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“ Pray not for us, the nimble Dictys cry'd;
Dietys, that could the main-top-mast bestride, “ And down the ropes with active vigour slide. “ To the same purpose old Epopeus spoke, " Who over-look'd the oars, and tim'd the stroke; “ The same the pilot, and the same the rest ; “ Such impious avarice their souls postest. “ Nay, heaven forbid that I should bear away “ Within my vessel fo divine a prey, “ Said I; and stood to hinder their intent: “ When Lycabas, a wretch for murder sent “ From Tufcany, to suffer banishment, “ With his clench'd fist had struck me over-board, “ Had not my hands in falling grasp'd a cord.
“ His base confederates the fact approve ; • When Bacchus (for 'twas he) began to move,
Wak’d by the noise and clamours which they rais’d; “ And shook his drowsy limbs, and round him gaz'd: " What means this noise ? he cries; am I betray'd ? “ Ah! whither, whither must I be convey'd ? " Fear not, said Proteus, child, but tell us where “ You wish to land, and trust our friendly care, “ To Naxos then direct your course, says he; “Naxos a hospitable port shall be “ To each of you, a joyful home to me.
By every God, that rules the sea or íky, * The perjur'd villains promise to comply, “ And bid me hasten to unmoor the thip. “ With eager joy I launch into the deep ; “ And, heedless of the fraud, for Naxos stand: They whisper oft, and beckon with the hand.
« And give me signs, all anxious for their prey,
“ The beauteous youth now found himself betray’d,
“ In vain did I the Godlike youth deplore, 6. The more I begg'd, they thwarted me the more. 6. And now, by all the Gods in heaven that hear “ This folemn oath, by Bacchus' self, I swear, “ The mighty miracle that did ensue, “ Although it seems beyond belief, is true. " The vefiel, fix'd and rooted in the flood, “Unmov'd by all the beating billows stood. « In vain the mariners would plough the main " With fails unfurl'd, and strike their oars in vain ; of Around their oars a twining ivy cleaves, “ And climbs the mast, and hides the cords in leaves : " The fails are cover'd with a chearful green, " And berries in the fruitful canvas seen. • Amidst the waves a sudden forest rears " Its verdant head, and a new spring appears.
“ The god we now behold with open eyes ; “ A herd of spotted panthers round him lies “ In glaring forms; the grapy clusters fpread « On his fair brows, and dangle on his head. “ And whilft he frowns, and brandishes his spear,
My mates, furpriz’d with madness or with fear,
Leap'd over-board ; first perjur’d Madon found “ Rough scales and fins his stiffening fides surround : “ Ah what, cries one, has thus transform’d thy look ?
Straight his own month grew wider as he spoke : “ And now himself he views with like surprize. « Still at his oar th' induftrious Libys plies; “ But, as he plies, each busy arm shrinks in, “ And by degrees is fashion’d to a fin. “ Another, as he catches at a cord, “ Misles his arms, and, tumbling over-board, " With his broad fins and forky tail he laves “ The rising surge, and flounces in the waves, “ Thus all my crew transform’d, around the ship, “ Or dive below, or on the surface leap, “ And spout the waves, and wanton in the deep. " Full nineteen sailors did the ship convey, “ A shole of nineteen dolphins round her play. " I only in my proper shape appear,
Speechless with wonder, and half dead with fear, « Till Bacchus kindly bid me fear no more. 66 With him I landed on the Chian shore, “6 And him fall ever gratefully adore."
“ This forging Alave, says Pentheus, would prevail " O'er our just fury by a far-fetch'd tale ;
“ Go, let him feel the whips, the swords, the fire,
THE DEATH OF PENTHEUS.
But Pentheus, grown more furious than before,
A spacious circuit on the hill there stood,
Pentheus astonish'd heard the dismal sound, And sees the yelling matrons gathering round;
He sees, and weeps at his approaching fate,
By so distinguishing a judgment awd,