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mixed with myrrh, to make them iefs fenlible oi pain :
thus Prov. xxxi. 6. Give frong drink to him that is
ready to perijh. This cuftom was fo frequent among
the Jews, that the cup which was given him before ex-
ecution, came to denote death itfelf, as in that pafPagCj
Father, let this cup pafs from me.

Some have fuppofed that there were three urns, on€
of good, and two of evil ; thus Pindar,

' Evy«g Is-^Aov, TTVif^xTx e-yvowo

But, as Euftathius obferves, the word erg^of fhews that
there were but two, for that word is never ufed when
more thaa two are intended.

272 H O M E R»s I L r A I>. Book XXIV.

An only Ton I and he (alas !) ordainM i

To fall untimely In a foreign land ! 68o

See him, in Troy, the pious care decline

Of his weak age, to li^e the curfe of thine !

Thou too, old man, ha(t happier days beheld; i

fn riches once, in children once excel I'd ;

Extended Phrygia own'd thy ample reign, '^'^^5

And all fair Le(bos' blifsful (eats contain,

And all wide Hellefpont's unmeafur'd main.

Eut fmce the God his hand has pleas-'d to turnj

And fill thy meafure from his bitter urn,

AVhat fees the fun, but haplefs heroes falls ? 690

War, and the blood of men, furround thy walls !

M'hat mud be, muft be. Bear thy lot,. nor fhed

Thefe unavailing forrows o'er the dead ; -

Thou canft not call him from the, Stygian, fliore.

But thou, alas ! may 'ft live to fuffer more ! 69^

To whom the king. O favour 'd of the (lues I
Here let me grow to earth ! lince Hedor lies
On the bare beech, depriv'd of obfequies.

V. 685. Extended Phrygia ^ etc.] Homer here gives
us a piece of geography> and ihews the full extent of
Priam's kingdom. Lefbos bounded it on the fouth,
Phrygia on the eaft, and the Hellefpont on the north.
This kingdom, according to Strabo in the 13th book,
was divided in nine dynaftics, who all depended upon
Piianl as their king : fo that what Homer here relates
of Priam's power is literally true, and confirmed by hi-
(lory. Euftathius.


O give me He6lor ! to my eyes reftore

His corfe, and take the gifts : I afli no more. 700

Thou, as thou may'd, thefe boundlefs (lores enjoy ;

Safe may'ft thou fail, and turn thy wradi from Troy ;

So fhall thy pity and forbearance give

A weak old man to fee the light and live !

INIove me no more (Achilles thus replies, 705

While kindling anger fparkled in his eyes)

V. 706. JVhile kindling anger fparkled in his eyes, 2 I
believe every reader mud: be furprized, as I confefs I
was, to fee Achilles fly out into fo fudden a pallion,
without any apparent reafon for it. It can fcarce be
imagined that the name of Hedor(as Eurtathius thinks)
could throw him into fo much violence, when he had
heard it mentioned with patience and calmnefs by Priam
in this very conference : efpeclally if we remember that
Achilles had ai5lually determined to reftore the body of
Hector to Priam. I was therefore very well pleafed to
find that the words in the original would bear another in-
terpretation, and fuch a one as naturally folves the diffi-
culty. The meaning of the paffage I fancy may be this :
Priam perceiving that his addrefs had mollified the heart
of Achilles, takes this opportunity to perfuade him to
give over the v/ar, and return home ; efpecially fince his
anger was fafficiendy fatisfitd by the fall of He(5tor. Im-
mediately Achilles takes fire at his propofal, and anfwers,
*' Is it not enough that I have determined 10 reftore thy
** fon ? ask no more, left I retra6t that rcfolution " In
this view we fee a natural reafon for the fudden pafTion
of Achilles.

What perhaps may ftrengthcn this conje<51:ure is the
word TT^Qi-rov ; and then the fenfc will run thus ; fince I
have found fo much favour in tliy fight, as firft to permit
nie to live, O wouldeft thou ftill enlarge my happinefs,
and return home to thy own country ! etc.


