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Hisne etiam funeftus ego? et videt ifta deorum
Ignavus genitor? tu faltem debita vindex
Huc ades, et totos in poenam ordire nepotes.
Indue quod madidum tabo diadema cruentis
Unguibus arripui, votifque instincta paternis
Į media in fratres, generis confortia ferro
Diffiliant: da Tartarei regina barathri
Quod cupiam vidiffe nefas. nec tarda fequetur
Mens juvenum; modo digna veni, mea pignora
nofces.

Talia jactanti crudelis Diva severos

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

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Vulgus, et occurfus dominae pavet; illa per umbras

Art thou a Father, unregarding Jove!

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And sleeps thy thunder in the realms above? 110
Thou Fury, then, fome lafting curse entail,
Which o'er their childrens children shall prevail:
Place on their heads that crown diftain'd with
gore,
Which these dire hands from my flain father tore;
Go, and a parent's heavy curfes bear;
Break all the bonds of nature, and prepare
Their kindred fouls to mutual hate and war.
Give them to dare, what I might wish to see
Blind as I am, fome glorious villany!
Soon fhalt thou find, if thou but arm their hands,
Their ready guilt preventing thy commands:
Could'st thou fome great, proportion'd mischief
frame,

They'd prove the father from whofe loins they came.
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 starting ferpents from the ground.
Not half so swiftly shoots along in air,
The gliding light'ning, or defcending star.
Thro' crouds of airy fhades she wing'd her flight,
And dark dominions of the filent night;

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

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Notum iter ad Thebas: neque enim velocior ullas
Itque reditque vias, cognataque Tartara mavult.
Centum illi ftantes umbrabant ora ceraftae, 145
Turba minor diri capitis: fedet intus abactis
Ferrea lux oculis; qualis per nubila Phoebes
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

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Swift as the pass'd, the flitting ghofts withdrew,
And the pale spectres trembled at her view:
To th' iron gates of Tænarus fhe flies,

There spreads her dusky pinions to the skies. 135
The day beheld, and fick'ning at the fight,
Veil'd her fair glories in the fhades of night.
Affrighted Atlas, on the distant fhore,
Trembled, and shook the heav'ns and gods he bore.
Now from beneath Malea's airy height

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Aloft she sprung, and steer'd to Thebes her flight;
With eager speed the well known journey took,
Nor here regrets the hell fhe late forfook.

A hundred fnakes her gloomy visage fhade,
A hundred ferpents guard her horrid head,
In her funk eye-balls dreadful meteors glow:

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Such rays from Phoebe's bloody circle flow, When lab'ring with ftrong charms, she shoots from high

A fiery gleam, and reddens all the sky.

Blood ftain'd her cheeks, and from her mouth

there came

Blue fteaming poifons, and length of flame.

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From ev'ry blaft of her contagious breath, Famine and drought proceed,and plagues,and death.

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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 penates,
Protinus attoniti fratrum fub pectore motus,
Gentilefque animos fubiit furor, aegra que laetis
Invidia, atque parens odii metus: inde regendi
Saevus amor: ruptaeque vices, jurifque fecundi

NOTES.

VER. 173.] Gentilifque animos fubit furor, feems a bette reading than Gentilefque. P.

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