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Excipit Andraemon ; et habetur conjuge felix.
Nescierat soror hoc; quae cum perterrita retro 35
Andræmon lov'd ; and, bless’d in all those charms
A lake there was, with shelving banks around, | Whose verdant summit fragrant myrtles crown’d.
These shades, unknowing of the fates, she sought,
Thischange unknown, astonish'd at the fight 35
Ire, et adoratis vellet discedere Nymphis, Haesurunt radice pedes. convellere pugnat: 40 Nec quidquam, nisi summa, movet. succtescit ab
imo, Totaque paulation lentus premit inguina cortex. Ut vidit, conata manu laniare capillos, Fronde manum implevit, frondes caput omne tenebant.
45 At puer Amphissos (namque hoc avus Eurytus illi Addiderat nomen) materna rigefcere fentit Ubera : nec sequitur ducentem lacteus humor. 50 Spectatrix aderam fati crudelis ; opemque Non poteram tibi ferre, foror: quantumque vale
bam, . Crescentem truncum ramofque amplexa, morabar : Et (fateot) volui fub eodem cortice condi. Ecce vir Andraemon, genitorque miserrimus, ad
sunt; Et quaerunt Dryopen : Dryopen quaerentibus illis Oftendi loton. tepido dant oscula ligno: 60
And first the pardon of the nymphs implor'd And those offended fylvan pow’rs ador’d: But when she backward would have fled, she found Her stiffning feet were rooted in the ground:40 In vain to free her fasten'd feet she strove, And, as the struggles, only moves above ; She feels th’encroaching bark around her grow By quick degrees, and cover all below : 44 Surpriz'd at this, her trembling hand the heaves To rend her hair ; her hand is fill’d with leaves : Where late was hair the shooting leaves are seen To rise, and shade her with a sudden green. . The child Amphiflus, to her bosom prest, Perceiv'd a colder and a harder breast, 50 And found the springs, that ne'er 'till then deny'd Their milky moisture, on a sudden dry’d. I saw, unhappy! what I now relate; And stood the helpless witness of thy fate, Embrac'd thy boughs, thy rising bark delay'd, 55 There wish'd to grow, and mingle shade with
shade. Behold Andræmon and th’unhappy fire Appear, and for their Dryope enquire; A springing tree for Dryope they find, And print warm kisses on the panting rind. 60
Adfusique suae radicibus arboris haerent.