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assassinations. We ourselves should feel, and should deserve to feel, their fatal effects, since we should authorise the greatest of evils. I think therefore thac this traitor ought to be sent back to Adrastus. I own indeed that this prince does not deserve it ; but all Hesperia and all Greece, which have their eyes upon us , deserve such a conduct from us as the price of their esteem. Besides, we owe to ourselves, we owe to the righteous Gods, this abhorrence of treachery.

Upon this Diofcorus was sent to Adrastus, who trembled at the danger he had been in, and could not enough wonder at the generosity of his enemies; for the wicked have no idea of pure and disinterested vir. tue. Adraftus could not but admire what he saw though he had not resolation enough to commend it. This noble action of the allies recalled to his mind an odious remembrance of all his treacheries and cruelties. He fought to lessen the generosity of his enemies, and was ashamed to appear ungrateful to those to whom he owed his life ; but corrupt men soon harden themselves against every thing which might give them the least compunction. Adrastus perceiving that the reputation of the allies daily increased, thought himself under a necessity of performing some signal action against them; and as it was not in his nature to do a virtuous one, he resolved ar least to endeae' vour to obtain fome eminent advantage over them. by arms, and hastened to engage them.

The day of battle being come, Aurora in her rosy progress scarcely began to open the gates of the east to the sun , when the young Telemachus out-stripping the vigilance of the oldeft commanders, broke from the arms of balmy sleep, and put all the officers in motion. His helmet, crowned with waving hair , already glittered on his head, and the cuirals he wore dazzled the eyes of the whole army. The work of Volcan had, besides its native beauty, the splendor of the Ægis which was concealed in it. He held a spear in one hand, and pointed with the other to the several post which it was necessary to secure. Minerva had filled his eyes with a divine fire, and his countenance

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majesté fiere, qui promettoir déjà la victoire. Il marchoit ; & tous les rois , oubliant leur âge & leur dignicé , fe fentoient entraînés par une force supérieure, qui leur faisoit suivre ses pas. La foible jalousie ne peut plus entrer dans les cœurs. Tout cede à celui que Minerve conduic invisiblement par la main. Son action n'avoit plus rien d'impétueux ni de précipité : il étoit doux, tranquille, patient, toujours prêt à écouter les autres & à profiter de lei

conseils , ma's actif, prévoyant, attentif aux besoins les plus éloignés, arrangeant toures les choses à propos, ne s'embarrassant de rien, & n'embarrassant point les autres ; excusant les fautes, reparant les mécomptes , prévenant les difficultés ne demandant jamais rien de trop à personne, inspirant par-tonc la liberté & la confiance. Donnoic-il un ordre , c'étoit dans les termes les plus simples. & les plus clairs ; il le réa péroit , pour mieux instruire celui qui devoic l'exécuter. Il voyoit dans ses yeux s'il l'avoit bien compris. Il lui faisoit ensuite expliquer familiérement comment il avoit compris les paroles , & le princie pal but de son entreprise. Quand il avoit ainsi éprouvé le bon sens de celui qu'il envoyoit , & qu'il l'avoir fait entrer dans ses vues, il ne le faisoit partir, qu'après lui avoir donné quelque marque d'estime & de confiance pour l'encourager. Ainsi tous ceux qu'il envoyoit , étoient pleins d'ardeur pour lui plaire & pour réussir ; mais ils n'étoient point gênés par la crainte qu'il leur imputeroit le mauvais succès ; car il excusoit toutes les fautes qui ne venvient point de mauvaise volonté.

L'horison paroissoit rouge & enflammé par les premiers rayons du soleil, & la mer étoit pleine des feux du jour nassant. Toute la côte étoit couverte d'hommes, d'ara mes, de chevaux & de chariots en mouvement : c'étoit un bruit confus , semblable à celui des flors en courroux, quand Neptune,excite au fond de ses abymes les noires tempêtes. Ainsi Mars commençoit , par le bruit des armes, & par l'appareil frémissant de la guerre, à semer la rage dans tous les cours. La campagne étoit pleine

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with a noble majesty, which already promised victory, He marched ; and all the princes, forgetting their age and dignity, found themselves burried along by a superior power, which compelled them to follow his iteps. Impotent jealousy could no longer fiod admif fion to their hearts. Every thing yields to him whom Minerva invisibly leads by the hand. His behaviour had nothing of impetuofity or rashness : he was affable , calm , patient, always ready to hear others and to profit by their counfels; but active, cautious, ex "rending his views to the remotest exigencies, disposing every thing in the best manner, never confounding himself nor others , excusing errors, rectifying miscarriages, obviating difficulties, never exacting too much of any one, and every where inspiring freedom and confidence. If he gave an order , it was in the plainest and most perspicuous terms; he repeated it, to give the person who was to execute ic , clearer idea of it; he saw by his eyes wherher he apprehend'ed it right , and then made him explain in a familiar mariner, how he understood his words, and what was the principal end of his enterprise. When he had thus founded the capacity of the perfon he employed, and made him thoroughly understand his designs, he did not fend him away till he had given him some mark of his esteem and confidence by way of encou

ragement. Thus all whom he employed were full of zeal to please him and to succeed in their commissions, without being cramped by any apprehension of his impucing their ill success to them ; for he excused

all miscarriages which did not proceed from the want of good will.

