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Pindaricosque inflat numeros Teumesius Euan,
Et redolet sumptum pagina quaeque merum ;

Dum gravis everso currus crepat axe supinus,

Et volat Eleo pulvere fuscus eques. Quadrimoque madens Lyricen Romanus Iaccho,

Dulce canit Glyceran, flavicomamque Chloen. Jam quoque lauta tibi generoso mensa paratu

Mentis alit vires, ingeniumque fovet.

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Massica foecundam despumant pocula venam,
Fundis et ex ipso condita metra cado.

Addimus his artes, fusumque per intima Phoebum
Corda, favent uni Bacchus, Apollo, Ceres. -

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Numine composito, tres peperisse Deos. Nunc quoque Thressa tibi caelato barbitos auro Insonat arguta molliter icta manu;

23. —Teumesius Euan,) Teumesus, Tevunoog, is a mountain of Boeotia, the district in which Thebes was situated; and its inhabitants were called Tsvanaiot, Teumesii. The Grecian Bacchus, the son of Jupiter and Semele, is often denominated Thebanus. But Bacchus had a more immediate and particular connection with this mountain. Pausanias relates a fable, that Bacchus, in revenge for some insult which he had received from the Thebans, nourished a fox in this mountain for the destruction of the city of Thebes; and that a dog being sent from Diana to kill this fox, both fox and dog were turned into stones. The fox was called Tsvetnoia, o axario, Teumesia vulpes. Pausan. BoIQ

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Auditurque chelys suspensa tapetia circum,
Virgineos tremula quae regat arte pedes. 40
Illa tuas saltem teneant spectacula Musas,
Et revocent, quantum crapula pellit iners.
Crede mihi, dum psallit ebur, comitataque plectrum
Implet odoratos festa chorea tholos, -
Percipies tacitum per pectora serpere Phoebum, 45
Quale repentinus permeat ossa calor,
Perque puellares oculos, digitumque sonantem,
Irruet in totos lapsa Thalia sinus. -
Namgue Elegia levis multorum cura Deorum est,
Et vocat ad numeros quemlibet illa suos ; 50
Liber adest elegis, Eratoque, Ceresque, Venusque,
Et cum purpurea matre tenellus Amor.
Talibus inde licent convivia larga poetis,
Saepius et veteri commaduisse mero: , ,
At qui bella refert, et adulto sub Jove coelum, 55
Heroasque pios, semideosque duces,
Et nunc sancta canit superum consulta deorum,
Nunc latrata fero regna profunda cane,
Ille quidem parce, Samii pro more magistri, o, .
Vivat, et innocuos praebeat herba cibos; 60
Stet prope fagineo pellucida lympha catillo,
Sobriaque e puro pocula fonte bibat.
Additur huic scelerisque vacans, et casta juventus,
Et rigidi mores, et sine labe manus.
Qualis veste nitens sacra, et lustralibus undis, 65
Surgis ad infensos augur iture Deos.
Hoc ritu vixisse ferunt post rapta sagacem

39. Auditurque chelys suspensa 65. —lustralibus undis, See tapetia circum, See the note note on Comus, v. 913. on Tapestry halls, Comus, 324.

Lumina Tiresian, Ogygiumque Linon,
Et lare devoto profugum Calchanta, senemque

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Sic dapis exiguus, sic rivi potor Homerus
Dulichium vexit per freta longa virum,

Et per monstrificam Perseiae Phoebados aulam,
Et vada foemineis insidiosa sonis,

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Dicitur umbrarum detinuisse greges.
Diis etenim sacer est vates, divumque sacerdos,

Spirat et occultum pectus et ora Jovem.
At tu siquid agam scitabere (simodo saltem

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Paciferum canimus coelesti semine regem,
Faustaque sacratis saccula pacta libris;

Wagitumque Dei, et stabulantem paupere tecto
Qui suprema suo cum patre regna colit;

Stelliparumque polum, modulantesque aethere turmas,

Etsubito elisos ad sua fana Deos.

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Dona quidem dedimus Christi natalibus illa,
Illa sub auroram lux mihi prima tulit.

69. Virgil and Milton disagree on the subject of Orpheus's age, See Georg. iv. 524.

Decerptum latos juvenem sparsere per

agros.

Milton perhaps would insinuate that his diet had a tendency to promote longevity. Virgil of course would not make the women of Thrace tear an old man in pieces for his neglect of them. Symmons.

72. Dulichium verit, &c.] It is worthy of remark, that Milton here illustrates Homer's poetical character by the Odyssey, and

not by the Iliad.

73. Et per monstrificam Perseiae Phaebados aulam,J Circe was the daughter of the sun, and, as some say, of Hecate. Ovid, Metam. vii. 74. “ Hecates Perseidos aras.” And Remed. Amor. 263. “Quid tibi profu“erunt, Circe, Perseidos herbae?" And Buchanan has “Circe Perseia.” El. vii. 17, p. 44. ut supr. And Ovid mentions Circe's Aula, Metam. xiv. 45.

—Perque ferarum Agmen adulantum media procedit ab aula.

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NONDUM blanda tuas leges, Amathusia, noram,
Et Paphio vacuum pectus ab igne fuit.
Saepe cupidineas, puerilia tela, sagittas,
Atque tuum sprevi maxime numen Amor.
Tu puer imbelles, dixi, transfige columbas, 5
Conveniunt tenero mollia bella duci:
Aut de passeribus timidos age, parve, triumphos,
Haec sunt militiae digna trophaea tuæ.
In genus humanum quid inania dirigis arma

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Non tulit hoc Cyprius, neque enim Deus ullus ad iras
Promptior, et duplicijam ferus igne calet.

Wer erat, et summae radians per culmina villae
Attulerat primam lux tibi, Maie, diem :

At mihi adhuc refugam quaerebant lumina noctem, 15

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Nec matutinum sustinuere jubar. . Astat Amor lecto, pictis Amor impiger alis,

Prodidit astantem mota pharetra Deum : Prodidit et facies, et dulce minantis ocelli,

Et quicquid puero dignum et Amore fuit.

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Talis in aeterno juvenis Sigeius Olympo -
Miscet amatori pocula plena Jovi; -

Aut, qui formosas pellexit ad oscula nymphas,
Thiodamantaeus Naiade raptus Hylas.

Addideratoue iras, sed et has decuisse putares,

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Additeratoue truces, nec sine felle, minas. Et miser exemplo sapuisses tutius, inquit,

Nunc mea quid possit dextera, testis eris. Inter et expertos vires numerabere nostras,

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