To Pallas' honour rais'd this wond'rous steed 3
But Calchas order'd this enormous siae;
This monstrous bulk, that heaves into the skies^
Lest Troy should lead it through her openui^ p^
And by this new palladium guard her state.'
For oh! ye Phrygians, had your rage profoA'4
This gift of Pallas with an impiops hand^
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$(tm i^ (wbkh lU yu pov'n imiaortml shed
With all your TengitaQce on its motbor'f bead !)
la one prodigious ni in woald destroy
Thy empire, Priam, ^nd the soot of Tiroy.
9«t ivould jOtt joia within your walb lo lead
fbifi pledge of Heav'o, this tutelary tteed ;
Jbco, with her ho^U, all Asia shall rep(iir,
And pour on Pdops* walls a storm of war ;
Then Greece shall bi^ed, and perish in her torn ;
Her future tow -, her nations yet unborn.'
'* Thus did the peijur'd Sinon'fi; art prevail ;
7oo fondly we believ'd tbe study*d tale ;
And thus was Troy, wbp bravdy could sustain
Achillea' fur^r, when he swept the plain,
A thousand vessels, and a tea years' war,
Von by a sigb» tnd van^uishM by a tear.
** Here a more dreadful ol^eet rose to sight,
An4 shook our aoqis with horrour and aifrij^ht.
lUnblfSt Laocooq, whom, the lots 'design
friest of the year, at Neptune's holy shrine
Slew on the sands, beside the rolling flood,
A stately steer, in boooor of the god.
When, Doirid to relate ! two serpents glide
And roll incumbent on the glassy tide.
Advancing to the shore } their spires they raise
Fold abo^ fold, in many a tow'ring majse.
Beneath tt^eir burnisb'd breasts the waters glow,
Their crimson crests inflame the deeps below ;
P'er tko vast flood extended long and wide.
Their curling backs lay floating on the tide ; .
fash'd to a foam the boiling billows roar.
And BOW the dreadful motiters reacfa'd the shore ;
Their hissing toogties tkey darted, as th«y came,
And their red eye-baUs shot a sanguine flane.
Pssle at the sight, we fled in dire dismay ;
Straight to Laocooa they direct their way ;
And flrst in curling fiery volumes hound
l^is two young sons, and wrapt them round and
Dcvour'd the children in the father's view ;
Then on the miserable father flew,
While to their aid he runs with fruitless haste ;
Aod all the man in horrid folds embrac'd :
Twice round his waist, and round his neck they
Their winding heads, and hiss aloft in air. [rear
His sacred wreaths the livid poisons stain.
And, white be labours at the knots in vain.
Stung to the soul, he bellows with the pain.
So, when the axe has glanc'd upon his skull,
Breaks from the shrine, and roars the wounded
But each huge serpent now retires again, [bull.
And flieiB for shelter to Minerva's £uQe ;
Her buckler's orb the goddess wide displair'd.
And screen'd her monsters in the dreadfcu shade.
" I1ien, a new fear the trembling crowd posese'd,
A boly horronr pants in every breast ;
All judge Laoooop justly doom'd to bleed.
Whose guilty spear pro^'d the sacred steed*
We vote tp lead him to Minerva's tow'r.
And supplicate, with vows, tb' oflfended pow'r ;
All to the Altai labour bend their care,
level the walls, and lay the bulwarks bare ;
Some round the lofty neck the cables tye.
Some to the foet the rolling wheels apply $
The tow'ring nnonster, big with llion't dioom,
Mounta o^e# the wall ; an araiy in the womb ;
Around Ike mttviag pile the children join
In shoots of transport, and in song^ divine ;
They run, they pull the stretching eords with joy^
And lend thek little baadt to ruin IVoy I
In one loud p^ th* enorMoas hone rolU down.
And tbuud ring gains the center of the town.
Oh Troy, renown'd in war! oh bright abodet)
Oh glorious Troy ! the labour of the gods I
Thrice stoppM uomov'd the monster in the gafte^
And clashing arms thrice wiam'd us of our &te i
But we, by madness blinded and o'eicome,
U>dge the dire monster iu the yacred dome.
Caasandra too, insptr'd, our fate declares
(So Phoebus deom*d) to unregarding ears ; [wasit
We, thoughtless wretches! deck the shrines, and
In sporto the day, which Heav'n decreed our last.
