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Then gently rising from his side and bed,
And now, her fair-crown'd head aloft she rears,
appears : Her face refulgent, and majestic mien, Confefs'd the goddess, Love's and Beautv's Queen.
Then thus, aloud, she calls : “ Anchises, wake; “ Thy fond repose and lethargy forsake : “ Look on the nymph who late from Phrygia came, “ Behold me well---say, if I seem the same.”
At her first call, the chains of sleep were broke,
“ When first, O Goddefs, I thy form beheld,
Compassion on my human state to thow ; “ Nor let me lead a life infirm below; “ Defend me from the woes which mortals wait, « Nor let me share of men the common fate :
" Since never man with length of days was blest, “ Who in delights of love a deity possess’d.”
To him, Jove's beauteous daughter thus replied :
But Troy, of all the habitable earth,
From thence great Jove to azure skies convey'd
Charging withal swift Hermes to relate
“ But when the golden-thron’d Aurora made
“ But ah! how rash was she, how indiscreet! “ The most material bleiling to omit;
Neglecting, or not thinking to provide, “ That length of days might be with strength supplied; • And to her lover's endless life, engage “ An endless youth, incapable of age. • But hear what fate befell this heavenly fair, “ In gold enthron'd, the brightest child of air. “ Tithonus, while of pleasing youth possess’d, “ Is by Aurora with delight carefs'd ; “ Dear to her arms, he in her court refides,
Beyond the verge of earth, and ocean's utmost tides.
“ But when she saw grey hairs begin to spread, * Deform his beard, and disadorn his head,
* The goddess cold in her embraces grew,
“ Could'st thou indeed, as now thou art, remain,
Thy strength, thy beauty, and thy youth retain, • Could'st thou for ever thus my husband prove, “ I might live happy in thy endless love; “ Nor should I e'er have cause to dread the dav, “ When I must mourn ihy loss and life's decay, “ But thou, alas ! too soon and fure must bend “ Beneath the woes which painful age attend ; “ Inexorable age! whose wretched state « All mortals dread, and all immoitals hate.
Now, know, I also must my portion share, “ And for thy fake reproach and lhame must bear. “ For I, who heretofore in chains of love “ Could captivate the minds of gods above, “ And force them, by my all-subduirg charms, “ To figh and languish in a woman's arms : “ Must now no more that power superior boast, « Nor tax with weakness the celestial hoft; “ Since I inyself this dear amends have made, * And am at last by my own arts betray'd.
“ Erring Erring like them, with appetite deprav'd, " This hour, by thee, I have a fon conceiv'd; “ Whom hid beneath my zone, I must conceal, « Till Time his being and my shame reveal.
“ Him fhail the nymphs who these fair woods adorn « In their deep bosoms nurse, as soon as born ;
They nor of mortal nor immortal feed “ Are said to spring, yet on Ambrosia feed, “ And long they live, and oft in chorus join “ With gods and goddesses in dance divine. « These the Sileni court ; thefe Hermes loves, « And their embraces seeks in shady groves. “ Their origin and birth these nymphs deduce “ From common parent earth's prolific juice; “ With lofty firs which grace the mountain's brow, " Or ample-spreading oaks at once they grow; 66 All have their trees allotted to their care, “ Whose growth, duration, and decrease they share. “ But holy are these groves by mortals heid, “ And therefore by the ax are never fell’d. “ But when the fate of some fair tree draws nigh, “ It first appears to droop, and then grows dry; “ The bark to crack and perish next is seen, « And last the boughs it sheds, no longer green: “ And thus the nymphs expire by like degrees, “ And live and die coæval with their trees.
“ Thefe gentle nymphs, by my persuasion won, « Shall in their sweet recesses nurse my son ; “ And when his cheeks with youth's first blushes glow, “ To thee the sacred maids the boy shall show.