative : Fell, split, and lay the fuck on a row, For were all plain, then all sides must agree, Vulcanian food : a bier is next prepard, And faith itself be lost in certainty.

On which the lifeless body should be rcard, To live uprightly then is sure the best ;

Cover d with cloth of gold, on which was laid To save ourselves, and not to damn the rest. | The corpse of Arcitc, in like robes array'd. The soul of Arcite went where heathens go, White gloves were on his hands, and on his head Who better live than we, though less they know. A wreath of laurel, mix'd with myrtle, spread. In Palamon a lively grief appears ;

A sword keen-edy'd within his right he held, Silent he wept, asham'd to show his tears : The warlike emblem of the conguer'd field : Emilia shriek d but once, and then oppressid Bare was his inanly visage on the bier: With sorrow, sunk upon her lover's breast: Menac'd his countnance; even in death screre.

Then Then to the palace-hall they bore the knighi, And pearls, and precious stones, and rich array; To lie in solemn state, a public sight. Tu midst of which, embalmed, his berly lav. Groans,cries, and howlings, fullthecrowded place, The service sung, ihe maid with mourning eyes Ani unaitected sorrow sat on ev'ry face. The stubble fir'd; the sinoull'ring flamies arise: Sad Palamon above the rest appears,

| This office done, she sunk upon the ground; In salle garments, dew'd with gushing tears: But what she spoke recover'd from her swoon,

His auburn locks on either shoulder flow'd, I want the wit is moving words to dress; - Which to the fun'ral of his friend he vow'd: | But by theinselves the tender sex may guess.. But Emily, as chief, was next his side,

While the devouring fire was burning fast, A virgin-widow, and a mourning bride. Rich jewels in the flame the wealthy cast; And, that the princely obsequies might be And soine their shields, and some their lances Perform'd according to his high degree,

threw, The steed that bore him living to the fight 2 1 And gave their warrior's ghost a warrior's due. Wastrapp'dwithpolish'ostcel,allshiningbright, Full bowls of wine, of honey, milk, and blooil, ) And cover'd with th'achievementsoftheknight.) Where pour'd upon the pile of burning wood, The riders rode abreast, and one his shield, And hissing flames receive, and, hungry, lick His lance of cornel-wood another held;

the food. The third his bow, and, glorious to behold, Then thrice the mounted squadrons ride around The costly quiver, all of burnish'd gold. The fire, and Arcite's name they thrice resound; The noblest of the Grecians next appear, | Hail, and farewell, they shouted thrice amain ; Anl, weeping, on their shoulders bore the bier; Thrice facing to the left, and thrice they turn'd With sober pace they march'd, and often staid, again : And throʻthe master-street the corpse convey'd. Stillas they turn'd, theybeatthcirclatt'ringshields; The louses to their tops with black were spread, The wonien mix their cries; and clamor fills And even the pavements were with mourning lid. the fields. The right side of the pall oid Egeus kept, The warlike wakes continu'd all the night, . And on the left the royal Theseus wept; | And fun'ral games were play'd at new returning Each bore a golden bowl of work divine,

light. Wich honcy fill'd, and milk, and mix'd with Who naked wrestled best, besmear'd with oil, ruddy wine.

Or who with gauntlets gave or took the foil, Then Palamon, the kinsman of the slain, I will not tell you, nor would you attend; And after hiin appear'd th'illustrious train, But briefly haste to my long story's end. To grace the poinp, came Emily the bright, I pass the rest ; the year was fully inourn'd, With cover'd fire, the fun'ral pile to light. | And Palamon long since to Thehes return'd : With high devotion was the service made, | When, by the Grecians general consent, And all the rites of Pagan honor paid :

At Athens Thescus held his parliament: So lofty was the pile, a Parthian bow,

Among the laws that pass'd, it was decreed, With rigor drawn, inust send the shaft below. That conquerid Thebes from bondage should be The bottom was full twenty fathom broal, With crackling straw beneath in due proportion | Reserving homage to th' Athenian throne, strew'd. .

| To which the sovereign summond Palamon. The fabric seein'd a wood of rising green, . Unknowing of the cause, be took his way, With sulphur and bitumen cast between, Mournful in mind, and still in black array. To feed the flames: the trees wereunctious fir, 2 The monarch mount, the throne, and, plac'd! And mountain-ash, the mother of the spear:

on high, The mourner-yew and builder-oak were there:) Commands into the court the beauteous Emily: The beech, the swimming alder, and the plane, So callid, she came; the senate rose, and paid Herd box, and linden of a softer grain,

Becoming rev'rence to the royal maid. And laurels, which the Gods for conqu’ring And first suft whispers through th'assernblywent: chiefs ordain.

With silent wonder then they watch'd the event: Flow they were rank'd shall rest untold by me, All hush'l, the king arose with awful grace : With nameless nymphs that liv'd in ev'ry tree : Deep thought was in his breast, and counsel in Nor how the dryads, or the woodland train,

his face. Disherited, ran howling o'er the plain :

At length he sighed; and, having first prepared Nor how the birds to foreign seats repair'd, Th' attentive audience, thus his will declard: O: beasts, that bolted out, and saw the forest - The cause and spring of motion, from above,

llung down on earth the golden chain of love: Nor how the ground, now cicar'd, with ghastly Great was the effect, and high was his intent,

When peace among the jarring seeds he sent. Beheld the sudden sun, a stranger to the light. I Fire, flood, and earth, andair, by this were bound,

The straw, as I first said, was laid below: And Love, the common link, the new creativa Of chips and sere-wood was the second row;

crown'd. The third of greens, and tinber newly fellid; Thechain still holds, far, though the forms decay, The fourth high stage the fragraut odots held. Eternal matter never wears away: "





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