** Now had the Sun roll'd down the beamy light.
And from the caves of ocean msb'd the night ;
with one black veil her spreading shades suppren
The face of Afature, and the frauds of Qreeoe*
The Trojans round their walls in sileooe lay.
And lost in sleep the labours of the day.
When lo ! their course the Grecian navy bore,
New-rigg'd and arm'd, and reach'd the weU-knowft
By nicnt Cynthia's friendly beams convey'd ;
And the pioud admiral a flame display'd.
Then Sioon, favour'd by the partial gods,
Unlocks the mighty monster's dark abodes ;
His peopled caves pour forth in open air
The t-eroes, and the whole imprison'd.war.
Led by the guiding cord, alight with joy
Tb' impatient princes, in the midst of Troy;
Machaon first, then great Achilles* heir,
Ulysses, Thoas, Acamas, appear;
A crowd of ch efs with Menelaus succ^ ;
Gpeus last, who iram'd the ftaudful steed.-
Straight they invade the city, bury'd deqp
InTumes of wine, and all dissolv'd Jn sleep ;
They slay the guards, they burst the gates, and
Their fellows, (^nscious to the bold design, [joi^
" Twas now the time when ficst kind Heav'it
On wretched man the blessings of repose ;
When, in my slumbers. Hector seem'd to rise
A mournful vision ! to my closinic eyes.
Such he appear'd, as when Achilles' car
And fiery coursers whirled hiip through the war ; .
Drawn thro' his swelling feet the thongs I view'd.
His beauteous bo y black with dust and blqod.
Ye gods ! bow chang'd from Hector ! who with jegr
Retum'd in proud Achilles' spoils to Troy ; .
Flung at the ships, like Heaven's almighty sire.
Flames after flames, and wrapt a fleet in flre.
Now gash'd with wonnds that for his Troy he hort^
His tiNMrd and locks stood niff^nM with his gor«,
With tears and mournful accents I began.
And thus bespoke the visionary man ! [joy,
'* ' Say. glorious prince, thy .country's hope and
What caust: so long detains thee from thy Troy i
Say, from what realms, so long desir'd in vain.
Her Hector comes, to bless her eyes again ?
After such numbers slain, such labours past,
Thos is our prince ! ah ! thus tetnm'd at last }
Why stream these wounds ? or wbo oonld thus
The manly eharms of that majestie face ?'
'* Nought to these questions vaiii the shadft .
But from his bosom draws a length of sighs ;
* Fly, fly, oh! fly the gathering flames ; the waHf
Are won by Greece, and glorious Ilion&lb;
Enough to Priam and to Troy before
Wai paid ; thcaftiifc with deitiBy BO OMne^ ..
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CoiUd aiiy mortml hand prerent our fate,
This hand, and thU alone, had savM the state. ^
Troy to thy care commends her wandVi*^}? gods j
With thac pursue thy fortunes o'er the floods
To that proud city, thou bhali raise at la&t,
Kcturo'd from wand'ring wide the wat*ry waste.'
This said, be brought from Vesta's hailowM quire
The sacred wreaths, and everlasting fire.
" Meantime tumultuous round the walls arise
ftirieks, clamouriy shouts, and mingle in the
And (though remote my lather's palace stood.
With shades surrounded, and a gloomy wood)
Kear, and more near, approach the dire alarms j
The Toice of woe ; the dreadful din of arms.
iRous'd at the deafening peal that roars around,
I mount the dome, and listen to the sound.
Thus o*er the corn, while furious winds conspire,
Bolls on a wide-devouring blaze of fire ;
Or some big torrent, frotn a mountain's brow,
Bursts, pours, and thunders down the vale below,
Overwhelms the fields, lays waste the golden grain,
And headlong sweeps the forests to the main ;
Stunu'd at the din, the swain with listening ears
Fitxn some steep rock the sounding ruin hears.
*' Now Sector's warning prov'd too clear and
The wiles of Greece appeared in open view;
The roaring flames in volumes huge aspire,
And wrap thy dome, Dtiphobos, in fire ;
Thine, sage Ucalegon, next strow'd the ground.
And stretc^'d a vast unmeasured ruin round.
