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the troops which were to arrive, and that the army was divided by Telemachus's quarrel with Phalantus he immediately made a large circuit , marching night and day along the sea-shore, and going through ways which had always been deemed absolutely impass. able. Thus do resolution and labour surmount the greatest obstacles ; thus is there hardly any thing impossible to the daring and the patient of fatigues ; and thus do those who sleep and magnify difficulties inco impossibilities, deserve to be surprised and opprelt.

Adraltus early in the morning furprised the bundred ships which belonged to the allies. As these ships were ill guarded and apprehensive of nothing, be took them without resistance, and made use of them to transport his troops with incredible dispatch to the mouth of the Galesus ; he then failed very expediciously up the river. The advanced guards of the confederate camp that were stacioned towards the river, imagined that these barks had brought thena the troops which were expected, and immediately shouted aloud for joy. Adrastus and his foldiers landed before they could be known, and fall upon the allies , who apprehended nothing , as they are scate tered up and down in an open camp, unarmed, and without a commander.

The part of the camp which Adrastus first atra, cked , was that of the Tarentines, where Phalantus commanded. The Dauniaus entered it with uch vigour, that the Lacedæmonian youth being in a furprise, could not resist them. While they are looking for their arms, and hinder each other in their confusion , Adrastus orders che camp to be fired. The flames instantly ascend from the tents, and reach the very, clouds ; roaring like a deluge that pours over a whole country, and up-roots, ant bears away by its rapidity the largest oaks, the corn, barns, ftables, filocks and herds. The wind impetuously drives the fire from cent to tent, and the whole camp instantly resembles an old dry forest, which a single spark has kindled into a blaze. Phalandus, though he has the nearest view of the F 2

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ne peut y remédier. Il comprend que toutes ses troupes vont périr dans cet incendie, li on ne se hâre d'abandonner le camp : mais il comprend aussi com bien le désordre de cette retraice est à craindre des vant un ennemi victorieux ; il commence à faire fortir la jeunesse Lacédémonienne encore à demi - défars mée mais Adraste ne les laisse point respirer. D'un côté, une troupe d'archers adroits perce de fleches jnnombrables les soldats de Phalance; de l'autre , des frondeurs jettent une grêle de grosses pierres. Adraste Jui-même, l'épée à la main, marchant a la tête d'une croupe choisie des plus intrépides Dauniens, poursuit à la lueur du feu, les troupes qui s'enfuient ; il moisa sonne , par le fer tranchant, tout ce qui a échappé au feu ; il nage dans le fang; il ne peut s'assouvir de cars nage : les lions & les tigres n'égalent point sa furie, quand ils égorgent les bergers avec leurs troupeaux. Les rroupes de Phalante succombent , & le courage les abandonne. La pâle mort , conduite par une furie infernale, dont la tête est hérissée de ferpens , glice le fang de leurs veines ; leurs membres engourdis fe roidissent, & leurs genoux chancelans leur ôtenç même l'espérance de la fuite.

Phalante , à qui la honte & le défespoir donnent encore ụn reste de force & de vigueur , éleve les mains & les yeux vers le ciel ; il voit tomber à ses pieds son frere Hippias fous les coups de la main foudroyante d'Adraste. Hippias étendu par terre, se roule dans la poussiere ; un sang noir & bouillonnant sort, un ruisseau, de la profonde blessure qui lui traverse le côté ; ses yeux fe ferment à la lumiere, son ame furieuse s'enfuit avec tout son sang. Phalante lui-même, tout couvert du fang de son frere , & ne pouvant le secourir, le voir enveloppé par une foule d'ennemis qui s'efforcent de le renverler. Son bouclier est percé de mille traits. Il est blessé en plusieurs endroits de son corps ; il ne peut plus rallier ses troupes fugitives, Les Dieux le voient, & ils n'en ont aucune pitié,

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danger, can apply no remedy to it. He perceives that his troop will all perish in the flames, if they do nor immediately abandon the camp ; but he pera ceives also how much the confusion of such a ren treat is co be dreaded before a victorious enemy. He begins however to draw off his half-armed Lacedæmonian youth, but Adrastus allows them no time to breathe. On one side a band of skilful archers gall Phalantus's soldiers with innumerable arrows, and slingers on the other pour a fincy shower. Adrastus himself, marching sword in hand at the head of a chosen band of the most intrepid Daunians, pursues the fugitives by the light of the flames ; he mows down all who escape them with his keen steel ; he swims in blood; be cannot flake his thirst of slaughter : lions and tigers equal not his fury when they rend the shepherds and their flocks. Phalantus's troops sink before him : their courage forsakes them i pale death, led on by an infernal fury whose head bristles with snakes, freezes the blood in their veins; their benumbed limbs stiffen, and their shivering knees rob them even of the hopes of flight:

Phalantus, whom shame and despair ftill supply with some remains of strength and vigour , lifting up his hands and eyes to heaven, fees his brother Hippias fall at his feer , beneath the blows of Adrastus's thundering hand. Hippias is stretched on the earth, and rolls in the dust", black bubbling gore spouts like a torrent from the deep wound in his side · his eyes exclude the light, and his furious soul issues out with his blood. Phalanrus himself, all besmeared with his brother's gore, and unable to assist him, finds himself beset with a crowd of enemies who strive to fell him to the earth. His shield is pierced with a thousand darts ; he is wounded in several parts of his body, and cannot rally his flying troops : The Gods see, but do not vouchsafe him their pity.

End of the Sixteenh Book.

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SOMMA IR E. Télémaque s'étant revêtu de ses armes divines, court

au secours de Phalanie , renverse d'abord Iphiclès , fils d'Allrafie, repousse l'ennemi vi&orieux, & remporteroit sur lui une vidoire complette , si une tempéte furvenant, ne faisoit finir le combat. Ensuite Télémaque fait emporter les blessés , prend soin d'eux, principalement de Phalante. Il fait l'honneur des obseques de son frere Hippias , dont il lui va préjena ter les cendres, qu'il a recueillies dans une urne d'or. UPITER, au milieu de toutes les Divinités cée

des alliés. En même temps il consultoit les imnuables Destinées , & voyoit tous les chefs , dont la trame devoit ce jour-là êire tranchée par le ciseau de la Parque. Chacun des Dieux étoit arremif, pour dén couvrir sur le visage de Jupiter quelle feroic sa vojonté. Mais le pere des Dieux & des hommes leur dic d'une voix douce & majestueuse : Vous voyez en quelle extrémité font réduits les alliés, vous voyez Adraste qui renverse tous ses ennemis : mais ce spectacle est bien trompeur. La gloire & la prospérité des méchans est courte ; Adraste, impie & odieux par

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