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To Thesca person he was ever near; As thou shalt guide my wand'ring feet to find Aal Theas, for his virtues, held him dear. The fragrant greens I seek, my brows to bind.

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Itray'd, MEIE Arcite lives in bliss, the story turas Till fate, or fortune, near the place convey'd Face borstels Palaron in prison mourns. His iteps where secret Palamon was laid. fa kong years immur'd, the captive knight Full little thought of him the gentle knight,

: ,? La liberty and lose at once he bore :

In brakes and horambles hid, and founning morHis prior pa'd bin much, his passion more: tal light; Nazdare: be hepe bis fetters to remove,

And less he knew him for his hated foe, NGERI to be free from love.

But fear'd him as a man he did not know. But when the fixed revolving year was run, But as it has been said of ancient years, A3 May sthin the Twins receiv'd the sun,

That fields are full of eyes, and woods have ears; Wæ it by Caks, ar forceful destiny,

For this the wise are ever on their guard ; Vich fortes in cries first whate'er ihall be, For unforeseen, they say, is unprepar'd. Aded by a friend, one moonless night, Uncautious Arcite thought himleif alone, I Panga from prison took his right:

And less than all suspected Palamon, Triatzat bet’rage ke prepar'd before Who list ning heard him, while he search'd the

te:29d boney, mix'd with added store And loudly lung his roundelay of love ; (grove, spen; to his keeper this he brought, But on the sudden stopp'd, and silent stood, Na teziowd anaware the sleepy draught,

As lovers often mule, and chauge their mood; berid secure till morn, his fenfes bound Now high as heaven, and then as low as hell;

este, and in long oblivion drown'd. Now up, now down, as buckets in a well; rat night, and careful Palamon For Venus, like her day, will change her cheer,

next covert ere the rising sun. And seldom thall we fee a Friday clear. Estered forest near the city lay, Thus, Arcite, having sung, with alter'd hue että kengthen I strides he took his way Sunk on the ground, and from his bosom drew er be could not fly, and feard the day) || A desporate ligh, accusing Heaven and Fate, une pursuit, he meant to thun the light, And angry Juno's unrelenting hate. te brown shadows of the friendly night

Curz'd be the day when first I did appear! Ekebes might favour his intended flight. Let it be blotted from the calendar, [year,

to his country come, his next design Left it pollute the month, and poison all the ) a be Theban race in arms to join,

Still will the jealous Queen pursue our race? * on Theseus, till he lost his life, Cadmus is dead, the Theban city was : ra the beauteous Emily to wife.

Yet ceases not her hate; for all who come while his thoughts the ling'ring daybeguile, From Cadmus are involv'd in Cadmus' doom. atle Arcite let us turn our Ityle ; I fuller for my blood: unjuft decree ! este dream d how nigh he was to care, That pushes another's crime on me. terborogs fortune caught him in the snare. In me?n estate I ferve my mortal foe, anaing-lark, the metenger of day, The man who caus'd my country's overthrow. ed in her long the morning grey;

This is not all; for Juno, to my shame, hen the fun arose with beams to bright, Fas fored me to forsake my former name; ehieborizon laugh'd to leerhe joyous right; Arcite I was, Philostratus í am. evith his tepid rays the rofc renews,

That Iide of heaven is all my enemy; aki tbedrooping leaves,and dries the dews; \:rs ruind Tliebes

, his mother ruin'd me. deite left his bed, resolv'd to pay Of all the royal race remains but one Teace ty the month of merry May: Belides my leli, th' unhappy Palamon,

con bis fiery steed betimes he rede, Whom Theseus holds in bonds,andwill not free; deze he feein'd, and, prancing o'er the plains, Yet these, and all the relt, I could endure;

Tely prints the turf on which he trod: Without a crime, except his kin to me. und only to the grove his horse's reins, Dut Love's a malady without a cure;

surve I nam'd before ; and, lighted there, Fierce Love has pierc'd me with his fiery dart ; sebine garland fought to crown his hair; He fires within, and hisses

at my heart. tum d his face againit the riling day, Your eyes, fair Emily, my fate pursue; risid his voice to welcome in the May. I futter for the rest

