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Fear it not Helen; I'll fo work with fame,
I will (alone) be guilty of all blame.
Duke Theseus was my instance, and so were: Your brothers, lady; can I come more near, To ensample my attempts by ? Theseus hald Helen perforce : your brothers they prevail'd With the Leucippian fifters ; now from these, I'll count myself the fourth (if Helen please.) Our Trojan navy rides upon the coast, Rigg'd, arm’d, and mann'd, and I can proudly boastg The banks are high, why do you longer stay? The winds and oars are ready to make way. You shall be like a high majestic queen, Led thro' the Dardan city, and be seen By millions, who your state having commended, Will (wond'ring) swear, fome goddess is descended Where'er you walk the priests shall incense burn, No way you fall your eye or body turn, But sacrificed beatis the ground shall beat, And bright religious fires the welkin heat. My father, mother, brother, sisters, all llium and Troy in pomp majestical, Shall with rich giits present you (but alas !) Not the least part (so far they do surpass) Can my epistle speak; you may behold More than my words or writings can unfold.
Noi fear the bruit of war, or threatning steel,
When we are fled, to dog us at the heel;
Or that all Cræcia will their powers unite ;
o many ravith’d, can you one recite
Wiem war repurchas’d? these be idle fears,
Rough blustering Boreas fair Orithea bears
Unto the land of Thrace, yet Thrace ftill free,
And Athens rais'd no rude hostility.
In winged Pegasus did Jafon fail ;
And from great Cholcos he Medea stale :
Yet Thessaly you see can shew no scar
Of former wounds in the Theffalian war.
He that first ravith'd you, in such a fleet
As ours is, Ariadne brought from Crete.
Yet Minos and duke Theseus were agreed,
About that quarrel not a breast did bleed.
Less is the danger (trust me) than the fear,
That in these vain and idle doubts appear.
But say, rude war should be proclaim'd at length,
Know I am valiant, and have finewy strength.
The weapons that I use are apt to kill.
Asia besides more fpacious fields can fill
With armed men, than Greece. Amongst us are
More perfect foldiers, more beasts apt for war.
Nor can thy husband Menelaus be
Of an high spirit and magnanimity;
Or so well prov'd in arms : for Helen I,
Being but a lad, have made my enemies fly;
Regain’d the prey from out the hands of thieves,
Who had despoil'd our herds, and stoln our beeves.
By such adventures I my name obtain’d,
(Being but a lad) the conquest I have gain'd
Of young men in their prime, who much could do ;
Deiphobus, Ilioneus too
I have o'ercome in many sharp contentions ;
Nor think these are my vain and forg'd inventions ;
Or that I only hand to hand can fight,
My arrows when I please shall touch the white;
I am expert i'th' quarry and the bow,
You cannot boast your heartless husband so.
Had you the power in all things to supply me,
And should you nothing in the world deny me;
To give me such a Hector to my brother,
You could not, the earth bears not such another. -
By him alone all Asia is well mann'd;
He like an enemy against Greece fhall stand,
Oppos'd to your beit fortunes, wherefore strive you?
You do not know his valour that must wive you,
Or what hid worth is in me; but at length
You will confess when you have prov'd my strength.
Thus either war shall still our steps pursue,
Or Greece shall fall in Troy's all conquering view...
Nor would I fear for such a royal wife,
To set the universal world at stuife.
To gain rich prizes, men will venture far,
The hope of purchase makes us bold in war.
If all the world about you should contend,
Your name should be eterniz'd without end; ..
Only be bold; and fearless may we fail
Into my country, with a prosperous gale! .
If the gods grant me my expected day,
It to the full shall all these covenants pay...
No sooner came mine eye unto the fight
Of thy rude lines, but I must needs re-write,
Dar’st thou (O shameless) in such heinous wise,
The laws of hospitality despise !
And being a stranger, from thy country's reach,
Solicit a.chalte wife to wedlock's breach ?
Was it for this our free Tænarian port
Receiv'd thee and thy train, in friendly sort?
And when great Neptune nothing could appealey
Gave thee safe harbour from the Atormy seas?
Was it for this, our kingdom's arms spread wide-
To entertain thee from the water-fide?
Yet thou of foreign soil remote from hence,
A stranger, coming we scarce knew from whence.
Is perjur'd wrong the recompence of right?
Is all our friendíhip guerdon’d with despight?
I doubt me then, whether in our court doth tarry
A friendly guest, or a fierce adversary.
Nor blame me, for if justly you consider,
And these presumptions well compare together,
So simple my complaint will not appear,
But you yourself must needs excuse my fear.
Well, hold me simple, much it matters not,
Whilft I preserve my chaste name far from spot ;-
For when I seem touch'd with a bashful shame,
It shews how highly I regard my fame.
When I seem sad, my countenance is not feigned;
And when I lour, my look is unconstrained.
But say my brow be cloudy, my name's clear,
And reverently you shall of Helen hear.
No man from me adulterate spoils can win ;
For to this hour I have sported without fin:
Which makes me in my heart the more to wonder go
What hope you have in time to bring me under:
Or from mine eye what comfort thou canst gathergo
To pity thee, and not despise thee rather.
Because once Theseus hurry'd me from hence,
And did to me a kind of violence ;
Follows it therefore, I am of such price,
That ravish'd once, I should be ravith'd twice?
Was it my fault, because I striv'd in vain,
And wanted strength his fury, to restrain ?
He flatter'd, and spake fair, I struggled ftill;
And what he got was much against my will
Of all his toil, he reap'd no wished fruit,
For with my wrangling I withstood his suit.
At length I was restor'd, untouch'd, and clear ;
In all my Rape, I suffer'd nought save fear :
A few untoward kifies he (God wor)
Of further favours he could never boast;
Dry, without relish, by much striving got,
And them with much ado, and to his cost.
I doubt your purpose aims at greater blisses,
And hardly would alone be pleas’d with kiffes..
Thou hast some further aim, and seek'st to do
What, Jove defend, I should confent unto.
He bore not thy bad mind, but did restore me
Unblemish'd to the place from whence he bore me. -
The youth was bashful, and thy boldness lack'd,
And 'tis well known, repented his bold fact,
Theseus repented, so fhould Paris do,
Succeed in love and in repentance too,
Nor am I angry;
be With him that loves her ? if
With your kind words, your fuit I could applaud, ,
So I were sure your lines were void of fraud.
I cast not these ft:ange doubts, or this dispense,
Like one that were bereft all confidence ;
Nor that I with myfelf am in disgrace,
Or do not know the beauty of my face:
But because too much truft hath damag'd such
As have believ'd men in their loves too much.
And now the general tongue of women saith,
Mens words are full of treafon, void of faith.
Let others fin, and hours of pleasures waste,
'Tis rare to find the fober matron chalte.
Why? say it be that sin prevails with fair ones,
May not my name be rankd among the rare ones?