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Whether the stile of Titan please thee more,
IXIT: et, admonitu veteris commota
Ingemuit; quam fic nurus eft adfata dolentem:
Impediunt, prohibentque loqui. fuit unica matri (Me pater ex alia genuit) notiffima forma Oechalidum Dryope: quam virginitate carentem, Vimque Dei paffam, Delphos Delonque tenentis,
DRYOPE.] Upon occafion of the death of Hercules, his Mother Alcmena recounts her misfortunes to Iole, who an
HE faid, and for her loft Galanthis fighs, when the fair Confort of her fon replies. Since you a fervant's ravifh'd form bemoan, And kindly figh for forrows not your own, Let me (if tears and grief permit) relate A nearer woe, a fifter's stranger fate. No nymph of all Oechalia could compare For beauteous form with Dryope the fair, Her tender mother's only hope and pride, (Myself the offspring of a second bride.) This Nymph comprefs'd by him who rules the day, Whom Delphi and the Delian isle obey,
fwers with a relation of those of her own family, in particu lar the Transformation of her fifter Dryope, which is the subject of the ensuing Fable. P.