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The third Battle, and the Acts of Agamemnok. Agamemnon, having armed himself, leads the Grecians
to battle: Hector prepares the Trojans to receive them ; while Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva, give the fignals of war. Agamemnon bears all before him; and Hector is commanded by Jupiter (who fends Iris for that purpose) to decline the engagement, till the king shall be woanded and retire from the field. He then makes a great laughter of the enemy; Ulyfses and Diomed put a stop to him for a time; but the better being wounded by Paris, is obliged to desert his companion, who is encompaffed by the Trojans, wounded, and in the utmost danger, till Menelaus and Ajax rescue him. Hector comes against Ajax ; but that hero alone opposes multitudes, and rallies the Greeks. In the mean time Machaon, in the other wing of the army, is pierc'd with an arrow by Paris, and carried from the fight in Nestor's chariot. Achilles (who overlooked the action from his ship) fent Patroclus to enquire which of the Greeks was wounded in that manner? Neftor entertains him in his tent with an account of the accidents of the day, and a long recital of some former wars which he re. membered, tending to put Patroclus upon persuading Achilles to fight for his countrymen, or at least permit Him to do it, clad in Achilles's armour. Patroclus in his return meets Eurypylus allo wounded, and assists him in that distress.
This book opens with the eight and twentieth day of the poem; and the same day, with its various ac. tions and adventures, is extended through the twelfth thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, fixteenth, serenteenth, and part of the eighteenth books. The scene lies in the field, near the monument of Ilus,
H E saffron morn, with early blushes spread,
Now rose refulgent from Tithonius' bed;
The king of men his hardy host inspires
And first he cas'd his manly legs around
50 His azure length in easy waves extends, Till in three heads th' embroider'd monster ends.