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Thus in a trice a judge of beauty grown llu ev'ry exercise of all admir'd, (4 judge erected from a country clown) He seem'd, nor only seem'd, but was inspir’d: He long'd to see her eyes, in slumber hid, Inspir'd by love, whose business is to please; And wish'd his own could pierce within the lid; He rode, he fenc'd, he mov'd with graceful ease; He would have wak'd her, but restrain'd his More fam'd for sense, for courtly carriage more, thought,
[taught, Than for his brutal folly known before. And love new-born the first good imanners What then of alter'd'Cymon shall we say, And awful fear his ardent wish withstood, But that the fire which chok'd in aslies lay, Nor durst disturb the goddess of the wood. A load too heavy for his soul to move, For such she seem'd by her celestial face, Was upward blown below, and brush'd away by Excelling all the rest of human race.
Jove? And things divine, by common sense he knew, Love made an active progress thro' his mind, Must be devoutly seen, at distant view : The dusky parts le clear'd, the gross retin'i, So checking his desire, with treinbling heart, The drowsy wak'd; and, as he went, impressid Gazing he stood, nor would nor could depart; The maker's image on the human breast. Fix'd as a pilgrim wilderd in his way, | Thus was the man amended by desire : Who dares not stir by night, for fear to stray, And tho' he lov'd perhaps witö too much fire, But stand with awful eyes to watch the dawil? His father all his faults with reason scann's, of day.
And lik'd an error of the better land: At length awaking, Iphigene the fair Excusil the excess of passion in his mind, (So was the beauty call'd who caus'd his care) By Hames too fierce, perhaps too inuch refind: Unclos'd her eyes, and double day reveald, Só Cymon, since his sire indulg'd his will, While those of all her slaves in sleep were seal'l. Impetuous lov'd, and would be Cymon still;
The slav'ring carden, propp'd upon his statt, Galešus he disowp’d, and close to hear. Stood ready gaping, vith a grinning laugh, The name of fuol, confirm'd, and Lisliop'd by To welconie her awake; nor durst begin
the fair. To speak, but wisely kept the fool within. | To Clipscus by his friends his suit le mor'd, Then she: What makes you, Cymo!, here alone: Cipseus ihe father of the fair he lov'd : (For Cymon's name was round the country But he was pre-engag'd by former lies, Because descended of a noble race, Skuown, While Cynion was endeavouring to be wise: And for a soul ill sorted with his face). And Iphigene, oblig'd by former vows,
But still the sot stood silent with surprise, Had given her faith to wed a foreign spouse: With fix't regard on her new open'il eyes, Her sire and she 10 Rhodlian Pasimond, And in his breast receiv'd th'envenom'd dart, Though both repenting, were by promise bound, A tickling pain that pleas'd amid ihe sinart. Nor could retract; and thus, as fate decreed, But conscious of her forin, with quick distrust Though better lov'd, he spoke too late to speed. She saw his sparkling eyes, and fear'd his brutal! The doom was past, the ship already sent This to prevent, shewakid her sleepy crew, flust: Did all his tarde diligence prevent : And, rising hasty, took a short adicu.
