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The glorious lamp of heav'n, the radiant sun, Is Nature's eye; and fhe's content with one. Add, that my father sways your feas, and I, Like you, am of the watry family.
I make you his, in making you my own;
And fcatter'd limbs, fhall on the flood be born,
Tranflated Ætna flames within my heart,
Lamenting thus in vain, he rofe, and ftrode With furious paces to the neighb'ring wood: Reflefs his feet, diftracted was his walk;
Mad were his motions, and confus'd his talk. Mad as the vanquish'd bull, when forc'd to yield His lovely miftrefs, and forfake the field.
Thus far unfeen I faw: when, fatal chance His looks directing, with a fudden glance, Acis and I were to his fight betray'd; Where, nought fufpecting, we fecurely play'd. From his wide mouth a bellowing cry he caft; I fee, I fee, but this fhall be your laft. A roar fo loud made Ætna to rebound; And all the Cyclops labour'd in the found. Affrighted with his monftrous voice, I fled, And in the neighb'ring ocean plung'd my head. Poor Acis turn'd his back, and, Help, he cry'd,, Help, Galatea, help, my parent Gods, And take me dying to your deep abodes. The Cyclops follow'd; but he fent before A rib, which from the living rock he tore : Though but an angle reach'd him of the ftone, The mighty fragment was enough alone, To crush all Acis; 'twas too late to fave, But what the fates allow'd to give, I gave:
That Acis to his lineage fhould return;
The torrent too, in little space, was clear'd.
His bulk augmented, and his beauty more,
From the Fifteenth Book of
The fourteenth book concludes with the death and deification of Romulus: the fifteenth begins with the election of Numa to the crown of Rome. On this occafion, Ovid, following the opinion of fome authors, makes Numa the fcholar of Pythagoras; and to have begun his acquaintance with that philofopher at Crotona, a town in Italy; from thence he makes a digreffion to the moral and natural philofophy of Pythagoras: on both which our author enlarges; and which are the most learned and beautiful parts of the Metamorphofes.
King is fought to guide the growing state, One able to fupport the public weight, And fill the throne where Romulus had fate. Renown, which oft befpeaks the public voice, Had recommended Numa to their choice: A peaceful, pious prince; who, not content To know the Sabine rites, his ftudy bent
To cultivate his mind: to learn the laws
'Tis faid, Alcides hither took his way
From Spain, and drove along his conquer'd prey;