574 H O M E K's ILIAD. Book XXIV.

Nor feek by tears my (teady foul to bend ;

To yield thy Hetflor I myfelf intend :

For know, from Jove my Goddefs -mother came

(Old Ocean's daughter, filver-footed dame) 710

This opinion may be farther eftablifiied from what
follows in the latter end of this interview, where Achilles
aflis Priam, how many days he would requeft for the in-
terment of He(5lor ? Achilles had refufed to give over
the war, but yet confents to intermit it a few days ; and
then the fenfe will be this : *' I will not confent to re-
" turn home, but afli a time for a ceflation, and it (hall
" be granted." And what mod: ftrongly fpeaks for this
Interpretation is the anfwer of Priam ; I ask, fays he, e-
leven days to bury my fon, and then let the war com-
mence agiiin, (ince// ?nujl befo., eiTvi^ tt.\ce.yxv\ ; fince you
neceiTitate me to it ; or fince^you will notbe perfuadedto
leave thefe lliores.

V. 706. IVhih kindling anger fparkled in his eye(.'\
The reader may be pleafed to obferve that this is the laft
Tally of the refentment of Achilles ; and the poet judid-
oujly defcribes him moderating it by his own refledtion:
fo that his reafon now prevails over his anger, and the
defign of the poem is fally executed.

V. 709, 710. For knoiu, fro}?t Jove iny Goddefs-mo'
ihtr\ The inju(Hce of La Motte's criticifm, (who
blames Homer for reprefenting Achilles fo mercenary,
as to inquire into the price offered for Hedor's body be-
fore he would reftore it) will appear plainly from this paf-
fage, where he makes Achilles exprefly fay, it Is not for
any other reafon that he delivers the body, but that hea-
ven had dlredly commanded it. The words are very full,

— — — A<o'djv yifZotocyfiXa^ iiXH

*^Ot]i Qivv r$ihyi doois ItfI vjJ*? A;i^««yv.


Nor com'ft thou but by heav'n ; nor com'ft alone.

Some God impels v/Ith courage not thy own:

No human hand the weighty gates unbarr'd,

Nor could the boldeft of our youth have dar'd

To pafs our out-works, or elude the guard, ^715

-Ceafe ; left negle(5lful of high Jove's comrnarrd

I ihow thee, king ! thou tread'ft or hoftile Und ;

Rcleafe my knees, thy fuppliant arts give o'er,

And (hake the purpofe of my foul no more.

The fire obey'd him, tremblirja and o'er-aw'd. 6 20
Achilles, like a lion, rufh'd abroad :
Automedon and Alcimus attend,
( Whom moft he honour'd, fince he loft his friend ; )
Thefe to unyoke the mules and horfes went,
And led the hoary herald to the tent^ 725

Next heap'd on high the num'rous prefents bear
(Great Hedlor's ranfom) from the polifti'd car.
Two fplendid mantles, and a cai-pet fpread.
They leave ; to cover, and in wrap the dead.
Then call the handmaids with aiTiftaat toll 73©

To wafh the body and anoint with oil ;
Apart from Priam, left th' unhappy fire
Provok'd to pallion, once more rouze to ire
The ftern Pelides ; and nor facred age
l^or Jove's command, fliould check the rifing rage, y
This done, the garments o'er the corfe they fpread ;
Achilles lifts it to the fun'ral bed :
Then, while the body on the car they laid,
lie groans, and caJJs on Iov*d PatrocIus*fhadc.



If, in that gloom which never h'ght muft know, 740
The deeds of mortals touch the ghofl:s below:
O fiiend 1 forgive me, that I thus fulfill
(Reftoring He(rtor) heav'n's unqueflion'd will.
The gifts the father gave, be ever thine,
To grace thy manes, and adorn th}' fhrine. 745

He faid, and entering, took his feat of (late,
Where full before him rev'rend Priam fate :
To whom, compps'd, the Godlike chief begun.
Lo ! to thy pray'r reftor'd, thy breathlefs fon ;
Extended on the fun'ral couch he lies ; ^TJO-

And foon as morning paints the eaftern skies, V-
The fight is granted to thy longing eyes. 3

Cut now the peaceful hours of ficred night
Demand refe(ftion, and to reft invite :
Nor thou, O father! thus confum'd with woe, 755

The common cares that nourifli life, forego.
Not thus did Niobe, of form divine,
A parent once, whofe forrows equall'd thine :

V. 757. Not thus did -Niohcy etc.] Achilles, to com-
fort Priam, tells him a known hiftory ; which was very
proper to work this effeft. Niobe had loll: all her chil-
dren, Priam had fome remaining. Niobe's had been nine
days extended on the earth, drowned in their blood, ia
the fight of their people, without any one prefenting hlm-
felf to interr them : Hedor has likewife been t^velve
days, but in the midft of his enemies ; therefore it is no
wonder that no one has paid him the laft duties. The
gods at laft interred Niobe's children, and the gods like-
wife are concerned to procure honourable funerals for
He6lor. Euftathius,


Book XXIV. HO:^I ER's I M AD. 27?

