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Talia jactanti crudelis Diva feveros
Advertit vultus; inamoenum forte fedebat
Cocyton juxta, refolutaque vertice crines,
Lambere fulfureas permiferat anguibus undas.
Ilicet igne Jovis, lapfifque citatior aftris
Triftibus exiliit ripis. difcedit inane

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Vulgus, et occurfus dominae pavet; illa per umbras
Et caligantes animarum examine campos,
Taenariae limen petit irremeabile portae.
Senfit adeffe dies; piceo Nox obvia nimbo
Lucentes turbavit equos. procul arduus Atlas
Horruit, et dubia coelum cervice remifit.
Arripit extemplo Maleae de valle refurgens
Notum iter ad Thebas: neque enim velocior ullas
Itque reditque vias, cognataque Tartara mavult.
Centum illi ftantes umbrabant ora ceraftae,
Turba minor diri capitis: fedet intus abaclis
Ferrea lux oculis; qualis per nubila Phoebes

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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 fnatch'd the starting ferpents from the ground.
Not half so swiftly shoots along in air,
The gliding light'ning, or defcending star.

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Thro' crouds of airy fhades fhe wing'd her flight,
And dark dominions of the filent night;
Swift as fhe pafs'd, the flitting ghosts withdrew,
And the pale spectres trembled at her view:
To th' iron gates of Tænarus 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 fhore,
Trembled, and fhook the heav'ns and gods he bore.
Now from beneath Malea's airy height
Aloft fhe fprung, and steer'd to Thebes her flight;
With eager fpeed the well known journey took,
Nor here regrets the hell fhe late forfook.
A hundred fnakes her gloomy visage 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 ftrong charms, fhe fhoots from
high

A fiery gleam, and reddens all the sky.

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Atracea rubet arte labor: fuffufa veneno
Tenditur, ac fanie glifcit cutis: igneus atro
Ore vapor, quo longa fitis, morbique famefque,
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 fletit, 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 penates,

Protinus attoniti fratrum fub pe&ore motus,
Gentilefque animos fubiit furor, aegraque laetis,

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VEB. 173. Gentilifque animos fubit furor, feems a better read

ing than Gentilefque.

Blood ftain'd her cheeks, and from her mouth there

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Blue steaming poisons, 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 drefs 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 feen to rear
His flaming creft, and lafh the yielding air.

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But when the Fury took her ftand on high, Where vaft Citharon's top falutes the sky, A hifs from all the fnaky tire went round: The dreadful fignal all the rocks rebound, And thro' th' Achaian cities fend the found. Oete, with high Parnaffus, heard the voice; Eurota's banks remurmur'd to the noise; Again Leucothoë fhook at thefe alarms, And prefs'd Palæmon clofer in her arms. Headlong from thence the glowing Fury springs, And o'er the Theban palace fpreads her wings, 170 Once more invades the guilty dome, and shrouds Its 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

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Invidia, atque parens odii metus: inde regendi
Saevus amor: ruptaeque vices, jurisque 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 quîs 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 190
Afperat. alterni placuit fub legibus anni
Exilio mutare ducem. fic jure maligno
Fortunam tranfire jubent, ut fceptra tenentem
Foedere praecipiti femper novus 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 Graiis effulta nitebant
Atria, congeftos fatis explicitura clientes.

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