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Where heroes war, the foremost place I claim, "The first in danger, as the first in fame.'
Thus having said, the glorious chief resumes His tow'ry helmet, black with shading plumes. His princess parts with a prophetic sigh, 640 Unwilling parts, and oft reverts her eye, That stream'd at every look: then moving slow, Sought her own palace, and indulg'd her woe. There, while lier tears deplor'd the godlike man, Thro' all her train the soft infection ran, 645 The pious maids their mingled sorrows shed, And mourn the living Hector, as the dead.
But now, no longer deaf to honor's cal}, Forth issues Paris from the palace wall. In brazen arms that cast a gleamy ray, 650 Swift thro' the town the warrior bends his way. The wanton courser thus, with reins unbound, Breaks from his stall, and beats the trembling
ground; Pamper'd and proud, he seeks the wonted tides, And laves, in height of blood, his shining sides; 655 His head now freed, he tosses to the skies; His mane dishevellid o'er his shoulders flies : He snuffs the females in the distant plain, And springs, exulting, to his fields again : With equal triumph, sprightly, bold and gay, 860 In arms refulgent as the god of day, The son of Priam, glorying in his might, Rush'd forth with Hector to the fields of fighter
And now the warriors passing on the way, The graceful Paris first excus'd his stay. 665 To whom the noble Hector thus reply'd : • O chief! in blood, and now in arms ally'd! * Thy pow'r in war with justice none contest; * Known is thy courage, and thy strength confest. " What pity sloth should seize a soul so brave, 670
Or godlike Paris. live a woman's slave! 'My heart weeps blood at what the Trojans say, “And hopes, thy deeds shall wipe the stain away. * Haste then, in all their glorious labours share; * For much they suffer, for thy sake, in war. 675 . These ills shall cease, whene'er by Jove's decree • We crown the bowl to Heav'n and liberty: “While the proud foe his frustrate triumphs mourns, · And Greece indignant thro' her seas returns.: 679
END OF THE FIRST VOLUME,
CE GOLD PRINTER, SHOE-LAN E.
AOWER. TOL, La