Six youthful fons, as many blooming maids ,

In one fad day beheld the Stygian fiiadcs ; 760

Thefe by Apollo*s filver bow were flain,

Thofe, Cynthia's arrows ftretcli'd upon the plain.

So was her pride chafliz'd by wrath divine,

AVho matched her own with bright Latona's line ;

But two the Goddefs, twelve the queen enjoy 'd ; 76J

Thofe boafted twelve di' avenging two dedroy'd,

Steep'd in their blood, and in the duft outfpread,

Nine days, negle61:ed lay expos'd the dead ;

None by to weep them, to inliume them none;

(For Jove had turn'd the nation all to (lone :) 770

The Gods themfelves at length relenting, gave

Th' unhappy race the honours of a grave.

Herfelf a rock, (for fuch was heav'n's high will)

Thro' defarts wild now pours a w^epiitg nil ;

AVhere round the bed whence Achclous fprings, 775

The watVy fairies dance in mazy rings.

There high on Sipylus his fnaggy brow, "p

Slie (lands her own fiid monument of woe ; V*

The rock for €ver lafts, the tears for ever How. 3

Such griefs, O king ! have other parents known ; 780
Remember theirs, amd mitigate thy ov/n.

The care of heav'n thyHeftor has appcar'd,

Nor fliaJl he lie unwept, and unintcrr'd ;

Sson may thy aged cheeks in tears be drown'd,

And ail tlie eyes of Ilion ftream around. j^;

He faid, and riling, chofe the viiflim ewe

AVith filver fleece, which his attendants flew.
Vo L. IV, A a

^73 H O M E R's ILIAD. Book XXIV.

The limbs they fever from the reeking hide,
With (lull prepare them, and in parts divide :
Kach on the coals the fep'rate morfels lays, 790

And hally, fnatches from the rlfing blaze.
^Vith bread the glitt'ring canifters thy load.
Which round the board Automedon beflow'd :
T-he chief himfelf to each his portion plac'd.
And each indulging fliar'd in fweet repafl. 79^

When now tlie rage of hwnger was repreft, ^„
'Ihe wondVing hero eyes his royal gueft :
No lefs the royal gueft the hero €yes,
J lis godlike afpetfl and majcftic fize ;
Here, youthful grace and noble fire engage, 800

And there, the mild benevolence of age.

V. 798. T/;^ royal gueft the hero eyes^ etc.] The poet
omits no opportunity of praifing his hero Achilles, and
It is obfervable that he now commends him for his more
amiable qualities : he foftens the terrible Idea we have
conceived of him, as a warrior, with feveral virtues of
T.umanity ; and the angry, vindi<5live foldier Is become
c<ilni and compafTionate. In this place he makes his ve-
ry enemy admire his perfonage, and be aftoniflied at his
'manly beauty. So that though courage be his moft dl-
flinguifliing chara(51er, yet Achilles Is admirable both for
the endowments of mmd and body.

^H'TTiKi^.cf.'Aav. The fenfe of this word differs In this
place from that it ufually bears ; It does not Imply rg^etxC-
rrflcc v^oic-iKVjv^ any reproachful afperity of language, but
«c-/7-<i5-i» -^zv^^g ipl^Ht the raifing cf a falfe fear In the
old man, that he might not be concerned at his being
lodged in the outermofl: part of the tent ; and by this me-
thod he gives Priam an opportunity of going away in tlie
niornlnfT without obfcrvation. Euflathius.

Boak XXiy . H O M E R's I L I A D. 279

Thus gazing long, the lilence neither broke,
(A folemn fcene !) at length the father fpokc.

Permit me now, belov'd of Jove ! to (leep
My careful temples in the dew of fleep : "So i;

For fince the day that number'd widi the dead
J.Iy haplefs fon, the dud has been my bed.
Soft fleep a ilrangcr to my weeping eyes.
My only food, my forrows and my (ighs !
Till now, encourag'd by the grace you give, Sio

I ihare thy banquet, and confent to live.

