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Time favours too. Till Agis be return'd, We cannot act. Indulge thy eager search. Here will I wait, a centinel unmov’d, To watch thy coming. In exploring haste Th' impatient Thespian penetrates the cave. He finds it bounded by a steep ascent Of rugged steps; where down the hollow rock A modulation clear, distinct, and slow In movement solemn from a lyric string, Dissolves the stagnant air to sweet accord With these sonorous lays. Celestial maids ! While, from our cliffs contemplating the war, We celebrate our heroes, O impart Orphean magic to the pious strain!.. That from the mountain we may call the groves, Swift motion through these marble fragments breathe To overleap the high Etæan ridge, And crush the fell invaders of our peace. ::
The animated heró upward springs Light, as a kindled vapour, which, confin'd In subterranean cavities, at length Pervading, rives the surface to enlarge The long-imprison'd flame. Ascending soon, He sees, he stands abash'd, then rev'rend kneels.
An aged temple with insculptur'd forms Of Jove's harmonious daughters, and a train Of nine bright virgins, round their priestess rang'd, Who stood in awful majesty, receive ... , His unexpected feet. The song is hush?d. The measur'd movement on the lyric chord
In faint vibration dies. The priestess sage,
I should reprove thee, inadvertent youth,
A golden eagle on my shield I bear,
Art thou possessor of that glorious orb,
Lam of Thespia, Dithyrambus nam’d, The son of Harmatides. Snatch'd by fate, . He to his brother, and my second sire, ... Demophilus, consign'd me. Thespia's sons .
By him are led. : His dictates I obey,
None more entitled, interpos’d the dame.
Whose pointed crags are softend to the sight
FROM THE EPISODE OF TERIBAZUS AND ARIANA.
AMID the van of Persia was a youth,
While on the banks of Ganges they disclos'd The pow'rs of nature, whether in the woods, The fruitful glebe, or flow'r, the healing plant, The limpid waters, or the ambient air, Or in the purer element of fire. The realm of old Sesostris next he view'd, Mysterious Egypt with her hidden rites Of Isis and Osiris. Last he sought * Th’ Ionian Greeks, from Athens sprung, nor pass'd Miletus by, which once in rapture heard The tongue of Thales, nor Priene's walls, Where wisdom dwelt with Bias, nor the seat Of Pittacus, rever'd on Lesbian shores.
Th' enlighten'd youth to Susa now return’d, Place of his birth. His merit soon was dear To Hyperanthes. It was now the time, That discontent and murmur on the banks Of Nile were loud and threat’ning. Chembes there The only faithful stood, a potent lord, Whom Xerxes held by promis'd nuptial ties With his own blood. To this Egyptian prince Bright Ariana was the destin'd spouse, From the same bed with Hyperanthes born. Among her guards was Teribazus nam'd By that fond brother, tender of her weal.
Th’Egyptian boundaries they gain. They hear Of insurrection, of the Pharian tribes In arms, and Chembes in the tumult slain. They pitch their tents, at midnight are assail'd, Surpris'd, their leaders massacred, the slaves