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In arms we Nept, beside the winding food, Some beam of comfort yet on Greece may thine, ,
While round the town the fierce Epeians stood. If thou but lead the Myrmidonian line;
Soon as the sun, with all revealing ray, 870 Clad in Achilles' arms, if thou appear, 930
Flam'd in the front of heaven, and gave the day ; | Proud Troy may treinble, and defit from war;
Bright scenes of arms, and works of war appear; | Press'd by fresh forces, her o'erlabour'd train
The nations meet; there Pylos, Elis here. | Shall seek their walls, and Greece respire again.
The first who fell, beneath my javelin bled ;

This touch'd his generous heart, and from the i King Augias' son, and spouse of Agamede : 875

tent (She that all fimples' healing virtues knew, Along the shore with hasty strides he went; 935 And every herb that drinks the morning dew.) Soon as he came, where, on the crouded strand, I seized his car, the van of battle led ;

The public mart and court of justice Itacd, Th’Epeians law, they trembled, and they fled. Where the tall fleet of great Ulviles lies, The foc dispers'd, their bravest warriour kill'd, And altars to the guardian Gods arise;

880 There sad he met the brave Evæmon's son, 940 Fiei ce as a whirlwind now I swept the field : Large painful drops from all his members run ; Full fifty captive chariots grac't my train;

An arrow's head yet rooted in his wound, Two chiefs from each fell breathless to the plain. The sable blood in circles mark'd the ground. Then Actor's sons had dy'd, but Neptune throuds As faintly reeling he confess'd the smart; The youthful heroes in a veil of clouds. 885 Weak was his pace, but dauntless was his heart; O'er heapy shields, and o'er the prostrate throng, Collecting spoils, and daughtering all along, Divine compassion touch'd Patroclus' breast, Through wide Buprafian fields we forc'd the Who, sighing, thus his bleeding friend addreít: foes,

Ah, hapless leaders of the Grecian hott! Where o'er the vales th' Olenian rocks arose ; Thus must ye perish on a barbarous coast? Till Pallas stopp'd us where Alifium flows. 890 ) Is this your fate, to glue the dogs with gore, 950 Ev'n there the hindmost of their rear I nay, ) Far from your friends, and from your native, And the same arm that led, concludes the day, { Shore? Then back to Pyle triumphant take my way. ) Say, great Eurypylus ! Thall Greece yet stand? There to high Jove were public thanks alliga'd, Kefifts the yet the raging Hector's hand? As first of Gods; to Neftor, of mankind. 895 Or are her heroes dooni'd to die with Thame, Such then I was, impellid by youthful blood; And this the period of our wars and famed 955 So prov'd my valour for my country's good. Eurypylus replies: No more, my friend, Achilles with unactive fury glows,

Greece is no more! this day her glorics end. And gives to passion what to Greece he owes. Ev'n to the ships victorious Troy pursues, How Thall he grieve, when to th' eternal Thade Her force encreasing as her toil renews.

Those chiefs, that us'd her utmost rage to meet, Her hofts shall fink, nor his the power to aid ?

960 friend! my memory recalls the day,

Lie pierc'd with wounds, and bleeding in the When, gathering aids along the Grecian sea,

fleet. I, and Ulysses, touch'd at Phthia's port,

But thou, Patroclus! act a friendly part, And enter'd Peleus' hospitable court. 905

| Lead to my ships, and draw this deadly dart; A bull to Jove he few in facrifice,

With lukewarm water wash the gore away, And pour'd libations on the faming thighs. With healing balms the raging smart allay, 965 Thyself, Achilles, and thy reverend fire

Such as fage Chiron, sire of Pharmacy, Menoetius, turn'd the frogments on the fire. Once taught Achilles, and Achilles thee. Achilles fees us, to the feast invites;

Of two fam'd furgeons, Podalirius stands Social we lit, and share the genial rites.

This hour surrounded by the Trojan bands; We then explain'd the cause on which we came, | And great Machaon, wounded in his tent, 970 Urg'd you to arms, and found you fierce for fame. Now wants that succour which so oft he lent. Your ancient fathers generous precepts gave;

To him the chief: What then remains to do? Peleus faid only this " My fon! be brave:" 915 | Th' event of things the Gods alone can view, Menoetius thus: “ Though great Achilles thine Charg'd by Achilles' great command I fly, “* In strength superior, and of race divine,

| And bear with hatte the Pylian king's reply; 975 “ Yet cooler thoughts thy elder years attend; But thy distress this instant claims relief." * Let thy just counsels aid, and rule thy friend." He said, and in his arms upheld the chief. Thus spoke your father at Theffalia's court; 920 | The Naves their master's tlow approach survey'd, Words now forgot, though now of vast iniport. And hides of oxen on the floor display'd; Ah! try the utmost that a friend can fay,

There stretch'd at length the wounded hero lay, Such gentle force the fiercest minds obey.

