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Which do thou chase and bury in the waves. But cold with horrour at remembrance deep
Farewell! my post demands me. Since their foil, Of her unmatch'd calainities that day,
I have observ'd the enemies employ'd

She feebly falter'd o'er the sandy beach;
Ja wild atteinpts to fill the strait profound

While Artamanez led in either hand Between Psyttalia and th' Athcnian shore.” The tripping boys. Themistocles remain'd

these thoughts Themistocles revolves : In these reflections, flowing from this proof " I will adopt his counsel, safe for Greece, Of Fortune's changes: "Few in Athens long Nor less for me; his banishment prolong'd Sustain their greatness--but to muse on ills Will discontent the people, and repealid

Before they come, both time ami thought I wasts ; Place him commander in th' Athenian camp Content at present that esteem procurd, To rival me. Discouraging the war

By this fair Persian, in her brother's court, By land, confining to the sea our sirength, May prove a gain.” Timothea now approach'd ; I shall secore preeminence.” From thought His hand affectionate she press d and spake: To action turo'd, Sicious he bespake:

“ How sudden thou my hospitable cares “ Before my presence all the captives bring." Of their endearing object hast depriv'd! As Bacchus, not devourer, in a smile

In woe how graceful is that eastern dame! Of heav'nly sweetness, pröffer'd soft relief

How young a mother! On a widow'd bed To Ariadne, when forlorn she sat,

How early cast by Fortune! Thou hast sent Her fate deploring on the Naxian rock;

Sicinus with her; ever-watchful man, So gracious, so consoling were the looks

Some new contrivance thou dost bring to birth; Themistocles assum'd, in southing phrase

Thou smil'st in silence ; listen then to me.
Accosting thus Sandauce: “Thou shalt prove, Since Aristides on this isle hath shown
So shall thy royal house, amicted fair!

That face reverd, when banislı’d, his recall
A cordial friend in me. Sicinus, haste;

The men of Athens, nay the women wish.
Equip the bark which eastern colours dress, This by Aminias to th' assembled tribes,
That, ere the Moon forsake her lucid path, Laodice informs me, will be mov'd;
Thou mayst transport this princess to the king, In this expect Myronides the brave,
Her infant train, and this ingenuous youth, Xanthippus, Cimon, Æschylus will join."--
With my best greetings. Say, the Athenian chief, “ So will thy husband,” interpos'd the chief;
Themistocles, these pledges of his truth

I will forestall them, not to others leave
And friendship sends; them rescued I restore, Such merit with our people.”--She rejoin'd:
Him next will save. His Hellespontine bridge “ All will applaud thee. Now, my anxious lord,
The Greeks vindictive menace to destroy,

The second watch its measure hath consumid; An enterprise of horrour; this my pow'r,

The Moon descends, the sprightly birds are still; My dictates singly can and shall impede,

Dead sleep hath laid the soldier on his shield; Till he in safety hath regain’d his throne.” The active sailor slumbers; all forget

Sandauce answers: “() thou gen'rous Greek, The hardships, rage, and tumult of the day; To thee, to thine, may Fortune ne'er be cold. All but thyself reposing. Shall that mind But I, partaker of imperial pomp,

Continue ranging o'er the field of thought,
In ease, in safety nurturd, who have deem'd In pregnancy exhaustless, till the lark
My state above the sorrows which torment Salute the day-spring with his early song?
Inferior mortals, when my soul reflects

Till thou unresting, unrefresh'd, resume
On this new lesson by misfortune taught,

The statesman's troubles, and the soldier's toils 2. Reflects how lately on a field of blood,

Be counsell d; oft ihe thunder-beariug god Young as I am, I saw my husband fall,

To Juno listens; thou my voice obey.”
My children doom'd to sacrifice, myself

He hears; serene conducts her to repose.
To endless bondage, had not Heav'n achiev'd As Jove on Ida, by Saturnia charm'd,
This marvel of compassion in a foe,

Confess'd a rapture never felt before,
I, (O forgive me!) I suspect the lot

While lucid dew of odours from a cloud
Of all, ev'n thine. O prosp'rous, godlike man, Of gold distillid around him; from the turf
May Horomazes from thy head avert

