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The pitchy planks their crackling prey become;
65 There, hulks half.burnt fink in the inain ; and here, Arms on the waves and drowning men appear.
Nor thus suffic'd, the flames from thence aspire, And seize the buildings with contagious fire. Swift o'er the roofs by winds increas'd, they fly; 655 So shooting meteors blaze along the sky, And lead their wandering course with fudden glare, By fulphurous atoms fed in fields of thinnest air.
Affrighted crouds the growing ruin view; To save the city from the siege they flew, , 660 When Cæfar, wont the lucky hour to chuse Of sudden chance in war, and wisely use, Loft not in Rothful rest the favouring night, But shipp'd his men, and sudden took his flight. Pharos he seiz'd, an island heretofore, When prophet Proteus Ægypt's fceptre bore, Now by a chain of moles contiguous to the shore. Here Cæsar's arms a double use obtain ; Hence from the straiten'd foe he bars the main, While to his friends th' important harbour lies 670 A safe retreat, and open to supplies. Nor longer now the doom suspended stands, Which Justice on Pothinus' guilt demands. Yet not as guilt, unmatch'd like his, requires, Not by the thameful cross, or torturing fires, 675 Nor torn by ravenous beasts, the howling wretch expires.
The sword dishonour'd did his head divide,
Nor does the swelling tempeft yet subside,
Now while to quit the straiten d mole he strove,
Behind, the troops advance. No way is seen
** Here the original poem breaks off abruptly, having been left unfinished by the author.
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Anacreon, Ode IJI.