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Thus in a trice a judge of beauty grown In ev'ry exercise of all admird, (A judge erected from a country clown) He seemd, nor only seem'd, but was inspird: He longd to see her eyes, in slumber hid, Inspir'd by love, whose business is to please ; And wish'd his own could pierce within the lid; He rode, he fenc'd, he mor'd with graceful ease; Ile would have wak'd her, but restrain’d his More fam'd for sense, for courtly carriage more, thought,
(tauglu, Than for his brutal folly known before. And love new-born the first good manners
What then of alter'd Cymon shall we say, And awful fear his ardent wish withstood, But that the fire which chok'd in ashes lay, Nor durst disturb the goddess of the wood. A load too heavy for bis soul to move, For such she seem'd by her celestial face, Was upward blown below, and brush'd away by Excelling all the rest of human race.
Jove? And things divine, by common sense he knew, Love made an active progress thro' his mind, Must be devoutly seen, at distant view : The dusky parts hie clear'd, the gross refin', So checking his desire, with trenbling heart, The drowsy wak'd; and, as he went, impressid Gazing he stood, nor would nor could depart ; The maker's image on the human breast. Fix'd as a pilgrim wilder'd in his way, Thus was the man amended by desire : Who dares not stir by night, for fear to stray, And tho' he lov'd perhaps witvi too much fire, But stand with awful eyes to watch the dawn
His father all his faults with reason scann's, of day.
And lik'd an error of the better land : At length awaking, Iphigene the fair Excus'il the excess of passion in his mind, (So was the beauty call'd who caus'd his care) By fames too fierce, perhaps too inuch setind: Unclos'd her eyes, and double day reveald, Só Cymon, since his sire indulg'd his will, While those of all her slaves in sleep were seal'd. Impetuous lov'd, and would be Cymon still; The slav'ring carden, propp d upon
Galešus he disowp'd, and close to hear Stood ready gaping, with a grinning laugh, The name of fool, confirm'd, and Lishop'd by To welcome her awake; nor durst begin
the fair. To speak, but wisely kept the fool within. To Cipscus by his friends his suit le mord, Then sie: What makes you, Cymon, here alone: Cipseus ihe father of the fair he lov'd: (For Cymon's name was round the country But he was pre-engag'd by former lies, Because descended of a noble race, [known, While Cynion was endeavouring to be wise: And for a soul ill sorted with his face). And Iphigene, oblig'd by former vows,
But still the sot stood silent with surprise, Ilad giren her faith to wed a foreign sponse : With fix't regard on her new open' eyes, Her sire and she 10 Rhodlian Pasimond, And in his breast receiv'd th'envenom'd dart, Though both repenting, were by promise bound, A tickling pain that pleas'd amid ihe smart. Nor could retracı; and thus, as fate decreed, But conscious of her forin, with quick distrust Though beluer lov'd, he spoke too late to speed. She saw his sparkling eyes, and fear'd his brutal The doom was past, the ship already sent This to prevent, shewak'd her sleepy crew, [lust: Did all his tarde diligence prevent : And, rising hasty, took a short adicu.
Sigu'd 10 herself the fair unhappy maid, Then Cynion first his rustic voice essay'd, While stormy Cymon thus in secret said: With profer'd service to the parting maid, The time is come for Iphigene to find To see her safe ; his haud she long denied, The miracle she wrought upon niy inind: But took at length, ashan'd of such a guide. Her charnis have made me man, her ravish'd love So Cyinon led her home, and leaving there, In rank shall place me with the blest abore. No more would to his country clowns repair ; For mine by love, hy force she shall be mine, But sought his father's house with better mind, Or death, if force should fail, shall finish my Refusing in the farm to be confin'd.
