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[know * Farewell and prosper, youths !--let Nestor What grateful thoughts still in this bosom glow, For all the proofs of his paternal care, Through the long dangers of the ten years' war.' “Ah! doubt not our report (the prince rejoin'd) Of all the virtues of thy generous mind. And oh! return'd, might we Ulysses meet! To him thy presents show, thy words repeat: How will each speech his grateful wonder raise ! How will each gift indulge us in thy praise!'
Scarce ended thus the prince, when on the right Advanced the bird of Jove; auspicious sight! A milk-white fowl his clenching talons bore, With care domestic pamper'd at the floor. Peasants in vain with threatening cries pursue, In solemn speed the bird majestic flew
Full dexter to the car: the prosperous sight
breast with wonder and delight. But Nestor's son the cheerful silence broke, And in these words the Spartan chief bespoke
Say if to us the gods these omens send, Or fates peculiar to thyself portend? [press'd,
Whilst yet the monarch paused, with doubts opThe beauteous queen relieved his labouring breast. Hear me (she cried) to whom the gods have
given To read this sign, and mystic sense of heaven. As thus the plumy sovereign of the air Left on the mountain's brow his callow care, And wander'd through the wide etherial way Το. pour his wrath on yon
prey; So shall thy godlike father, toss'd in vain Through all the dangers of the boundless main, Arrive (or is perchance already come) From slaughter'd gluttons to release the dome.'
* Oh! if this promised bliss by thundering Jove (The prince replied) stand fix'd in fate above; To thee, as to some god, I'll temples raise, And crown thy costly altars with the blaze.'
He said ; and, bending o'er his chariot, fung Athwart the fiery steeds the smarting thong; The bounding shafts upon the harness play, Till night descending intercepts the way. To Diocles, at Pheræ, they repair, Whose boasted sire was sacred Alpheus' heir ; With him all night the youthful strangers stay'd, Nor found the hospitable rites unpaid. But soon as morning, from her orient bed, Had tinged the mountains with her earliest red, They join’d the steeds, and on the chariot sprung; The brazen portals in their passage rung.
To Pylos soon they came: when thus begun To Nestor's heir Ulysses' godlike son• Let not Pisistratus in vain be press’d, Nor unconsenting hear his friend's request; His friend by long hereditary claim, In toils his equal, and in years the same. No further from our vessel, I implore, The coursers drive, but lash them to the shore. Too long thy father would his friend detain; I dread his proffer'd kindness, urged in vain.'
The hero paused, and ponder'd this request, While love and duty warr’d within his breast. At length resolved, he turn’d his ready hand, And lash'd his panting coursers to the strand. There, while within the
with care he stored The regal presents of the Spartan lord; • With speed be gone (said he), call every mate, Ere yet to Nestor I the tale relate. 'Tis true, the fervour of his generous heart Brooks no repulse, nor couldst thou soon depart; Himself will seek thee here, nor wilt thou find, In words alone, the Pylian monarch kind. But when arrived he thy return shall know, How will his breast with honest fury glow !! This said, the sounding strokes his horses fire, And soon he reach'd the palace of his sire.
· Now (cried Telemachus) with speedy care Hoist every sail, and every oar prepare.' Swift as the word his willing mates obey, And seize their seats, impatient for the sea.
Meantime the prince with sacrifice adores Minerva, and her guardian aid implores ; When lo! a wretch ran breathless to the shore, New from his crime, and reeking yet with gore:
A seer he was, from great Melampus sprung,
• O thou! that dost thy happy course prepare With pure libations, and with solemn prayer ; By that dread power to whom thy vows are paid; By all the lives of these; thy own dear head;
Declare, sincerely to no foe's demand,
Prepare then (said Telemachus) to know
The strangerthen-Nor shall I aught conceal, But the dire secret of my fate reveal. Of my own tribe an Argive wretch I slew; Whose powerful friends the luckless deed pursue With unrelenting rage, and force from home The blood-stain'd exile ever doom'd to roam. But bear, O bear me o'er yon azure flood; Receive the suppliant! spare my destined blood !'
. Stranger! (replied the prince) securely rest Affianced in our faith : henceforth our guest.' Thus affable, Ulysses' godlike heir [spear: Takes from the stranger's hand the glittering He climbs the ship, ascends the stern with haste, And by his side the guest accepted placed. The chief his orders gives: the' obedient band With due observance wait the chief's command: With speed the mast they rear, with speed unbind The spacious sheet, and stretch it to the wind. Minerva calls; the ready gales obey With rapid speed to whirl them o'er the sea. Crunus they pass’d, next Chalcis rollid away, When thickening darkness closed the doubtful The silver Phæa's glittering rills they lost, [day; And skimm'd along by Elis' sacred coast.