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The entire Episode «>f Nisus and Earyalkt, translated from the Fifth and Ninth 13joks of Virgil's tÆaeids.

JSy Mr. Dryden.

Connection of the First Part ef the E v r s o D E in the Fifth Book, with the rest of the foregoing Poem..

JEneas hav,ng buried his Father Anchiscs in Sicily ; ant setring [til from thrnct in search os Italy, is drive* by a Storm on the fame Coasts from whence he departed: lifrer a Tear's wandring, he is hosp,tably rueif'l by his fr,end Acestes, King of that (art of the IjLmd, •who was horn of Trojan Parentage: He applies h,ntself to celebrare the memory of bis Father -with d,vine, honours; and accordingly institures Funeral Games, aai Appoines Prizes for those -who should conquer in them, Cne of these Games -was a Foot %gcc; in whish Nisiu emd Euryalus were cn&ag'd amingst other Trojaas«J Sicilians.

FROM thence his way the Trojan. Hero bent,
Into A grassy Plain with Mountains pent,
Whose Brows were shaded with surrounding wood;
lull in the midst of this fair Valley, Hood
A narive Thearet, which rising stow,
3B.y just degrees, o'er-look' d the ground below:
A numerous Train atrend in solemn stare:
High on the new. raised Turf their Leader fare:
Here those, who in the rapid Race delight,
Desire <;f honout, and the Prize invire:
The Trojans and Sicihans mingled stand,
With Nisus and Euryalm, the: fiiremost of the Bawl.
Euryalus with youth and beauty crown'd,
Nijus for friendflrip to the Boy renown'd.

Dions next of snow's Regal Race,

Then Satins, join'd with Patron, took his place;

But from Epiras one deriv'd his birth,

The other ow'dl it to lAreattia* Earth.

Then two Sicilian Youths; the name of this

Was Helimus, of that was Panepes:

Two jolly Huntsmen in the Forest bred,

And owning old ^tcefles for their Head.

With many others of obscurer name,

Whom Time has not deliver" d o'er to Fame:

To these <Æneas in the midst arose,

And pleasingly did thus his mind expose.

Not one of you (hall unrewarded go; y

On each I will two Cretan Spears bestow, >

Pointed with polithM Steel; a Battle-ax too, ■*

With Silver studded; these in common ihare.

The foremost three shall Olive Garlands wear:

The Victor, who shall first the Race obtain,

Shall for his Prize a well-breath'd Courser gain,

Adorn'd with Trappings; to the next in fame,

The Quiver of an- ^4mazj>nian Dame,

With feather'd Thravian Arrows well lupply'd,

Hung on a golden Beir, and with a Jewel ty'd:

The third this Grecian Helmet must content.

He said: to their appointed Base they went.

With beating hearts th' expected Sign receive,

And starting all at once, the Station leave.

Spread out, as on the Wings of Winds they flew,

And seiz'd the distant Goal with eager view;

Shot from the Crowd, swift Msm all o'erpast,

Not storms, nor thunder equal half his haste.

The next, but tho* the next, yet far ditjoin'd,

Came Saliut, then; a distant space behind,

£urjra!tts the thirds

Next Hdyrrms, whom young Diorcsjply'd,

Step after Step, and almost fide by fide;

His shoulders pressing, and in longer space,

Had won, ot left at least a doubtful Race.

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Now spent, the Goal they almost reach at last,
When eager Nrsus, hapless in his haste,
Slipt sirst, and flipping, fell upon the plain,
Moist with the blood of Oxen larely slain;
The carelels Victor had not mark'd his way,
But treading where the treacherous puddle lay,
His heels flew up, and on the grassy floor
He fell, besinear'd with silth and holy gore.
Nor mindless then Emyalut of thee,
Nor of the sacred bonds of amity,
He strove th' immediare Rival to oppose,
And caught the soot of Salim as he rose;
So Salim lay exrended on the Plain:
Euryalus springs out the prize to gain,
And cuts the Crowd; applauding peals attend
The Conqu'ror to the Goal, who conquer'd thro'hi*
Next Hrlimm, and- then Dines came, [friend.