design. The father wonderd at the son's return, Resolvid he said ; and rigg'd with speedy care And knew not whether to rejoice or mourn; A vessel strong, and well equipp'd for war, But doubtfully receiv'd, expecting still The secret ship with chosen friends he stord; To learn the secret causes of his alter'd will. And, bent to die or conquer, went abroad. Nor was he long delay'd : the first request Ambush'd he lay behind the Cyprian shore, He made, was like his brothers to be dressid, Waiting the sail that all his wishes bore ; And, as luis birth requir'd, above the rest. Nor long expected, for the following ride
With ease his suit was granted by his sire, Sent out the hostile ship and beauteous bride. Distinguishing his heir by rich attire :
To Rhodes the rival bark directly steerd, His body thus adorn'd, he next design'd. When Cymon sudden at her back appeard, With lib'ral arts to cultivate the mind : And stopt her flight; then, standing on his prow'; Hie soughta tulos with his own accord, In haughty terms he thus defied the foe: And studied lessons le before abhorrd. Or strike our sails at summons, or prepare
Thus the man-child advanc'd and learn'dl se to prove ihe last extremities of war. That in short tiine lis equals he surpass’d; [fast, Thuis warn'd, the Rhodiansfor the fight provide, 7 His brutal manners from his breast exild, Alrçady were the vessels side by side ; [bride. llis mien he fashion'd, and his tongue he fil'd; These obstinate to sase, and those to seise the
But Cyınon soon his crooked grapples cast, Not more aghast the proud archangel fell,
Now curs'd the more, the more he had been Fierce was the fight; but, hast ning to his prey, More anxious for her danger than his own,
blest By force the furious lover freed his way : Himself alone dispers’d the Riliin crew, Death he deties, but would be lost alone. The weak disdain'd, the valiant overthrew. Sad Iphigene to womanish complaints Cheap conquest forhis following friends remain'd, Adds pious prayers, and wearies all the saints; He reap'd ihe field, and they but only g/can'd.' Evn if she could, her love she would rezent;
His victory confess'd, the soes retreat, But since she cannot, dreads the punishnient: And cast the weapons at the victor's feet, Her forfeit tiith, and Pasimond betray'd, Whom thus he cheer'd: 0 Rhoclian youth, I are ever present, and her crime upbraid. fought
She blames herself, nor blames her lover less, For love alone, nor other beauty sought: Augments her anger as her fears increase; Your lives are safe ; your vessels I resign;
Froin her own back the burden would remove, Yours be your own, restoring what is mine: And lays the load on his ungover'd love, In Iphigene I claim my rigtitful due, Whicli interposing durst, in Heaven's despite, Robbi'd hy my rival, anii deuin'd by you. Invade and violate another's right: Your Pasimond a lawless bargain drore, The pow'rs incens'd awhile deferr'd his pain, The parent could not sell the danghter's love; And made him master of his vows in vain : Or, if he could, my love disdains the laws, But soon they punish'd his presumptuonspride; And, like a kiny, by conquest gains his cause; That for his caring enterprise she died, M'here arms take place, all other pleas are vain; Who rather not resisted than complied. Lovetaughtmcforce,andforceshall love maintain; Then, impotent of mind, with alter'd sense You, what by strength you couldnot keep, release, She hugg'id th' oftender, and forgave the offence, And at an easy rassomn buy your peace.
Sex to the last ; meantiine, with sails decliu’d, Fearon the conquer d sidesconsigu'd th’accord, The wand'ring vessel drove before the wind; And Iphigene in Cymon was restor’d: Toss'd and reloss’d, aloft, and then below, While to his arms the blushing bride he took, Nor portthey seek, norcertain course theyknow, To scoming sadness she compos'd her look; But every moment wait the coming blow. As if by force subjected to his will,
Thus blindly driver, by breaking day they view'd Tho' pleas'd dissembling, and a woman still. The lands before them, and their fears renew'd; And (for she wept) he wip'd her falling lears,
The land was welcome, but the tempest bore And pray'd her to dismiss her empty fears : The threaten'd ship against a rocky shore. For yours I am, he said, and have deseru'd A winding hay was near ; to this they bent, Your love much better whom so long I serv'd, And just escap'il'; their force already spent : Than he to whom your forinal father tied Secure from storms, anel panting from the sea, Your vows, and sold a slave, not sent a bride. The land unknown at leisure ther survey ; Thus while he spoke, hie seis'd the willing prey, And saw(but soon their sickly siglit withdrew) As Paris bore the Spartan spouse away.
The rising tow'rs of Rhodes at distant view: Faintly she screamı'd, and ev'n her eyes confess'd And curs’d the hostile shore of Pasimond, Sherather would be thought, than was, distress'du. Sard from the seas, and shipreck'd on the Who now exults but Cymon in his mind;
ground. Vain hopes and empty joys of human kind, Thefrighted sailors tried their strength in vain Proud of the preseni, 10 the future blind! To turn the stern, and tempt the stormy main : Secure of fate, while Cymon plonghs the sea, But the stiff wind withstond the lab'ring oar, And steers to Candy with his conquer'd prey, And forc'd them forward on the fatal shore ! Scarce the third glass of measur'd hours was run, Tae crooker keel now bites the Rhodian strand, When, like a fiery meteor; sunk thesun, And the ship moor'd constrains the crew to land. The proinise of a storm ; the shifting gules Yet still they might be safe, becausc unknown; Forsake by fits, and fill the flagging sails ; But, as ill fortune seldom comes alone, Hoarse inurmers of the main from får wereheard, The vessel they slismiss'd was driven before, And night came on, not by degrees prepard, Already shelter'd on their native shore; But all at once; at once the winds arise, Known cach, they know, but each with change The thunders roll, the forky lightning Pics.
of cheer: In sain the master issues out commands, The vanquish'd side exults, the victors fcar; In vain the trembling sailovs ply their hands ; Not them but theirs, made pris'ners ere they fight, The tempest unforesee! prevents their care, Despairing conqness, and ileprived of Aight. And from the first they lalxor in despair. The country rings around with loud alarms, The giddy ship, bretwixt the winds and rides, And raw in fickis ihe rude militia swarms; Forc'd back, and forwarıls, in a circle rides, Mouths without hands, maintain'd at vast exStunn'dwiththecliff'rentblow's;thenshootsamain, pence, Pi!!, counterbuff*d, she stops, aud sleeps again. "In peace a charge, in war a weak defence :
Stoutondea month they march, a bhust'ring band; Both sides he weigh'd ; but, after inuch debate,
Began in murder, to conclude in rape : The cowards wonld have fled, but that they Unprais'd by me, tho' Ileaven sonictimes may knciv
Till overborne with weight the Cyprians fell. To punish all injustice but their own).
Deep in a dungeon was the captive cast, For crimes are but permitted, not decreed.
In captive Cymon found the friend he sought ; Each in their turn address'd to treat the fair ; Tl'example pleas'd; the canse anderime thesame; While Pasimondand histhenuptialfeastprepare. An injur'd lover and a ravish'd dame.
Iler secret soul to Cyanon was inclind, How inuch he durst he knew by what he dar'd, Bot she must siffer what her fates assign'd; The less he had to lose, the less he card, So passive is the church of womankind. To manage loathsome life when love was the Wliat worse ip Cymon could his fortune deal, reward. Kolld to the lowest spoke of all her wheel? This ponder'd well, and fix'd on his inten', It rested to disiniss the downward weight, In depth of night he for the pris'ner sent ; Or raise him upward to his former height; In secret sent, the public view to shun; The latter pleas'd; and love (concern'd the Then, with a sober sımle, he thus began: most)
The pow'rs above, who boumteously bestow Prepar'd th' amends for what by love he lost. Their gifts and graces on mankind below,
The sire of Pasimond had left a son, Yet prove our merit first, nor blindly give Though younger, yet for courge early known, To such as are not worthy to receive; Ormisda calld, to whom, by promise tied, For valor and for virtue they provide A Rhodian beauty was the destin'd bride; Their due reward, but first they inust be tried : Cassandra was her namne, above the rest These fruitful seeds within your mind they Renown'd for birth, with fortune amply blest. Lysimachus, who ruld the Rhodian stare, 'Twas yours t' improve the talent they bestow'd: Was then by choice their annual magistrate; They gave you to be born of noble kind, Hc lov'd Cassandra too with equal fire, They gave you love to lighten up your mind, But fortunc had not favor'd his desire;
purge The grosser parts; they gave you care Crossed by her friends, by her not disapprov'd, To please, and courage to desene the fair. Nor yet preferr'd, or like Ormisda lov'd: Thus far they tried you, and by proof they So stood th' affait; some little hope remain'd,
found That should his rival chance to lose, he gaind. The grain entrusted in a grateful ground; Mean time young Pasimond his marriage But still the great experiment remain'd, press’d,
They suffer'd you to lose the prize you gaind, Ordaind the nuptial day, prepard the feast ; That you might learn the gift was theirs alonez And frugally resolv'd (the charge to shun And, when restor’d, to them the blessing own. Which would be double should he wed alone) Restor'd it soon will be; the means prepard, To join his brother's bridal with his own. The difficulty smooth'd, the danger shard;
