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Arachne paints th'Amours of mighty Jove, How in a Bull the God disguis'd his Love, A real Bull seems in the Piece to roar, » And real Billows breaking on the Shore: In fair Euros Face appears Surprize, To the retreating Land she turns her Eyes, And seems to call her Maids, who wond'ring stood, And with their Tears increas'd the Briny Flood, Her trembling Feet she by contraction saves From the rude Insults of the rising Waves.
Here Am'rous Jove dissolving Leda trod, And in the vig'rous Swan conceal'd the God. Love lends him now an Eagles new Disguise, Beneath his flutt'ring Wings Aster ia lies. Here her enliv'ning Colours well express'd How Jove the fair Ant'topc caress'd.
In a strong Satyr's rough-hewn Form he came, ~ Instilling Love transports the glowing Dame, S And lusty .Twins reward his nervous Flame. J Here how he sooth'd the bright Alcmenah Love, Who for Amphitryon took th'Impostor Jsve. And how the God in Golden Show'rs allur'd The guarded Nymph in brazen Walls immur'd. How, in a Swain, Mnemojyne he charms, In lambent Flames the fair Mgina warms: And how with various glitt'ring Hues inlaid In Serpent's form 'Debts he betray'd. Here you, great Neptune, with a fliort-liv'd flame In a young Bull enjoy*d th' Æolian Dame. Then in Enipeus* Shape Intrigues pursue,' 'Tis thus xWAloids boast Descent from you. Here to Bifaltis you your Love convey'd, And as a Ram deceiv'd the yielding Maid,
Ceres, kind Mother of the bounteous Year, Whose Golden Locks a sheafy Garland bear; And the dread Dame, whose Head's with Serpents From whom the Pegafæan Courser sprung, ^un^' Thee in a snuffing Stallion's Form enjoy, Exhaust thy Strength, and ev'ry Nerve employ; Melantho, as a Dolphin you betray, And sport in Pleasures on the rolling Sea. Such just Proportion graces ev'ry Part, Nature her self appears improv'd by Art. Here in disguise was mighty Thæbus seen With clownish Aspect, and a rustick Mien; Again transforms ,he's dress'd inFaulcon'sPlumes, And now the Lyon's noble Shape assumes; Now,in a Shepherd's form,with treach'rous Smiles He Macareian Ife's Heart beguiles. Here his plump Shape enamour'd Bacchus leaves, And in the Grape Erigone deceives.
There Saturn, in a neighing Horse, she wove.
And Chiron s double Form rewards his Love.
Festoons of Flow'rs inwove with Ivy shine,
Border the wond'rous Piece, and round the Texture twine.
Not T alias, nor ev'n Spleen it self could blame,
The skilful Work of the Mœonian Dame;
With Grief her vast Success the Goddess bore,
And of CelestialCrimes th'upbraiding Hist'ry tore.
Her boxen Shuttle, now enrag'd, she took,
And thrice the proud Idmonian A.tist struck:
Th'unhappy Maid, who found her Labours vain,
Grew resolute with Pride, and Shame, and Pain
Around her Neck a fatal Noose she ties,
"Live, Impious Rival, mindful of thy Crime, "Suspended thus to waste thy future time, . "This Punishment involves thy num'rous Race, « Who, for thy Fault, inherit thy Disgrace:' Her Incantation Magick Juices aid, With which she sprinkles o'er the pendent Maid, J And thus the Charm its noxious Pow'r display'd. Like Autumn Leaves she sheds her falling Hairs, With these', her Nose, and next her rising Ears, Her Head to the minutest Substance shrunk,
And the strong Juice contracts her changing
Strait to her Sides, her slender Fingers clung, ^
And there, her nimble Feet, in order hung;
Her bloated Belly swells to larger size,
Which now with smallest Threads her Worksup-