The Athenaid: A Poem, by the Author of Leonidas

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Page 53 - Lo ! the gate is thrown Abroad ; the priestess, lovely in her shape As virgin Thetis to the nuptial arms Of Peleus led, more blooming than the flow'rs Beneath her decent step, descends the slope : A matron staid, behind her, solemn treads ; Close to her side, in radiant arms, a youth, Who like a brother of the Graces moves. His head, uncas'd, discovers auburn locks Curl'd thick, not flowing : his sustaining hand She, rosy-finger'd, to her own admits. He seem'd Apollo, not with martial fires Such...
Page 53 - By marble fountains, win th' enchanted eye To shady-skirted lawns, to op'ning glades, Or canopies of verdure : all the founts Were grac'd by guardian images of gods, The train of Neptune. — Lo ! the gate is thrown Abroad ; the priestess, lovely in her shape As virgin Thetis to the nuptial arms Of Peleus led, more blooming than the flow'rs Beneath her decent step, descends the slope : A matron staid, behind her, solemn treads ; Close to her side, in radiant arms, a youth, Who like a brother of the...
Page 244 - The freezing skeers of Fate that moment cut My heartstrings; never have they heal'd again; Decay'd and wither'd in the flower of life, My strength deserts my patience : tender friends Provide another grave.
Page 56 - With thee behold me ready to embark For Salamis again, where anchor'd lies The whole confederated fleet. I leave My Ariphilia, this my dear betroth'd, To fight my country's battles ; but return, I trust in Mars, more worthy of her love : To her and Neptune I bnttoow consign 'd The most ennobled of Athenian dames.
Page 2 - To closing day He bade farewell, and hail'd th' ascending stars In music long continued : till the stream With drowsy murmur won his eye to sleep, But left his fancy waking. In a dream The god of day, with full meridian blaze, Seem'd to assume his function o'er the skies ; When, lo ! the earth divided : through the cleft A gush of radiance dimm'd the noon-tide sun. In structure all of diamond, self-pois'd, Amid redundant light a chariot hung Triumphal.
Page 18 - ... he offers up this prayer: " O vanquisher of Python ! Seed of Jove, Whose eleutherian might the tyrant dreads ! Bright pow'r of day, dispenser of that fire Which kindles genius in the human breast ! God of that light diffusing through the soul The rays of truth and knowledge ! Friend to man, His monitor prophetic ! O admit Athenians, anxious for their country's weal, In this her day of peril to consult Thy wisdom, thy protection to implore '." Her tripod high the prophetess ascends : Enthusiastic...
Page 33 - Through lh* assembly vast Meantime an elevated form is seen, With gracious gesture, animating look. Approaching: now before th' Elcan thrones Of solemn judgment he majestic stands, Known for the man by Themis plac'd in rank Above his fellow mortals; archon once Of Athens, now an exile : him the chief Among the grave Hellanodics addrtss'd:
Page 209 - ... plains. Now Amarantha lifts her grateful head, Intent to speak ; but, heavy on the front Of her protectress, heavier in her breast Sat grief, each sense devouring, and her frame Enfeebling ; which, too delicately- wrought. Endures not ev'n remembrance of distress So new, so strange in her exalted state, To youth untry'd by evils. She forgets Her late benignant act, till chance directs Her eye to Amarantha ; when her heart, Sooth'd by the conscience of a gen'rous deed, Her faded cheeks relumincs...
Page 31 - Olympiad ? Not to die Leonidas invites ; no, Greeks, to live ! Surmounting foes enervate by the dread His death impress'd, to fill your cup of life With virtuous glory, to enjoy your hopes In peace, in years and merit then mature Be his companions in eternal bliss.
Page 98 - Where'er you lurk, Athenians, if in sight, Soon shall you view your citadel in flames ; Or, if retreated to a distant land, No distant land of refuge shall you find Against avenging Xerxes : yet I...

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