, í die for you. for the, Sweetmonth, the groves green liveries of such a Goddess no time leaves record,

bort the first, the fairelt of the year: [wear; Who burn d the temple where the was ador'd: Ethee the Graces lead the dancing hours, And let it bury, I never will complain ; When thy short reign is past, the feverish sur of Nature's ready pencil paints the flow'rs: Pleas d with my futt'rings

, if you knew my pain.

: His ears ring inward, and his tenfes fail-a. a may thy tender blossoms fear no blight, No word mits d Palamon of all he fpoke, goats with venom'd teeth thy tendrils bite, But soon to deadly pale he chang'd his look:

He

He trembled every limb, and felt a finart, And thinks, here comes my mortal enem
As if cold steel had glided through his lieart; And either be must fall in fight, or I:
No longer staid; but, starting froin bis place, This while he thinks, he lifts aloft his da
Discover'd stood, and thew'd his hostile face. A gen'rous chilnefs seizes ev'ry part; (b
Falle traitor, Arcite, traitor to thy blood, The veins pour back the blood, and fortify
Bound by thy facred 01th to leek my good, Thus pale theymeet, their eyeswith fury
Now art ihou found forsworn for Emily, None greets, for none the greeting will re
And darit attempt her love for whom I die. But in dumb furliness each arm'd with c
So haft thou cheated Theseus with a wile, His fue protest, as brother of the war:
Again't thy vów, returning to beguile Then both, no moment loft, at once adv;
Under a borrow'd name; as falte to me, Against each other, arın'd with two dand
So talle thou art to him who let thee free: They laslı, they foin, they país, they trivet
But re't allurid that eitber thou shalt die, Their corslets, and the thinnest parts exp
Or elle renounce thy claim in Emily:

Thus two long hours in equal arms they For though unarmid lam, and (freed hy chance) And wounded, wound; till both were báti Ain here without nyy lword or pointed lance, And not a foot of ground had either got, (b Hope not, bale man, unquestion d hence to go; As if the world depended on the spot. For I ani Palamon, thy mortal foe.

Fell Arcite like an angry tiger fard, Arcite, wiro heard his tale, and knew the man, And like a lion Palamon appear’d: His (word unsheath'd, and fiercely thus began: Or as two boars whom love to battle drav Now by the Gods who govern heaven above, With rising bristles, and with frothy jaws Wert thou not weak with hunger, mad with Their adverse breaits with tulks oblique love,

wound, That word had been thy last, or in this grove With grunts and groans the forest rings a This hand thould force thee to renounce thylove, So fought the knights, and figbting must The surety which I gave thee, I dety:

Tillfate an umpire tends their dift'rencetak Fool, not to know that love endores no tie; The pow'r that ministers to God's decret And Jove but la::ghs at lovers' perjury. And executes on earth what Heaven fore Know, I will serve the fair in tiy defpite; Calld providence, or chance, or fatal (wa But since thou art my kinsman and a knight, Comeswith reliltless force, and finds or mal Here, have my faith, to-morrow in this grove Nor kings, nor nations, nor united pow'r, Our arms thuil plead the titles of our love: One moment can retard th' appointed ho And leaven to help my right, as I alone And fome one day some wond'rous chan Will come, and keep thie caule and quarrel both peirs, unknown,

Which bappend not in centuries of year With arins of proof both for myself and thee; For sure whate'er we mortals hate, or lov Choole thou the best, and leave the worst to me. Or hope, or feil, depends on pow'rs abur And, that a better cife thou mayit abide, They move our appetites to good or ill, Bedding and clothes I will this night provide, And by forevight neceflitate the will. And nedtil tuttenance, that thou mayit be In Theicus this appears, whole youthful, À conquelt betier won, and worthy me. Was beait: ot chace in foreits to destroy His promite Palamon accepts; but pray'd This gentle knight, inspir'd by jolly May To keep it better than the firit he made. Forfouk his easy coach at early day, Thus fair they parted till the morrow's dawn; And to the wood and wiids pursued bis v For each lad laid his plighted faith to pawn. Belide him rode llippolita the queen, Oh Love! thou fternly dott thy pow'r maintain, / And Emily attirid in lively green, And wilt not hear a rival in thy reign; With horns, and hounds, and all the tuneft Tyrants and thou all fellowship disdain. To hunt a royal bart within the covert ni This was in Arcite prov'd, and Palamon; And as be follow'd Mars before, so now Both in defpair, yet each would love alone. He ierves the sunddeis of the silver how. Arcite return'd, and, as in honour tied, The way that I heleus took was to the wo His foe with bedding and with food supplied ; Where the two knigbes in cruel baile son Then, ere the day, two iuits of armour fought, The lawn on which they tought, ta' appo Which borne before him on bisitced he brouglie: plice Both were of thining ieel, and wrought to pure, in which the uncoupled hoands begin the As might the it rokes of two fuch arins endure. Thieler för: h-right' he rode to roule the p Now at the time, and in th' appointed place, that ibaded by the fern in harbour lay. The challenger and challengd, face to face, And, thence dislodg'd, was wont to la Approach ; each other from afar they knew,

wood And from afar their batred chang'd their lue. For open nelds, and cross the crystal . So itinds the Thracian herdiinan with his spear Approach'd, and looking under th thi Full in the gap, and hopes the hynted bear; He law proud Arcite and fierce immon And hears him ruftling in the wood, and fees In morial battie doublin, bow on flow, his courle at distance by the bending trees ; Like lightning ram'deliers tunich.cos to all

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10:44nfugleun; foftrong they struck, By Mars, the patron of my arms, you die.
Tengt es torce equir'd to tell an oak: He faid; dumb forrow seiz'd the standers-by.
Hero warder on their equal might, The queen above the rest, by nature good
Bar 5*07, but knew not either knight: (The pattern form'd of perfect womanhood),

sio kamn, he fourt'd his fiery iteed For tender pity wept: when the began,

zowels to provoke his speed. | Thro' the bright quire th'infectious virtue ran. 2de ended that he can the race, All dropp'd their tears, ev'n the contended ** betwixt thedi on the place;

muid; woni unheath'd, on pain of life, And thus among themselves they softly faid: Czas to coinbutants to ceas their ituite: What eyes can luffer this unworthy light:

lar.xious tone pursues his threarm Two youths of royal blood, renown'd in fight, W: wins in arms together met? The maitership of heaven in face and mind, 6238 pride presume ageinst my iwws, And lovers far beyond their faithlefs kind: * zield, to fight your cause? See their wide streaming wounds; they neither kawal grant, no marmally,

came mites require, nor judge to try! Tor pride of empire, nor defire of fame. .-2, with carce recover'd breath, Kings fight for kingdoms, madmen for applause: poke : We both deserve the death, But love for love alone; that crowns the lover's

akcie; torlook the world aronnd, caule, Barbaricced is not to be found : This thought, which ever bribes the beauteous

giord; encumber'd with the charge, Such pity wrought in ev'ry lady's mind, [kind, legis set th' imprison'd loul at large. They left their iteeds, and, prostrate on the place, court a jov'reign judge, decree From thefierceking implor'd the offenders'grace. indoom of death to him and me; He paus'd awhile, stood silent in his mood

sind thy grace, for grace is cruelty.) (For yet his rage was boiling in his blood); Eco kill me firtt, and cure my woe; But icon bis tender mind th' impression felt,

eta tbe sword of justice on my foe : (As foftest metals are not flow to melt,
Es wirft ; for when his name is heard, And pity foonest runs in softeft minds):

will receive his due reward. Then reasons with himself; and firft he finds 2Thebes is he, thy mortal foe, His passion cast a mist before his fenfe, ... by grace did liberty bestow; And either made or magnified th' offence. two itd, that if ever found Offence? of what? to whom? who judgd the igat upon th' Athenian ground,

cause? klu nay the forfeit; see return'd The prisoner freed liimself by nature's laws : thrighi, hisoath and honour scorn'd. Born free, he fought his right: the man lie freed

