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As though 'twere nothing, at their ease,
Have ta'en my public offices.
Ath. I put up with thy wrath; thou wiser art
As older, than I am-yet unto me
Not scantily Zeus the boon of wisdom gave.
At other land, of other tribes arrived,
When 'tis too late, ye will be fond of this;
Thereof I give you warning: time, that flows
Still onward, in his flowing stream, shall bring
Increase of honour for these citizens.
And near the palace of Erectheus, thou
Shalt here obtain an honourable seat,
And shalt such acceptable worship find
From troops of women, and from bands of men,
As no where else in all the world beside.
But cast not on this country bane of blood,
Exciting into rage youth's fiery mood,
Frantic with furious heats not raised by wine :
Nor vexing, as it were, the heart of cocks,
Stir 'mid my citizens intestine War,
That is against his neighbour over-bold.
Let there be foreign war. Ay! let it come,
And welcome that wherein a passionate love
Of glory shall be shown; but for the fight
Of the domestic bird—I'll none of it.
Such choice is thine to make and to obtain,
Good doing, good receiving, to possess
A lot and part in this land loved of Gods.
That I should suffer this ! in age,
Dishonoured, unavenged! oh rage-
I breathe it forth.
Oh earth! oh earth!
What pain is this that pricks my side?
Hear my sharp passion, mother Night!
From me, with many a guileful sleight,
These gods, who rob me and deride,
As though 'twere nothing, at their ease,
Have ta'en my public offices.
Ath. I will not yet be weary of my tale
Of thy advantages —if thou wilt stay.
Thou shalt not say that thou, a goddess old,
By me, a younger, and these citizens
Wert driven from hence-inhospitably driven.
If holy to thy apprehension seems
Persuasion, speaking softly by my voice,
Thou wilt remain ; if thou wilt not remain,
'Twill be unjust to bring upon this people
Thy wrathful fury, indignation, scathe.
'Tis in thy power, an honoured settler here,
To have due worship paid thee evermore.
Chor. What seat, pray, queen Athena, shall I have ?
Ath. One free from all affliction—take it thou.
Chor. Suppose I do, what honour shall be mine?
Ath. That without thee not any house shall thrive.
Chor. Wilt thou effect that I shall have this power ?
Ath. I'll make all right for him who does thee right.
Chor. And wilt thou pledge thyself for all time hence ?
Ath. What I have promised, that I must perform.
Chor. I am nigh soothed, and stand apart from wrath.
Ath. Friends upon earth thou likewise shalt obtain.
Chor. What blessing shall I call upon thy people ?
Ath. Whatever has respect to victory,
That is not mischievous; and this from earth,
And from the sea-dew, and the heavens above,
That the mild breathings of the winds may come,
While the bright sun shines clearly, o'er the land ;
That earth's fruit and increase of animals
May ever for my citizens abound
In due succession ; also that there be
No blight of the unborn of human kind.
But with all evil-doers be as fierce
As the case needs. For, like a husbandman,
My sole affection I reserve for those
That bear good fruit, so that the just may be
Exempt from sorrow. Let this be thy part.
It shall be mine to give them high renown-
I could not bear to have it otherwise-
In bold achievements and exploits of war.
I will accept a dwelling-place
With Pallas, nor will I disgrace
With aught of ill a city, where
The mightiest Zeus and Mars appear,
As in a sacred bulwark dwelling,
The bulwark of the Grecian gods :
But I with power all spells excelling
A blessing call on these abodes.
Let the sun's clear-shining light
Make to spring from out the earth,
Bloom of gladness to the sight,
Every sort of happy birth.
Ath. With good will for my people, settling here
These mighty goddesses, of mood severe,
I soothed and reconciled them : theirs the charge
To exercise control o'er men at large.
Happy who feels them not, he nothing knows
Of life's worst bitterness and sharpest woes.
But from the sires, who grievously offend,
The curse of sin doth to their sons descend;
When life and life's delights the fond man calls
His own, and boasts—the silent ruin falls.
Let there be no blight of trees,
For the buds no scorching blast ;
Never by the black disease
Be the landmarks overpast.
Let the flocks increase in season,
And with twin births ever go;
And the people, as is reason,
Praise the gods who bless them 80.
Ath. Hear ye what gifts she doth in fact dispen
For mighty is the mystic influence
Of dread Érinnys, both within the portals
Of Hades, and among the blest Immortals.
She doth discharge her ministry assigned
With most effectual power among mankind;
Some with a life of joyful song she cheers ;
To some she gives a life bedimmed with tears.
