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Chryses, priest of Apollo, brings presents to the Gree

cian princes, to ransom his daughter Chryseis, who was prisoner in the fleet. Agamemnon, the

general, whose captive and mistress the young lady was, refuses to deliver, threatens the venerable

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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, their 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 so 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 bis will, to restore Chryseis, with gifts, that he might appease tbe wrath of Phæbus; but, at the same time, to revenge himself on Achilles, sends to seize bis Jave Briseis. Achilles, thus affronted, complains to his mother Thetis; and begs her to revenge his 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 bis injustice. At the same time, he retires from the camp into his fiips, and withdraws his aid from his countrymen. Thetis prefers her son's petition to Jupiter, wbo grants ber sute. Juno suspects her errand, and quarrels wiib ber kufband, for his grant; till

Vulcan reconciles kis parents with a bowl of necter, and sends them peaceably to bed.

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THE wrath of Peleus’son, O Muse, resound;
Whose dire effects the Grecian army

found,
And many a hero, king, and hardy knight,
Were sent, in early youth, to thades of night:
Their limbs a prey to dogs and vultures made:
So was the sov’reign will of Jove obey'd :
From that ill-omen'd hour when strife begun,
Betwixt Atrides' great, and Thetis’ god-like fon.
What Pow'r provok’d, and for what cause,

relate, Sow'd, in their breasts, the seeds of stern debate: Jove’s and Latona's son his wrath express’d, In vengeance of his violated priest, Against the king of men; who swoln with pride, Refus'd his presents, and his pray’rs deny’d. For this the God a swift contagion spread Amid the

where heaps on heaps lay dead. For venerable Chryses came to buy, With gold and gifts of price, his daughter's liberty. Suppliant before the Grecian chiefs he stood; Awful, and arm'd with ensigns of his God:

camp,

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