980 Some favouring God Achilles' heart may movc; | Patroclus cut the forky steel away. Though deaf in glory, he may yield to love. 925 | Then in his hands a bitter root he bruis'd: JE fome dire oracle his breast alarm,

The wound he wash'd, the ftyptic juice infus’d. If aught from leaven with-hold his faving arm; The clofing Aesh that instant ceas'd to glow, VOL. VI.

The wound to torture, and the blood to fiow.

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THE Greeks being retired into their entrenchments, Hector attempts to force

them; but it proving impollible to pass the ditch, Polydamas advises to quit their chariots, and manage the attack on foot. The Trojans follow his counsel, and, having divided their army into five bodies of foot, begin the assault. But upon the signal of an eagle with a serpent in his talons, which appeared on the left hand of the Trojans, Polydamas endeavours to withdraw them again. This Hector opposes, and continues the attack; in which, after many actions, Sarpedon makes the first breach in the wall: HeEtor also casting a stone of a vast fize, forces open one of the gates, and enters at the head of his troops, who victoriously pursue the Grecians even to their hips.

UITHILE thus the hero's pious cares attend | Incessant cataracts the Thunderer pours,

W The care and safety of his wounded friend, And half the skies descend in suicy showers.
Trojans and Greeks with clashing Thields engage, The God of Ocean, marching stern before,
And mutual deaths are dealt with mutual rage. I With his huge trident wounds the trembling
Nor long the trench or lofcy walls oppose; 5 Thore,

30 With Gods averse th’ill-fated works arose : Vast stones and piles from their foundation Their powers neglected, and no victim Nain,

The walls were rais'd, the trenches funk in vain. And whelms the smoky ruin in the waves.

Without the Gods, how short period stands Now smooth d with sand, and leveld by the
The proudett monument of mortal hands! 10 flood,
This stood, while Hector and Achilles rag'd, No fragment tells where once the wonder stood;
While sacred Troy the warring hosts engag'd; | In their old bounds the rivers roll again, 24
But when her sons were flain, her city burn'd, Shine 'twixt the hills, or wander o'er the plain.
And what surviv'd of Greece to Greece return'd; But this the Gods in later times perform :
Then Neptune and Apollo 1hook the thore, 15 | As yet the bulwark stood, and bray'd the storm.
Then Ida's summits pour'd their watery store; The strokes yet echoed of contending powers :
Rhesus and Rhodius then unite their rills, War thunder'd at the gates, and blood diftain't
Caresus roaring down the stony hills,

the towers. Ærepus, Granicus, with mingled force,

Smote by the arm of Jove, with dire dismay, And Xanthus foaming from his fruitful source ; / Close by their hollow ships the Grecians lay:

20 Hector's approach in every wind they hear, And gulphy Simoïs, rolling to the main

And Hector's fury every moment fear. Helme's, and thields, and god-like herves lain : | He, like a whirlw ind, toss'd the scattering throns These turn'd by Phoebus from their wonted ways, Deluged the rar pire nine continual days; Mingled the troops, and drove the field along. The weight of waters saps the yielding wall, 25 So 'midst the dogs and hunters daring bands: And to the sea the floating bulwarks fall.

Fierce of his might, a boar or lion stunds s




Arm'd foes around a dreadful circle form, In arms with these the mighty Asius stood,
And hisling javelins rain an iron storm: 50 Who drew from Hyrtacus his noble blood,
His powers untam'd their bold assault defy, And whom Ariba's yellow coursers bore,
And where he turns, the rout disperse, or die: The coursers fed on Selle's winding shore.
He foams, he glares, he bounds against them all, Antenor's fons the fourth battalion guide,
And if he falls, his courage makes him fail, And great Eneas, born on fountful lde.
With equal rage encompass'd Hector glows; 55 | Divine Sarpedon the last band bbey'd, 115
Exhorts his armies, and the trenches Thows. whom Glaucus and Afteropæus aid;
The panting steeds impatient fury breathe | Next him, the bravest at their armr's head,
But snort and tremble at the gulph b.leath; But he more brave than all the hots he led.
Juft on the brink they paigh, and paw the Now with compacted shields, in close array,

The moving legions speed their headlong way : And The turf mornb.cs, and the skies resound. 60

Eager they view'd the prospect dark and deep, Already in their hopes they fire the feet,
Vat was the leap, and headlong hung the steep ; ) And see the Grecians gasping at their feet.
The bottom bare (a formidable show !)