I forbid untimely doom-
Let the virgins in their bloom
Be to fitting partners wed:
Look to this, my sisters dread,
Fates ! whom my own mother bore,
Ye, who claim the lordship o'er
Men's affairs in all their course,
And from whom, as from their source,
All their blessings ever flow,
All the good the righteous know.
Ath. Hearing these friendly blessings I rejoice,
And love Persuasion's eyes, who tuned my voice,
Enabling me to turn their wrath aside,
When they had fiercely my request denied.
But Zeus prevails : the power of Mercy still
Predominates—good doth o'ermaster ili.
Here let Faction never roar,
Which no mischiefs e'er can sate ;
Let the dust not drink the gore
Shed by fierce intestine hate :
Let them love as brethren should,
And one hatred only know;
Let them love the common good,
Let them hate the common foe. .
Ath. Has she not now the way of blessing found?
Much good shall to my people hence redound.
Pay ye these awful goddesses the meed
Of honour due, and through your lives succeed :
So shall they ever keep the just in sight,
And crown with blessing those who do the right.
Rejoice ye in your wealth profuse,
And in the sheltering power of Zeus,
All ye that sit his shadow near,
Beloved of his Daughter dear;
For those she shelters with her wing,
Find favour with the awful King.
[Athena stations herself at the head of the Chorus in t
orchestra, where they are joined by the Escort of rea
males with torches.
Ath. Rejoice ye likewise: I your way must show :
Now by the light of these attendants go;
And while the victims bleed, descend, descend!
Bless ye my people, and from ill defend.
Lead ye, my friends, these settlers to their seat ?
And yours, my citizens, be good complete !
All ye that in the city of Pallas dwell,
Ye gods and mortals, once again, farewell I
If with well-doing ye my place respect,
I your well-being never will neglect.
Ath. Your blessings I approve ; and I will send
These, who my altars faithfully attend,
With light of blazing torches as your guides
To those dark clefts where only gloom resides,
And subterranean darkness. A bright band,
The ornament and glory of the land,
Old men and young, the matron and the maid,
Shall issue forth in purple robes arrayed.
Come forth, thou band of honour ! let the light
Of torches gladly beam with flashes bright,
In order that these visitants be known
Hereafter for good-will to mortals shown.
Edinburgh: Printed by Ballantyne and Hughes, Paul's Work,
A SPACE of time of less than a plainly been maintaining, for some time week's duration, has recently presented past, but a lingering existence, volunus in this country with a succession of tarily resigned, placing their resignapublic events of absorbing interest and tion on the ground that the result of momentous importance. They have the division upon the Jamaica Bill been said to involve, in a material showed that they did not possess the point, the power and position of royalty confidence of the House of Commons, itself: they unquestionably concern, and consequently could not continue in no ordinary degree, the government the management of public affairs with of the country, and the progress and advantage to the country. In the prospects of the contending political Upper House, Lord Melbourne admitparties or principles into which na- ted that the vote of the previous eventional opinion is divided; and they af- ing was “ not only necessarily fatal fect, in the nearest manner, the ho to the ultimate success of that great nour and character of the political measure, but that it also does, with men who have on either side been en- sufficient clearness and distinctness, gaged in them. This last considera indicate such a want of confidence on tion may, indeed, be of less weight the part of a great proportion of that than the rest ; but it is yet a matter House of Parliament, as to render it of the utmost moment to us all, not on impossible that we should continue to personal but on public grounds, that administer the affairs of her Majesty's we should thoroughly know whether Government in a manner that can be the men who are to carry on the great beneficial to the country." In the business of government on the one House of Commons, Lord John Rushand, or of the control over govern- sell's statement, to the same effect, was ment on the other, are animated by made in these terms:-" In continuing principles of patriotism and inte. in the administration of affairs, not grity, or are prompted to action only having, as we think we have not, a by reckless ambition or sordid interest. sufficient degree of confidence and sup
The singular and important events port to carry on those affairs efficiently to which we refer, have passed before in this House, we should be exposing us with such rapidity, that, as a preli- to jeopardy the colonial empire of this minary to any remarks on the late country, many of whose colonies are, changes of administration, it may be I will not say in a state of hazard, but well to prefix a short outline of the in which questions of considerable imfacts in the order of their occurrence, portance are pending. Hitherto her confining ourselves to matters which Majesty's Ministers have thought cannot be disputed.
themselves justified in continuing in On the 7th of May, the Adminis. the administration of affairs, supported tration of Lord Melbourne, which had as we were by the confidence of the vol. XLV. NO. CCLXXXIY,