Widi that Achilles bade prepare the bed,
With purple foft, and fliaggy carpets fpread ;
Forth, by the flaming lights, they bend their way,
And place the couches, and the cov'rings lay. 815-

Then he : now father fleep, but fleep not here.
Conlult thy fafety, and forgive my fear,
Left any Argive (at this hour awake,
To afli our counfel, or our orders take)
Approaching fudden to our open'd tent, 820

Perchance behold thee, and our grace prevent.

V. 819. To ask our counfi^l^ or o'jr orders iakeT] The
poet here fliews the importance of Achilles In the army ;
though Agamemnon be the general, yet all the chief com-
manders apply to him fbr advice : and thus he promifcs
Priam a ceflation of arms for feveral days, purely by iiis
own authority. The method that Achilles took to con-
firm the truth of the ceflation, agrees with the cuftom
which we tife at this day, he gave him his hand upon it.

'Z^^ yj^oy?^^

EAA<t«g h%C<igviV, Euflathius,
A a 2

28o H O M E R's I L I A T>. Book XXIV,

Should fuch report thy honour'd perfon here,

The king of men the ranfom might defer ;

But fay with fpeed, if ought of thy dcfrre

Remains unafk'd ; what time the rites require 825

T' inter thy HetSlor > For, fo long we ftay

Our flaught'ring arm, and bid the hofts obey.

If then thy will permit (the monarch fiid)
To finifh all due honours to the dead,
Tiiis, of thy grace accord : to thee are known 850
The fears of llion, clos'd within her town,
y\nd at what didance from our walls afpire
The hills of Ide, and forefls for the fire.
Nine days to vent our forrows I requeft,
The tenth fhall fee the fim'ral and the feaft: 835

The next, to raife his monument be giv'n ;
The twelfth v/e war, if war be doora'd by heav'n !

This thy requeft (reply'd the chief} enjoy:
Till tlicn, our arms fufpend tlie fall of Troy.

Then gave his hand at parting, to prevent 840

The old man^s fears, and turn'd within the tent ;
Where fair Biifds bright in blooming charms
EKpeds her hero v.'ith defiring arms.
Hut in the porch the king and herald reft.
Sad dreams of care yet Vv'and'ring in their breaft. 845
Now Gods and men the gifts of fleep partake;
Induftrious Hermes only was awake,
Tiic king's return revolving In IiIs mind.
To pafs diC ramparts, and the watch to blind.

Book XXIV. ' H O M E rs ILIA D. 2S1

The pow'r defcendlng hover'd o'er his head : 8 Jo

And flesp'ft thou, father ! (thus the viTion faid)

Now doft thou deep, when Hedlor is reflor'd ?

Nor fear the Grecian foes, nor Grecian lord ?

Thy prefence here fliou'd (tern Atrides fee,.

Thy ftill furvivmg fons may fue for thee» 85 S

May offer all thy treafures yet contain,

To fpare thy age ; and offer all in vain.

Wak'd with the word, the trembling fire arofe.
And niis'd his friend : the God before him goes.
He joins the mules, direfls them with his hand, 860
And moves in filence thro' the hoftiie land.
When now to Xanthus' yellow ftream they drove,-
(Xanthus, immortal progeny of Jove)
The winged deity forfook their view.
And in a moment to Olympus Hew. 865.

Now fhed Aurora round her faffron ray.
Sprung thro' the gates of light, and gave the day :
Chargd with their mournful load, to Ilion go
The Sfage and king, majeftically flow.
Caffandra firft beholds, from Ilion 's fpirc, ^'70-

-'The fad procellion of her hoary fire,
Then, as the penhve pomp advanced more near.
Her breathlefs brothev ftretch'd upon the bier:
A Oiow'r of tears oVrfiows her beauteous eyes,
Alarming thus ail ilion with her cries. Bj^

Turn here your fteps, and here your eyes employ.
Ye wrctclitd daughters, and ye fons of Troy !.

A a :;

-82 H O M E R's ILIAD. Book XXIV.

If e'er ye rufh'd in crouds, widi vaft delight
To hail your hero glorious from the fight ;
Now meet him dead, and let your forrows flow !
Your common triumph, and your common woe.

