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Then down her Throat the Death securely throws, And quaffs a long Oblivion of her Woes.
This done, she mounts the Genial Bed, and there (Her Body first compos’d with honest Care) Attends the welcome Reft: Her Hands yet hold Close to her Heart, the Monumental Gold; Nor farther Word the spoke, but clos’a her Sight, And quiet, fought the Covert of the Night.
The Damféls,who the while in Silence mourn'd, Not knowing, nor suspecting Death fubornd, Yet, as their Duty was, to Tancréd sent, Who, conscious of th’Occasion, fear'd th’Event. Alarm’d, and with prefaging Heart he came, And drew the Curtains, and expos'd the Dame To loathsom Light: then with a late Relief Made vain Efforts, to mitigate her Grief.: She, what she could, excluding Day, hér Eyes Kept firmly feald, and sternly thus replies.
Tancred, restrain thy Tears, unfought by me, And Sorrow, unavailing now to thee: Did ever Mán before affli& his Mind, To see th’Effect of what himself defign'd?
Yet if thou hast remaining in thy Heart
The Prince's Anguish hinder'd his Reply:
Thus she for Disobedience justly dy'd; The Sire was justly punish'd for his Pride:
The Youth, least guilty, suffer'd for th’Offence
Baucis and Philemon,
Out of the Eighth Book of
O v. Id's Metamorphoses.
The Author, pursuing the Deeds of Theseus, re
lates how He, with his Friend Perithous, were invited by Achelous, the River-God, to stay with him, till bis Waters were abated, Achelous entertains them with a Relation of his own Love to Perimele, who was changʻd into an Island by Neptune, at his Requeft. Perithous, being an Atheist, derides the Legend, and denies the Power of the Gods, to work that Miracle. Lelex, another Companion of Theseus, to confirm the Story of Achelous, relates another Metamorphosis of Baucis and Philemon, into Trees; of which he was partly an Eye-witness.
HUS Achelous ends: His. Audience
hear With Admiration, and admiring,
fear The Pow'rs of Heav'n; except Ixion's Son, Who laugh'd at all the Gods, believ'd in none: He shook his impious Head, and thus replies, These Legends are no more than pious Lies:
: You attribute too much to Heav'nly Sway, To think they give us Forms, and take away.
The rest of better Minds, their Sense declar'd Against thiş Doctrine, and with Horror heard. Then Lelex rose, an old experienc'd Man, And thus with fober Gravity began; Heav’ps Pow'r is Infinite: Earth, Air, and Sea, The Manufacture Mass, the making Pow'r obey : By Prooftoclear your Doubt; in Phrygian Ground Two neighb?ring Trees, with Walls
, encompassid round, Stand on a mod’rate Rise, with Wonder hown, One a hard Oak, a softer Linden one: