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ARGU M E N T.
The Night Adventure of Diomed and Ulysses. UPON the refusal of Achilles to return to the army,
the distress of Agamemnon is described in the most lively manner. He takes no rest that night, but passes through the camp, awaking the leaders, and contriving all, pollible methods for the public safety. Menelaus, Nestory Ulysses, i and Diomed, are employed in raising the rest of the captains. They call à council of war, and determine to send scouts into the enemy's camp, to learn their posture, and discover their intentions.' Diomed undertakes this hazardous enterprize, and makes choice of Ulysses for his companion. In their passage they surprize Dolon, whom Hector had sent on a like design to the camp of the Grecians. From him they are informed of the situation of the Trojan and auxiliary forces, and particularly of Rhesus, and the Thracians who were lately arrived. They pass on with success; kill Rhesus, with several of his officers, and seize the famous horses of that prince, with which they return in triumph to the camp.
The same night coutinues; the scene lies in the two camps.
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LL night the chiefs before their vessels lay,
All but the king; with various thoughts opprest,
A thousand cares his labouring breast revolves; To seek fage Nestor now the chief resolves, With him, in wholesome counsels, to debate 35 What yet remains to save th' afflicted late. He rose, and first he cast his mantle round, Next on his feet the shining sandals bound; A lion's yellow spoils his back conceald; His warlike hand a pointed javelin held. Mean while his brother, prest with equal woes, Alike deny'd the gifts of foft repose, Laments for Greece; that in his cause before So much had fuffer'd, and muft fuffer more, A leopard's fpotted hide his shoulders spread; A brazen helmet glitter'd on his head : Thus (with a javelin in his hand) he went To wake Atrides in the royal tent. Already wak'd, Atrides he defory'd, His armour buckling at his veffel's fide.
40 Joyful they met; the Spartan thus begun : Why puts my brother his bright armour on? Sends he some fpy, amidst these filent hours, To try yon camp, and watch the Trojan powers? But say, what hero fhall fustain that talk : Such bold exploits uncommon courage alk; Guideles, alone, through night's dark shade to go, And 'midst a hostile camp explore the foe!
To whom the king: In such distress we stand, No vulgar counsels our affairs demand;
50 Greece to preserve, is now no eafy part, But alks bigla wisdom, deep.deligos, and art :
For Jove averse que humble prayer denies,
Now speed thy hasty course along the feet,
This said, each parted to his several cares;