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There, in the number of the bleft enrollid,
Achilles, to those illes remov’d,
And hardy Cygnus flew,
Materials to supply
He only, in whose ample breast
The praise of wisdom may contest;
Like crows and chattering jays, with clamorous cries Pursue the bird of Jove, that fails along the skies,
ANTIS TROPHE V.
Come on! thy brightest shafts prepare,
Our arrows shall we throw ?
On Agrigentum fix thine eye,
While, with religious dread,
Swear, that no state, revolving o'er
Can shew in all her boalted ftore
One to the acts of friendship fo inclin’d,
E PO DE V.
Or who can Theron's generous works express, And tell how many hearts his bounteous virtues bless!
THE THE THIRD OLYMPICK ODE.
This Ode is likewife inscribed to Theron King of
Agrigentum, upon the Occasion of another Victory obtained by him in the Chariot-Race at Olympia; the Date of which is unknown.
THE Scholiaft acquaints us, that as Theron was cele
brating the Theoxenia (a festival instituted by Castor and Pollux in honour of all the gods) he received the news of a victory obtained by his chariot in the Olymick Games: from this circumstance the Poet takes occasion to address this Ode to those two deities and their sister Helena, in whose temple, the fame Scholiaft informs us, some people with greatest probability conjectured, it was sung, at a solemn facrifice there offered by Theron to those deities, and to Hercules also, as may be inferred from a passage in the third Strophe of the Translation. But there is another, and a more poetical propriety in Pindar's invoking these divinities, that is suggested in the Ode itself: for, after mentioning the occasion of his composing it, wamely, the Olympick victory of Theron, and saying that a triumphal song was a tribute due to that person upon whom the Hellanodick, or Judge of the Games, bestowed the sacred Olive, ac
cording to the institution of their first founder Hercules, he proceeds to relate the fabulous, but legendary story, of that Hero's having brought that plant originally from Scythia, the country of the Hyperboreans, to Olympia ; having planted it there near the temple of Jupiter, and ordered that the vietors in those games should, for the future, be crowned with the branches of this sacred tree. Το this he adds, that Hercules, upon his being removed to heaven, appointed the twin-brothers, Castor and Pollux, to celebrate the Olympick Games, and exea cute the office of bestowing the Olive-crown upon those who obtained the victory; and now, continues Pindar, he comes a propitious guest to this facrifice of Theron, in company with the two sons of Leda, who, to reward the piety and zeal of Theron and his family, have given them success and glory; to the utmost limits of which he infinuates that Theron is arrived, and so concludes with affirming, that it would be in vain for any man, wife or unwile, to attempt to furpass him.
THERON KING OF AGRIGENTUM.
STROPHE I. WHILE to the fame of Agragas I sing,
For Theron wake th’ Olympick ftring, And with Aonian garlands grace
His steeds unweary'd in the race, o
may the hospitable twins of Jove,
For this the Muse bestow'd her aid,
To harmonize the tuneful words,
Olympia’s verdant wreath bespreads,
Lo! Pisa too the song requires !