Wide o'er the waves the bright reflection plays ;
Tlie surges redden with the distant blaze. ^
Then shouts and trumpets swell tlie dire alarms ;
And, though 'twas vain, I madly flew to arms :
Eager to raise a band of friends, ^nd pour
In one firm body, to defend the tow'r j
lUge and revenge my kindling bosom fire,
Warm and in arms, to conquer or expire.
But lo ! poor Pantheus, Phcebus' pri- st appears,
Just scap'd the foe, dictracted >' ith his feanrs,
The sage his vanquish'd gods and relics bore,
And with his tremblins- grandson sought the shore.
"'Say, Pantheus, how the fate of ] lion stands?
5ay, if a towV remains in Trojan hands?'
He thus with groans ; — ' Our last sad hour is come.
Our certain, fixt, inevitable doom.
Troy once was great, but oh ! the scene is o'er,
Her glory vanquish'd ! and her name no more !
Jor partial Jove transfers her past renown
To Greece, who triumphs in her burning town ;
And the huge monster from his op'ning side
Pours forth her w.-^rriors in an endless tide ;
With joy proud Sinon sees the flames aspire,
Heaps blaze on blaze, and mingles fire with fire ;
Here thousands pouring through the gates appear :
Par more than proud Mycenae sent to war
Soirc seize the passes ; grovps of spears arise,
That thirrt for blood, and flash a^^ainst the skies.
The guards but just maintain a feeble light
With their fierce fors, amidst the jrloomy ni^ht.'
'* WhilePantheus' words, while ev'r>'Kod inspires,
I flew to arms ; and niRh'd amidst the tiros.
Where the loud furies call, where shouts and cries
Ring round the walls, and thunder in the skies.
Kovr faithful Ripheus on ray side appears.
With hoary Iphitus, advanc'd in years ;
And valiant Hsrpazis and Dynias, known
By ttt€ pale splendours of the gl'unm'ring moon ;
With these Chorosbof , Kyg«loii'f generaoshty.
Who came, ill-fated, to the wars of Troy ;
Fir'd with the fair Cassandra's blooming chami,
To aid her sire with unavailing arms ;
Ah ! brave unhappy youth ! — be wouM not bear
His bride inspir'd, who wam'd him from the war!
** These when I saw, with fierce collected migkl.
Breathing revenge, and crowding lo the fight ;
With warmth I thus address'd the gen'roos tram i
' Ye bold, brave youths, but bold and brave in
If by your dauntless sooli inpdPd, yon date
With me to try th' e!ttremitiefl of war }
You see our hopeless state ; bow every god.
Who guarded Troy, has left bis old abode ;
You aid a town already snnk in fire ;
Fly, fly to arms, and gloriously expire ;
Let all rush on, and, vanquish'd as we are.
Catch one last beam of safety fVooi despair.'
Thus while my words hnflame the lisfning crew,
With rage redoubled to the flight they flew
As hungry wolves, while ck>ods involve the day.
Rush fVom their dens ; and, prowling wide for prey,
Howl to the tempest, while the savage brood,
Streteh'd in the cavern, pant and thirst for Uoodi
So through the town, determin'd to expire,
Tb rough the thick storm of darts, and smoke and ftia,
Wrapt and surrounded with the shades of night.
We msh'd to certain death, and mingled in the fight
" What tongue the dreadful slaughter coold dit*
Or oh ! what tears could answer half our woes }
The glorious empress of the nations round,
Migestic Troy lay levell'd with the ground ;
Her murder'd natives crowded her abodes.
Her streets, her domes, the temples of her godn
Nor II ion bled alone : her turn succeeds i
And then she conquers, and proud Arvos bleeds^
Death in a thousand forms destructive frown'd,
And woe, despair, and horrour rag'd around*
*' And first Androgeos, whom a train attend^
With style familiar hail'd us as his fri ends ;
' Haste, brave assodates, haste ; what dull delay
Detains you here, while others seize the prey ?
In flames your friends have laid all Ilibn wa^
And you come lagging from your ships the last.'
Thus he ; but soon fi^om our reply he knows
His fatal errour, compassed round with foes;
Restrains his tongue, and, meditating flight.
Stops short ; — and startles at the dreadful sigbl/
So the pale swain, who treads upon a snake
Unseen, and lurking in the gloomy brake.
Soon as his swelling spires in circles play.
