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Discharge thy shafts, this ready bosom rend,
Merit distress'd impartial Heav'n relieves ; 780
785 Thence we these altars in his temple raise, And offer annual honors, feasts, and praise ; These solemn feasts propitious Phæbus please ; These honors, still renew'd, his ancient wrath
appease. “ But say, illustrious guest !” (adjoin'd the King) “ What name you bear, from what high race you spring ?
791 The noble Tydeus stands confess'd, and known Our neighbor prince, and heir of Calydon. Relate your fortunes, while the friendly night, And silent hours, to various talk invite.” 795
The Theban bends on earth his gloomy eyes, Confus'd and sadly thus at length replies : • Before these altars how shall I proclaim (O gen'rous Prince !) my nation, or my name, Or through what veins our ancient bloom has rollid ?
800 Let the sad tale for ever rest untold !
Yet if, propitious to a wretch unknown, You seek to share in sorrows not your own, Know then from Cadmus I derive my race, "Jocasta's son, and Thebes my native place.' 805 To whom the King, (who felt his gen'rous breast Touch'd with concern for his unhappy guest) Replies; “ ah ! why forbears the son to name His wretched father, known too well by fame ? Fame that delights around the world to stray, 810 Scorns not to take her Argos in her way. Ev’n those who dwell where suns at distance roll, In northern wilds, and freeze beneath the pole, And those who tread the burning Lybian lands, The faithless Syrtes, and the moving sands; 815 Who view the western sea's extremest bounds, Or drink of Ganges in their eastern grounds; All these the woes of dipus have known, Your Fates, your Furies, and your haunted town. If on the sons the parents' crimes descend, 820 What prince from those his lineage can defend ? Be this thy comfort, that 'tis thine t'efface With virtuous acts thy ancestors' disgrace, And be thyself the honor of thy race. But see! the stars begin to steal away, 8:5 And shine more faintly at approaching day : Now pour the wine ; and in your tuneful lays Once more resound the great Apollo's praise.”
“O Father Phæbus ! whether Lycia's coast, And snowy mountains, thy bright presence boast ;
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" Propitious hear our pray'r, O Pow'r divine !