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The Cretan Chloe now commands me, skilful in fweet modulations, and a mistress of the lyre; for whom I would not dread to die, if the fates would spare her my furviving foul.
Calais, the fon of the Thurian Ornithus, inflames me with a mutual fire; for whom I would twice fuffer death, if the fates would fpare my furviving boy.
But what if our former love returns, and unites by a brazen (indiffoluble) yoke us now separated? what if Chloe with her golden locks be shook off, and the door of the repudiated Lydia again open
Though he is brighter than a star, you of more levity than a cork, and more paffionate than the bluftering Adriatic; with 'you I fhould love to live, with you I would chearfully die.
Ur, pofita duritie, aliqua ipfius miferecordia capiatur.
'XTREMUM Tanaim fi biberes, Lyce,
Audis quo ftrepitu janua, quo nemus
Ingratam Veneri pone fuperbiam,
O, quamvis neque te munera, nec preces,
Nec vir Pieria pellice faucius
Curvat; fupplicibus tuis
Parcas, nec regida mollior efculo,
Nec Mauris [d] animo mitior anguibus.
[a] Projectum ante fores. BENTL.
[b] Inter pulchra fatum.
[c] Sentis, et pofitas ut glaciet nives
Dure numine Jupiter? BENTL.
(d) Animum mitier.
That, laying afide her hardness of heart, fhe would take fome pity of him.
Lyce, had you * drank from the remote Tanais, in a state of marriage with fome barbarian, yet you might be forry to expofe me proftrated before your obdurate doors, to those inhabitants the north winds. Do you hear with what a noise your gate, with what a noife the grove planted about your elegant buildings rebellows to the winds? And how Jupiter glazes the fettled fnow. with his pure influence? Lay afide difdain offenfive to Venus, left your + rope fhould run backwards with rapid wheel. Your Tyrrhenian father did not beget you to be as inacceffible as Penelope to your wooers. O, notwithstanding neither prefents, nor prayers, nor the violet-tincture palenefs of your lovers, nor your husband fmitten with a mufical madam, bend you to pity; yet at length fpare thy fuppliants, thou that art no fofter than the sturdy oak, nor of a gentler difpofition than the African ferpents. This fide of mine will not always be able to bear your threshold and the rain.
* If you had been an inhabitant of Scythia, of which Tanais is a river.
† Alluding to wheels and pulleys, where, if you once let go your hold, the weight carries off the rope with great velocity.
Graviffimas vel in inferis poenas faevitiac conftitutas effe.
ERCURI (nam te docilis magiftro
Tuque teftudo refonare feptem
Nec loquax olim neque grata, nunc et
Quae, velut latis equa trima campis,
Tu potes tigres comitefque filvas
Cerberus, quamvis furiale centum
Quin et Ixion, Tityofque vultu
Audiat Lyde fcelus atque notas
That most grievous punishments were appointed for cruelty even in the other world.
Mercury (fince the ingenious Amphion moved rocks by his voice, you being his tutor) and thou my harp expert to refound with seven strings, formerly neither vocal nor pleafing, but now agreeable to the tables of the wealthy, and the temples of the gods; dictate measures to which Lyde may incline her obftinate ears, who, like a filly of three years old, playfome frisks about in the spacious fields, inexperienced in the fweets of nuptial loves, and hitherto unripe for the enjoyment of a husband. Youare able to draw after youtygers and attendant woods, and to retard rapid rivers. To your blandishments the enormous porter of the infernal palace yielded, though an hundred ferpents fortify his head, and a peftilential steam, and an infectious poifon iffues from his triple-tongued mouth. Moreover Ixion and Titytus fmiled with a reluctant afpect: and while you footh the daughters of Danaus with your delightful harmony, their veffel for fome time remained dry. Let Lyde hear an account of their crime, and their well-known punishment, and the cask still empty by the water ftreaming through the bottom, and what lafting