While every Trojan thus, and every aid,
And briftled thick with sharpened stakes below. I Th' advice of wise Polydamas obey'd ;
The foot alone this strong defence could force; 65 Afius alone, confiding in his car,
And try the pass impervious to the horse.

His vaunted coursers urg'd to meet the war. This faw Polydamas; who, wisely brave,

Unhappy hero ! and advis'd in vain ! Restrain'd great Hector, and his counsel gave : Those wheels returning ne'er shall mark the Oh thou hold leader of the Trojan bands,

plain ; And you, confederate chiefs from foreign lands! No more those coursers with triumphant joy

701 Restore their master to the gates of Troy! 130 What entrance here can cumbrous chariots find, 1 Black death attends behind the Grecian wall, The stakes beneath, the Grecian walls behind ? | And great Idomeneus Thall boast thy fall. No pass through those, without a thousand Fierce to the left he drives, where from the

wounds, Ne space for combat in yon narrow bounds. The flying Crecians strove their thips to gain ; Proud of the favours mighty Jove has Town, 75 Swift through the wall their horse and chariots On certain dangers we'too rashly ran : If 'tis his will our haughty foes to tame,

The gates half-cpen'd to receive the laft, Oh may this inftant end the Grecian name! Thither, exulting in his force, he fie! : Here, far from Argos, let their heroes fall, His following hoft with clamours rend the skies; And one great day destroy and bury all!

To plunge the Grecians headlong in the main, But should they turn, and here oppress our train, Such their proud hopes, but all their hopes were What hopes, what methods of retreat remain?

vain, Wedg'a in the trench, by our own troops con To guard the gates, two mighty chiefs attend, fus'd,

Who from the Lapiths' warlike race descend; In onc promiscuous carnage cruth'd and bruis'd ; | This Pilypätes' great Pirithous heir, All Troy must perish, if their arms prevail, 85 | And that Leonteus, like the God of war. Nor shall a Trojan live to tell the tale.

As two tall oaks, before the wall they rise; 145 Hear then, ye warrivurs! and obey with speed; | Their roots in earth, their heads amidst the skies : Back from the trenches let your steeds be led, Whose spreading arms, with leafy honours Then all alighting, wedg'd in firm array,

crown'd, Proceed on foot, and Hector icad the way: 90 Forbid the tempeft, and protect the ground; So Greece Thall stoop before our conquering High on the hill appears their stately form, power,

And their deep roots for ever brave the storm And this (if fove consent) her fatal hour.

150. This counsel pleas'd : the God-like Hector So graceful there, and so the shock they stand sprung

Of raging Afius, and his furious band. Swift from his feat; his clanging armour rung, Orestes, Acam.ing in front appear, The chief's example follow'd by his train, 95 And Oenomaus and Thoön close the rear ; Each quits his car, and issues on the plain. In vain their camours shake the ambient fields, By orders strict the charioteers enjoin'd, Compel the coursers to their ranks behind. In vain around them beat their hollow Thields; The forces part in five diftinguish'd bands,

The fearless brothers on the Grecians call, And all obey their several chiefs' commands. 100 To guard their navies, and defend the wall. The best and bravest in the first conspire, | Ev'n when they saw Troy's sable troops impend, Pant for the fight, and threat the feet with fire: 1 | And Greece tumultuous from her towers descend, Great Hector glorious in the van of there,

160 Polydamas, and brave Cebriones,

| Forth from the portals ruth'd th' intrepid pair, Before the next the graceful Paris shines, nos Oppos’d their breasts, and stood themselves the And bold Alcathoüs, and Agenor joins. .

war. The fons of Priam with the third appear,

N 2 Deiphobus, and Helenus the seer ;



So two wild boars spring furious from their | Ev'n yet the dauntless Lapithæ maintain den,

The dreadful país,. and round them heap the Rouz'd with the cries of dogs and voice of men; nain. On every fide the crackling trees they tear, 165 First Damasus, by Polypætes steel And root the shrubs, and lay the forest bare; Pierc'd through his helmet's brazen vizor, fell; They gnash their tusks, with fire their eye-balls The weapon drank the mingled brains and gore ;

roll, Till fome wide wound lets out their mighty | The warriour sinks, tremendous now no more ! foul.

