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This Nymph compress’d by him who rules the day,
Whom Delphi and the Delian isle obey,
Andræmon lov'd; and, bless’d in all those charms
That pleas'd a God, succeeded to her arms.
A lake there was, with shelving banks around, 15
Whofe verdant summit fragrant myrtles crown'd.
These shades, unknowing of the fates, the fought,
And to the Naiads flow'ry garlands brought;
Her smiling babe (a pleasing charge) she prest
Within her arms, and nourith'd at her breait.
Not diftant far, a wat'ry Lotos grows,
The spring was new, and all the verdant boughs,
Adorn’d with blossoms, promis’d fruits that vie
In glowing colours with the Tyrian dye:
Of these she crop'd to please her infant son,
25 And I myself the same rash act had done : But lo! I saw (as near her side I stood) The violated blossoms drop with blood.
Oechalidum Dryope: quam virginitate carentem,
Vimque Dei passam, Delphos Delonque tenentis,
Excipit Andraemon ; et habetur conjuge felix,
Eft lacus, acclivi devexo margine formam 15
Littoris efficiens : fummum myrteta coronant.
Venerat huc Dryope fatorum nescia ; quoque
Indignere magis, Nymphis latura coronas.
Inque finu puerum, qui nondum impleverat annum,
Dulce ferebat onus; tepidique ope lactis alebat.
Haud procul a ftagno, Tyrios imitata colores,
In spem baccarum florebat aquatica lotos.
Carpferat hinc Dryope, quos oblectamina nato 25
Porrigeret, flores : et idem factura videbar;
Namque aderam. vidi guttae flore cruentas
Upon the tree I cast a frightful look;
The trembling tree with sudden horror shook.
Lotis the nymph (if rural tales be true)
As from Priapus' lawless luft she flew,
Forsook her form ; and fixing here became
A flow'ry plant, which still preserves her name.
This change unknown, astonish'd at the fight 35 My trembling sister strove to urge her flight: And first the pardon of the nymphs implor'd, And those offended fylvan pow'rs ador'd : But when she backward would have fed, the found Her stiff’ning feet were rooted in the ground: 40 In vain to free her fasten'd feet she strove, And as the struggles, only moves above; She feels th'encroaching bark around her grow By quick degrees, and cover all below: Surpriz'd at this, her trembling hand she heaves 45 To rend her hair; her hand is fill'd with leaves : Where late was hair, the shooting leaves are seen To rife, and shade her with a sudden
Decidere ; et tremulo ramos horrore moveri.
30 Scilicet, ut referunt tardi nunc denique agrestes, Lotis in hanc Nymphe, fugiens obscoena Priapi, Contulerat versos, fervato nomine, vultus.
Nefcierat soror hoc; quae cum perterrita retro 35 Ire, et adoratis vellet difcedere Nymphis, Haeserunt radice pedes. convellere pugnat : 40 Nec quidquam, nifi fumma, movet. succrefcit ab imo. Totaque paulatim lentus premit inguina cortex. Ut vidit, conata manu laniare capillos, Fronde manum implevit: frondes caput omne tenebant,
45 At puer Amphissos (namque hoc avus Eurytus illi Addiderat nomen) materna rigefcere sentit
The child Amphiffus, to her bosom press'd,
Perceiv'd a colder and a harder breast,
And found the springs, that ne'er till then deny d
Their milky moisture, on a sudden dry'd.
I saw, unhappy! what I now relate,
And stood the helpless witness of thy fate,
Embrac'd thy boughs, thy rising bark delay'd,
There with’d to grow, and mingle made with shade.
Behold Andræmon, and th'unhappy fire Appear, and for their Dryope enquire ; A springing tree for Dryope they find, And print warm kisses on the panting rind. to Proftrate, with tears their kindred plant bedew, And close embrace as to the roots they grew. The face was all that now remain'd of thee, No more a woman, nor yet quite a tree; Thy branches hung with humid pearls appear, From ev'ry leaf distills a trickling tear, And strait a voice, while yet a voice remains, Thus thro' the trembling boughs in fighs complains :
Ubera : nec fequitur ducentem lacteas humor. 50
Spectatrix aderam fati crudelis ; opemque
Non poteram tibi ferre, foror : quantumque valebam,
Crescentem truncum ramofque amplexa, morabar :
Et (fateor) volui sub eodem cortice condi.
Eoce vir Andraemon, genitorque miserrimus, adsunt ;
Et quaerunt Dryopen; Dryopen quaerentibus illis
Oftendi loton. tepido dant oscula ligno,
Adfusique suae radicibus arboris haerent.
Nil nifi jam faciem, quod non foret arbor, habebat.
Cara foror, lacrymae verso de corpore factis
Irrorant foliis : ac, dum licet, oraque praeftant 65
Vocis iter, tales effundit in aëra questus
If to the wretched any faith be giv'n,
I swear by all th' unpitying pow'rs of Heav'n, 70
No wilful crime this heavy vengeance bred;
In mutual innocence our lives we led :
If this be false, let these new greens decay,
Let founding axes lop my limbs away,
And crackling flames on all my honours
But from my branching arms this infant bear,
Let some kind nurse supply a mother's care :
And to his mother let him oft be led,
Sport in her shades, and in her shades be fed ;
Teach him, when his first infant voice shall frame 8m
Imperfect words, and lisp his mother's name,
To hail this tree; and say with weeping eyes,
Within this plant my hapless parent lies :
And when in youth he feeks the shady woods,
Oh, let him Ay the crystal lakes and floods,
Nor touch the fatal flow'rs; but, warn’d by me,
Believe a Goddess shrin'd in ev'ry tree.
My fire, my sister, and my spouse, farewell!
If in your breafts or love, or pity dwell,
Si qua fides miferis, hoc me per numina juro
Non meruiffe nefas. patior fine crimine poenam. 70
Viximus innocuae : fi mentior, arida perdam,
Quas habeo, frondes; et caesa securibus urar.
Hunc tamen infantem maternis demite ramis,
Et date nutrici; noftraque fub arbora faepe
Lac facitote bibat; noftraque fub arbore ludat.
Cumque loqui poterit, matrem facitote falutet, 80
Et tristis dicat, Latet hoc sub ftipite mater.
Stagna tamen timeat; nec carpat ab arbore flores :
Et frutices omnes corpus putet esse Dearum.
Care, vale, conjux, et tu germana, paterque !
Protect your plant, nor let my branches feel 90
The browzing cattle, or the piercing steel.
Farewell! and since I cannot bend to join
My lips to yours, advance at least to mine.
My son, thy mother's parting kiss receive,
While yet thy mother has a kiss to give.
I can no more; the creeping rind invades
My closing lips, and hides my head in shades :
Remove your hands; the bark shall foon fuffice
Without their aid to seal these dying eyes.
She ccas'd at once to speak, and ceas'd to be; 100 And all the nymph was lost within the tree; Yet latent life thro' her new branches reign’d, And long the plant a human heat retain'd.
est pietas, ab acutae vulnere falcis,
A pecoris morsu frondes defendite noftras.
Et quoniam mihi fas ad vos incumbere non est,
Erigite huc artus, et ad ofcula nostra venite,
Dum tangi poffunt, parvumque attollite natum.
Plura loqui nequeo. nam jam per candida mollis
Colla liber serpet; fummoque cacumine condor.
Ex oculis removete manus : fine munere veftro
Contegat inductus morientia lumina cortex.
Delerant fimul ora loqui. fimul effe: diuque
Corpore mutato rami caluere recentes.