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To what brave chiefs
Didst thou yield
What dotage could induce thee To form alliances like these?
. That I must bestow My Daughters on the lion and the boar.
By night two exiles Came to my door.
Say, who and who: thou speak'st Of both at once.
Together Tydeus fought And Polynices.
Hence didst thou on them
Thence filed Tydeus polluted with his (4) Brother's gore.
.' The curses of his Sire
. : ADRASTUS. .
But they who staid at home Oppress’d the absent.
: Did his Brother rob him Of the inheritance ?
. I to decide This contest went, and hence am I undone.
(4) The Scholiast (commonly called Didymus) on Homer II. L. xiv, V. 120, says, “ Tydeus, born in Ætolia, was the most valiant of Oeneus' 6 sons. While yet a youth, he saw his father driven from his throne “ on account of his old age, by the sons of his brother Agrius : upon “ which he slew his Cousins, and with them involuntarily his own Brother “ Menalippus: flying to Adrastus, king of Argos, he obtained purifica« tion from him, and married his Daughter Deipule. Brodæus hath “ already made these observations,"
' Didst thou consult the Seers, and from the altar . Behold the flames of sacrifice ascend ?, , , ,
ADRASTUS. fine..... Alas you urge me on that very point is : Where must I faild, .
... Thou led’st thy troops, it seems, Altho' the Gods approv'd not, to the field. ..
, ; ADRASTUS. . . . Yet more, Amphiareus oppos’d our march.
.. THESEUS. Didst thou thus lightly thwart the will of Heaven?
,ADRASTUS. I by the clamorous zeal of younger men is Was hurried on. .; . .
.. . THESEUS. , .
Regardless of discretion, . .. Thy courage thou didst follow.
. ADRATUS. .
• Many a chief
Would from their sons such honors have obtain'd.
“ Such toil on the Athenians?”. This reply Have I a right to make ; · The Spartan realm ? Is prone (6) to cruelty, and in its manners ? Too variable, its other states are small
And destitute of strength; your city only ! To this emprise is equal, for 'tis wont « To pity the distress'd, and hath in you • A valiant king; for want of such a chief ! Have many cities perish’d.?.
I address thee
(5) The Peloponesus,
(6) Reiskius observes that the antient reading of non must be corrupt, Adrastus being King of Argos, and not of Sparta, but has sug. gested nothing in its stead; Heath, Markland, and Musgrave, concur in substituting wun'sæva or immitis ; which removes the objection.
Have on this subject held a strong (7) dispute ;
(7) “ This disputation of Theseus is beautiful, though it may seem to
some rather abruptly introduced. To the same purport was the oration