Starts back, and shoots precipitate away.
Fierce we rush in, the heedless foes surround.
And lay the wretches breathless on the ground t
New to the place, with sudden terrour wild ;
And thus at first our flatt'ring fortune smil'd.
Then, by his courage and success inspir'd.
His warlike train the brave Choraebas fir'd;
' 1^ ! friends, the road of safety you snrrey;
Come, follow fortune, where she points the way )
Let each in Argive arms hb limbs disguise,
And wield the bucklers, that the fbe snppfies;
For if success an enemy attends,
Who asks, if fraud or valour gainM his eadi }*
Tiiis said, Androgeos' crested hdm he ware;
I'hen, on his ^rm, the ponderous bodcler bort
With beauteous figures grac'd, and warlike pride |
The starry sword hung glitt'rinf at hii aide^
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IWtr manly limba in hostile armour drest.
Vfith gods averse, we follow to the fight.
And, uudistingttiih'd in the shades of night,
^ix with the foes, employ the murdering steel,
And plunge whole squadrons to the depths of Hell.
Sonne, wild with fear, precipitate retreat,
Fly to the shore, and shelter in the fleet;
Some climh the monetitMis hocse, a frighted trahi,
And there lie trembling in the sides again.
But, Heaven against us, all attempU must fiiil,
All hopes are vam, nor courage can prerail ;
For loi Cassandra, lo ! the royal lair
From Pallas* shrine with loose diahevellM hair
])ragg*d by the shouting victors ; — to the ^es
She raised, but rais'd in vain, her gl9wing eyes ;
Her eye8 - -she could no more— the Grecian bands
Had rudely manacled her tender hands ;
Choroebns could not bear that scene of i^oes.
But, fir*d with Any, flew amidst the foes;
As swift we fsUow to redeem the fair,
Ruth to his aid, and thicken to the war.
Here fffrnt the temple on our troop descends
A storm of javelins from our Trcgan friends.
Who from our arms and hehnets deemM us Ibes ;
And hence a dreadful scene of slaughter rose.
Then all the Qreeks our slender band invade.
And pohr enrag'd to sette the rescuM maid ;
Ajaa with all the bold Dcriopians came.
And both the kings of Atreus* royal name^
So when the windi in airy conflict rise.
Here South and West charge dreadful m the skies :
There louder Eurus, to the battle borne.
Mounts the swift coursers of the pnrple mom ; •
Beneath the whirlwind roar the bending woods ;
With his huge trident Neptune strikes the floods :
Foams, storms, and, tempesting the deeps around,
Bares the broad boaom of the dark profound.
Those two, we chaa'd by night, a scattered train,
Now l^oldly rally, and appear again.
To them our Argive helms and arms are known,
Our voice and language differing fro^n their own.
We yidd to numbers. By Peneleus' steel
First at Minerva's shrine Cbonnbus fell.
Kext Riphens bled, the justest fiur of all
The sons of Troy ; yet Heavhi permito his fall.
The like sad fate brave Hjrpanb attends,
And hapless Dymas, slaugbter'd by their friends.
Nor thee, sage Pantheua ! Pfambus' wreaths could
Nor all thy shining virtues, from the grave, [save,
Ye dear, dear ruins ! and thou, Troy ! declare
If once I trembled or dechnM the war :
Midst flames and foes a glorious death I sought,
And well deaerv'd the death fbr which 1 fought
Thence we retreat, our brave associates gone,
Pdias and Iphitns were left alone ;
This slow with age and bending to the ground,
And that more tardy from Ulysses^ wound.
Now from the palace-walls tumultuous ring
The shouts, and call us to defSend the king;
There we beheld the rage of fight, and there
The throne of death, and centre of the war ;
As Troy, all Tfeoy beside had slept in peace.
Nor stainM by slaughter, nor alarmed by Oreeces.
Shield lockM in shield, advance the Grecian powers,
To burst the gates, and storm the regal tow'n;
Fly up the steep ascent where danger calk.
And fix their soding engines in the walls.
High in thf left they gnisp*d the fienoeful shield,
Jieroa in thf r^t th« roclgr nuvparti b<ld ;
Roofs, tow'rs, and battlemrats the Trojans tbrow^
\ pile of ruins ! on the Greeks below ;
Catch for defence the weapons of despair.
