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have ended with my life. Could I alas! so much as hope never to do again what I am now fo grieved for having done, I should be happy, abundantly happy! but perhaps before the close of this very day I shall commit , nay wilfully commit , the very faults of which I am at present so much ashamed and have fo great an abhorrence. O fatal victory ! O praises which I cannot bear ! praises which are bitter reproaches of my folly!

While he was thus solitary and disconsolate , Nestor and Philocteres came to see him. Nestor designed to convince him how much he had been in the wrong; but the wise senior presently perceiving the youth's affliction , changed his grave remonftrances into expressions of kindness, in order to allay his grief.

This quarrel retarded the progress of the confederare princes , who could not march towards the enemy'till they had reconciled Telemachus with Pha. lantus apd Hippias ; being hourly apprehensive left the Tarentine troops should fall upon the hundred young Cretans that came with Telemachus to this

was in confusion chrough the fault of Telemachus only, and he perceiving the many prefent evils and future dangers of which he was the author , abandoned himself to the bitterest grief. All the princes were in great perplexity : They durst not order the army to march, leit Telemachus's Cretans and Phalantus's Tarentines should fight with each other as they wept along; they had great difficulty to keep them from it even in the camp, where they were narrowly watched. Nestor and Philocteres were incessantly going backwards and forwards from Telemachus's tent to that of the implacable Phalantus, who breathed nothing but revenge. Neither, Nestor's sweet eloquence nor the great Philocteres's authority could pacify his savage heart, which was moreover continually irritated by the inflaming discourse of his brother Hippias. Telemachus was much calmer, but dejected by a forrow which nothing could alleviate.

While the princes were in this commocion, all the troops were under great consternation : The whole

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camp paroissoit comme une maison désolée qui vient de perdre un pere de famille, l'appui de tous les proches, & la douce espérance de ses petits enfans.

Dans ce désordre & cette confternacion de l'armée ; on entend tout - à - coup un bruit effroyable de chariots, d'armes, de hennissemens de chevaux, de cris d'hommes, les uns vainqueurs & animés au carnage , les autres , ou fuyans , ou mourans , ou blessés. Un tourbillon de poussiere forır.e un épais nuage qui touvre le ciel ; & qui enveloppe tout le camp. Bientôt à la poussiere se joint une fumée épaisse qui troubloit l'air ; & qui ôtoic la respiration. On ena tendoit un bruit fourd semblable à celui des tour. billons de flamme que le mont Etna vomit du fond de ses entrailles embrasées, lorsque Vulcain avec ses Cyclopes y forge des foudres pour le pere des Dieux. L'épouvante failic les coeurs.

Adraste vigilant & infatigable avoit surpris les ale liés ; il leur avoit caché la marche , & il étoit infa truit de la leur. Il avoit fait une incroyable dia ligence pour faire le tour d'une montagne presque inaccessible, dont les alliés avoient saisi presque tous les passages ; tenant ces défilés ils se croyoient et pleine sûreté , & prétendoient même pouvoir par ces passages qu'ils occupoient , tomber sur l'ennemi derriere la montagne, quand quelques troupes qu'ils , attendoient , leur Teroient venues. Adraste , qui répandoit l'argent à pleines mains pour savoir le secret de ses ennemis avoit appris leur résos lution ; car Nestor & Philoctete , ces deux capitaines d'ailleurs si sages & fi expérimentés, n'étoienc pas assez secrers dans leurs entreprises. Nestor dans ce déclin de l'âge , se plaisoit trop à raconter ce qui pouvoit lui attirer quelque louange. Philoctete naturellement parloir moins ; mais il étoit prompt : & fi peu qu'on excitât fa vivacité, on lui faisoit dire ce qu'il avoit résolu de taire. Les gens artificieux avoient trouvé la clef de son cæur pour en tirer les plus importans secrets. On n'avoit qu'à l'ire titer: alors fougueux & hors de lui • même, il éclatoit

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camp looked like a house of mourning that had just lost the father of the family, the support of all his rés lations, and the sweet hope of his little children.

During this disorder and consternation of the army there was suddenly heard a frightful noise of chariots

of neighing steeds and outcries of men, fome victorious and spurring on to carnage', others running away, dying, or wounded. A black cloud of whirling dust overspreads the heavens, and covers the whole camp. The duit is presently followed by a thick smoke which condenses the air, and hinders respiration. There was likewise heard an hollow noise like that of the curling flames which mount Ærna belches from the bottom of its burning bowels when Vulcan with his Cyclops is forging thunderbolts there for the father of the Gods. Terror seized on every heart.

