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[33] _Ad Pindar_, N. ii. 11.

[34] _Fasti_, v.

[35] ‘Might, daughter of Endurance,’ is the abstraction with which Mr
Bury replaces ‘Alcyone, daughter of Atlas.’

[36] Ætna, mother mine.

[37] Cool water which well-wooded Ætna pours down for me from her white
snow, a draught divine.

[38] Was wasting away like snow beneath the long ridge of Hæmus, or
Athos, or Rhodope, or Caucasus at the end of the world.

[39] High-counselling.

[40] Beneath the age-old mountains of Phlius.

[41] And he called it the Hill of Cronos: for before Oinomaos ruled, it
had no name, and it was wet with much snow.

[42] Ætna, whence purest springs of fire unapproachable burst forth
from their caverns; springs which by day pour out a lurid river of
smoke, but in the darkness the rocks are borne on eddies of blood-red
flame to fall crashing upon the ocean-plain far below. So does that
prone monster send forth torrents of fire most dread: a portent
wondrous to look upon, a marvel even to hear from those at hand.

[43] Pillar of heaven, snowy, nurse of keen snow through all the year.

[44] Cithæron, nurse of snow.

[45] Streams of fire shall one day break forth, devouring with
cruel jaws the level fields of fair-fruited Sicily: such fury shall
Typhoeus pour forth, boiling with the missiles of hot, insatiable,
fire-breathing spray, for all that the bolt of Zeus has scorched him to
ashes.

[46] _Il._ xii. 278.

[47] But they stood like mists that Cronos’ son setteth in windless
air on the mountain-tops, at peace, while the might of the north wind
sleepeth and of all the violent winds that blow with keen breath and
scatter apart the shadowing clouds. Even so the Danaans withstood the
Trojans steadfastly and fled not.

[48] And as when from the high crest of a great hill Zeus, the gatherer
of the lightning, hath stirred a dense cloud, and forth shine all the
peaks and sharp promontories, and glades, and from heaven the infinite
air breaks open.


[Transcriber’s Note:

Obvious printer errors corrected silently.

Inconsistent spelling and hyphenation are as in the original.]







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