* Ww, with a borrow'd naine Was perjur'd; but his love excus'd the deer: *** service, to thy palace came, Thus pond'ring, he look 'it under with his eye:,

Pbiloftratus ; retain'd by thee, And law the women's tears, and heari their ext, and in high degree,

cries,
the bed of beauteous Emily. S Which mov'd compassion more: he shook his
Suns; from Thebes my birth I own, And, foftly fighing, to liimself he faid: [head,
*ope th' unhappy Palamon. Curse on th' unpardoning prince, whom tears
z cct like that man; fince no disgrace

can draw
e se to renounce the honour of my To no remorte, who rules by lions' law;

And de.if to prayers, by no submission bow'd, *** what I am : I broke my chain, Rends all alike, the penitent and proud!

asid I thy pris'ner to remain : At this with look lerene, he rais'd his head: *** liberty with life is given; Reawn refuni'd her place, and passion fied:

leif th' interior gift of Heaven. Then thus aloud he ipoke: The pow'r of love, ist crime I ded; but further know, In earths, and feas, and air, and heaven above, - Arcite am thy mortal fue :

Rules, unrelisted, with an awful nod; at the death, lince I thy life pursue; By daily miracles declar'd a Gud:

st of tny self, death is my due. He blinds the wile, gives eye-right to the blind;
alt thou know? I love bright Emily, and moulds and itamps anew the lover's mind.
her take and in her light will die: Beliold that Arcite, and this Palamon,
* y rival too; for hę no leis

Freed trom my letters, and in lafety gone, and Ithy righteous doom will bless, What hinder il tither in their native soil ***L: what i lole he never shall poffefs.') Aceale to reap the harvest of their toil;

3xl the stern Athenian prince, But Love, their lord, did otherwise ordain,
- lill-In owning your offence, and brought them in their own despite again,
perurself; and I but keep record

To fuiter death delery'it; for well they know **u*, while you pro:ounce the word 'Tis in my pow's, and I their dead! v foc; leert

, the death you have decreed; The proverb hoids, that ro be wise ridiure, • Hatson, and ratily the deed: Is hardly granted ww the Gods alata

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See how the madmen bleed : behold the gains The whole assembled troop was pleas'd as
With which their master, Love, rewards their Extol th' award, and on their knees the
For seven long years, on duty ev'ry day, (pains; To blefs the gracious king. The knigh
Lo their obedience, and their monarch's pay: leave
Yet, as in duty bound, they serve him on; Departing from the place, his last comma
And, alk the fools, they think it wisely done; On Emily with equal ardour look,
Nor ease, nor wealth, nor life itself regard, And from her eyes their inspiration took
For 'tis their maxim, love is love's reward. From thence to Thebes’oldwalls pursue the
This is not all; the fair for whom they ftrove Each to provide his champions for the d
Nor knew before, nor could suspect, their love; It might be deemd, on our historian':
Nor thought, when she beheld the fight from far, or too much negligence, or want of art
Her beauty was the occasion of the war. If he forgot the vast magnificence
But sure a gen'ral doom on man is past, Of ro; al Theseus, and his large expence
And all are fools and lovers first or Jaft: He first inclos'd for lists a level ground,
This both by others and myself I know,

The whole circumference a mile around; For I have serv'd their sov'reign long ago; The form was circular; and all without Oft have been caught within the winding train A trench was sunk, to moat the place ab or female snares, and felt the lover's pain, Within an amphitheatre appear'd, And learn'd how farthe God can human heartsRais'd in degrees, to fixty paces reard: constrain.