Sigu'd 10 herself the fair unhappy maid, Then Cynion first his rustic voice essay'd, While stormy Cvmon thus in secret said : With profer'd service to the parting maid, |The time is come for Iphigene to find To see her safe ; his hand she long denied, The miracle she wrought upon niy inind : But took at length, ashani'd of such a guide. Her charnis have made me man, her ravish'd love So Cyinon led her home, and leaving there, In rank shall place me with the blest abore. No more would to his country clowns repair; For mine by love, hy force she shall be mine, But sought his father's house with better niind, lOr death, if force should fail, shall finish my Refusing in the farm to be confin'd. i l
design. The father wonderd at the son's return, Resolvid he said ; and riggd with speedy care And knew not whether to rejoice or mourn; A vessel strong, and well equipp'd for war. But doubtfully receiv'd, expecting still
The secret ship with chosen friends he stord; To learn the secret causes of his alter'd will. And, bent to die or conquer, went abroad. Nor was he long delay'd : the first request Ambush'd he lay behind the Cyprian shore, He made, was like his brothers to be dressid, Waiting the sail that all his wishes bore; And, as his birth requir'd, above the rest. Nor loug expected, for the following tide
With ease his suit was granted by his sire, Sent out the hostile ship and beauteous bride. Distinguishing his heir by rich attire : | To Rhodes the rival bark directly steerd, His body thus adorn'd, he next design'd. When Cymon sudden at her back appeard, With lib'ral arts to cultivate the inind:
And stopt her fight; then, standing on his prow'; Hie sought a tulor with his own accord,
In haughty terms he thus defied the foe: And studied lessons lie before abhorrid. Or strike rour sails at summons, or prepare
Thus the man-child advanc'd and learn'd se to prove ilze last extremitics of war. That in short tiine bis equals he surpass'd; [fast, Thus warn'd, the Rhodiansfor the fight provide, His brutal manners from his breast exil'd, Already were the vessels side by side ; [bride. Ilis mien he fashion ', and his tongue he fild; These obstinate to save, and those to seise the)
But Cyinon soon his crooked grapples cast, Not more aghast the proud archangel fell,
J Now curs'd the more, the more he had been
His victory confess'd, the foes retreat, But since she cannot, dreads the punishment : And cast the weapons at the victor's feet, Her forfeit taith, and Pasiinond beiray'd, Whom thus he cheer'd: 0 Rhodian youth, I Are ever present, and her crime upbraid. fought
She blames herself, nor blames her lover less, For love alone, nor other beauty sought : ' Augments her anger as her fears increase; Your lives are safe ; your vessels I resign; | Froin her own back the burden would remove, Yours be your own, restoring what is mine: And lavs the load on his ungovern'd love, In Iphigene I claim my rightful due,
Which interposing durst, in Heaven's despite, Robid by my rival, anii detain'd by you. Invade and violate another's right: Your Pasimond a lawless bargain dröre, The pow'rs incens'd awhile deferr'd his pain, The parent could not sell the danghter's love; And made him master of his vows in vain : Or, if he could, my love disdains the laws, | But soon they punish'd his presuinptuonspride;) And, like a kiny, by conquest gains his cause; That for his daring enterprise she diell, Where arms take place, all other pleas are vain; Who rather not resisted than complied. S Lovetaughtmeforce,andforceshall love maintain;! Then, impotent of mind, with alter'd sense Yoa, what by strength you couldnot keep,release, She huggid th' offender, and forgave the offence And at an easy rassomn buy your peace. Sex to the last ; meantiine, with sails decliv’d,
Fearon theconquer d sidesoonsigu'd th'accord, The wand'ring vessel drove before the wind; And Iphigene to Cymon was restor'd:
(Toss'd and retoss'd, aloft, and then below, 2 While to his arms the blushing bride he took, Nor portthey seek,norcertain course theyknow, To seuming sadness she compos'd her look; But every moment wait the coming blow. I As if by force subjected to his will,
Thus blindly driver, by breaking day they view'd Tho' pleas'd disseinbling, and a woman still. | The lands before them, and their fears renew'd; And (for she wept) he wip'd her falling lears, The land was welcome, but the tempest bore And pray'd her to dismiss her empty fears : The threaten'd ship against a rocky shore. For yours I am, he said, and have deservd's | A winding bay was near ; to this they bent, Your love much better whom so long I serv'd, And just escap'l'; their force already spent : Than he to whom your forinal father tied Secure from storms, and panting from the sea, Your vows, and sold a slave, not sent a bride. The land unknowo at leisure the survey ; Thus while he spoke, he scis'd the willing prey, And saw(but soon their siekly sighit withdrew) As Paris bore the Spartan spouse away.