Next Drunenus and Pylon yield their breath, Around their heads the whistling javelins sung, | Nor less Leomong strows the field with death : With founding strokes their brazen targets rung; First through the belt slippomachu

170 Then sudden wav'd his unrended sword; Fierce was the fight, while yet the Grecian | Antiphates, as through the ranks he broke powers

The faulchion struck, and fate purjua the Maintain’d the walls, and mann'd the lofty stroke; towers :

Tämenus, Orestes, Menon, bled; To save their feet, the last efforts they try, And round him rose a monument of dead. And stones and darts in mingled tempefts fly. Meantime, the bravest of the Trojän crew, As when Narp Boreas blows abroad, and brings

225 ' 175 Bold Hector and Polydamas pursue ; The dreary winter on his frozen wings;

Fierce with impatience on the works to fall, Beneath thc low-hung clouds the sheets of snow And wrap in rolling fames the feet and wall. Descend, and whiten all the fields below :

These on the farther bank now stood and gaz'd, So fast the darts on either army pour,

By Heaven alarm’d, by prodigies amaz'd: 230 So down the rampires rolls the rocky shower ; | A signal omen stopp'd the passing hoft,

180 Their martial fury in their wonder lost. Heavy and thick resound the batter'd fhiclds, Jove's bird on sounding pinions beat the skies; And the deaf echo rattles round the fields.

A bleeding serpent, of enormous size, With thame repuls'd, withi grief and fury | His talons truss'd; alive, and curling roand, 235 driven,

| He ftung the bird, whose throat receiv'd the Tre frantic Afius thus accuses Heaven :

wound: w Towers immortal who Thall now believe? 183 | Mad wit i the smart, he drops the fatal prey. C:n thoie too flatter, and can Jove deceive? In airy circle wings, his painful way, What mau could doubt but "Troy's victorious Floats on the winds, and

Floats on the winds, and rends the heavens with power

cries: Should bumble Greece, and this her fatal hour? Amidst the host the falling serpent lies., 240 But like when wasps from hollow crannies drive They, pale with terrour, mark its spires unrolla 'To guard the entrance of their comnion hive, | And Jove's portent with beating hearts behold.,

| Then first Polydamas the silence broke, Darkening the rock, while with unwearied | Long weigh'd the lignal, and to Hector spoke : wings

How oft, my brother, thy reproach I bear, 245 They trike th' assailants, and infix their stings; For words well-meant, and sentiments fincere! A race determin'd, that to death contend : True to those counsels which I judge the best, So fierce these Greeks their last retreats defend. I tell the faithful dictates of my breast. Gods! hall two warriours only guard their gates, | To speak his thoughts, is every freeman's right,


195 | In peace and war, in council and in fight; : 250 Repel an army, and defraud the Fates ?

And all I move, deferring to thy sway; These eninty accents mingled with the wind ; | Put tends to raise that power which I obey. Nor mov'd great Jove's unalterable mind; | Then hear my words, nor may 'my words be To goi-like Hector, and his matchless might

vain ; : : was ow'd the glory of the destin'd fight.. 200 Seek not, this day, the Grecian ships to gain ; Like deeds of arms through all the forts were | For sure, to warn us Jove his omen fent, 255 tri'd,

And thus my mind explains 'ics clear event. And all the gates fustain'd an equal tide;

The victor eagle, whose finifter flight Through the long walls the stony showers were Retards our host, and fills our hearts with fright, heard,

Dismiss'd his conqueft in the middle skies, The ulaze of flames, the fath of arms, ap. Allow'd to seize, but not possess the prize; 260 pear'd.

Thus though 'we gird with fires the Grecian The spirit of a God my breast inspire, 205 / flect, To raise each act to lise, and fing with fire! Though these proud bulwarks tumble at our feet, While Greece unconquer 'd kept alive the war, Toils unforeseen, and fiercer, are decreed ; Secure of death, confiding in despair;

More woes shall follow, and more heroes bleed. And all her guardian Gods, in deep dismay, So bodes my soul, and bids me thus advise; 265 With unamsting an...s deplor'd the day.

For thus a skilful seer would read the skies.

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To him then Hector with disdain return'd: So Tove once more may drive their routed train, (Fierce as he spoke, his eyes with fury burn'd) And Troy lie trembling in her walls again. Are there the faithful couniels of thy tongue ?

