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Aloud she shriek'd-for Hermes reappears!

Round the dear shade she would have clung-'tis vain: The hours are past,-too brief had they been years; And him no mortal effort can detain:

Swift, toward the realms that know not earthly day,
He through the portal takes his silent way-
And on the palace floor a lifeless corse she lay

Ah, judge her gently who so deeply loved!
Her, who, in reason's spite, yet without crime,
Was in a trance of passion thus removed;
Deliver'd from the galling yoke of time,
And these frail elements-to gather flowers
Of blissful quiet 'mid unfading bowers.
Yet tears to human suffering are due;
And mortal hopes defeated and o'erthrown
Are mourn'd by man, and not by man alone,
As fondly he believes.-Upon the side

Of Hellespont (such faith was entertain'd)
A knot of spiry trees for ages grew

From out the tomb of him for whom she died;
And ever, when such stature they had gain'd
That Ilium's walls were subject to their view,
The trees' tall summits wither'd at the sight;
A constant interchange of growth and blight!

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"o decus heroum præstans, dux optime Graium,

non iam uirtutem Laodamia dolet, tu dum mille duces dubia formidine pressi

deficiunt, audax litora dira petis ; impulit-ignosco tibi enim, qui proximus astas

pectore te uirtus ad meliora meo. mitis eras idem quiduisque audere paratus

ingenium atroci pectore molle foues. iam quoque

cuius ades facili mihi numine iussit inuida te mortis fallere fata deus; pulcra coma est, tibi pulcra rubent uelut ante labella,

Thessalis ut facta est gratior aura tua. iam non umbra mihi loqueris neque inanis imago;

tu lateri, iuvenis floride, iunge latus; oscula fige toro mihi coniugialia noto,

nunc etenim sponso nupta beata iugor." Contraxit frontem Pater: infecere sorores

optati Stygio labra colore uiri. “hic mea fata docet pallor; tu parce dolere :

quippe alio uirtus foedere nulla foret; si possent citius semper iucunda referri

gaudia, quæ nobis nunc fugitiua cadunt. rite uoluptates tellus quoque delet, et odit

ibi requies alta suusque dolor. disce, precor, coniux: animum compesce rebellem :

ne tumeant nimium feruida corda caue. dis altum ingenium, non qui breuis æstuat ardor,

feruidus acceptus, nec uiolentus amor. tu menti moderare tuæ, summissaque plora

auolsum (dabitur non mora longa) uirum ; et desiderio mortali docta memento

spernere mortales dum petis astra uices. namque ut pandat iter cæli demisit Amorem ;

scilicet has artes sic fouet ipse Pater : immo etiam stimulis diris instigat amantem,

excidat ut penitus pectore cura sui ; ac uelut excussus somno sua uincula rumpit, sic praua

omnis amans ambitione uacet."

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Vox subita exoritur-natum uidet illa Tonantis;

nequicquam speciem dextera uana tenet. hora fugit citius, neque enim sat uisa fuissent

sæcula': non ulli iam revocandus abit. protinus e foribus tacitus uestigia uertit, et peragit nostri nescia

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die. limine continuo nimio confecta dolore

exanimum corpus Laodamia iacet. Indulgete, precor, quæ tantum sensit amorem,

quæ sic occubuit non temerata neci : mens insana fuit, luctu stupefacta repenti;

pondere ab annorum liberat una dies. ut placidos flores uita defuncta caduca

Elysios inter libera carpat agros. “Sunt lacrimæ rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt"

spes quotiens fractas duraque fata gemit. scilicet haud hominem solum sua cura dolore

afficit, ut stolida credere mente solet; nam nemus (antiquæ si fas est credere famæ)

Hellespontiacas prospiciebat aquas, Illius et tumulo longis uoluentibus annis

culmina tollebant cuius amore perit; at simul ac foliis surrexit silua superbis

despexitque procul Pergama uerticibus, protinus, en mirum! demissa cacumina marcent:

alternis uicibus uitaque morsque redit.

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