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NE Night, as on a purple Bed
I lean'd my Wine-enraptur’d Head;
Now urge my Speed, and now that Speed restrain,
VER. 1. One Night, as on a purple Bed.] Vigenerus, in his Notes on the Picture of Themistocles in Philofiratus, tells us, that the 'ANITopoueg was a sort of Purple more beautiful than the common. Lorgepierre.
VER. 12. And with and figh to sleep again.] Anacreon would sleep again, to recover the Pleasure he had lost by waking from his Dream; the Gallantry of whích Mr. Longepierre remarks, proceeded from the Gaiety of his waking Thoughts ; for, as Petronius assures us,
Somnia quæ mentes ludunt volitantibus umbris,
With jealous Eyes my Transports view'd,
But whilft I ftrove to seize a Kiss,
my Bliss !
Et canis in fomnis leporis vefligia latrat.
Th'illusive Dreams which on the Mind attend,
Πόθεν, πόθεν σέτασα;
* It was a Cuftom amongft the Ancients, when they set out on long Journies, to take tame Pidgeons. with them; and when they were desirous of sending back any News, with more than ordinary Expedition, they let one of them fy with a Letter tyd about its Neck ; for the
poor Bird would make no Stop in its Return to its Neft and young Ones. Those who are conversant with Eastern Voyages, need no Information that the fame Practice is still retain'd by the Turks, and in most Parts ef Barbary. Other Birds were sometimes employ'd in this Office, as well as Pidgeons, as appears from Ælian. Hift. Animal. L. 6. C. 7. His Words are these :
Εν τη Αιγύπίω, ωθεί η λίμνην καλεμένην ΜύeuG, όπε κροκοδάλων πόλις, κορώνης τάφο δίκνυται, και η αιτίαν εκείνων Αιγύπτιοι φασι. τω βασιλά τω και Αίγυπτίων (Μάρρης 5 έτG- εκαλείτο) ήν ρώνης θρέμμα πακώμεeoν, και η επιςολών ας εςίλε
Y charming Dove ! now tell me where,
And whence you wanton thro’the Air? Come, tell me whence, and where you fly, Distilling Odours thro' the Sky !
το οι κομισθήναι θέτον εκόμισεν αυτή, και ήν αγγέλων ωκίςη, και ακέσασα ή δει ένθα ιθύναι δα πεεον, και τίνα χρή αδραμεϊν χώeoν, και όπι ήκεσαν αναπαύσασθαι, ανθ' ών Σποθανέσαν ο Μάρρης ετίμησεν αυτήν και τήλη και τάφω.
" In Egypt, near the Lake Myris, where stands the “ City of Crocodiles, they shew the Tomb of a Jay, of “ which the Natives relate this History: They tell you, “ that this Jay was brought up by one of their Kings, “ calld Marrhes, whose Letters it carry'd wherever he
pleas'd to send them; that when they gave it Direc“ tions, it readily understood which way to turn its “ Flight, what Places it should pass over, and where to
ftop. When it was dead, Marrhes honour'd it with “ an Epitaph, and a Tomb.
VER. 4. Diftilling Odours thro' the Sky.] The Greeks perfam'd their Birds, as we perfume our little Dogs.