Their ardour kindles all the Grecian powers; Thy will is partial, not thy reason wrong: 270 And now the stones descend in heavier towers, Or, if the purpose of thy heart thou vent,

330 Sure Heaven resumes the litt e sense it lent. As when high Jove his sharp artillery forms, What coward counsels would thy madness move, And opes his cloudy magazine of storms; Against the word, the will reveal'd of Jove? In winter's bleak, uncomfortable reign, The leading sign, th' irrevocable nod, 275

A snowy inundation hides the plain; And happy thunders of the favouring God, He stills the winds, and bids the fkies to peop; 335 There shall I night and guide my wavering

Then pours the filent tempeft, thick and decp: mind

And first the mountain-tops are cover'd o'er, By wandering birds, that fit with every wind? Then the green fields, and then the sandy Thore ; Ye vagrants of the sky! your wings extend," Bent with the weight the nodding woods are Or where the suns arife, or where descend ; 280 seen, To right, to left, unheeded take your way, And one bright waste hides all the works of men ; While I the dictates of high Heaven obey." Wniont a fegn his sword tno bi sve man draws, The circling seas alone, absorbing all, i And asks no omen but his country's caufc.

Drink'the diffolving fleeces as they fall. But why Touldīt thou suspect the war's success? | So from each side increas'd the stony rain,

285 | And the white ruin rises o'er the plain. None fears it more, as none promotes it less : Thus god-like Hector and his troops contend Though all our chiefs amid yon' thips expire,

345 Trust thy own cowardise t'escape their fire. To force the ramparts, and the gates to rend; Troy and her fons may find a general grave, Nor Troy could conquer, nor chę Gręęks would But thou canst live, for thou canft be a flave. 290 yield, Yet Thould the fears that wary mind suggests Till great Sarpedon tower'd amid the field; Spread their cold poison through our soldiers' For mighty Jove inspir'd with martial flame ? breasts,

His matchlefs son, and urg'd him on to fame. 350 My javelin can revenge so base a part,

In arms he shines, conspicuous from afar, And free the soul tliat quivers in thy heart. And bears aloft his ample shield in air;

Furious he spoke, and, rushing to the wall, 295 | Within whore orb the thick bull-hides were ro!lid, Calls on his holt; his host obey the call;

Ponderous with brass, and bound with ductile With ardour follow where their leader Aies :

gold : Redoubling clamours thunder in the skies.

And, while two pointed javelins arm his hands, Tove breathes a whirlwind from the hills of Ide, And drifts of dust the clouded navy hide: 300 Majestic moves along, and leads his Lycian bands. He fills the Greeks with terrour and dismay,

So, press'd with hunger, from the mountain's And gives great Hector the predestin'd day.

Strong in themselves, but stronger in their aid, Descends a lion on the flocks below;
Close to the works their rigid siege they laid.'. So ftalks the lordly savage o'er the plain,
In vain the mounds and maffy beanis defend, 305 In sullen majesty. and stern disdain ::
While these they undermine, and those they rend; In vain loud mastiffs bay him from afar,
Upheave the piles that prop the solid wall;

And Thepherds gall him with an iron war;
And heaps on heaps the smoky ruins fall.

Regardless, furious, he pursues his way; Greece on her ranıpart stands the fierce alarms; | He foams, he roars, he rends the panting prey. The clouded bulwarks blaze with waving arms, Resolu'd alike, divine Sarpedon glow's 365

310 With generous rage that drives him on the foes. Shield touching Thield, a long refulgent row ;?: He views the towers, and meditates their fall, Whence hilling darts, inceffant, rain below. To sure destruction dooms th' aspiring wall ; The bold Ajaces fly from tower to tower, | Then, casting on his friend an ardent look, And rouze, with fame divine, the Grecian power. Fir'd with the thirst of glory, thus he spoke: 370

The generous impulse every Greek obeys: 315 Why boast we, Glaucus! our extended reign, . Threats urge the fearful; and the valiant, praise. Where Xanthus' streams enrich the Lycian plain, Fellows in arms! whose deeds are known to (jur numerous herds that range the fruitful field, fame,

And hills where vines their purple harveft yield, And you whose ardour hopes an equal name! Our foaming bowls with purer nectar crown'd, Since not alike endued with force or art;

.375 Behold a day when each may act his part! 320 | Our feasts enhanc'd with musick's sprightly A day to fire the brave, and warm the cold,

found? To gain new glories, or augment the old. Why on those shores are we with joy survey'd, Vrge those who stand; and those wlio faint, ex- | Admir'd as heroes, and as Gods obey'd ; **cite; * .

Unless great acts superior merit prove, Drown Hector's vaunts in loud exhorts of fight; And vindicate the bounteous Pow'rs above? 38. Conqueft, not safety, fill the thoughts of all; 325 'Tis ours, the dignity they give to grace ; Şeck not your fieet, but fally from the wall; The first in valour, as the firtt in place: .


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