Beneath his feet while hyacinths upsprung,
Vicissitudes like mine! may envious Fate

The unctuous lotos, and the crocus gay, Ne'er bring Sandanice's gratitude to proof! To grace his secret tabernacle there Thou never want the pity thou hast shown !" Of love celestial; so the Attic chief

She ceas'd; she wept. When Artamanes spake: To his Tirnothea, in her chamber pure, “ Her debt Sandauce can discharge alone

With bridal honours deck'd, perfum'd with Row'rs, By grateful tears; but I can promise more. Whate'er the meads of Salamis supplied, In Persian thraldom lies a beauteous Greek, His tender fane in winning language breath'd : Nam'd Amarantha, Delphian limon's child ; “ Whoe'er had whisperd on our nuptial day For that bright maid's redemption I am pledg'd

That I should view thee, in a time remote To her amicted sire. Thy goodness shower'd From that sweet era, with superior joy, On this excelling priucess, shall augment

I should have held him ignorant of love. My zeal the obligation to repay

What is the cause, Timothea, that I feel By Amarantha's freedom; till that hour

My bosom pierc'd by transport yet unknown? Of retribution to thy virtues comes,

That eastern fair, deliver'd from distress, We will proclaim them; nations shall admire Appearing then the fairest of her sex, Themistocles, and ev'ry heart abhor

Thou dost exceed.” Timothea smiling spake : Inhuman Euphrantides.” Now return'd

“O thou artificer of sweetest wiles, Sicious; him they follow'd. On her breast Wouldst thou seduce me into vain belief, The lovely mother hush'd her female babe ; That I exceed Sandauce's youthful charins ?

But wouldst thou know, my husband," (solemn | The queen conducts Sandauce and her train. here

The princess thus to him amaz'd began: She modulates her accents) “wouldst thou know "A widow'd sister, late a wretched slave, Why thou survey'st me with uncommon joy? With these three orphans just redeem'd from death, It is the conscience of a noble deed,

Sandauce greets her brother ; but her tongue Of gather'd trophies never match'd before, Would be disloyal to obtrude her tale, Creates this change. The perils of this day Her tedious tale of sorrows on his ear. Were new to Athens, to thy race, and me; The preservation of her king demands Thy sword hath rescued all, increas'd thy fame, His first attention ; that attention grant Thy heart exalted ; with increas'd delight, To him who comes deputed by a Greek, Through that bright medium of a happy mind, Thy friend, my guardian, saviour of those babes; Thou look’st on ev'ry object-sure on me

Oh, listen! thy salvation from his lips
Not less than others.” Artless were these words, Receive." Fast bound by terrour was the mouth
By Nature prompted, Nature's noblest fire. Of Xerxes. Then Sicinus: “ He who ranks

They ceas'd discourse. Her loftiness of mind, Among the Greeks superior in command,
His valour, talents, policy, to love

In talents, prudence, policy, and arms,
Subside. Perhaps the first of human pairs, Themistocles, these pledges of his truth
Who in the blest Assyrian garden met,

And friendship sends; them rescued he restores; Were not more bappy in their first embrace, Thee next will save. Thy Hellespontine bridge Than fair Timothea and her conqu’ring lord ! The Greeks vindictive menace to destroy ; A pleasing stillness on the water sleeps ;

An enterprise of horrour, which his pow'r, The land is hush'd; from either host proceeds His dictates singly can and will impede, No sound, no murmur. With his precious charge Till thou in safety hast regain'd thy throne." Embark'd, Sicinus gently steers along;

All from his presence straight tbe king commands, The dip of oars in unison awake

Save Artemisia; her in broken tones Without alarming silence; while the Moon, Addresses: “Queen of Caria, singly wise From her descending, horizontal car,

Among my council, pity, not upbraid Shoots lambent silver on the humid blades Thy master, suffring by his rash neglect Which leave the curling flood. On carpets soft Of thy sage voice unutterable pangs.” Sandauce's babes devoid of sorrow lie,

He pausd in torture. Prudent, she replied: In sweet oblivious innocence compos'd

“ Without a cause the lord of nations droops; To smiling slumber. But the mother's breast Mardonius well hath counsell’d thy retreat, Admits no consolation; when they skim