The rising tow'rs of Rhodes at distant view: Faintly she screand, and ev'n her eyes confess'd. And curs’d the hostile shore of Pasimond, Sherather would be thought, than was, distress'u. Sav'd from the seas, and shipreck'd on the Who now exults but Cymon in his mind; ! ground. ; Vain hopes and empty joys of human kind, ( Thefrighted sailors tried their strength in vain Proud of the preseni, to the future blind! To turn thester, and tempt the stormy main : Secure of fate, while Cymon ploughs the sea, But the stiff wind withstood the lah’ring car, And steers to Candy with his conquer'd prey, And forc'd them forward on the fatal shore ! Scarce the third glass of measur'd hours was run, The crooker keel now bites the Rhodian strand, When, like a fiery meteor; sunk the sun, And the ship moor'd constrains the crew to land. The promise of a storm ; the shifting zales Yet still they might be safe, because unknown; Forsake by fits, and fill the flagging sails ; But, as ill fortune seldom comes alone, Hoarse inurmers of the main from far wereheard, The vessel they dismiss'd was driven before, And night came on, not by degrees prepar'd, Already shelterid on their native shore ; But all at once; at once the winds arise, Known coch, they know, but each with change The thunders roll, the forky lightning flies.
of cheer: In sain the master issues out commands, The vanquish'd side exults, the victors fear; In vain the trembling sailoys ply their hands ; Vot tbein but theirs, made pris'ners ere they fight, The tempest inforesee! prévents their care, Despairing conquest, and deprived of Alight, And from the first they laisor in despair.
The countru rings around with loud alarms, The giddy ship, betwixt the winds and rides, And raw in fickis ihe rude militia swarms; Forc'd back, and forwards, in a circle rides, Mouths without hands, maintain'd at vast exStunn'dwiththeiliff'rentblows; thenshootsarnain, I L pence, Pill, counterbytf'd, she stops, and sleeps again. In peace a charge, in war a weak defence :
Stoutoncea month they march, a bhıst'ring hand; Both sides he weigh'd ; but, after much debate,
The food enlighiens, and the wise he blinds. ] Then hasten to be drunk, the business of the This youth proposing to possess and 'seape, day.
Began in murder, to conclude in rape : The foivards wonld have fled, but that they Unprais'd by me, thro' Ileaven sometimes may knew
bless Themselves so many, and their foes so few: An impious act with undeserv'd saccess; Bat, crowding on, the last the first impel; The great, it seems, are priviley'd alone Till overborne with weight the Cyprians fell. To punish all injustice but their own. Cymon enslav'd, who first the war began; But here I stop, not daring to proceed), And Iphigene once more is lost and won. Yei blush 10 flatter an inrighteous derd; }
Deep in a dungeon was the captive cast, For crimes are but permitted, not decreed. Depriv'd of day, and held in fetters fast;
Resolved on force, his wit the prætor lent Ifis life was only spar'd at their request, To end the means that might secure th' event; Whom taken he so nóbly had releisd; Nor long he labor'd, for his lucky thought Bit Iphigenia was the ladies' care,
In captive Cymon found tre friend he sought; Each in their turn addressd to treat the fair ; Th'example pleas'd; the canse anderime thesame; While Pasimondand histhenuptialfeastprepare. An injur'd lover and a ravish'd dame.