In these the dire extremes of death and war.
Now on their heads the pondVous beams are roll'd^'
By Troy's first monarchs crusted round with gold.
Here thronging troops with glittering faTcluoQa '
To guard the portals, and the door command.
Straight to the palace, fir'd with hopes, I go
To a^ the vanquisb'd, and repel theibe.
A secret portico eontrtv'd behind.
Great Hector's mansion to the palace join'd.
By which his hapless princess oft would bring
Her royal infant to the good old king.
This way the topmost battlements I gain,
Whence the tir'd Trojans thnew their darts hi Taiai
Rais'd on a lofty point, a turret rears
Her stately head unrivallM to the stars ;
From hence we wont all Hion to survey.
The fields, the ramp; the fleets, and roiling 8ea»
With steel the jrielding timbers we assaiFd,
Where loose the huge disjointed structure faii'd ;
Then, tugg'd convubive firom the shatt^d walls.
We push the pile : the ponderous ruin fetlh
Tumbling in many a whiri, with thund'ring sound,.
Doirtt headlong on the foes, and smokes ahmg tbt '
But crowds on crowds the buiyd troops supply ;
And in a storm the beams and rocky fragments flp»
" Full in the portal rag'd with loud alarms
Brave Pyrrhus, glittering in his brazen amii.
So froim his den, the wintet slept away.
Shoots forth thebumish'd snake in open day;
Who, fed with every poison of the plain.
Sheds his old spoils, and shines in youth again i
Proud of his goldte scales rolls towMng on,
And darts his forky sting, and glitters on the Sub*
" To him the mighty Periphas su<H:eeds,
And the bold chief* who drove his father^ steeds ; '
With these the Scyrian bands advance, and aim
Full at the battlements the missive flame.
Fierce Pyrrhus in the front with forceful sway
Ply'd the huge axe, and hew'd the beams away ;
The solid timbers from the portal tore.
And rent from ev'ry hinge the brazen door.
At last the chief a mighty opening made, [play'd :
And, all th' imperial dome, hi aJl her length dit*
The sacred rooms of Troy's first monarchs fie.
With Priam's pomp, profan'd by every eye ;
In arms the centries to the breach repair.
And stand embody'd. to repel the war.
"Now far within, the regal rooms disclose.
Loud and more loud, a direful scene of woes ;
The roof resounds with female shrieks and cries#
And the shrill echo strikes the distant skies.
The tremMing.matrons fly from place to placa^
And kiss the pillars with a last embrace ;
Bold Pyrrhus storms with all his father's fire ;
The barriers burst ; the vanquish'dgtiards retire |
The shatter'd doors the thuod'ring engines ply ;
The bolts leap back ; the sounding hinges fly ;
The war breaks in ; loud shouts the hostile tratr;
The gates are storm'd ; the foremost soldiers slain ;
Through the wide courts the crowding Argivesroamt
And swarm triumphant round the.regal dome.
Not half so fierce the foamy deluge bounds.
And bartts resistless o'er the level'd mounda;
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d raarinf o*er the plain,
, tod houses to the main.
t« gate th' Atrides view'd^
er'd o*cr with blopd ;
he mournful scene,
with the mother queen«
ng with his gofe
'd at the shrine before,
.1 worji divine !
(Such were bit hopes of a long regal line)
Rich in barbaric gold, with trophies crown'd,
Sunk with their proud, support of .pillars round ;
And, where the flames retire, the foes possess tl^
*' And now, great queen, you haply lon|; to know
'The fate of Priam in this general woe.
When with sad eyes the venerable sire
Beheld his 11 ion sun^ in hostile fire ;
His palace storm'd, the lofty gates laid low.
His rich pavillions crowded with the foe ;
Inarms, long, since disus'd, the hoary sage
Loads each stiff languid limb, that shook with age;
Girds on an unperforming sword in vain,
And runs on death amidst the hostile train.
Within the courts, beneath the naked sky.
An altar rose ; an aged laurel by ;
That o'er the hearth and household -gods displayed
A SQl^n gloom, a deep majestic shade :
Hither, like doves, who close-embody'd fly
From some dark tempest black'ning in the sky,
The queen for refuge with her daughters ran.
Clung and embracM their images in vain.