That, when a man was plac'd in one de To this remembrance, and the pray'rs of those Height was allow'd for him above to see Who for th' offending warriors interpose, Eastward was built a gate of marble u I give their forfeit lives ; on this accord, The like adorn'd the western opposite. To do me homage as their sov’reign lord; A nobler object than this fabric was And as my vallals, to their utmolt might, Rome never faw, nor of lo vast a space : Alift my person, and assert my right. For, rich with spoils of many a conquer Thisfreelysworn,theknights their grace obtain'd, All arts and artists Theseus could comma Then thus theking his secret thoughtsexplaind: Who sold for hire, or wrought for better If wealth, or honour, or a royal race, The master-painters and the carvers cam Or each, or all, may win a lady's grace, So rose within the compass of the year Then either of you knights may well deserve An age's work, a glorious theatre. A princess born; and such is the you serve: Then o'er its eastern gate was rais'd abo For Emily is filter to the crown,

A temple, facred to the queen of love; And but too well to both her beauty known: An altar stood below: on either la d But should you combat till you both were dead, A priest with roses crown'd, who held a Two lovers cannot share a lingle bed:

The dome of Mars was on the gate op As therefore botlı are equal in degree, And on the north a turret was inclos'd, The lot of both be left to destiny.

Within the wall of alabaster white, Now hear the award, and happy inay it prove And criniran coral for the queen of niz To ber, and him who belt deserves her love! Who takes in fylvan sports her chaste del Depart from hence in peace, and free as air Within thelé oratories might you see Search the wide world, and where you please Rich carvings, portraitures, and image? repair;

Where e'ery figure to the life exprels'd But on the day when this returning fun The godheid's pow'r to whom it was add To the same point through ev'ry sign has run, In Venus' temple, on the sides were leen Then each ofynu his hundred knights shall bring, The broken fiumbers of enamour'd men, In royal lifts, to fight before the king; Pray’rs that e'en spoke, and pity seem di Andihen the knight whom fate or happy chance and illuing tighs that smok'd along the Shall with his friends to victo y advance, Complaints, and hot desires, the lover's ! And grace his arms so far in equal tight And Icalding tears that wore a channelwher From out the bars to force his oppolite,

fell : Or kill, or make him recreant on the plain, And all around were nuptial bonds, the t The prize of valour and of love fhail gain; Of love's afiurance, and a train of lies, The vanquish'd party all their claim release, That, made in luft, conclude in perjuries And the long jar3 conclude in lasting peace. Beauty, and youth, and wealth, and luxu! Techarge be mine t'adorn the cholen ground, And sprightly hope, and short-enduring The theatre of war, for champions so renown'd, And forceries to raise th' infernal pow'ra, And take the patron's place of either knight, And sigils fram'd in planetary hours : With eyes impartial to behold the fight : Expence, and after-thought, and idle can And heaven of me fujudge as I shall judge aright! And doubts of motley hue, 'ana dark del I hath are fatisfied with this accord, Suspicions, and fantastical surmise, Si ear by the laws of knighthood on my sword. And jealousy fuffus'd with jaundice in her Who now but Pilzmon exults with joy? Discolouring all the view'd, in tawny dret Adigvith'd Arcite seems to touch the sky; Down-icok d, and with a cuckow on her

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Dype'd taker, on tother side advance Thence issued such a blast and hollow roar, Tk cal feat, the carol, and the dance, As threaten'd from the binge to heave the dogr. Metal and music, poctry and play, In through that doora northern light there shone; Alles by night, and tournaments by day. 'Twas allit had, for windows there were none. Alice were painted on the wall, and more ; The gate was adamant ; eternal frame! Folas and monuments of times before: Which, hew'd by Mars himself, from Indian Anal ethers added by prophetic doom,

quarries came, And levens yet unborn, and loves to come: The labour of a Gods and all-along Fue there th Malian mount and Citheron, Tough iron plates were clench'd to make it The court d Venus was in colours drawn: A tun about was ev'ry-pillar there ; [itrong. Before the pbce gate, in careless dress, A polith'd mirror phone not half so clear.