ller secret soul to Crison was inclind, How inuch he durst he knew bywhat he dard, But she must suffer what her fates assign'd; The less he had to lose, the less he card, So passive is the church of womankind. To manage loathsome life when love was the What worse o Cymnon could his fortune deal, I reward. Kolld to the lowest spoke of all her wheel? This ponder'd well, and fix'd on his intent, Il rested to disiniss the downward weight, in depth of night he for the pris'ner sent ; Or raise him upward to his former height; In secret sent, the public view to shun; The latter pleas'd; and love (concern'd the Then, with a sober simile, he thus began : most)
The pow'rs above, who bounteonsły bestow Prepard th' amends for what by love he lost. Their gifts and graces on mankind below, The sire of Pasimond had left a son,
Yet prove our merit first, nor blindly give Though younger, vet for courge early known, To such as are not worthy to receive; Ormisda callid, to whom, by promise ried, For valor and for virtue they provide A Rhodian beauty was the destin'd bride; Their due reward, but first they inust be tried : Cassandra was hier namne, above the rest These fruitful seeds within your mind they Renown'd for birth, with fortume amply blest. 1 sew'd; Lysimachus, who ruld the Rhodian stale, 'Twas yours t' improve the talent they brstow'd: Was then by choice their annual magistrate; They gave you to be born of noble kind, Hc lor'd Cassandra too with equal fire,
They gave you love to lighten in your mind, But fortune had not favor'd his desire;
And purge the grosser parts; they gave you care Cross'd by her friends, by her not disapprov'dl, To please, and courage to descre the fair. Nor yet preterr’d, or like Ormisda lov'd: Thus far they tried you, and by proof they So stood th' affair; some little hope remainid, found That should bis rival chance to lose, he gain'd. The grain entrusted in a grateful ground; Mean time young Pasimond his marriage But still the great experiment remain'd, press'd,
They suffer'd you to lose the prize you gain'd, Ordaind the muptial day, prepare the feast; That you might learn the gift was theirs alone ; And frugally resolvid (the charge to shun And, when restor’d, to them the blessing own. Which would be double should he wed alone) [Restor'd it soon will be; the incans prepard, To join his brother's bridal with his own. J The difficulty smooth'd, the danger shard;
Lysimachus, oppress’d with mortal grief, Be but yourself, the care to me resign,
But yet not his co-morrow is behind,
Be much declar'd as Pasimond is thine ; By force to scise, and then forsake the land : To-morrow must their common vows be tierl; Beiwixt extremes he knew not how to move; With love to friend, and fortune for our guide, 5 A slave to fame, but more a slave to love: Let both resolve to die, or each redeem a bride.) Restraining others, vei himself not free, | Right I have none, nor hast thoumuch to'plead; Made impotent by pow's, .debas'd by dignity 'Tis force, when done, must justify the deed ; *,
Our task perform'd, we next prepare for Alight, When, like the harpies rushing through the hall, And let the losers talk in vain of right:
The sudden troop appears, the tables fall, We with the fair will sail before the wind; Their smoking load is on the pavement thrown; If they are griev'd, I leave the laws behind. Each ravisher prepares to seise his own; . Speak thy resolves; if now thy courage droop, The brides, invaded with a rude embrace, Despair in prison, and abandon hope : Shriek out for aid, confusion fills the place. But if thon dar'st in arms thy love regain Quick to redeem the prey their plighted lords (For liberty without thy love were vain) . Advance, the palace gleams with shining swords. Then second my design to seise the prey,
But late is all ciefence, aud succour vain; Or lead to second rape, for well thou know'st The rape is made, the ravishers remain ; the way.
Two sturdy slaves were only sent before Said Cymon, overjoy'd, Do thou propose To bear the purchas'd prize in safety to the shor: The means to fight, and only show thy foes : The troop retires, the lovers close the rear, For from the first, when love had fir'd my inind, With forward faces not coniessing fear; Resolvid I left the care of life behind.
