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Chryses, priest of Apollo, brings presents to the Gre

cian princes, to ransom bis daughter Chryseis, who was prisoner in the fleet. Agamemnon, the geo neral, whose captive and mistress the young lady was, refuses to deliver, threatens the xonerable

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old man, and dismisses him with contumely. The priest craves vengeance of his God; who sends a plague among the Greeks: which occasions Achilles, tbeir great champion, to summon a council of the chief officers: be encourages Calchas, the high priest and prophet; to tell the reason, why the Gods were lo much incensed against them. Calchas is fearful of provoking Agamemnon, till Achilles engages to protect him : then, emboldened by the bero, be accuses the general as the cause of all, by detaining the fair captive, and refusing the presents offered for her ransom. By this proceeding, Agamemnon is obliged, against his will, to restore Chryfeis, with gifts, that he might appease the wrath of Phæbus; but, at the same time, to revenge kimself on Achilles, sends to seize bis save Briseis. Achilles, thus affronted, complains to his riother Thetis; and begs her to revenge bis injury, not only on the g neral, but on all the

army, by giving victory to the Trojans, till the ungrateful king became sensible of his injustice. At the same time, he retires from the camp into bis ships, and withdraws bis aid from his countrymen. Thetis prefers ber son's petition to Jupiter, who grants ber fute." Juno suspects her errand, and quarrels with ber husband, for his grant; till


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