Who undertakes to finish, what his sword Psyttalia's frith, at memory severe

Hath well begun through Macedon and Thrace, Of that disast'rous isle, she sudden sinks

This mighty war. Thy servant may succeed; A lifeless image in the watchful arms

In whose behalf? His master's: thou wilt reap Of Artamanes, who had studied well

His fruits of glory; if Mardonius fail, Her sorrows, knew each tender thought and care, He the disgrace. Thy march commence by dawn;Humanity his tutor. Swift he calls

Appoint the feet's departure swift this night, Sicinus : “ Friendly pilot, stay thy course ; To guard with force collected and repair'd We must not leave Autarctus in his gore

The Hellespontine bridge; with grace accept Behind, lest grief incurable reside

The proffer'd service of th' Athenian chief; In this fair breast, perhaps eternal shade

Load his returning messenger with gifts In these extinguish'd eyes.” Sicinus feels Of royal price, and, O my gracious lord ! A sympathizing pain, of Persian stock

Fraternal kindness on Sandauce show'r. Himself a branch, in Attic soil maturd;

Her gallant lord hath perish'd in thy cause, He stops the bark and lands. The Asian tents Herself been menac'd by a barb'rous priest W'ere still erect, whence Aristides comes

To see her children sacrific'd; a doom In steel accoutred, to salute the dawn,

Themistocles withstood, and set them free." Then breaking Him Sicinus humbly greets, As when a timid child perceives a cloud Requests, obtains the body, which convey'd Obscure the sky, and hears the thunder's peal, On board be careful on the deck bespreads He weeps, he trembles, but the cloud dispers'd, With canvass new. Impell’d by active strokes The clamour ceasing, and the Sun restor'd, Of oars resum'd, the bounding vessel gains

His wonted sport resumes, forgetting fear; Phaleron's haven. Artemisia there,

So chang'd the monarch. “ Artemisia, go," Whose vigilance, augmented by defeat,

He said; "the satraps instantly convene; Had kenn'd the bark while distant, now arrests Th’ Athenjan messenger, Argestes' son, Her further progress; but no sooner hears

Again before us with Sandauce call; The sad intelligence Sicinus gires,

Ne'er will I deviate from thy counsels more." Than swift descending where Sandavce lay,

First to Sicinus ent'ring he began :
That mourning fair in friendly strains accosts : Say to thy sender, I accept well pleas'd

“ O lift thy head, thou daughter of a king ! His service pass'd and proflers; thou return; Our sov’reign's sister, sister to the man

To him ten golden talents thou shalt bear. My soul rever'd, to Hyperanthes good,

Thee from the depths of sorrow shall the king, The flow'r of Asia's princes! In thy woes,

Sandauce, raise ; demand a present boon; I sharing cordial, cordially rejoice

Thou canst not ask what Xerxes will refuse." In thy redemption. Leave this doleful keel; By gratitude surmounting grief inspir'd, Think of thy duty to approach the king;

Mov'd to retaliate kindness in the shape Thy other cares entrust to me." --She said ; Herself had prov'd, the gen'rous suppliant thus : They row to shore. To Xerxes, then retir'd,

“ In Persian thraldom is a Grecian maid

Of Delphian lineage, Amarantha nam’d; Unbending, far as nature would permit,
Her I demand of Xerxes, that my hand

His rugged brow; when, crouching to the king, A captive daughter to a tender sire

“ O Xerxes, live for ever," he began : May reuder back; from bondage free his head, “ I am Eubæan Demovax, the prince Now in Nicei, and thus far my debt

Of Oreus late, who earth and water sent, Of gratitude discharge.” In transport here, Acknowledging thy empire; from my throne Admiring such perfection of the heart,

By curs d Themistocles expelld, I joiu'd Spake Artamanes: “Ever live the king !

Thy shelt'ring fleet; at Salamis 1 fought. There is a captive whom the princess nam'd" An aid of troops and treasure can replace

“ Fly thou in search of this requested slave, Me thy true vassal, who will soon reduce Son of Argestes," interrupts the king;

The granary of Athens to thy sway, “ Let none withhold her from Sandauce's pow'r. Eubæa, fertile, populous, and rich." The female train before the cumb'rous host

The monarch thus': “ Mardonius, thou hast Shall move by dawn for Thessaly, their join

heard; The rest of Asia's dames behind us left

Begin to use thy plenitude of power ; On our late march; the guard, ten thousand horse, Reject or favour at thy will this pray’r." Thou, Artamanes, shalt command.”—He said; Mardonius then: “My sov'reign liege, the truth They all retir'd. A pensive grief o'ercasts Flows from his lips; twelve thousand of thy host Sandauce, moving with her children slow,

With Mindarus commanding, and of gold By slaves attended, to the vacant tent

A hundred talents, would be well bestow'd Autarctus late possess'd. Argestes' son

On this important Greek.” The king assents; Observes her anguish, penetrates her thoughts, He rises; all disperse. Mardonius now In guarded words then proffers this relief: Accosts the queen, descending to the port : “O fairest princess, whose external form

“ Alas! how uncontrollable the will But half displays i hy excellence of mind,

Of Xerxes ! must thou leave me? Since the day Wilt thou forgive thy servant, if he feels

Of Salamis, my best belov'd of friends, With thee a present sorrow, which the heart Masistius, whether by the waves devour'd, Forbids the tongue to name? Sandauce, trust Or slain, or captive, to my search is lost. My pious service, and those thoughts compose.” Poe to inaction, though compos'd and wise,

She, weeping, looks assent; he speeds away, Of courage prone to perilous attempts, But meets the body of Autarctus borne

He would embark; permitted by the king, By Artemisia's soldiers. She at first,

Against my warm remonstrance would partake With care conceald, had order'd from the bark The naval conflict. Drooping, while I doubt His precious relics; these the noble youth

His preservation, must I further lose With equal care delivers to that skill,

Thy fellowship, auspicious, generous queen! Which with Sabæan gums, and scented growths Yet stop, a moment listen. On the march Of bless'd Arabia, purifies the clay

To Athens first, reposing in a cave, Depriv'd of life, and Time's consuming breath I had a dream, perhaps a vision saw, Repels. A regal car he next provides,

To me presaging glory-but success In full apparel of funereal pomp.

Was wrapp'd in clouded mystery.

My heart
Teems with ill-boding thoughts, yet shall not faint;
At least impart thy wishes ere thou sail'st,

Thy last instructions ! Fortunate thy voice,
BOOK VIII.

Benign to me; repeat one parting strain !

If I successful to thy presence bring Taz satraps now, and leaders, at the call

The palms of conquest, say, accomplish'd queen, Of Artemisia, were collected round

Thou wilt accept them with a gracious hand; Their monarch. Seated or his throne, he spake: If unsuccessful I the forfeit pay

“ Ye princes, satraps, heed our fix'd decree. Of this frail being, as becomes the brave, Our native Asia wants her king; by morn Say, thou wilt praise Mardonius.” Sage and grare To Susa we return, but leave behind,

She answers: “ First, despair not to regain In Greece, Mardonius, and a chosen host

The good Masistius; at the worst endure Of thirty myriads. With command supreme, That common lot, the death of dearest friends, With our imperial equipage and state,

With patience; long thy courage I have prais d, Him we invest; to him submission pay

Now moderate the flame against a foe
As to our presence. Artemisia, bear

Not less discreet than disciplin'd and bold;
Our sovoreign pleasure to the naval chiefs, Nor let the gloom of superstition awe
That all abandon, ere the dawn return,

Thy noble ardour. On the sharpest sword,
Phaleron's port, and hoist their sails to guard The strongest arm, on prudence, martial skill,
The Hellespont. But thou, entrusted queen, Not dreams and visions, looks the goddess Fame.
Thy owo tried squadron to Spercheos bring ; If Artemisia's wishes can avail,
Whence thou must waft to Ephesus a charge Be sure to prosper, prosp'ring here to soar
Of high import, the children of thy king.”