Backward theymove,bui scorn their pacetomend; To this the bold Lysimachus replied: Then seek the stairs, and with slow hastedescend. Let heaven be neuter, and the sword decide; 1 Fierce Pasiinond, their passage to prevent, The spousals are prepar'd, already play. Thrust full on Cymon's back in his descent; The ininstrels, and provoke the tardy clay: The blade return'd unbath'd, and to the han. By this the brides are wak'd, their grooms are) die bent. dress'd;
(Stout Cymon soon remounts, and cleft in two All but myself, the sole unbidden guest. And as the next in rank Ormisda stood, Unbidden though I am, I will be there; Heturn'd the point; the sword, inur'd to blood, And, join'd by thee, intend to joy the fair. Bor'd his ungarded breast, which pour'd as
Now hear the rest; when day resigns the light, purple food. And cheerful torches gild the jolly night, With vow'd revenge, the gath'ring crowd purBe ready at my call; my chosen few,
sues, With arms administer'd shall aid thy crew. The ravishers turn head, the fight renews; Then, ent'ring unexpected, will we seise The hall is heap'd with corps; the sprinkled gore Our destin'd prey, from men dissolv'd in ease, Besmears the walls, and floats the marble floor. By wine disabled, prepar'd for fight; Dispers'd at length the drunken squadron flies, 7. And, hastening to the seas, suborn our Alight: The victors to their vessel bear the prize;scries. The seas are ours, for I command the fort; And hear behind loud groans and lamentable ) A ship well-mann'd expeets us in the port, Thecrewwith merryshoutstheiranchorsweigh, If they, or if their friends, the prize contest, fThen ply their oars, and brush the buxom sea, Death shall attend the man who dares resist. While troops of gather'd Rhodians crowd the
It pleas'd : the prisoner to his hold retir'd ;) key. His troop with equal emulation fir'd,
What should the people do when left alone; All fix'd to fight, and all their wanton work/The governor and governinent are goue :
• The public wealth to foreign parts convey'd ; The sun arose; the streets were throng'd around, Some troops disbanded, and the rest unpaid. The palace open'd, and the posts were crown'd. Rhodes is ihe sovereigo ví the sea no more ; The double bridegroom at the door attends Their ships unrigg'd, and spent their naval store; Th'expected spouse, and entertains the friends; They neither could defend, nor can pursue, They meet, they lead to church, the priests invoke But grinn'd their teeth, and casta helpless views The pow'rs, and feed the fames with fragrant In vain with darts a distant war they try, smoke.
Short, and more short, the missive weapons fly, This done, they feast, and at the close of night Meanwhile che ravisliers their crimes enjoy, By kindled torches vary their delight;
And flying sails and sweeping oars employ : These lead the lively dance, and those the The ciiffs of Rhodes in livile space are losi; i brimming bowls invite.
J Jove's isle they scek, nor Jove denies his coast. Now at th'appointed place and hour assign'd, In safely landed on the Candian shore, With souls resoly'd the ravishers were join'd: With gen'rous wines their spirits they restore ; Three bands are form'd; the first is sent before There Cymon with his Rhodian friends resides, To favor the retreat, and guard the shore ; Both court and wed at once the willing brides. The second at the palace gate is plac'd, A war ensues, the Cretans own their cause, Aud up the lofty stairs ascend the last; Suff to defend their impiable laws; A peaceful troop they seen with shining vests, Both parties lose by turn, and neither wins, But coats of mail beneath secure their breasts. Till peace propounded by a truce begins.
Dauntless they enter, Cymon at their head, The 'kindred of the sian forgive the deed, And find the feast renew'd, the table spread ; But a short exile must for show proceed; Sweet voices, mix'd with instrumental sounds, The term expird fron Cundia they remove; Ascend the vaultedroof, the vaulted mof rebounds: And happy cach at home enjoys his love. '
To Chassis' pleasing plains he took his seay, $ 33. Theodore and Ilonoria. | There pitch'd his tents, and there resolv*d to star, A Translation from Boccace. Dryden.
The spring was in the prinie; the ncighbour
ing grove Of all the cities in Romanian lands, Supply'd with birds, the choristers of love: Thechiel, and most renown'd, Ravenna stands, Music unbought, that minister'd delight Adorn' in antient lines with asins and arts, To inorning ways, and lullid his cares by night: And rich inhabiranis with yen'rnus hearts. There he discharg'id his friends; but not th' But 'Theodore the brave, above the resi,
expence With gifts of fortune and of maiure blest, Tor frequent treats, and proud magnificence. The foremost place for wealth and honor held, He liv'd as kings retire, iho' inore ai large And all in fuath of chivalry excell'd.
