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« Here is a soul with hope immortal burns, ie « And life, ignoble life, for Glory spurns ; « Fame, fame, is cheaply earn’d by fleeting breath, « The price of honour is the sleep of death. » Then Nisus,---- Calm thy bosom’s fond alarms, '. « Thy heart beats fiercely to the din of arms; « More dear thy worth and valour than my own, . « I swear by him who fills Olympus' throne! «. So may I triumph, as I speak the truth, « And clasp again the comrade of my youth. .. # But should I fall, and he who dares, advance.. « Through hostile legions, must abide by chance; « If some Rutulian arm, with adverse blow,' . « Should lay the friend who ever lov’d thee low; w Live thou, such beauties I would fain preserve, :. «. Thy budding years a lengthen'd term deserve ;i * «. When humbled in the dust, let some one be, } a Whose gentle eyes will shed one tear for me ; « Whose manly arm'may snatch me back by force, « Or wealth redeem from focs my captive corse : . 4 Or, if my destino

“ j uwouny wese last depy, ... , « If, in the spoiler's power, my ashes lie; ... u Thy pious care may raise a simple tomb,i,.. i « To mark thy love, and signalize my doom. . « Why should thy doating, wretched mother weep, a Her only boy, reclin'd in endless sleep?, . « Who, for thy sake, the tempest's fury dar'd, a Who, for thy sake, war's deadly peril shar’d; « Who bray'd what woman never bray'd before, , « And left her native for the Latian shore. » « In vain you damp the ardour of my soul, » Reply'd Eurialas, « it scorns controul; « Hence, let us haste, x-their brother guards arose, Reus'd by their call, por court again repose; '

The pair, buoy’d up on Hope's exulting wing,
Their stations leave, and speed to seek the king..
Now, o'er the earth a solemn stillness ran,
And lulld alike the cares of brute and man;
Save where the Dardan leaders nightly hold
Alternate converse, and their plans unfold;
On one great point the council are agreed,
An instant message to their prince decreed;
Each lean'd upon the lance, he well could wield,
And pois'd, with easy arm, his ancient shield;
When Nisus and his friend their leave request
To offer something to their bigh behest.
With anxious tremors, yet unaw'd by fear,
The faithful pair before the throne appear;
lulus greets them; at his kind command,
The elder first address’d the hoary band.

« With patience, » thus Hyrtacides began, « Attend, nor judge, from youth, our humble plan ; « Where yonder beacons half expiring beam, « Our slumbering foes of future conquest dream, « Nor heed, that we a secrct path have trac'd, * Between the Ocean, and the portal plac'd : « Beneath the covert of the blackening smoke, « Whose shade, securely, our design will cloak. : * If you, ye Chiefs, and Fortune will allow, « We'll bend our course to yonder mountain's brow, « Where Pallas' walls, at distance, meet the sight, * Seen o'er the glade, when pot obscur’d by night; - Then shall Æneas in his pride return, « While hostile matrons raise their offspring's urn;

.« And Latian spoils, and purpl'd heaps of dead, : - Shall mark the hayock of our hero's tread;




« Such is our purpose, not unknown the way, « Where yonder torrent's devious waters stray: : « Oft have we seen, when hunting by the stream, « The distant spires above the vallies gleam.»

Mature in years, for sober wisdom fam’d, Mov'd by the speech, Aleihes here exclaim'd : « Ye parent Gods! who rule the fate of Troy, « Still dwells the Dardan spirit in the boy; * When minds like these, in striplings thus ye raise, « Yours is the godlike act, be yours the praise ; « In gallant youth, my fainting hopes revive, « And Bion's wonted glories still survive.» Then, in his warm embrace, the boys he press’d, And quivering strain’d them to his aged breast; With tears the burning cheek of each bedew'd, And sobbing, thus his first discourse renew'd :« What gift, my countrymen, what martial price « Can'we bestow, which you may not despise ? « Our deities the first, best boon have given, « Internal virtues are the gift of Heaven. « What poor rewards can bless your deeds on earth, « Doubtless, await such young exalted worth ; « Æneas, and Ascanius shall combine « To yield applause, far, far surpassing mine. » Iulus then ; « By all the powers above! « By those Penates (1), who my country love; « By hoary Vesta's sacred fane, I swear, « My hopes are all in you, ye generous pair! « Restore my father to my grateful sight, « And all my sorrows yield to one delight...

(1) Household gods.

« Nisus ! two silver goblets are thine own, « Sav'd from Arisba’s stately domes o’erthrown; a My sire secured them on that fatal day, « Nor left such bowls, an Argive robber's prey. « Two massy tripods, also, shall be thine, « Two talents polished from the glittering mine ; . « An ancient cup, which Tyrian Dido gave,.. « While yet our vessels press'd the Punic wave ; : " « But, when the hostile chiefs at length bow dowa, ' # When great Æneas wears Hesperia's crown, ' « The casque, the buckler, and the fiery steed s « Which Turnus guides with more than mortal speed, « Are thine; no envious lot shall then be cast,

I pledge my word, irrevocably past; .. « Nay more, twelve slaves and twice six captive dames, « To sooth thy softer hours with amorous flames, ' a And all the realms which now the Latins sway, ' « The labours of to-night, shall well repay..:.:. « But thou, my generous youth, whose tender years, « Are near my own, whose worth my heart reveres, « Henceforth, affection sweetly thus begun, « Shall join our bosoms and our souls in one ; ; « Without thy aid, no glory shall be mine, . « Without thy dear advice, no great design; « Alike, through life esteem'd, thou godlike boy, « In war my bulwark, and in peace my joy. v .;;',

To him Euryalas : « No day shall shame « The rising glorics, which from this I claim. « Fortune may favour, or the skies may frown, « But valour, spite of fate, obtains renown. « Yet, ere frein hence our eager steps depart, « One boon I beg, the nearest to my heart :

« My mother, sprung from Priain's royal line, « Like thine ennobled, hardly less divine, « Nor Troy, nor King Acestes' realms restrain « Her feeble age from dangers of the main ;.' * Alone she came, all selfish fears above, « A bright example of maternal love. ., « Unknown, the secret enterprize I brave, « Lest grief should bend my parent to the grave: « From this alone no fond adieus I scek, mi « No fainting mother's lips have press'd my cheek; . « By gloomy Night, and thy right hand, I vow « . Her parting tears would shake my purpose now: « Do thou, mý prince, her failing age sustain, * In thee her much-lov'd child may live again; * Her dying hours with pious conduct bless, « Assist her wants, relieve her fond distress : “ So dear a hope must all my soul inflame, « To rise in glory, or to fall in fame. » Struck with a filial care, so deeply felt, In tears at once the Trojan warriors melt; Faster than all, Iulus' eyes o’erflow; Such love was his, and such had been his woe. « All thou hast ask'd receive,» the Prince replid, « Nor this alone, but inany a gift beside; « To cheer thy mother's years shall be my aim, « Creusa's (1) style, but wanting to the dame; « Fortune an adverse wayward course may run, « But blest thy mother in so dear a son. « Now, by my life, my Sire's most sacred oath, « To thee I pledge my full, my firmest troth,

(1) The mother of lulus, lost on the nignt when Troy was taken.

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