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Ovid, having told how Thefeus had freed Athens from the tribute of children, which was imposed on them by Minos king of Creta, by killing the Minotaur, here makes a digreffion to the ftory of Meleager and Atalanta, vbich is one of the most inartificial connections in all the Metamorphofes: for he only fays, that Thefeus obtained fuch honour from that combat, that all Greece had recourse to him in their neceffities; and, amongst others, Calydon; though the hero of that country, prince Meleager, was then living.


ROM him, the Caledonians fought relief;
Though valiant Meleagrus was their chief.
The cause, a boar, who ravag'd far and near :
Of Cynthia's wrath, th' avenging minifter.
For Oeneus, with autumnal plenty bless'd,
In gifts to heaven his gratitude exprefs'd:
Cull'd fheaves, to Ceres; to Lyæus, wine;
To Pan, and Pales, offer'd sheep and kine ;
And fat of olives, to Minerva's fhrine.

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Beginning from the rural Gods, his hand

Was liberal to the powers of high command:

Each Deity in every kind was bless'd,

Till at Diana's fane th' invidious honour ceas'd. 3 107
Wrath touches ev❜n the Gods; the queen of night,
Fir'd with disdain, and jealous of her right,
Unhonour'd though I am, at least, said she,
Not unreveng'd that impious act shall be.
Swift as the word, fhe fped the boar away,
With charge on those devoted fields to prey.
No larger bulls th' Ægyptian paftures feed,
And none fo large Sicilian meadows breed:
His eye-balls glare with fire, fuffus'd with blood;
His neck shoots up a thickfet thorny wood;
His bristled back a trench impal'd appears,
And ftands erected, like a field of spears.

Froth fills his chaps, he fends a grunting found,
And part he churns, and part befoams the ground.
For tusks with Indian elephants he ftrove,
And Jove's own thunder from his mouth he drove.
He burns the leaves; the fcorching blast invades
The tender corn, and fhrivels-up the blades:
Or, fuffering not their yellow beards to rear,
He tramples down the fpikes, and intercepts the year.
In vain the barns expect their promis'd load,
Nor barns at home, nor reeks are heap'd abroad:
In vain the hinds the threshing-floor prepare,
And exercife their flails in empty air.
With olives ever green the ground is ftrow'd,
And grapes ungather'd shed their generous blood.

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