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Guided her golden-wheeled throne;
But she who sways the silent sky,
And all unknown to traveller's tread, He saw the blessed land at last.— He stopt, he gazed with new delight, When that strange verdure met his sight;
And soft desire enflamed his soul (Where twelve times round the chariots roll,) To plant with such the Pisan goal.
But now, unseen to mortal eyes, He comes to Theron's sacrifice:
And with him brings to banquet there High bosomed Leda's knightly pair.— Himself to high Olympus bound, To these a latest charge he gave, A solemn annual feast to found, And of contending heroes round To deck the strong, the swift, the brave. Nor doubt I that on Theron's head, And on the good Emmenides, The sons of Jove their blessings shed;Whom still, with bounteous tables spread, That holy tribe delight to please;Observing with religious dread The hospitable god's decrees.
But, wide as water passeth earthly clay, Or sun-bright gold transcendeth baser ore;
Wide as from Greece to that remotest shore
TO PSAUMIS OF CAMARINA.
O, urging on the tireless speed
Of Thunder's elemental steed,
Lord of the world, almighty Jove!
Since these thine hours have led me forth
The witness of thy champions' worth,
And prophet of thine olive grove:
And since the good thy poet hear,
And hold his tuneful message dear;
Saturnian Lord of Etna hill.
Whose storm-cemented rocks encage
The hundred-headed rebel's rage;
Accept with favorable will
The Muse's gilt of harmony;
The dance, the song, whose numbers high
Forbid the hero's dame to die,
A crown of life abiding still.
Hark, round the car of victory,
The cheering notes resound;
His Camarilla's ancient name;
With Pisan olive crowned.
That trains the warrior steed:
For wise and peaceful rede,
To Lemnos's laughing dames of yore,
When, matchless in his speed,
Sprang to the proffered meed; Bowed to the queen his wreathed head; 'Thou seest my limbs are light,' he said;
'And, lady, may'st thou know, That every joint is firmly strung, And hand and heart alike are young; Though treacherous time my locks among
Have strewed a summer snow.'