The horizon looked red and enflamed by the dawa ning rays of the fun, and the sea blazed with the fires of the new-born day. All the coast was overa spread with men, arms, horses rolling chariors; and a confused uproar was heard , like that of the angry billows when Neptune in the deep abyss stirs up the lowering tempests. Thus Mars began by the din of aris , and the horrid equipage of

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de piques hérissées, semblables aux épis qui couvrent les fillons fertiles dans le temps des moissons. Déjà s'élevoit un nuage de poussiere , qui déroboit peu à peu aux yeux des hommes la terre & le ciel. La confusion , l'horreur, le carnage, l'impitoyable mort s'avançoient.

A peine les premiers traits étoient jetiés, que Télémaque, levant les yeux & les mains vers le ciel , prononça ces paroles : 0 Jupiter, pere des Dieux & des hommes , vous voyez de notre côté la justice & la paix, que nous n'avons point eu honte de rechercher. C'est à regret que nous combattons ; nous voudrions épargner le fang des hommes ; nous ne haïssons point cet ennemi mềme , quoiqu'il soit cruel , perfide & facrilege. Voyez & décidez entre lui & nous. S'il faut mourir nos vies fons dans vos mains. S'il faut délivrer l'Hela périe, & abattre le cyran, ce fera votre puissance & la sagesse de Minerve, votre fille, qui nous donneront la victoire ; la gloire vous en sera due. C'est vous qui , la balance en main, réglez le forc des combats. Nous combaccons pour vous ; & puisque vous êtes juste , Adraste est plus votre ennemi que le nôtre. Si votre cause est victorieuse, avant la fin du jour, le sang d'une hécatombe entiere ruisselera sur vos autels.

Il dit, & à l'instant il pousse ses coursiers fougueux & écumans dans les rangs les plus pressés des ennemis. Il rencontra d'abord Périandre Locrien, couvert de la peau d'un lion qu'il avoit tué dans la Cilieie, pendant qu'il y avoir voyagé. Il étoit armé, comme Hercule, d'une massue énorme ; sa force & sa taille le rendoient semblable aux géants. Dès qu'il vit Télémaque , il méprisa sa jeunesse, & la beauté de son visage. C'est bien à toi , dit-il, jeune efféminé , à nous disputer la gloire des combats ! Va , enfant, va parmi les ombres chercher ton pere. En disant ces paroles , il leva fa massue noueuse, pesante , armée de pointes de fer; elle paroît coinme un mar de navire ; chacun craint le coup de fa chûte ; elle menace la tête du fils d'Ulysse. Mais il se détourne du coup, & se lance sur Périandre avec la rapidicé d'un aigle qui fend les airs. La massue, en combani, brise la roue d'un char auprès de celui de Télémaque. Cependant

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ling pikes , like ears of corn which hide the fertile furrows in the times of harvest. Already had a cloud of rising dust gradually stolen the heavens and the earth from the eyes of men, and confusion, horror, Naughter, ruthless death advanced.

The arrows hardly began to fly , when Telemachus lifting up bis hands and eyes to heaven , urtered these words: 0 Jupiter , father of Gods and chou seest the justice of our cause , and that we have noc been ashamed to sue for peace. We engage wita reluctance; we would spare the blood of man, and do nor hare even this cruel, this perfidious, this facrilegious foe. Behold thou and determine between him and us. If we must die, our lives are in thy hands; if Hesperia is to be delivered, and the cyrant overthrown , it will be thy power and the wisdom of thy daughter Minerva which will give us the victory; the glory of it will be due to thee. Thou holdest the balance, and decidest the face of bariles. For thee we fight; and as thou art righteous , Adrastus is more thy enemy chan ours. If thy cause is victorious, before the close of the day, the blood of a whole hecatomb shall stream on thy alcars.

He said, and instantly drives his fiery foaming courfers into the chickest ranks of the enemy. The first he met was Periander che Locrian, clad in the skin of a lion which he had killed in his travels in Cilicia. He was armed like Hercules with an enormous club, and resembled the giants in strength and starure. As foon as he saw Telemachus, he despised his youth and beautiful countenance it well befits thee , faid

effeminate boy to dispute the glory of combac with us! Go child, go to hell, and seek thy father. As he spoke these words, he raised his knorty, ponderous and iron-spiky club , which looks like the malt of a slip, which makes every one apprehensive of its fall, and threatens the head of the son of Ulysses. But he eludes the blow, and rushes upon Periander as rapidly as an eagle cleaves the air. The descending club dashes in pieces the wheel of a charior which was near that of Telemachus, Mean

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