In thronging crouds they ifliie to the plains.
Nor man, nor woman, in the walls remains,
In evVy face the felf-fame grief is fhown.
And Troy fends forth one univerfal groan. 8S5

At Sca-a's gates they meet the mourning wain,"
1 lang on the wheels, and grovel round the flain.
The wife and motlier, frantic with defpiiir,
Kifs his pale check, and rend their fcatter'd hair :
Thus wildly wailing, at the gates they lay; 890

And there had figh'd and forrow'd out the day;
But godlike Priam from the chariot rofe ;
Forbear (he cry'd) this violence of woes,
Firft to the palace let the car proceed.
Then pour your boundlefs forrows o'er the dead. 895

The waves of people at his word divide.
Slow rolls the chariot thro' the following tide ;
Ev'n to the palace the fad pomp they wait :
Thy weep, and place him on the bed of ftate,
A melancholy choir attend arround, 900

With plaintive fighs, and mufic's folemn found :

V. 900. A melancholy choir, etc.] This was a cuflom
trencrally received, and which pafTed from the Hebrews
TO the Greeks, Romans, and AJiatics. There were wee-
pers by profeflion, of both fcxes, wlio fung doleful tunes
round the dead. Eccleliafticus, chap. xii. v. 5. When
a man JJoail go into the houfcofhis eternity ^ there Jhall

Book XXIV. H O M E R's ILIAD. 283

Alternately they fing, alternate flo^v

Th' obedient tears, melodious in their woe.

AVhile deeper forrows groan from each full heart.

And nature fpeaks at ev'ry paufe of art. 905

Firft to the corfe the weeping confort flew ;
Around his neck her milk-white arms fhe threw.
And oh my Hed:or ! Oh my Lord ! flie cries,
Snatcli'd in thy bloom from thefe defning eyes !

encompafs him ivecpers. It appears from Saint Mat-
thew, xi. 17. that children were likewile employea in
this office. Dacier.

V. 906. etc. The lafuefitatiorjs over HeHor.'] The
poet judicioully makes Priam to be filent in this general
lamentation ; he has already borne a fufficient (hare in
thefe forrows, in the tent of Achilles, and faid what
grief can didate to a father and a king upon fuch a me-
lancholy fubject. But he introduces three women as
chief mourners, and fpeaks only in general of the lamen-
tation of the men of Troy, an excefs of forrow being
unmanly : whereas thefe women might with decency in-
dulge themfelves in all the lamentation that fondnefs and
grief could fuggeft. The wife, the mother of He^or,
and Helen, are the three perfons introduced ; and though
they all mourn upon the fame occafion, yet their lamen-
tations are fo different, that not a fentence that is fpoken
by the one, could be made uie of by tlie other : Andro-
mache fpeaks like a tender wife, Hecuba like a fond
mother, and Helen mourns with forrow rifmg from felf-
accufation ; Andromache commends his bravery, Hecu-
ba his manly beauty, and Helen his gentlenefs and hu«

Homer is very concife in defcribing the funeral of Hec-
tor, which was but a neceffary piece of condud:, after he
had been fo full in that of Patroclus,


Thou to the difraal realms for ever gone ! gio

And I abandoned, defolate, alone !

An-only Ton, once comfort of our pains,

Sad produ(5t now of haplefs love remains !

Never to manly age that Ton (hall rife.

Or with encreafing graces glad my eyes : 91^

For Ilion now (her great defender flain}

Shall fmk a fmoaking ruin on tlie plain,

Who now protects her wives with guardian care ?

"Who faves her infants from the rage of war ?

Now hoftile fleets mud waft thofe infants o'er, 920

(Thofe wives muft wait 'em) to a foreign fhore !

Thou too, my fon ! to barbVous climes fhalt go,.

The fad companion of thy mother's woe ;

Driv'n hence a flave before the vigor's fword ;.

Condemn'd tc toil for fome inhuman lord, 925

Or elfe fome Greek whofe father prefl the plain.

Or fon, or brother, by great Hefror flain.

In Hedlor's blood his vengeance fhall enjoy.

And hurl thee headlong from the tow'rs of Troy..

For thy ftem father never fpar'd a foe : 930

Thence all thefe tears, and all this fcene of woe !

Thence, many evL's his fad parents bore.

His parents many, but his confort more.

Why gav'ft thou not to me thy dying hand ?

And why receiv'd not I thy laft command ? 935


V. 93^. Why gav^ft thou not to me thy dying hand?
ylndnvh^ receiv'd not I thy laft command?
I have taken thefe two lines from Mr. Congreve,
viiofe tranflatioa of this part was one of liis firft effiiys

Book XXIV. H O M E R's I L I A D. 285

Some word thou wouldlt have fpoke, wliich fadly dear, ,
My foul might keep, or utter w ith a tear ;
Which never, never could be lod in air,
Fix'd in my heart, and oft repeated there !

