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Apollo from his shrine - 176
Can no more divine,
With hollow shriek the sleep of Delphos leaving.
No nightly trance, or breathed spell
Inspiresthepale-ey'd priest from the propheticcell. 18o
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The lonely mountains o'er,
And the resounding shore,
A voice of weeping heard and loud lament;
From haunted spring, and dale
Edg’d with poplar pale, - 185
The parting Genius is with sighing sent;
With flowr-inwoven tresses torn (mourn.
The Nymphs in twilight shade of tangled thickets
XXI.
In consecrated earth,
And on the holy hearth, 190
The Lars, and Lemures moan with midnight plaint;
In urns, and altars round,
A drear and dying sound
Affrights the Flamens at their service quaint;

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Peor and Baalim
Forsake their temples dim, -
With that twice batter'd God of Palestine;
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The Lybic Hammon shrinks his horn, (mourn.

In vain the Tyrian maids their wounded Thammuz XXIII.

And sullen Moloch fled, 2O5

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Nor all the Gods beside,

Longer dare abide, 225 Not Typhon huge ending in snaky twine:

Our babe to show his Godhead true,

Can in his swadling bands controll the damned crew.

XXVI. So when the sun in bed,

Curtain'd with cloudy red, 230 Pillows his chin upon an orient wave,

The flocking shadows pale

Troop to th’ infernal jail,
Each fetter'd ghost slips to his several grave,

And the yellow-skirted Fayes 235 Fly after the night-sleeds, leaving their moon-lov'd XXVII. (maze.

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His Godlike acts, and his temptations fierce,
And former sufferings other where are found; 225

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And here though grief my feeble hands up lock, 45 Yet

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