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Friday, the fatal Day, when next it came,
[the Plain. And two Ghosts join their Packs to hunt her o'er
This dreadful Image fo possess’d her Mind, That desp'rate any Succour else to find, She ceas'd all farther hope; and now began To make reflection on th' unhappy Man. Rich,Brave, and Young, who past expression lov'd, Proof to Disdain ; and not to be remov'd: Of all the Men respected and admir’d, Of all the Dames, except her self, desir’d. Why not of her? Preferr'd above the rest By him with Knightly Deeds, and Love
[dress’d. 1 So had another been; where he his Vows ad- j This quell’d her Pride, yet other Doubts remain’d, That once disdaining she might be disdain'd. The Fear was just, but greater Fear prevaild, Fear of her Life by Hellish Hounds assaild: He took a low’ring leave; but who can tell, What outward Hate, might inward Love conceal?
Her Sexes Arts she knew, and why not then,
One Maid she had, belov'd above the rest,
the Woman off, and stood reveal'd: With Faults confess’d commission'd her to go, If Pity yet had place, and reconcile her Foe: The welcome MeíTage made, was soon receiv'd; 'Twas what he wish’d, and hop'd, but scarcebe
Fate seem'd a fair Occasion to present,
But she with such a Zeal the Cause embrac'd,
By her Example warn'd, the rest beware ;
Ceyx and Alcyone .
Connection of this Fable with the former.
Ceyx, the Son of Lucifer (the Morning Star) and
King of Trachin in Thessaly, was married to Alcyone Daughter to Æolus God of the Winds. Both the Husband and the Wife lov'd each other with an entire Affection. Dædalion, the Elder Brother of Ceyx (whom he succeeded) having been turn’d into a Falcon by Apollo, and Chione, Dædalion's Daughter, sain by Diana, Ceyx prepares a Ship to fail to Claros there to consult the Oracle of Apollo, and (as Ovid seems to intimate) to enquire how the Anger of the Gods might be atton'd.
HESE Prodigies affect the pious
Tell me,my Lord, she said, what Fault unknown Thy once belov'd Alcyone has done? Whither, ah whither is thy Kindness gone! Can Ceyx then sustain to leave his Wife, And unconcern'd forsake the Sweets of Life?