The vigilant and indefatigable Adrastus had sura prised the allies; having concealed his roure from them, and procured intelligence of theirs. He had marched with incredible expedition round an almost inaccessible mountain , whose paffes had almost all been seized by the allies. Now che allies being in possession of these passes thought themselves perfectly fafe, and even fancied that they should be able by their means to fall upon the enemy on the other side of the mountain , when some troops which they expećted , were arrived. Adrastus, who was very lavish of his money in order coger intelligence of his enemies, had been informed of their resolution ; for Nestor and Philoctetes ; though otherwise very wise and experienced commanders, were not fufficiently fecrer in their enterprises. Nestor , now in the decline of life', was too fond of relating things which tended to his own praise. Philocteres was naturally less talkative, but then he was so paisionare', that if one moved his hasty temper ever fo liccle, one mighe make him discover things which he had resolved to conceal. Artful men had found the key to his heart', and drew from it the most important secrets. They needed only to provoke him; being then transported and beside

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par des menaces ; il se vancoit d'avoir des moyens sûrs de parvenir à ce qu'il vouloit. Si peu qu'on parût douter de ses moyens, il se hâroir de les expliquer inconsidérément , & le secret le plus intime échappoic du fond de son cæur. Semblable à un vase précieux, mais felé, d'où s'écoulent toutes les liqueurs les plus délicieuses le cœur de ce grand capitaine ne pouvoit rien garder.

Les traîtres corrompus par l'argent d'Adraste, manquoient pas de se jouer de la foiblesse de ces deux rois. Ils fattoient fans cesse Nestor par de vaines louanges ; ils lui rappelloient fes victoires passées , admiroient sa prévoyance, ne fe lassoient jamais de l'applaudir. D'un autre côté ils tendoient des piéges continuels à l'humeur impatiente de Philoctete , ils ne lui parloient que de difficultés

de contretemps, de dangers , d'inconvéniens, de fautes irrémédiables. Ausficôt que ce naturel prompt écoir enflammé, fa sagesse l'abandonnoit , & il n'étoit plus le même homme.

Télémaque, malgré les défauts que nous avons vus, étoit bien plus prudent pour garder un secret. Il y étoit accoutumé par ses malheurs, & par la vécessité où il avoit été dès son enfance de se cacher aux amans de Pénélope. Il savoir taire un secret sans dire aucun mensonge. Il n'avoit "point même certain air réservé. & mystérieux qu'ont d'ordinaire les gens secrets. Il ne paroissoit point chargé du secret qu'il devoit garder : on le trouvoit toujours libre, naturel, ouvert, comme un homme qui a son coeur sur fes lévres. Mais, en disant tout ce que l'on pouvoic dire sans conséquence, il favoit s'arrêter précisément & fans affectation aux choses qui pouvoient donner quelque foupçon , & entamer son secret. Par-là son cæur écoit impénétrable & inaccessible ; ses meilleurs amis même ne favoient que ce qu'il croyoit urile de leur découvrir pour en tirer de sages conseils , & il n'y avoit que le feul Mentor pour lequel il n'avoit aucune réserve. Il se confioic à d'autres amis, mais à divers degrés, & à proportion de ce qu'il avoic éprouvé leur amitié & leur sagesse.

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himself, he would burst out into menaces, and vaunc of having infallible means to accomplish his designs : And if they seemed ever so little doubtful of his means, he would immediately be fo inconsiderate as to explain them, and let the closest secrets sip from his bosom. Like a fire' buc cracked veslel through which leak all the most delicious liquors , the heart of this great commander could retain noching.

Traicors, corrupted by Adrastus's money, did noc fail to make their advantage of the foibles of these two princes. They were continually flattering Nettor with empty praises ; they reminded him of his past exploics , admired his foresight, and were never weary of applauding him. On the other side, they were perpetually laying fnares for the fiery temper of Philoco

and talked to him of nothing but difficulties accidents , dangers, inconveniencies, irretrievable oversights ; for as soon as his warm dispoficion cook fire, his wisdoin forsook him; and he was no longer the same man,

Telemachus, notwithstanding the failings we have taken notice of, was much more prudent as to the keeping of a fecret. He had been habituated to it by bis misfortunes, and the necessity he had been under from his infancy of concealing his thoughts from Penelope's suitors. He knew to keep a secret without telling an untruth. And then he had not that reserva ed and mysterious' air, which is usual to close men ; he never seemed burdened with the secret he was to keep, but was always free, easy,, open , like a person chat bears his heart on his lips. But though he said everything that could be faid without any ill consequences, yet he knew to Itop precisely, and without affectation, at the things which might creare suspicions or furnish a hint to discover his secret. Hereby his heart' was impenetrable and inaccessible ; even his best friends knew nothing but what he judged proper to lay before them for their advice , and there was but Mentor alone for whom he had no reserve. He did indeed confide in others, but in difa ferent degrees, and in proportion to the proofs they

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