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Else, fing'di with lightning hadst thou hence been
Thus he who shakes Olympus with his nod;
ARGU M E N T.
"The Episodes of Glaucus and Diomed, and of Hector
THE Gods having left the field, the Grecians prevail.
Helenus, the chief augur of Troy, commands Hector to return to the city, in order to appoint a solemn procession of the queen and the Trojan matrons to the temple of Minerva, to entreat her to remove Diomed from the fight. The battle relaxing during the absence of Hector, Glaucus and Diomed have an interview between the two armies; where coming to the knowledge of the friendship and hospitality past between their ancestors, they make exchange of their arms. Hector, having performed the the orders of Helenus, prevails upon Paris to return to the battle ; and taking a tender leave of his wife Andromache, haftens again to the field.
The scene is first in the field of battle, between the river Simoïs and Scamander, and then changes to Troy.
Τ Η Ε
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L I A D.
BOOK VI. N LOW Heaven forsakes the fight: th' immortals
yield, To human force and human skill, the field : Dark showers of javelins fly from foes to foes; Now here, now there, the tide of combat flows; While Troy's fam’d * streams, that bound the death
5 On either side run purple to the main.
Great Ajax first to conquest led the way, Broke the thick ranks, and turn'd the doubtful day, The Thracian Acamas his falchion found, And hew'd th' enormous giant to the ground; His thundering arm a deadly stroke imprest Where the black horse-hair nodde i o'er his crest : Fix'd in his front the brazen weapon lies, And feals in endless shades his swimming eyes. Next Teuthras' fon distain'd the sands with blood, 15 Axylus, hospitable, rich, and good : In fair Arilbe's walls (his native place) He held his feat; a friend to human race, Fast by the road, his-ever open door Oblig'd the wealthy, and reliev'd the poor.
Το * Scamander and Simoïs.
To stern Tydides now he falls a prey,