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Impetuous sorrow lav'd th' empurpled clay.
When forth in groans these lamentations broke—
O, torn for ever from these weeping eyes!
Thou, who despairing to obtain a heart
Which then most lov'd thee, didst untimely yield Thy life to fate's inevitable dart
For her, who now in agony reveals
Her tender passion, who repeats her vows
To thy enchanting eloquence, nor feast
Her mind on wisdom from thy copious tongue! Oh! bitter, insurmountable distress!'
She could no more.
Suppress'd all utt'rance.
As a marble form,
Fix'd on the solemn sepulchre, inclines
The silent head, in imitated wo,
O'er some dead hero whom his country lov'd,
Entranc'd by anguish, o'er the breathless clay
So hung the princess. On the gory breach,
Then, with no trembling hand, no change of look, She drew a poniard, which her garment veil'd; And, instant sheathing in her heart the blade, On her slain lover silent sunk in death! The unexpected stroke prevents the care Of Agis, pierc'd by horror and distress, Like one who, standing on a stormy beach, Beholds a found'ring vessel by the deep At once engulph'd, his pity feels and mourns, Depriv'd of pow'r to save; so Agis view'd The prostrate pair.
PERSIAN EMBASSY TO LEONIDAS.
THE king uprises from his seat, and bids
Their gen'rous scorn, may answer for their chief.
To vassalage and baseness, hear. The pomp,
To Xerxes, public confidence and love.
peace deny'd To his resplendent canopy. Thy king,
Who hath profan'd by proffer'd bribes my ear,
Dares not to meet my arm. Thee, trembling slave Whose embassy was treason, I despise,
And therefore spare.
LEONIDAS AND HYPERANTHES.
BUT Hyperanthes from the trembling ranks
Of Asia tow'rs, inflexibly resolv'd
The Persian glory to redeem, or fall.
The Spartan, worn by toil, his languid arm
Provoke the contest, fated soon to close
Each hideous bulk encounters. Earth her groan
Trembling, from their covert gaze
His rapid javelin to the Spartan's throat.
But he his wary buckler upward rais'd,
Which o'er his shoulder turn'd the glancing steel; For one last effort then his scatter'd strength Collecting, levell'd with resistless force
The massive orb, and dash'd its brazen verge