Above the right of Cyrus.”-She departs. He ceas'd. A stranger, cas’d in steel, approach"a, Behind her, like the sinking globe of day, In look ferocious, limbs and shape robust,

She leaves a trail of radiance on his soul; Of statare huge; the satraps look'd amaz'd, But, to protect him from returning shade, As were th' immortals, when, th' Olympian steep Her light should ne'er forsake him, never set. Ascending, grim Briareus first produc'd

O'er gen'rous cares not thus Argestes broods; His mountain-bulk, and spread his hundred hands, Within his tent he meditates conceal'd; Auxiliary to Jove. The warrior stood,

By struggling pride tormented, thus he strives

To soothe her pangs : “ I see my pow'r eclips'd; This said, they parted. Mithridates held Mardonius governs. Pow'r, thou fleeting gleam, The town ; his brother's squadrons lay encamp'd Thee I possess no longer; why regret,

Without the walls. The citadel contain'd When Amarantha's beauty can exchange

A fane of Juns, there Sandauce rests, Thy thorns for lilies? To my own domain

To Edipus devoted was a dome, I will transport her; Sipylus bath flow'rs

Which Artamanes enter'd, while his heart To drop perfumes in Amarantha's walk;

Ran cold, and shudder'd at a brother fell, Pactolus, Hermus, my subjected streams,

And treach'rous sire, competitors in love; Shall furnish gold; her gems shall India send Abominable strife! His eyes he cast To deck that form, and I in pleasure's folds O'er all the structure, lighted by the gleams Forget ambition, stranger to the peace

Of tapers blue attending; he surveys, Which honour yields." Libidinous in thought, Insculptur'd round, the horrours which befel The statesman thus would cheat his baffled pride; The house of Laius ; there th' ill-fated son Accurs'd of men ! who borrow'd from one vice His father slays; incestuous there ascends His med'cine for another (both defoan

His mother's chamber ; daughters he begets, His ravag'd bosom in alternate strife)

His sisters, sons his brothers; blameless he, Flagitious parent! rivalling in love

A man of virtues by despair oppress'ı!, His eldest born! prepost'rous passion, big

Rends forth his eyeballs, on the pavement dasb’d. With horrour! while the youngest, lov'd by all, There sev'n dire captains, leagu'd by horrid oaths By Xerxes favour'd, to Mardonius dear,

Which startled Heav'n, are figurd; down to Hell He held in detestation for his worth,

Amphiaraus on his martial car, Nor knew the comfort of a virtuous child.

Through Earth's dividing entrails, there descends; With diff'rent thoughts that sleepless youth em Here Capaneus, blaspheming Jove, expires The night, serenely happy in the charge [ploy'd Amid vindictive lightnings; mangled there, Humanity impos'd. Before the dawn

Eteocles and Polynices fall, His band is arı'd, Saodauce in her car,

Each other's victim to fraternal hate. Among innumerable fair the chief

Full of these hideous images the youth
In state and woe. Tears trickle at the sight Reclines disturbid, unvisited by sleep,
Of great Autarctus in his fun'ral pomp

Till awful midnight; broken slumber adds
Down ev'ry cheek; a solemn sadness reigns; To his disquiet. In a thrilling dream
So oft Aurora, sable-suited, leads

The eyeless ghost of Edipus ascends;
A train of clouds, dissolving as they pass

The vacant sockets, where the orbs of sight In silent show'rs. Through Attica's waste fields, Once beain'd, are bleeding fresh; a Stygian pall Through half Bæotia, ere his ev'ning clos'd, Infolds the wither'd, pale, sepulchral form; The second sun conducts them to the gates The arms are stretch'd abroad : “For ever Thebes Of ancient Thebes. They enter; they ascend Must thou to horrour be the guilty stage !" The citadel; they find commanding there, It said, and vanish'd. By the phantom wak'd, New from the ruins of unpeopled towns,

Or by a sudden clash of mingling swords, Fierce Mithridates. With a kind embrace,

With shrieks and tumult, Artamanes rose, To him the gentle Artamanes thus:

Unsheath'd his sabre, grip'd his target fast, “ Hail! brother: twice a captive since we last And issued swift. Before his startled eyes At Delphi parted, I would gladly know

