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His servants, ignorant of what had clianc’d,
eager haste and joyful shouts advane'd,
THE BIRTH OF BACCHUS.
ACTÆON's sufferings, and Diana's rage,
Juno alone, of all that heard the news,
“ Are my reproaches of fo small a force ? “ 'Tis time I then pursue another course : 6s It is decreed the guilty wretch fhall die, “ If I 'm indeed the mistress of the sky; “ If rightly stylid among the powers above “ The wife and lifter of the thundering Jove “ (And none can fure a sister's right deny); " It is decreed the guilty wretch fhall die. « She boasts an honour I can hardly claim;
Pregnant fhe rises to a mother's name ; “ While proud and vain she triumphs in her Jove, . “ And shows the glorious tokens of his love : 66 But if I 'm still the mistress of the skies, « By her own
lover the fond beauty dies." This said, descending in a yellow cloud, Before the gates of Semele she stood.
Old Beroë's decrepit shape she wears, Her wrinkled visage, and her hoary hairs Whilst in her trembling gait fhe totters on, And learns to tattle in the nurse's tone. The goddess, thus disguis'd in age, beguild With pleasing stories her faļse foster-child. Much did she talk of love, and when the cameTo mention to the nymph her lover's name, Fetching a figh, and holding down her head, “ 'Tis well, says she, if all be true that 's faidi “ But trust me, child, I'm much inclin'd to fear “ Some counterfeit in this your Jupiter. « Many an honest well-designing maid “ Has been by these pretended gods betray’d.
“ But if he be indeed the thundering Jove,
Th' unwary nymph, ensnar'd with what she said, Desir’d of Jove, when next he fought her bed, To grant a certain gift which she would choose ; « Fear not, replied the God, that I 'll-refuse “ Whate'er you-alk: may. Styx confirm my voice, “ Choose what you will, and you shall have your
choice. “ Then, says the nymph, when next you
my arms “ May you descend in those celestial charms “ With which your Juno's bosom you inflame, " And fill with transport heaven's immortal dame.'', The God surpriz'd would fain have stopp'd her voice : But he had sworn, and she had made her choice.
To keep his promise, he ascends, and throuds
For the rough Cyclops, who by Jove's command
less. flame and fury in its make,
The mortal dame, too feeble to engage
But, to preserve his offspring from the tomb,
'TWAS now, while these transactions paft on earth, And Bacchus thus procur'd a second birth, When Jove, dispos'd to lay aside the weight Of public empire, and the cares of state ;
As to his Queen in nectar bowls he quaff'd, .“ In troth, says he, (and as he fpoke be laugh’d,) --- The sense of pleasure in the male is far “ More dull and dead, than what you females share."
Juno the truth of what was faid deny'd;
* It happen'd once, within a shady wood,
66 That he who dares youp llimy folds untye w is Muit change this kind, a second stroke I'll try."
Again he struck the snakes, and stood again New-sex'd, and straight recover'd into man. • Him therefore both the Deities create The sovereign-umpire in their grand debate : · And he declar'd for Jove: when Juno, fir'd, : More than so trivial an affair requird, Depriv'd him, in her fury, of his fight, And left him groping round in sudden night. But Jove (for so it is in heaven decreed, That no one God repeal another's deed) Irradiates all his soul with inward 'light, And with the prophet's art relieves the want of sight.
THE TRANSFORMATION OF ECHO.
Fam'd far and near for knowing things to come, From him th' enquiring nations fought their doom ; The fair Liriope his answers try'd, And firft th' unerring prophet juftify'd;