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Withdrawn from all his friends and fellow-fwains,
Who fed their focks beneath, and fought the plains :
In pleasing solitude the youth she found.
Intent upon his lyre's harmonious found.
Before his eyes Jove's beauteous daughter stood,
In form and dress, a huntress of the wood;
For had he seen the goddess undisguis'd,
The youth with awe and fear had been furpriz d.
Fix'd he beheld her, and with joy admir'd
To see a nymph so bright, and so attir’d.
For from her Howing robe a lustre spread,
As if with radiant flames she were array’d;
Her hair in part disclos’d, in part conceald,
In ringlets fell, or was with jewels held;
With various gold and gems her neck was grac’d,
And orient pearls heav'd on her panting breast :
Bright as the moon she ihone, with silent light,
And charm’d his fenfe with wonder and delight.

Thus while Anchises gaz'd, through every vein
A thrilling joy he felt, and pleasing pain.
At length he spake---" All hail, cclestial fair !.
“ Who humbly dost to visit earth repair.
“ Whoe'er thou art, descended from above,
“ Latona, Cynthia, or the Queen of Love,
" All hail! all honour shall to thee be paid;
“ Or art thou * Themis ? or the blue-ey'd maid !
“ Or, art thou fairest of the Graces three,
“ Who with the gods share immortality?

* The Goddefs of Equity and Riche.

+ Pallas.

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Or else, some nymph, the guardian of these woods, “ These caves, these fruitful hills, or crystal floods? “Whoe'er thou art, in some conspicuous field, "I, to thy honour, will an altar build, “ Where holy offerings I 'll each hour prepare ; “) prove but thou propitious to my prayer! “ Grant me, among the Trojan race, to prove “ A patriot worthy of my country's love; “ Bless’d in myself, I beg I next may be " Pless’d in my children and posterity :

Happy in health, long let me see the sun, And, lov’d by all, late may my days be done." He faid. --- Jove's beauteous daughter thus reply'd,

• Delight of human-kind, thy sex's pride! “ Honour'd Anchises, you behold in me “ No goddess blefs’d with immortality ; “ But mortal I, of mortal mother came, “ Otreus my father (you have heard the name) • Who rules the fair extent of Phrygia's lands, " And all her towns and fortresses commands. “ When yet an infant, I to Troy was brought, “ There was I nurs’d, and there your language taught; " 'Then wonder not, if, thus instructed young, “ I, like my own, can speak the Trojan tongue. • In me, one of Diana's nymphs behold; “ Why thus arriv’d, I shall the cause unfold. “ As late our sports we practis'd on the plain, “ I and my fellow-nymph of Cynthia's train “ Dancing in chorus, and with garlands crown'd, " And by admiring crowds encompass'd round,

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“Lo! hovering o'er my head I saw the god “ Who Argus flew, and bears the golden rod : "Sudden he leiz'd, then bore me from their light, “ Cutting through liquid air his rapid fight. “O'er many states and peopled towns we passid, “ O’er hills and valleys, and o'er deserts wafte; O'er barren moors, and o'er unwholesome fens, And woods where beasts inhabit dreadful dens. " Through all which pathless way our speed was such, ““ We stopt not once the face of earth to touch. “ Meantime he told me, while through air we fled, That Jove ordain'd I should Anchises wed, And with illustrious offspring bless his bed: “ This faid, and pointing to me vour abode, " To heaven again up-soar’d the fivift-wing'd God; “ Thus, of neceflity, to you I come,

Unknown, and lost, far from my native home. “ But I conjure you, by the throne of Jove, By all that's dear to you, by all you

love, “ By your good parents (for no bad could e'er “ Produce a son fo graceful, good, and fair); “ That you no wiles employ to win my heart, " But let me hence an untouch'd maid depart; “ Inviolate and guiltless of your bed, “Let me be to your house and mother led. Me to your father and your brothers show, “ And our alliance first let them allow : “Let me be known, and my condition own’d, And no unequal match I may be found.

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• Equality to them my birth

may claim, Worthy a daughter's or a fifter's name,

Though for your wife, of too inferior fame. “ Next, let ambassadors to Phrygia haste, To tell my father of my fortunes pafs’d, ." And ease my mother in that anxious state, " Of doubts and fears, which cares for me create.

They in return shall presents bring from thence “Of rich attire, and sums of gold immense : You in peculiar shall with gifts be grac'd, “ In price and beauty far above the rest. “ This done, perform the rites of nuptial love, “Grateful to men below, and Gods above." She said, and from her eyes shot subtle fires, Which to his heart infinuate desires. Restless love invading thus his breast, The panting youth the smiling queen addressid:

“ Since mortal you, of mortal mother came, “ And Otreus you report your father's name; " And since th' immortal Hermes from above, “ To execute the dread commands of Jore, “ Your wondrous beauties hither has convey'd, “ A nuptial life with me henceforth to lead : “ Know, now, that neither gods nor men have power “ One minute to defer the happy hour, “ This instant will I feize upon thy charms, “ Mix with thy soul, and melt within thy arms :

Though Phæbus, arm’d with his unerring dart, "Stood ready to transfix my panting heart ;

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« Though Death, though Hell, in consequence attend, “ Thou shalt with me the genial bed ascend.”

He said, and sudden snatch'd her beauteous hand; The goddess smild, nor did th' attempt withstand : But fix'd her eyes upon the hero's bed, Where soft and filken coverlets were spread, And over all a counterpane was plac'd, Thick sown with furs of many a savage beast, Of bears and lions, heretofore his spoil: And still remain’d the trophies of his toil.

Now to ascend the bed they both prepare, And he with eager haste disrobes the fair.

Her sparkling necklace, first, he laid aside; Her bracelets next, and braided hair unty'd :

his busy hand her zune unbrac’d,
Which girt her radiant robe around her waste ;
Her radiant robe at last aside was thrown,
Whose rosy hue with dazzling luftre shone.

The Queen of Love the youth thus disarray'd,
And on a chair of gold her vestments laid.
Anchises now (fo Jove and fate ordain'd)
The sweet extreme of ecstasy attain d;
And mortal he, was like th' immortals bless'd,
Not conscious of the goddess he poffefs’d.

But when the swains their flocks and herds had fed,
And from the flowery field returning, led
Their sheep to fold, and oxen to the shed;
In soft and pleasing chains of sleep profound,
The wary goddess her Anchises bound :

Then

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