There faw I how the secret felon wrought, Theie, by the lount, Narcissus pind alone; And treafon laboring in the traitor's thought ; There Somplen es, with wiser Solomon, And midwife Time the ripend plot to murder And all the mighty names by Love undone. S brought.

Nede's charms were there, Circean feasts, There the red anger dar'd the pallid fear ; Welkorlathattun'denamour' dyouthstobeafts, Next stood hypocrify with holy leer,

on nigte beseen, that beauty, wealth, and wit, Soft smiling, and demurely looking down, Pored puses, to the pow'r of love submit: But hid the dagger underneath the gown..

The reading fnare for ail mankind is laid: Th'affaffinating wife, the household fiend; Ell lovers all betray, and are betray d.

And, far the blackest there, the traitor friend. Godefo felf some noble hand hadwrought; On t' other side, there.fedd deftruction bare, desdeferm'd, and full of pleasing thought: Unpunith'd rapine, and-a-waste of war; band'the ruffed seasand clear'dthe skies; And all with blood bespread the holy lawn.

de brine all bare above the breaft, Loud menaces were heard, and foul disgrace, te geen waves but ill conceal'd the reit; And bawling infamy, in language bale ; eta beld; and on her head was seen

Till sense was lost in found, and silence Aed Breath of roses red, and myrties green;

the placer og turtles fannd the buxoin air above,

The Payer of himself yet saw I there, by his mother, stood an infant Love, The gore congealid was elotted in his hair : sags unfedgd, his eyes were banded With eyes

balfclos'd and gaping mouth he lay, nisa bow, his back a quiver bore, [o'er;? And grim as when he breath'd his fullen foul and with arrows bright and keen, a leadly in midtt of all the dome misfortune fat, (away.

a the dome of mighty Mars the red And madnets laugliing in his ireful mood; tidig rent figures all the fides were

spread; And arın'd complaint on theft, and cries of blood. temple

, less in forin, with equal grace, There was the murder'd corpfe, in covert laid, mitative of the first in Thrace :

And violent death in thousand Abapes display'd: that cold region was the lov'd abode, The city to the soldier's rage refignd; Se for reign manfion, of the warrior god. Succefsless wars, and poverty behind:

e landscape was a forest wide and bare; Ships burnt in fight, or forc'd on rocky shores,

for beither beast nor human kind repair ; And the ralh hunter strangled by the boars : oferol, that fcent afar, the borders fly;

The new-born babe, by nurses overlaid ; (made. hun the bitter blast, andwheel about thesky. And the cook caught within the raging fire h set of fcurf lies baking on the ground; All'ills of Mars's nature, flame and steel;

; The gasping charioteer beneath the wheel wide with knots and knares deformod and of his own car: the ruin'd house that falls

, des the most, and hideous to behold:

And intercepts her lord betwixt the walls;

The whole division that to Mars pertains; telling tempest through the branches' went, All trades of death that deal in steel for gains Thus tripp'd them bare, and one fole way they were there: the butcher, armourer, and smith,

Who forges sharpen'd faulchions, or the scythe. and through the crystal vault appear'd the With thouts and soldiers' acclamations grac'd: came froze aboye severe, the clouds congeal, The scarlet conqueft on a tow'r was plac'd,

head Threat'ning from high, and overlook'd thewood. There faw. I Mars's ides, the capitol,

wa the face without : a morntain food Sultain a but by a llender twine of thread. Beneath the low ring brow, and on a bent, The frame of burnish'd steel, that cast a glare And Anthony, who lost the world for love. The temple stood of Mars armipotent:

The seer in vain foretelling Cæsar's fall;

The last triumvirs, and the wars they move, from far, and feemd to than the freezing air. There, and a thousand more, the fane adorn ; A Araightlong entry to the temple led,

Their fates were painted ere the men were Blind with high walls, and horror over head:

born,

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