Thus to her weeping maids flie makes her moan ; 940
Her weeping handmaids echo groan for groan.

The mournful mother next fu(lains her part.
O thou, the beft, the deareft to my heart !
Of all my race thou raoft by heav'n approv'd.
And by th' immortals ev'n in death belov'd ! 945

While all my other fons in barb'rous bands
Achilles bounds and fold to foreign lands.
This felt no chains, but went a glorious ghoft
Free, and a hero to die Stygian coaft,
Sentenc'd, 'tis true, by his inhuman doom, 950

Thy noble corfe was dragg'd around the tomb,
(The tomb of hira thy warlike arm had flain)
UngenVous infult, impotent and vam !
Yet glow'ft thou freih with ev'ry living grace,
No mark of pain, or violence of face ; 95 J

Rofy and fair ! as Pha-bus' filver bow
Difnifs'd thee gently to the Hiades below.

Thus fpoke the dame, and melted into tears.
Sad Helen next in pomp of grief appears :

in poetry. He has very juftly rendered the fenfe of Uw
Ki^ov i^og, d:S?uni pritdens, which is meant of the words
of a dying man, or one in fome dangerous exigence ; at
which rimes what is fpoken is ufually fomething of the
utmofl: importance, and delivered with the utmoft care :
which is tiie true %nificarion of the epithet Uvki-jov in
this place.

286 H M E R's ILIAD. Book XXIV.

Fad from the fliining flulces of her ej^es 960

Fall the round chr^^ftal drops, while thus Hie cries*
Ah deareft friend ! in whom the Gods had join'd
The mildft manners with the braveft mind ;
Now twice ten years (unhappy years) are o'er
Since Paris brought me to the Trojan fhore ; 965

(O had I perifh'd, ere that form divine
Seduc'd this foft, this eafy heart of mine ! )
Yet was it ne'er my fate, from thee to find
A deed ungentle, or a word unkind :
When others curft the auth'refs of their woe, 97

Thy pity check'd my forrows in their flow :
If fome proud brother ey'd me with difdain.
Or fcornful fifter with her fweeping train.
Thy gentle accents foften'd all my pain.
For thee I mourn ; and mourn myfelf in thee, 97 5
The wretched fource of all this mifery !
The fate I caus'd, for ever I bemoan ;
S2d Helen has no friend now thou art gone !
Thro' Troy's wide ftreets abandon'd fhall I roam !
In Troy deferted, as abhorr'd at home ! 9S0

So fpake the fair, with forrow-ftreaming eye :
Diftrefsful beauty melts each flander-by;
On all around th' infecflious forrow grows ;

But Priam check'd the torrent as it rofe.

Perform, ye Trojans J what the rites require, 985

And fell the fore ft s for a fun'ral pyre ;

Twelve days, nor foes, nor fecret arabuih dread j

Achilles grants thefe honours to the dead.

Book XXIV. II O M E R's ILIA D, 287

He fpoke; and at his word, the Trojia train
Their mules and oxen harnefs to the wain, 990

Pour thro' the gates, and icWd ho^n Ida's crown,
Roll back the gather'd forelh to the town.
Thefe toils continue nine fucceeding days,
.^nd high in air a fylvan (Irudure raife.
But when the tenth fair mom began to fliins, 995

Forth to tpe pile was borne the man divine,
And plac'd aloft : while all, with ftreaming eyes.
Beheld the flames and rolling fraokes arife.
Soon as Aurora, daughter of the dawn,
With rofy luflre ftreak'd the dewy lawn; 1 000

Again the mournful crouds furround tlie pyre.
And quench with wine the yet-remaining fire,
The fiiowy bones his friends and brothers place
{ With tears collected) in a golden vafe ;
The golden vafe in purple palls they roll'd, 1 005

Of fofteft texture, and inwrought with gold.
Lad o*er the urn the facred earth they fpread,
And rais'd the tomb, memorial of the dead.
(Strong guards and fples, till all the rites were done,
Watch 'd from the rifing to the fetting fun) loio

All Troy then moves to Priam's court again,
A folemn, fiient, melancholy train :
AlTemblcd there, from pious toil they reft.
And fadly fhar'd the lafl: fepulchral feaft.

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