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creu. Happy indeed in this, in nothing further. 10N. But tell me, is it true what fame bas blazon'd? CREU. What wou’dst thou ask? Stranger, I wish to know. 10N. Sprung the first author of thy line from th' earth? CREU. Aye, Erichthonius: but my race avails not. ion. And did Minerva raise him from the earth ? creu. Held in her virgin hands: she bore him not. Ion. And gave him as the picture represents ? CREU. Daughters of Cecrops these, charged not to see him. ion. The virgins oped the interdicted chest ? CREU. And died, distaining with their blood the rock. 10N. But tell me, is this truth, or a vain rumour? CREU. What wou'dst thou ask? I am not scant of time. JON. Thy sisters did Erectheus sacrifice ? CREU. He slew the virgins, victims for their country. jon. And thou of all thy sisters saved alone? CREU. I was an infant in my mother's arms. JON. And did the yawning earth swallow thy father? CREU. By Neptune's trident smote; and so he perish’d. ion. And Macrai call you not the fatal place? . CREU. Why dost thou ask? What thoughts hast thou recallid ? jon. Does Phoebus, do his lightnings honour it ? CREU. Honour! Why this? Would I had never seen it! 10n. Why? dost thou hate the place dear to the god ? CRBU. No: but for some base deed done in the cave.. Ion. But what Athenian, lady, wedded thee? CREU. Of Athens none, but one of foreign birth.
266. Pausanias tells us, that Pandrosus obeyed the mandate of the goddess; but that her sisters Herse and Aglauros were for their disobedience driven to madaess, and threw themselves from the steepest part of the rock on which the citadel stood. Attic. c. xviii.
269. Erectbeus had six daughters ; Procris married to Cephalus, Orithyia care ried off by Boreas, Chthonia married to Butes, Creusa to Xuthus, Protogenia and Pandora. These two are the virgins here mentioned, who voluntarily offered themselves to death, to give effect to an oracle delivered to their father in bis war against the Thracians. Of such oracles and such sacrifices we have instances enough. In this war Eumolpus, the Thracian king, fell by ibe bands of Erectbeus ; and Neptune, to arenge the death of his son, struck the rocks of Macrai with his trident beneath Erectheus, wlio perished in the cbasm.-- Barnes.
10N. What is his name? Noble he needs must be.
292. After the defeat of the Minyæ, their king Erginus made peace with Her. coles, and wished to pass the rest of his life in the quiet enjoyment of domestic happiness. Having accumulated great wealth, bis next concern was to obtain children; on this, as was usual, he consulted the oracle at Delphi : be had two sons, Trophonics and Agamedes; these became excellent Architects, and adorned Greece with many magnificent temples and palaces; they built the temple of Delpbi, and a treasury for H;rieus, in which they placed a stone in such a manner that they could remove it whenever they pleased. Hyrieus, perceiving his treasores daily diminished, placed snares around the vases which contained bis silver and gold; in one of these snares Agamedes was caught : Trophonius immediately cut off bis brother's head, fearing lest tbe torture should compel him to discover his accomplice. Tropbonius was afterwards swallowed up by an opening of the eartb in the grove of Lebadea, and there a temple was built to him. Pausanias gives an account of this temple, and the oracular cave, and the sacrifices required : tbare rites took up much time, which occasioned Xutbus at bis return to ask Creusa,
Absent so long bave I not caus'd the fear ? Pausan. Bæotic. C. xxxix.
802. See note to the Agamemnon of Æschylus, p. 272. 1. 8. , ,
10N. As knowing not my mother, or my lineage.
10N. Observ'd she drops of blood distain the path ?
The oracle? With justice would the god,
That, lady, as a blessing we esteem.
And various in their form! One single blessing
By any one through life is scarcely found. creu. Nor here, nor there, O Phoebus, art thou just
To her; though absent, yet her words are present.
That, lady, as a bene ills to morta. de blessing
To save; nor, though a prophet, wilt thou speak
XUTHUS, CREUSA, ION, CHORUS. XUTH, With reverence to the god my first address
I pay; Hail, Phæbus ! Lady, next to thee:
Absent so long have I not caus’d thee fear ? .
But, tell me, from Trophonius what reply
Home from the oracle.
Be by thy son made happier than before !
On others, stranger, seated near the tripod,
The chiefs of Delphi these, chosen by lot.
Let me now enter; for the oracle