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Then down her Throat the Death securely throws, And quaffs á long Oblivion of her Woes.
This done, the mounts the Genial Bed, and there (Her Body first compos'd with honeft Care) Attends the welcome Reft: Her Hands yet hold Close to her Heart, the Monumental Gold; Nor farther Word ihe spoke, but closed her Sight, And quiet, sought the Covert of the Night.
The Damsels, who the while in Silence mourn'd, Not knowing, nor suspecting Death suborn’d, Yet, as their Duty was, to Tancred sent, Who, conscious of th’Occasion, fear'd th’Event. Alarm’d, and with prefaging Heart he came, And drew the Curtains, and expos'a the Dame To loathsom Light: then with a late Relief Made vain Efforts, to mitigate her Grief. She, what she could, excluding Day, hér Eyes Kept firmly feald, and sternly thus replies.
Tancred, restrain thy Tears, unfought by me, And Sorrow, unavailing now to thee: Did ever Man before amiâ his Mind, To see th’Effect of what himself defign'd?
Yet if thou hast remaining in thy Heart
The Prince's Anguish hinder'd his Reply:
Thus lhe for Disobedience justly dy'd; The Sire was justly punish'd for his Pride:
The Youth, least guilty, suffer’d for th’Offence
The Author, pursuing the Deeds of Theseus, re
lates how He, with bis Friend Perithous, were invited by Achelous, the River-God, to stay with him, till bis Waters were abated, Achelous entertains them with a Relation of his own Love to Perimele, who was chang’d into an Island by Neptune, at his Requeft. Perithous, being an Atheist, derides the Legend, and denies the Power of the Gods, to work that Miracle. Lelex, another Companion of Theseus, to confirm the Story of Achelous, relates another Metamorphosis of Baucis and Philemon, into Trees; of which he was partly an Eye-witness,
HUS Achelous ends: His. Audience
dmiration, and admiring,
fear The Pow'rs of Heav'n; except Ixion's Song Who ļaugh'd at all the Gods, believ'd in none: He shook his impious Head, and thus replies, These Legends are no more than pious Lies: You attribute too much to Heav'nly Sway, To think they give us Forms, and taậe away.
The rest of better Minds, their Sense declar'd Against thiş Doctrine, and with Horror heard. Then Lelex rose, an old experienc'd Man, And thus with fober Gravity begani Heav’ps Pow'r is Infinite: Earth, Air, and Sea, The Manufa&ure Mass, the making Pow's obey : By Proof to clear your Doubt; in Phrygian Ground Two neighb?ring Trees, with Walls encompass’d
round, Stand on a mod'rate Rise, with Wonder showa, One a hard Oak, 2 softer Linden one: