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Thus fell two heroes; one the pride of Thrace,
And one the leader of the Epian race :
Death's fable shade at once o'ercast their eyes,
In dust the vanquilh’d, and the victor lies.
With copious daughter all the fields are red,
And heap d with growing mountains of the dead.

Had some brave chief this martial scene beheld,
By Pallas guarded through the dreadful field;
Might darts be bid to turn their points away,
And swords around him innocently play;
The war's whole art with wonder had he seen,
And counted heroes where he counted men.

So fought each host with thirst of glory fird,
And crouds on crouds triumphantly expir’d.

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ARGU M E N T.

The Acts of Diomed.

DIOMED, assisted by Pallas, performs wonders in this

day's battle. Pandarus wounds him with an arrow, but the Goddess cures him, enables him to discern Gods from mortals, and prohibits him from contending with any of the former, excepting Venus. Æneas joins Pandarus to oppose him : Pandarus is killed, and Æneas in great danger, but for the assistance of Venus; who, as she is removing her fon from the fight, is wounded on the hand by Diomed. Apollo feconds her in his rescue, and at length carries off Æneas to Troy, where he is healed in the temple of Pergamus. Mars rallies the Trojans, and affifts Hector to make a stand. In the mean time Æneas is reitored to the field, and they overthrow several of the Greeks; among the rest Tlepolemus is Nain by Sarpedon. Juno and Minerva defcend to resist Mars; the latter incites Diomed to go against that God; he wounds him, and sends him groaning to heaven.

The first battle continues through this book. The scene is the same as in the former.

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UT Pallas now Tydides' soul inspires,

Fills with her force, and warms with all her fires, Above the Greeks, his deathless fame to raise, And crown her hero with distinguish'd praise. High on his helm celestial lightnings play, His beamy shield emits a living ray; Th’unweary'd blaze incessant streams supplies, Like the red star that fires th' autumnal skies, When, fresh he rears his radiant orb. to fight, And, bath'd in Ocean, shoots a keener light, 10 Such glories Pallas on the chief bestow'd, Such, from his arms, the fierce effulgence flow'd: Onward the drives him, furious to engage, Where the fight burns, and where the thickest rage. The fons of Dares first the combat sought,

15 A wealthy priest, but rich without a fault; In Vulcan's fane the father's days were led, The sons to toils of glorious battle bred; These fingled from their troops the fight maintain, These from their steeds, Tydides on the plain. Fierce for renown the brother chiefs draw near, And first bold Phegus cast his founding spear,

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Which o'er the warriour's shoulder took its course,
And spent in empty air its erring force.
Not so, Tydides, flew thy lance in vain,

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But pierc'd his breast, and stretch'd bim on the plain.
Seiz'd with unusual fear, Idæus Aed,
Left the rich chariot, and his brother dead.
And, had not Vulcan lent his celestial aid,
He too had sunk to death's eternal Made;

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But in a sinoky cloud the God of fire
Prelerv’d the son, in pity to the fire.
The steeds and chariot, to the navy led,
Encreas'd the fpoils of gallant Diomed.

Struck with amaze and Maine, the Trojan crew 35
Or sain, or fled, the fons of Dares view;
When by the blood-stain’d hand Minerva prest
The God of bat les, and this speech addrest :

Stern power of war! by whom the mighty fall,
Who bathe in blood, and shake the lofty wall!
Let tie brave chiefs their glorious toils divide ;
And whose the conquest mighty Jove decide :
While we from interdicted fields.retire,
Nor tempt the wrath of heaven's avenging Sire.

Her words allay'd th’impetuous warriour's heat, 45
The God of arms and Martial Maid retreat;
Remov'd from fight, on Xanthus flowery bounds,
They fat, and listend to the dying sounds.

Meantime, the Greeks the Trojan race pursue,
And some bold chieftain every leader new :
First Odius falls, and bites the bloody fand,
His death ennobled by Atrides' band;.

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