From public business, yet with equal charge; This noble youti to madness lor'da dame With house and heart still open to receive; Of high riegrec; Ilonoria was her name; As well content as love would give him lcare: Fair as the fairest, but of haughis mind, He would have liv'd niore free; but manyaguesi, And forcer than becaine so soft i kind; | Who could forsake the friend, pursu'd the feast. • Proud of her birth (for equal she had none) It happ'd one morning as his fancy led,
The rest she scorn'd, but hated himn alonc; Before liis usual hour he left his bed;
'Twas in a grore of spreading pines he stray'd:7 Relentless as a rock, the lofty maid
The windswithinthe quiv'ring branches play'd, Turn'd all to poison that lie did or said : And dancing trees a mournful music made. ) Nor prayers, nor lears, nor offer'd vows, could) The place itself was suiting to his care, move;
. sirove Uncouth and savage, as the cruel fair. The work went backward : and the more he ( He wanderd on, unknowing where he went, T" advance his suit, the farther from her love.J Lost in the wood, and on all love intent:
Wearied, at length, and wanting remedy, The day already half his rare had nu, He doubted oft, and oft resolv'd to die.
And siiminon d him to due repast at noon, But pride stood ready to prevent the blow, But love could feel no hunger but his own. ) For who would die io grarify a foc!
Whilelist'ninglothe murm'ringleveshe stood, His geu'rous mind disclain d'so mean a fate! More than a mile inimers'd within the wood, That pass'd, his next endeavour was to hate. At once the wind was laid; the whisp'ring sound But rainer ihat relief than all the rest, 7 Wasdumb; arising carthquakerock dtheground; The less he hop'd, with more desire possessid; With deeper brown the grore was overspread, Lore stood the siege, and would not yield his A sudden horror seis'd his giddy head, breast.
And his ears tingled, and his color fled; Change was the next, but change dccciv'd his Nature was in alarm; soine danger nigh care ;
Seein'd threaten'd, thio' unseen to mortal eye. He sought a fairer, but found none so fair. Unusd to fear, he sunimond all his sool, He would have worn her ont by slow degrees, and stood collected'in himself, and whole; As men by fasting starve th' untam'd disease : Not long : for soon a whirlwind rose around, But present love requir'd a present ease. ) | And froin afar he heard a screaming sound, Looking he feeds alone his famish'd eyes, As of a dame distressed, who cried for aid, Feeds ling'riug death, but looking not he dies. And fill'd with loud laments the secret shade. Yet still he chose the longest way to fate,
A thicket close beside the grave there stood Wasting at once his life, and his estate. With briers and brambles choak'd, and dwarfish His friends bcheld, and pity'd him in vain,
wood: For what advice can ease a lorer's pain! (From thence the noise, which now approaching Absence, the best cxpedient they could find, 1 near, Might save the fortune, if not cure the mind: With inore distinguish'd notes invades his ear; This ineans they long propos'd, but little gain'd, He rajs'd his head, and saw a beauteous maid, Yet, alter much pursuit, at length obtain'd. With hair dishevell d, issuing through the shade,
Hard you may think it was to give consent, Stripp'd of her clothes, and ev'n those parts TCBut struggling with his own desires he went,
veald, Wishlarge cxpence, and with a pompous train, Whichinodest nature keeps from sightconceald. Provided as ti. visit France and Spain,
Her face, her hands, her naked links were torni, Or for some distant voyage o'er the main. With passing thro' the brakes, and prickly thorn, But love had clipp'd his wings and cuihim short, Two inastiffs gaunt and grim her fight pursud, Confind within the purlicus of the court. And oft their fasten'd fungs in blood embro'd: Three miles he werit, nor farther could retreat; Ori they caine up, and pinch'd her kender side i His iridis erued at his country seat : . Mercy, o incrcy Heaven ! she ran, and cred;