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no longer be safe with Hercules, I thought of hiding myself in the deepest caverns of che earth. With one hand' I beheld him easily up-root the lofty firs and ancient oaks , which for several ages had braved the winds and the tempests; with the other, he vainly endeavoured to tear the facal tunic from his back; ic was glued to his skin , and as it were incorporated with his limbs ; as he core that, he core off his skin and his : Alesh, and drenched the earth with corrents of blood. Af length his virtue getting the better of his anguish, he cried out, You see ! my dearest Philocteres ! the evils which the Gods inflict upon me; they are righrea ous ; I have offended them; I have violated conjugal love; having vanquished so many enemies, I meanly suffered myself to be vanquished by a beautiful stranger; I perish, and I am willing to perish to appease che Gods. But alas ! my dear friend, whither do you fly? My excessive cortures have indeed made me commit an act of cruelty on the wretched Lychas; for which my conscience upbraids me ; he knew not that he prefented me poison, nor deserved co fuffer. But do

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and that I would rob you of your life ? No, no, I shall never cease to love Philoctetes. Philocteres shall receive my fleeting foul in his bosom ; he shall collect my ashes together. Where are you chen Philocteres ! Philocteçes! the only hope which is lefc me here below ?

This faid I immediately ran towards him ; he stretches out his arms to embrace me, but draws them back again, for fear of kindling in my bosom che cruel fire with which he himself was consumed. Alas! said he , even this consolation is no longer allowed me. As he speaks thus, he collects together the trees he had torn up by the roots; he makes a funeral pile of them on the top of the mountain ; he ascends it with tranquillity; he overspreads ic with the skin of the Nemean lion, which he had so long worn on his shoulders, when he travelled from one end of the earth to the other to destroy monsters, and deliver the difa. tressed; he leans on his club , and bids me light the pyre. TOM. II.

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Mos mains tremblantes & saifiés d'horreur ne purent lui refuser ce cruel office ; car la vie n'étoit plus pour lui un préfent des Dieux, tant elle lui écoic funeste. Je craignis même que l'excès de fes douleurs ne le transportar jusqu'à faire quelque chose d'indigne de cerce vertu qui avoit étonné l'univers, Comme il vit que la flamme commençoit à prendre au bûcher : C'est maintenant, s'écria-c«il, mon cher Philoctere, que j'éprouve ta véritable amitié ; car tu aimes mon honneur plus que ma vie : que les Dieux te le rendent ; je te laisse ce que j'ai de plus précieux sur la terre , cçs fleches trempées dans le Sang de l'Hydre de Lerne. Tu sais que les blessures qu'elles font font incurables ; par elles cu feras invincible, comme je l'ai été , & aucun mortel n'osera combattre contre toi. Souviens-toi que je meurs fidele à notre amitié , & n'oublie jamais combien tu m'as été cher. Mais s'il est vrai que tu sois touché de mes maux, tu peux me donner une derniere consolation : promets-moi de ne découvrir jamais à au. cun mortel ni ma mort, ni le lieu où tu auras ca. ché mes cendres. Je le lui promis, hélas je le jurai même en arrosant fon bûcher de mes larmes : un rayon de joie parut dans ses yeux. Mais tout-à-coup un tourbillon de flamme qui l'enveloppa, étouffa sa voix, & le déroba presque à ma vue. Je le voyois encore néanmoins à travers des flammes , avec un visage auffe ferein que s'il eût été couronné de fleurs & couvert de parfums dans la joie d'un festin délicieux , au milieu de tous fes amis.

Le feu consuma bientôt tout ce qu'il y avoit de terrestre & de morrel en lui. Bientôr il ne lui resta rien de tout ce qu'il avoit reçu dans sa naissance de fa mere Alcmene : mais il conserva par l'ordre de Jupiter certe nature fubtile & immortelle, cette flamme céleste qui est le vrai principe de vie, & qu'il avoit reçu

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My hands trembling with horror could not deny. him this cruel office ; for his life was so racked with tortures, that it was no longer a gift of the Gods. I was moreover apprehensive left the violence of his pangs should transport him to act fomething unworthy, of the virtue which had astonished the universe. Per ceiving the flames begin to catch the pyre , Now, cried he, my dear Philocteres, I am convinced of the fina cerity of your friendship ; for you love my honour more than my life. May the Gods reward you for it! I bequeath you what I have of the most valuable in the world, these arrows dipe in the blood of the Lernaan Hydra. You know that their wounds aro incurable ; they will render you as invincible as I have been, and no mortal will dare to contend witb you. Remember that I die your faithful friend, and never forger how dear you have been to me. And if you are really couched with my sufferings, you will afford me the last consolation in your power, a promise never to discover to any mortal either my death, or the place where you conceal my ashes. Alas ! i promised , nay I swore it as I bedewed his pyre with my tears ; a beam of gladness darred from his eyes. But he was suddenly involved in curling flames , which stifled his voice, and almost snatched him from my sight. However, I beheld him again through the fire with a coutenance as serene as if ic had been crowned with flowers, perfumed and encircled by his friends, amidst the merriments of a fumptuous banquet.

