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Then down her Throšt the Death securely throws, And quaffs a long Oblivion of her Woes.
This done, the 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 subord, Yet, as their Duty was, to Tancréd Tent 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, her Eyes Kept firmly feaľd, 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
The Author, pursuing the Deeds of Theseus, re
lates how He, with bis 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 chang'd into an Island by Neptune, at his Request. 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 whicb 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 Şon, Who ļaugh'd at all the Gods, believ'd in none: He shook his įmpiqus Head, and thus replies, These Legends are no more than pious Lies: You attribute too much to Heay’nly Sway, To think they give us Forms, and take away.
The rest of better Minds, their Sense declar'd Against this Doctrine, and with Horror heard. Then Lelex rose, an old experienc'd Man, And thus with fober Gravity began, Heav’ņş Pow'r is Infinite: Earth, Air, and Sea, The Manufa&ure Mass, the making Pow's obey : By Proofto clear your Doubt; inPhrygian 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;