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The Fury heard, while on Cocytus' brink
Her fnakes unty'd, fulphureous waters drink; 125
But at the fummons, roll'd her eyes around,
And snatch'd the ftarting ferpents from the ground,
Not half so swiftly fhoots along in air,
The gliding light'ning, or defcending star.
Thro' crouds of airy fhades fhe wing'd her flight, 130
And dark dominions of the filent night;
Swift as fhe pafs'd, the fitting ghosts withdrew,
And the pale spectres trembled at her view:
To th' iron gates of Tenarus fhe flies,
There spreads her dusky pinions to the fkies.
The day beheld, and fick'ning at the fight,
Veil'd her fair glories in the fhades of night.
Affrighted Atlas, on the diftant shore,
Trembled, and fhook the heav'ns and gods he bore.
Now from beneath Malea's airy height
Aloft the sprung, and fteer'd to Thebes her flights
With eager fpeed the well-known journey took,
Nor here regrets the hell fhe late forfook..:
A hundred fakes her gloomy vifage shade,
A hundred ferpents guard her horrid head,
In her funk eye-balls dreadful meteors glow:
Such rays from Phoebe's bloody circle flow,
When lab'ring with strong charms, she shoots from
A fiery gleam, and reddens all the sky.
Atracea rubet arte labor : 'fuffufa veneno
Tenditur, ac fanie glifcit cutis: igneus atro
Ore vapor, quo longa fitis, morbique famesque,
Et populis mors una venit. riget horrida tergo
Palla, et coerulei redeunt in pectore nodi.
Atropos hos, atque ipfa novat Proferpina cultus. 155
Tum geminas quatit illa manus: haec igne rogali
Fulgurat, haec vivo manus aëra verberat hydro.
Ut ftetit, abrupta qua plurimus arce Cithaeron
Occurrit coelo, fera fibila crine virenti
Congeminat, fignum terris, unde omnis Achaei
Ora maris late, Pelopeiaque regna resultant.
Audiit et medius coeli Parnaffus, et afper
Eurotas..dubiamque jugo fragor impulit Oeten ·
In latus, et geminis vix fluctibus obftitit Ifthmos.
Ipfa fuum genitrix, curvo delphine vagantem
Arripuit frenis, gremioque Palaemona preffit.
Atque ea Cadmaeo praeceps ubi limine primum 170
Conftitit, affuetaque infecit nube pénates,
Protinus attoniti fratrum fub pectore motus,
Gentilefque animos fubiit furor, aegraque laetis,
Invidia, atque parens odii metus: inde regendi
VER. 173] Gentilifque animos fubit furor, feems a betterreading than Gentilefque. P.
Blood stain❜d her cheeks, and from her mouth there
Blue fteaming poifons, and a length of flame.
From ev'ry blaft of her contagious breath,
Famine and drought proceed, and plagues, and death.
A robe obfcene was o'er her shoulders thrown,
A dress by Fates and Furies worn alone.
She tofs'd her meagre arms; her better hand
In waving circles whirl'd a fun'ral brand:
A ferpent from her left was seen to rear
His flaming creft, and lash the yielding air.
But when the Fury took her stand on high,
Where vaft Citharon's top falutes the sky,
A hiss from all the fnaky tire went round:
The dreadful fignal all the rocks rebound,
And thro' th'Achaian cities fend the found.
Ete, with high Parnaffus, heard the voice;
Eurota's banks remurmur'd to the noise;
Again Leucothoë fhook at these alarms,
And prefs'd Palæmon clofer in her arms.
Headlong from thence the glowing Fury springs,
And o'er the Theban palace spreads her wings,
Once more invades the guilty dome, and shrouds
Įts bright pavilions in a veil of clouds.
Strait with the rage of all their race poffefs'd,
Stung to the foul, the brothers ftart from reft,
And all their Furies wake within their breast, 175
Saevus amor: ruptaeque vices, jurifque fecundi
Ambitus impatiens, et fummo dulcius unum
Stare loco, fociifque comes difcordia regnis.
Sic ubi delectos per torva armenta juvencos
Agricola impofito fociare affectat aratro :
Illi indignantes quis nondum vomere multo
Ardua nodofos cervix defcendit in armos,
In diverfa trahunt, atque aequis vincula laxant
Viribus, et vario confundunt limite fulcos:
Haud fecus indomitos praeceps difcordia fratres
Afperat. alterni placuit fub legibus anni
Exilio mutare ducem. fic jure maligno
Fortunam tranfire jubent, ut fceptra tenentem
Foedere praecipiti semper novas angeret haeres,
Haec inter fratres pietas erat: haec mora pugnae
Sola, nec in regem perduratura fecundum.
Et nondum craffo laquearia fulva metallo,
Montibus aut alte Grafis effulta nitebant
Atria, congeftos fatis explicitura clientes,
Their tortur'd minds repining Envy tears,
And Hate, engender'd by fufpicious fears;
And facred Thirst of sway; and all the ties
Of Nature broke; and royal Perjuries:
And impotent Defire to reign alone,
That fcorns the dull reverfion of a throne;
Each would the fweets of fov'reign rule devour,
While Discord waits upon divided pow'r.
As stubborn fteers by brawny plowmen broke, y And join'd reluctant to the galling yoke,
Alike difdain with fervile necks to bear.
Th'unwonted weight, or drag the crooked fhare,
But rend the reins, and bound a diff'rent way,
And all the furrows in confufion lay:
Such was the difcord of the royal pair,
Whom fury drove precipitate to war.
In vain the chiefs contriv'd a fpecious way,
govern Thebes by their alternate fway:
Unjuft decree! while this enjoys the state,
That mourns in exile his unequal fate,
And the fhort monarch of a hafty year
Forefees with anguish his returning heir.
Thus did the league their impious arms restrain,
But scarce fubfifted to the fecond reign.
Yet then, no proud aspiring piles were rais'd, 200
No fretted roofs with polifh'd metals blaz❜d;
No labour'd columns in long order plac'd,
No Grecian ftone the pompous arches grac'd ;