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Tikimupue entre dans les champs Eliserer, ou il est reconnu par krise son grand-pere.

Τ Η Ε
AD VENTURES

OF
T E LE M ACH US,
SON of ULYSSES.

BOOK the NINETEENT H.

The AR G U MEN T.

Telemachus enter into the Elysian fields, where he is

known by Arcefius his great grandfather, who allures him that Ulyses is living, that he will see him again in Ithaca, and reign there after him. Arcefius gives him a description of the felicity which good men enjoy, and especially good kings, who in their life-time sera yed ihe Gods, and were a blefing to the people they governed. He makes him observe , that the herces who had excelled only in the art of war, are much less happy in a place by themselves. He gives Telem machus some insiruäions, who then returns with Speed to the confederate eamp. WHEN Telemachus came out of this place he been removed from his breast; he was sensible by this relief, of the misery of those who are confined there without hopes of ever being released, and was terrified to see how much more rigorously kings were tormented than other offenders. What'! said he , so many duties, so many dangers, so many snares , many difficulties in getting at the truth in order to guard against others and against one's self also ! and

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tourmens horribles dans les enfers., après avoir été fi envié, si agité, fi traversé dans une vie courte ! O inlensé celui qui cherche à régner ! Heureux celui qui se borne à une condition privée & paisible , où la vertu lui est moins difficile !

En faisant ces réflexions, il se troubloic au-dedans de lui-même, il frémit & tomba dans une consternasion, qui lui fit sentir quelque chose du désespoir de ces malheureux qu'il venoic de considérer ; mais à mesure qu'il s'éloignoie de ce triste, léjour des ténebres, de l'horreur & du désespoir , son courage commença peu à peu à renaître ; il respiroit , & entrevoyoit déjà de loin la douce & pure lumiere du séjour des héros.

C'est dans ce lieu qu'habitoient tous les bons rois qui avoient jusqu'alors gouverné les hommes ; ils étoient rée parés du reste des justes. Comme les méchans princes souffroient dans le Tarcare des supplices infiniment plus rigoureux que les autres coupables d'une condition privée, aussi les bons jouissoient dans les champs Elysées d'un bonheur infiniment plus grand que celui du reste des hommes qui avoienr aimé la verru sur la terre.

Télémaque s'avança vers ces rois, qui étoient dans des bocages odoriférans , sur des gazons toujours renaissans & fleuris. Mille petits ruisseaux d'une onde pure arrosoient ces beaux lieux, & y faisoient sentir une délicieuse fraîcheur. Un nombre infini d'oiseaux faisoient résonner ces bocages de leurs doux chaots. On voyoic tour enfemble les fleurs du printemps , qui naissoient fous les pas, avec les plus riches fruits de l'automne qui pendoient des arbres. Là jamais on ne ressentir les ardeurs de la canicule ; là jamais les noirs aquilons n'oferent footller, ni faire sentir les rigueurs de l'hiver. Ni la guerre altérée de fang, ni la cruelle envie , qui mord d'une denr venimeuse, & qui porte des viperes encortillées dans son sein & autour de ses bras, ni les jalousies, ni les défiances, ni la crainte, ni les vains desirs n'approchent jamais de cet heureux séjour de la paix. Le jour n'y finit point, & la nuit , avec ses sombres voiles , y est inconnue. Une lumiere pure & douce fe répand autour des corps

de ces hommes justes , & les environne de fes Layons comme d'un vêtement. Cerre lumiere n'est poinç

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at last so many tortures in hell, after one has been fo envied , so disquiered , so chwarted during a short life! O how senseless is he that is ambitious of reigning ! Happy the man who confines himself to a private and peaceful station; in which he may with less difficulty be virtuous !

As he made these reflections his soul was disorders ed, he trembled, and fell into a consternation, which made him feel something of the despair of the wrecches he had just seen, but as he went away from this dolesome mansion of darkness, horror and despair, his courage began insensibly to revive : He already felt, and had a glimpse of the pure and sweco light of the abode of heroes.

Here resided, separated from the rest of the just, all the good kings that had ever ruled over mankind. As wicked princes suffered punishments in Tartarus infinicely more fevere than private offenders; so good kings enjoyed in the Elysian fields an happiness infinitely greater than that of other men who had loved virtue on the earth.

Telemachus advanced towards these princes , who were in fragrant groves on an ever - foringing and flowery turf. A thousand limpid rills watered, and diffused a delicious freshness over these enchanting scenes. An infinite number of birds made the groves ring with their cuneful chantings. One beheld the vernal flowers foringing beneath one's feet , ac the same time that the richest autumnal fruits were hanging on the trees. There were never felt the raging dog. star's heats ; there the lowering boreal winds never durft to breathe the severities of winter. Neither blood-thirsty war, nor cruel envy that bites with an invenomed tooth , and bears writhen adders in her bofom and around her arms, nor jealousy, nor diffidence , nor fear, nor vain desires, do ever approach this happy mansion of peace. Here the day never ends, and night with her fable veil is a stranger. A pure and grateful light is diffused around the bodies of these righteous men, and invests them with les rays as with a garment. This lighư does not resem

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