Soon did che fire consume all his earthly and more cal part ; soon was there nothing left of what he had received from his mother Alcmena at his birth : Buc he preserved by Jupiter's decree that subtle and immortal substance , char celestial flame, the crue princ. ciple of life, which he had received from the father of the Gods. He ascended therefore to drink nectar with them under the gilded roofs of shining Olympas; where the immortals gave him for his wife' the lovely Hebe , the Goddess of youth ; who used to pour the nectar inco Jupicer's cup, before Ganymede was preferred to chat honour, D2

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Pour moi, je trouvai une source inépuisable de doua leurs dans ces fieches qu'il m'avoit données pour m'é.. lever au-dessus des héros. Bientôt les Rois ligués entreprirent de venger Ménélas de l'infame Pâris , qui avoir enlevé Hélene , & de renverser l'empire de Priam. L'Oracle d'Apollon leur fic entendre qu'ils ne devoient point espérer de finir heureusement cerce guerre, à moins qu'ils n'eussent les fleches d'Hercule.

Ulysse, votre pere, qui étoit toujours le plus éclairé & le plus industrieux dans tous les conseils , se chargea de me persuader d'aller avec eux au siege de Troye , & d'y apporter les fleches qu'il croyoit que j'avois. Il y avoit déjà long-temps qu'Hercule ne paroissoit plus für la terre : on n'entendoit plus parler d'aucun nouvel exploir de ce héros : les monstres & les scélérats recommençoient à paroître impunément ; les Grecs ne savoient que croire de lui : les uns disoient qu'il étoit mort; d'autres soutenoient qu'il étoit allé jusques sous l'Ourse glacée dompter les Scythes : mais Ulysse : foutině qu'il étoit mort , & entrepric de me le faire avouer. Il me viót trouver dans un temps où je ne pouvois encore me consoler d'avoir perdu le grand Alcide : il eut une peine extrême à m'aborder ; je ne pouvois plus voir les hommes : je ne pouvois souffrir qu'on m'arrachât de ces déserts du mont Oëta , où j'avois vu périr mon ami ; je ne songeois qu'à me repeindre l'image de ce héros , & qu'à pleurer à la vue de ces tristes lieux :- mais la douce & puissance persuasion étoit fur les levres de votre pere ; il parut presque aussi affligé que moi : il versa des larmes ; il fue gagner insensiblement mon cour & attirer ma confiance ; il m'attendric pour les Rois Grecs qui alloient combattre pour une juste caufe , & qui ne pouvoient réuffir fans moi; il ne pur néanmoins m'arracher le secret de la mort d'Hercule, que j'avois juré de ne dire jamais ; mais il ne doutoit plus qu'il ne fût mort , & il me pressoit de lui découvrir le lieu où j'avois caché ses cendres.

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For my part, I found an inexhaustible source of forsows, in the very arrows he bequeathed me in order to raise me above the heroes. The confederate kings quickly undertook to revenge Menelaus on the infamous Paris , the ravisher of Helen , and to subvert the empire of Priam. The oracle of Apollo gave them

to understand that they must not hope for an happy issue of that unless they had the arrows of Hercules.

Your father Ulysses, who in all their councils constancy discovered the greatest wisdom and art, undercook to persuade me to accompany them to the siege of Troy, and to carry the arrows thither, which were he thought in my possession. Hercules had not been seen for a long while ; there was no talk of any new exploit of his ; monsters and wicked men began 10 appear again with impunity. The Greeks knew not what to think concerning him ; some said tha: he was dead, and others that he was gone as far as the frozen bear in order to came the Scythians ; buc Ulysses maintained that he was dead, and undertook to make me confess it. As he came to me while I was yer inconsolable for the loss of the great Alcides, he found it very difficult to accost me ; for I could not bear the sight of men , nor the thoughts of being forn from the deserts of mount Dera, where I had feen my friend die : I heeded but to recall the image of thar hero to my mind, and to weep at the sight of those scenes of horror. But fofc and powerful persuasion hung on your father's lips; he seemed almost as much atflicted as I'; he poured forth floods of tears, ; he insensibly won my heart and my confidence, and moved me with picy for the kings of Greece, who were going to fight in a just caufe , and could not succeed without me. He could not however excort from me the secret of Hercules's deach , which I had sworn never to reveal ; but he no longer doubted of it, and pressed me to show. him where I had concealed his ashes.

Though I had, alas ! an abhorrence of being guil ty of perjury, by revealing a secret which I had promised the Gods never to reveal ; yet was I so weak

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