A beauteous woman, of majestic form,
Tby fortune. Tell me, where that beauteous maid, In garb disorder'd, and with ringlets fall'n,
Whom thou didst carry from the Delphian walls?" Sustains aloft a poniard newly drawn

The grim barbarian spoiler, quick reply'd : From Mithridates' heart, who, sinking, breathes
"Curs'd be her name, her beauty, which could melt His last beneath her feet. So Phæbe pierc'd
A heart like mine! Accurs'd my father's lust, Orion; so the groaning Earth receiv'd
Which seiz'd my captive! Guarded by a troop His giant bulk, which insolently dar'd
Of jealous eunuchs, and attendants arm’d, Attempt that child immaculate of Jove
Her in this citadel he still detains.

With violence of love. Now spake the fair : If I resign her, may Platxa's tow'rs,

“ If to defend her chastity and fame May Thespia's hostile wails, by ine o'erthrown, Becomes a woman, self approv'd at least A second time to brave me rise from dust."

I stand, great Timon's daughter, from a line “Oh! unbecoming strife," the brother cry'd, Heroic sprung, in holy Delphi born; " Which startles Nature! Thanks to Heav'n, the king If to have slain a ruffian be a crime Hath now decided Amarantha's fate;

Among the Persians, give me instant death, Her to his royal sister he hath gir'n,

Such as becomes my dignity and sex.” A promis'd boon, Sandauce, by the foe

Her words, her looks, impress'd on ev'ry heart Restor'd to freedom, will requite that grace, Amaze, and tam'd the savages combin'd By rend’ring up this damsel to her sire,

With Mithridates in his impious act. Himself a pris'ner in Nicæa's fort,

So when, majestic on the choral scene, Then both release from bondage. Further know, Her tragic pomp Melpomene displays, In Thebes to morrow Xerxes will appear

In awe profound she hushes rudest minds, On his retreat to Susa. I conduct

Widle terrour humbles tyrants. Gather'd round This train of eastern dames. By rising dawn Were numbers now; a thousand torches blaz'd; To her protection will the princess take

Sandauce last, environ'd by her guard, The Delphian maiden, then proceed." These words Approach'd alarm'd. A wounded eunuch stepp'd Sting Mithridates; an atrocious deed

Before the princess; “ I will clothe in truth He meditates, but artful thus concealo:

My voice," he said. Argestes to my care “ Not to my father, to the king 1 yield.” Entrusted Amarantha; from that lord,

Solicitations, threat’nings, gifts she spurn'd, Her fortune promis'd. In Sandauce's train
While I adınir'd: sure virtue hath a ray

A husband follow'd on his fun'ral bier ;
To strike the meanest eye. To night his son Her fieeting hue a sickly paleness taints,
Assail'd oor dwelling; with my fellow slaves, Which Artamanes with a sad'ning eye
All butcher'd, I defended long my charge, Observes, portent of malady. Now rose
By Mithridates from the mansion forc’d;

The eighth sad morn, revealing to their sight Her chastity the noble maid bath sav'd,

Nicæa's neighb'ring gate. Sandauce then Her poniard stretch'd the ravisher in blood." To Artamanes: “ Take this virtuous maid; To Artamanes, weeping o'er the corse,

To her my promise, to her father thine Sandauce then : “ To thy consoling words Fulfill; conduct her. Amarantha dear, I oft have listen'd, listen thou to mine :

From thee I part, rejoicing in thy joy; Porgive the maid; illustrious is her deed

Amid thy comforts in a sire's embrace, For every maid to imitate. With me,

Or bliss more tender with a destin'd spouse, Come Amarantha; thou art mine; not long Forget not me. Autarchus near the tomb Shalt so continue; at Nicæa's fort

Of Ariana by these widow'd hands I will restore thee to a joyful sire,

Deposited" - She stops; the weaken'd pow'rs And both to freedom.” Morning breaks; the cars, of heath relax, nur furnish sound to grief: The troops attend ; the royal dame renews Mute too is Delphi's maid. The Persian youth, Her progress; seated at her footstool weeps, To leave a moment in her sick’ning state In speechless gratitude, the Delphian fair. The princess, feels a struggle, but resolves By public duty Artamanes rous'd,