By two misfortunes, now the third in fame.
But Sal,us enrers, and exclaiming loud
For Justice, deafens and disturbs the Crowd:
Urges his cause may in the Court be heard,
And pleads the Prize is wrongfully confur'd.
But favour for Euryalns appears,
His blooming beauty and his graceful rears
Had brib'd the Judges to prorect his claim.:
Besides Diores does as loud exclaim,
Who vainly reaches at the last Reward,
If the sirst Palm on SaMnt be conferrM.
Then thus the Prince: Let no dispures arise;
Where fortune plac'd it, 1 award the Prize.
Bat give me leave her Errors to amend,
At least to pity a deserving friend.
Thus having said,

A Lion's Hide, amazing to behold,
Porid'rous with bristles, and with paws of gold,
He gave the Youth; which tiifm griev'd to viewir
If such rewards to vanquish'd men are due, f

Said he, and falling is to rife by you,'

What prize may Nisus from your bounty claim,
Who merited the first rewards and fame!
In falling both did equal fortune try,
Would fortune make me fall as happily!
With this he pointed to his face, and Ihow'd
His hands and body all besmear'd with blood:
Th' indulgent Father of the people smil'd,
And caused" to be produe'd a massie Shield
Of wond'rous art by Didymaon wrought,
Long since from Neptune's bars in triumph brought;
With this, the graceful Youth he gratify'd:
Then the remaining presents did divide.

Connection of the remaining part of the
Episode, translated out of the Ninth
Book of Virgil's nÆueids, with the fore-
going part of the Story.

The War being now treks out betwixt the Trojans and Xatins; and Æneas being overmatch'd in numbers by his Enemies, who -wereaided hy King Turnus, he forlijies his Camp, and leaves in it his young Son Afcanius, tinder the direction of his chief Counsellors and Captains; while he goes in person, to beg Succours from Ki"S Evander and the Tuscans. Turnus takes advantage of his absence, and assaults his Camp : The Trojans in it, are redui'd to great extremities; which gives the Poet the occasion of continuing this admirable Episode, wherein he' describes the friend/hip, the generosity, the adventures, and the death of Nisus and Euryalus.

THE Trojan Camp the common danger Ihar'd;
By turns they watch'd the Walls; and kept the
Nightly Guard:
To Warlike Nisus fell the Gate by Lot,
(Whom Hyrtaius on Huntress Ida got:

And sent to Sea TÆjuas to atrend,) [send. -%

Well could he dart the Speat, and Shast6 unerring >

Beside him stood Emyalus, his ever faithful Friend. *

No Youth in all the Trojan Host was seen

More beauriful in arms, or of a Nobler mcen;

Scarce was the Down upon his Chin begun;

One was their Friendship, their Desire was one:

With minds unired in the Field they warr'd,

And now were both by Choice upon the Guard.

Then Mists thus:

Or do the Gods this warlike Warmth inspire,

Or makes each Man a God of bis desire i

A noble Ardour boils within my Breast,

Eager of Action, Enemy of Rest;

That urges me to Fight, or undertake

Some Deed that may my Fame immortal make.

Thou secst d,e Foe secure: How sainrly shine

Their fcatrer'd Fires? the most in Sjeep supine;

Dissolv'd in Ease, and drunk with Victory:

The few awake the fuming Flaggoo ply;

All hush'd around: Now hear what I revolve [resejvfc.

Within my mind, arrd what my labouring thoughts

Our absent Lord both Camp and Council mourn;

By Message both would hasten his return:

The gifts propps'd if they confer on thee,

(For fame is recompense enough t9 me)

Methiaks beneath yon Bill, J lrgve espy'd

A way that safely will my Passage guide.

Exryalus stood listning while he l'pokc,

With Love of Praise and noble Envy strook;

Then to his ardent Friend expos'd his mind: j

All this alone, and leaving me behind!?

Am I unworthy, Nifus, to be join'd I •»

Think'ft thou my Share of honour J will yield,

Or send thee unassisted to the Field i

Not so my Father taught my Childhood Arnji,

Born in a Siege, and bred amongst Alarms

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