Lysimachus, oppress'd with mortal grief, Be but yourself, the care to me resign, Receiv'd the news and studied quick relief; Then Iphigene is yours, Cassandra mine. The fatal day approach'd ; if force were us'd,
Your rival Pasimond pursues your life; The magistrate his public trust abus'd; Impatient to revenge bis ravish'd wife. To justice liable, as law requird;
But yet not his lo-morrow is behind, For, when his office ceas'd, his pow'r expir'd: And love our fortunes in one band has join'd, While pow'r remain’d, the means were in his Two brothers are our foes ; Orinisda mine, hand,
Be much declar'd as Pasimond is thine ; By force to scise, and then forsake the land : Tp-morrow must their common vows be tiell; Betwixt extreures he knew not how to move ; With love to friend, and fortune for our guide, A slave ro fanie, but more a slave to love : Let both resolve to die, or each redeem a bride.) Restraining others, yet himself not free, Right I have none, norhast thoumuch to'plead; Made impotent by pow's, debas'd by dignity 'Tis force, when done, must justify the deed ;
Our task perform'd, we next prepare for flight, When, like the harpies rushing through the hall,
But late is all defence, aud succour vain; Or lead to secend rape, for well thou know'st The rape is made, the ravishers remain ;
Two sturdy slaves were only sent before Said Cymon, overjoy'd, Do thou propose To bear the purchas'd prize in safety to the shore: The means to fight, and only show thy foes : The troop retires, the lovers close the rear, For from the first, when love had fir'd my inind, With forward faces not confessing fear; Resolu'd I left the care of life behind. Backward theymove,bui scorn their pacetomend;
To this the bold Lysimachus replied : Then seck the stairs, and with slow hastedescend. Let heaveu be neuter, and the sword decide ; Fierce Pasiinond, their passage to prevent, The spousals are prepar’d, already play Thrust full on Cymon's back in his descent; The minstrels, and provoke the tardy day: The blade return'd unbath’d, and to the han. By this the brides are wak'd, their grooms are
die bent. dress'd ;
Stout Cymon soon remounts, and cleft in two All Rhodes is summon'd to the nuptial feast, His riwal's head with one descending blow; All but iyself, the sole unbidden guest.
And as the next in rank Ormisda stood, Unbidden though I am, I will be there; Heturn'd the point; the sword, inur'd to blood, And, join'd by thee, intend to joy the fair. Bor'd his ungarded breast, which pour'd a Now hear the rest; when day resigns the light,
purple food. And cheerful torches gild the jolly night, With vow'd revenge, the gath'ring crowd purBe ready at my call; my chosen few
It pleas’d : the prisoner to his hold retir'd ;) key.
The public wealth to foreign parts convey'd;
Short, and more short, the missive weapons fly. This done, they feast, and at the close of night? Meanwhile the ravisliers their crimes enjoy, By kindled torches vary their delight; And flying sails and sweeping oars employ These lead the lively dance, and those the The cliffs of Rhodes in little space are lost ; brimming bowls invite.
Jove's isle they seek, nor Jove denies his coast. Now at th’appointed place and hour assign'd, In safety lander of the Candian shore, With souls resolu'd the ravishers were join'd: With gen'rous wines their spirits they restore ; Three bands are form'd; the first is sent before There Cymon with lis Rhodian friends resides, To favor the retreat, and guard the shore ; Both court and wed at once the willing brides. The second at the palace gate is plac'd, A war ensaes, the Crotans own their cause, And up the lofty stairs ascend the last ; Suiff' to defend their inspirable laws; A peaceful troop they seem with shining vests, Both parties lose by turas, and neither wins, But coats of nail beneath secure their breasts.' Till peace propounded by a truce begins.
Dauntless they enter, Cymnon at their head, The kindred of the sian forgive the deed, And find the feast renew'd, the table spread ; But a short exile use for show proceed ; Sweet voices, mix'd with instrumental sounds, The term expir'd froun Candia they remove; Ascend the vaultedroof, thevaulted roof rebounds: And happy cach bome enjoys his love.
To Chassis' pleasing plains he took his way, $ 33. Theodore and llonoria. There pitch'd his teuts, and there resolv'd to stay,
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ing grove Of all the cities in Romanian lands, Supply'd with birds, the choristers of love: The chief, and most renown'd, Ravenna stands, Music unbought, that minister'd delight Adorn' in antient lines with arins and arts, To morning wals, and luild his carts by night: And rich inhabitants wiib yen'rous hearts. There he discharg'd his friends; but not thi But Theodore the brave, above the rest,
expence With gifts of fortune and of nature blest, Of frequent treats, and proud magnificence. The foremosa place for wealili and honor held, He liv'd as kings retire, tho' inore at large And all in feats of chivalry excc!l'd.
From public business, yet with equal charge; This noble youtli to madness lov'da dome With house and heari still open io receire; Of high degree; Honoria was her name; As well content as love would give him leare: Fair as the fiirest, but of haughty mind,
He would have liv'd more free ; but manya guesi, And fiercer than becaine so soft a kind; Who could forsake the friend, pursu'd the feast. Proud of her birth (for equabshe had none) It happ'd one morning as his fancy led, The rest she scorn'él, hut hated hiin alonc; Before liis usual lour he left his bed ; Hivifis, his constant courtship, nothing gaind; to walk within a lonely lawn that stood For she, the more he lov’dd, the more disdain'd. On every side surrounded by a wood: Hle lived with all the pomp he could devise, Alone, he walk'd to please his pensive mind, At ults and tournanents obtain'd the prize; And sought the deepest solitude to find : But found no favor in his lailys eres; 'Twas in a grore of spicading pines he stray'd . Rclentless as a rock, the loftv maid
The windswithinthe quiv'ring branches play'd, Turnd all to poison that lie did or said : And dancing trees a mournful music made. Nor prayers, nor tears, nor offer'd vows, could? The place itself was suiting to his care, move;
(strove Uncouth and savage, as the cruel fair. The work went backward : and the more he He wanderd on, unknowing where he went, T" advance his suit, the farther from her lore. Lost in the wood, and on all love intent:
Wearied, at length, and wanting remedy, The day already half his race had run, He doubted oft, and oft resolv'd to die. And siimmond him to due repast at 10on, But pride stood ready to prevent the blow, But love could feel no hunger but his own. For who would die io gratify a foc!
Whilelist’ningiothe murm'ring leaveshe stood, His gev'rous mind disdain d'so mean a fate ! More than a mile inimers'd within the wood, That pass'l, his next endeavour was to hate. At once the wind was laid; the whisp'ring sound Bit vainer ihat relief than all the rest,
Wasdumb; a rising earthquake rock theground; The less he hop'dl, with nore desire possess'd With deeper brown the grore was overspread; Lore stood the siege, and would not yield his A sudden horror' seis'd his giddy head, breast.
And his ears tingled, and his color fled ; Change was the next, but change deceiv'd his Nature was in alarım; some danger nigh care ;
Seein'd threaten'd, tho' unseen to mortal eye. He sought a fairer, but found none so fair. Unus'd to fear, he sunimond all his soul, He would hare worn her out by slow degrees, And stood collected'in bimself, and whole; As men by fasting starve th' untam'd disease : Not long : for soon a whirlwind rose around, But present love requir’d a present ease. And froin afar he heard a screaming sound, Looking he feeds alone his famish'd eyes, As of a dame distressd, who cried for aid, Feeds ling'ring death, but looking not he dies. And fill'd with loud laments the secret shade, Yet still he chose the longest way to fate, A thicket close beside the grave there stond Wasting at once his life, and his estate. With briers and brambles choak’d, and dwarfish His friends beheld, and pity'd him in vain,
wood: For what advice can ease a lorer's pain !
From thence the noise, which now approaching Absence, the best expedient they could find, Might save the fortune, if not cure the mind: With inore distinguish'd notes invades his ear; This ineans they long propos'd, but little gain'd, He rais'd his head, and saw a beauteous maid, Yet, after much pursuit, at length obtain'd. With hair dishevell d, issuing through the shade,
Hard you may think it was to give consent, Stripp'd of her clothes, and ev'n those paris seBut struggling with his own desires he went,
real'd, Wishlarge expence, and with a pompous train, Which nodest nature keeps from sight conceald. Provided as ti: visit France and Spain,
Her face, her hands, her naked limbs were tom, Or for some distant voyage o'er the main. With passing thro' the brakes, and prickly thorn, But love had clipp:d his wings and eu him short, Two mastifs gaunt and grim her flight pursu'd, Confin'd within ihe purlieus of the court. And oft their fasten'd fangs in blood embru'd: Three les he went, nor farther could retreat; Oft they came up, and pinch'd her under side; His irat els enruled at his country seat :
Mercy, o inercy