In rapid haste her mandate to obey. Not long remains. This last farewell he sighs: Nicra's gate he enters; Timon soon

“Oh! early fall’n! Oh! cut from proudest hopes! He finds: “ Receive thy daughter," swift he spake; Thee, Horomazes, may a brother's tears

“ Receive thy freedom from the bounteous hand For him propitiate! he hath none to shed. Of Xerxes' sister; but a short farewell Ti.ese silent ruins to our father show,

My urgent cares allow ; to set thee free Thou faithful eunuch. May he feel like me!" At thy own time I hasten to enjoin

His steed he mounts, and rapidly o’ertakes The chief comınander here.” He said, and turn'd The squadrons, op'ning on Cadmean plains. Precipitate away, unheard, unmark'd Now Amarantha lifts her grateful head,

By Timon, who no other voice nor form Intent to speak; but, heavy on the front

Than Amarantba's heeds. In Carirn steel Of her protectress, heavier in her breast

Now Melibæus from the gymnic school, Sat grief, each sense devouring, and her frame Where be was daily exercis'd in arms, Enfeebling; which, too delicately wrought, Approach'd; to him in transport Timon spake: Endures not ev'n remembrance of distress

“ Behold my daughter!”-Instant from the port So new, so strange in her exalted state,

Appears Aronces, who proclaims the news
To youth untry'd by evils. She forgets

Of Artemisia landed. She had left
Her late benignant act, till chance directs Phaleron; station’d in the Malian bay,
Her eye to Amarantha; when her heart,

She waits the king's arrival, not remote
Sooth'd by the conscience of a gen'rous deed, Now with his army; all advance to meet
Her faded cheeks relumines with a smile.

The Carian queen; when sudden clouds of dust Then spake the prudent virgin : “Persian queen, The sky envelop ; loud the hollow sound (Sure such thou art) what marvellous event Of trampling hoofs is heard. The portal pass'd Gave thee a knowledge of my sire, his place By Artamanes fac'd the southern Sun; Of residence, and my disastrous fate?

An entrance eastward rudely is possess'd Sense of thy goodness, from my breast would chase By Caspian horsemen, in the hairy skins The memory of troubles, if, alas!

Of goats all horrid ; round their brawny loins I did not see thy countenance o'ercast.

from shaggy belts keen cimeters depend; If thou repent thee, of thy favour deem

Well-furnish'd quivers rattle on their backs. Me undeserving, send me to abide

Now fifty grim-fac'd savages dismount The punishment ordain'd by Persian laws; To seize on Amarantha. Then his arm But if thy sorrows are thy own, unmix'd

New-train'd to battle Melibreus proves ; With my misfortunes, let assiduous zeal,

With native strength, agility, and fire, Let tenderest service of my grateful hand, He springs, confronts the Caspians; from the first Strive to relieve the burdens which oppress He lops the ruffian hand; by diff'rent wounds My benefactress.” In the captive's hand

Five more lie prostrate. As a vessel new, Sandauce drops her own; in sighs replies: Compact, and strong, impetuous from the dock “O! by thy aspect of superior mould

In her first lanch divides the troubled waves, To all I e'er beheld of regal race,

On either side recoiling, till the weight Resembling me in fortune, lend an ear;

Of reuniting waters stops her course, My soul conceives a melancholy wish

And beats her lofty ribs; so valour drives That thou shouldst hear my story, I to thine The warrior on, till rallying numbers join'd, Alternate listen." . Mournfal converse soon Arrest his progress; fearless yet he stands Between these fairest in their native climes Awbile defensive. Timon from the dead Began, continued; sev'n diurnal rounds

Lifts two forsaken cimeters; both hands The Sun perform'd, till intercourse of grief, His indignation arms; he sends to Hell Communicated sighs, unite their minds

Three miscreants gasping at his daughter's feet. In tender friendship. Diff'rent yet their lots; With aiding Theseus, so Pirithous heap'd On Amarantha's cheek the bloom revives;

With centaurs slain the Lapithæan hall, A joyful sire, perhaps a dear betroth'd,

When in flagitious tumult they deform'd

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