But when in cumbrous arms the king she spy'd,
* Alas ! my poor unhappy lord ?* she cry'd,
' What more than madness, 'midst these dire
MovM thee to load thy helpjess age with arms ?
No aid like thine this dreadful hoar demands.
But asks far other strength, far other bands.
Ko ! could my own dear Hector arm again.
My own dear Hector now would arm in vain.
Come to these altars , IterC we all shall have
One common refuge, or one common. grave.'
This said, her aged lord the queen embraced.
And on the sacred seat the monarch placM.
"Whenlol Polites, one of Priam's sons, [runs.
Through darts and fo^, from slaughtering Pyrrbus
Wounded he traverses the cloyster'd dome.
Darts through the courts, and shoots from room to
Close, close behind, pursuM the furious foe.
Just graspM the youth, and aim'd the fatal blow ;
Soon as within his parents' sight he pass'd,
Pierc'd by the pointed death, he brcath'd his last :
He fell ; a purple stream the pawnient dy'd.
The soul coiifies gushing in the crimson tide.
The king, that scrne impatient to survey.
Though death surrounds him, gives his fury way ;
* And oh ! may ev'ry violated god,
Barbarian ! thank thee for this deed of blood ;
(If gods there arc, such actions to regani,)
Oh ! may they give thy guilt the full reward ;
Guilt, tuat a father's sacred eyes dcfiPd
With blood, the blood of his dear murder'd child 1
Unlike thy sire, Achilles the divine !
(But sure Achilles was no sire of thine !)
Poc as I was, the hero deign'd to hear [pray'r ;
The guest's, the suppliant's, king's, and father's
To funeral rites rcstor'd my Hector slain.
And safe di^mlss'd me to my realms again.*
This said, his tremUiiig arm estiy*d to fhrov
The dull dead javelin, that scarce reacb'd the ibt|
The weapon languishingly lag^ along.
And, guiltless, on the buckler faintly rung.
* Thou then be fint,' replies the chidE, ' to go
Witli these sad tidings ta his gb09tbekOTi
Begone-*->flcquaint hina with my orinws inTroy^-
And tell my sire of his degeneratcboy.
Die then,' he' said, and dragged the mooaich on,
I Through the warm blood that issn'd from bis too,
Staggering and sliding in the slipp'ry gore,.
And to the shrine the royal Tiotim bow ;
Dx^k'd in the left he gtmspt the silver bsjrs.
High in the right the flaming blade be reais,
Then to the hilt with all his force api^'d.
He plunged the ruthless falchion in his side.
Such was the fate unhappy Priam found,
Who saw his Troy lie levell'd with the groond ;
He, w|m> found Asia sent bis high ooomiands.
And stretch'd his empbna o'er a htMndrad lands.
Now lies a headless carcase oo the shore.
The man, the monarch, and the nave no nore \
Then, nor till then, I fear^ the forions ibe,
Struck with that scene of uMKsmpled woe ;
S0on as I saw the murder'd king expire;
His old compeer, my venerable sire.
My palace, son, and consort left behind.
All, all, at once came rushing on my mind*
I gaz'd aroqnd, but not a friend was tkere ;*
My hapless friends, abandoned to despuitj
Had leap'd down headlong froia the lofty spiifO,
Tir'd with their toils ; or plung'd amidst the fireb
*' Thus left alone, and wand'ring, 1 survey
Where trembling Helen olose and silent lay
In Vesta's poreh ; and by the dismal gUr*
Of rolling flames discern the fi&tal Cur;
The common plague! by Troy and Greece a^hori'd!
She fear'd alike the vengeful lYojaa sword.
Her injur'd country, and abandon'd lord.
Fast by the shrine I spy'd the lurking dame^
And all my soul was kindled into flanoe :
My ruin'd country to revenge, I stood
In wrath resolved to shed her impiauahlood.
' Shall she, this guilty fair, retorn in peace,
A queen, triumphant, thioogh the reahns ef
And see, attended by her Phrygian tram.
Her home, her parents, spouse, and sons again?
For her curst cause shall raging flames destroy
The stately structures of imperial Troy ?
So many slaughters drench the Dardan shore?
And Priam's self lie welt'ring in his gore ?
No ! — she shall die — for though the victor gain
No fame, no triiunph for a woman slain ;
Yf t if by just revenge the traitress bleed.