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damas was proposed to the Daunians , who were impatiently waiting for an answer. When they heard the name of Polydamas, they replied, we now plainly perceive that the confederate princes design to deal sincerely and to make an eternal peace with us, since they give us for our king a man so vircuous and fo capable of governing, Had they proposed to us a cowardly, an effeminate and ignorant person, we should have thought that they only intended to depress us and to change the form of our government, and we should secretly have retained a lively resents ment of fo cruel and artful a conduct ; but the choice of Polydamas is a proof of their real candour. The allies without doubt expect nothing from us but what is just and noble, since they give us a king who is incapable of doing any thing contrary to the liberty and glory of our country. We accordingly protest in the sight of the righteous Gods, that rivers shall up. roll to their sources, before we cease to love such beneficent princes. May our latest posterity be mindful of the benefit which we chis day receive, and renew from generation to generation the peace of the golden age through the whole coast of Hefperia!

Telemachus then proposed to the Daunians the gia ving the fields of Arpi to Diomed, to settle a colony cherc. This new people, said he, will be indebted so you for their establishment in a country which you do not cultivate. Remember that all men ought to love each other ; that the earth is too large for them ; that you must have neighbours, and that it is best to have such as may be obliged to you for their secclement. Pity the misfortunes of a prince who cannot return to his own country. Polydamas and he, being united together in the bands of justice and virtue, which alone are lasting, will maintain you in a profound peace, and render you formidable go all the neighbouring nations that inay think of aggrandizing themselves. You see, ye Daunians, thar we have gi, ven your nacion a king capable of raising its glory to the heavens ; do you therefore on yoạr part give, at

out terre qui vous est inutile, à un roi qui est digne de toutes sortes forces de secours.

Les Dauniens répondirent qu'ils ne pouvoient rien refuser à Télémaque, puisque c'étoit lui qui leur avoit procuré Polydamas pour roi. Aussitôt ils partirent pour l'aller chercher daus son désert pour le faire ré. gner sur eux. Avant que de partir, ils donnerent les fertiles plaines d'Arpi à Diomede , pour y fonder un nouveau royaume. Les alliés en furent ravis, parce que cette colonie des Grecs pourroit secourir puissamment le parti des alliés, si jamais les Dauniens vouloient renouveller les usurpations donc Adraste avoic donné le mauvais exemple.

Tous les princes ne songerent qu à se séparer. Télémaque, les larmes aux yeux, partit avec sa troupe, après avoir embrassé tendrement le vaillanc Diomede, le lage & inconsolable Nestor , & le fameux Philocs cete, digne héritier des ficches d'Hercule.

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our request, a tract of land which is of no use to you, co a king who is worthy of all kind of succour.

The Daunians replied, that they could refuse Tea lemachus nothing , since he had procured them Polydamas for their king. Hereupon they went to seek him in his desert, and to place him on the throne; having first given the fertile plains of Arpi to Diomed, to found a new kingdom there. The allies were overjoyed at this grant, because this colony of Greeks might powerfully assist their party, if the Daupians should ever accempt to renew the usurpations of which Adrastus had given an ill example.

And now all the princes prepared to take their leave of each other. Telemachus with tears in his cyes departed with his troop ; having first tenderly embraced the valiant Diomed, the fage and disconsá lare Neftor, and the famous Philocteres , the worthy, inheritor of the arrows of Hercules,

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Télémaque, arrivant à Salente, est surpris de voir la

campagne si bien cultivée , & de trouver si peu de
magnificence dans la ville, Mentor lui explique les
raisons de ce changemeat , qui fait remarquer les dém
fauts qui empêchent d'ordinaire un état de fleurir, &
qui propose pour modele la conduite & le gouverne,
ment d'Idoménée. Télémaque ouvre ensuite fon saur
à Mentor sur son inclination d'épouser Antiope , fille
de ce roi. Mentor en loue avec lui les bonnes que
Lités, l'assure que les Dieux la lui deftinent ; mais
que présentement il ne doit songer qu'à partir pour
Ithaque , & qu'à délivrer Pénélope des poursuites

de ses prétendans. IT E jeune fils d'Ulysse brûloit d'impatience de res

I trouver Mencor" à Salente , & de s'embarquer avec lui pour revoir Ithaque , où il espéroit que son pere seroic arrivé. Quand il s'approcha de Salente , il fuc bien étonné de voir toute la campagne des environs, qu'il avoit laissée presque inculce & déserce, cultivée comme un jardin , & pleine d'ouvriers diligens, Il reçonnut l'ouvrage & la sagesse de Mentor. Enfuire entranç dans la ville il remarqua qu'il y avoię

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Télimaque arrivanti Salente trouve le luxe de la Ville riformé' ct la vimpijne bin cultivce,

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