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Produce sweet herbs, embalm'd in dewy tears, Whose fragrant virtue fattens well the steers. * Behold that stall beyond the winding flood, • Which to the right appears by yonder wood,

Where the wild olive, and perennial plane, Grow, spread, and flourish, great Apollo's fane, * To which the hinds, to which the Mepherds bow, • And deem him greatest deity below!

Next are the stalls of swains, whose labours bring Abundant riches to the wealthy king; • Four times each year the fertile soil they plow, * And gather thrice the harvests which they low; • The lab'ring hinds, whose hands the vineyards dress, · Whose feet the grapes in purple autumn press, • Know well the vast domain Augéas owns, • Rich fields whose lap the golden ear imbrowns,

Or shaded gardens, far as yonder hills, • Whofe brows are water'd by resplendent rills; • This spacious tract we tend with daily care, • As fits those swains who rural labours share.

• But say, (and all my service you shall claim) "Say for what cause you here a stranger came : • Would you the king cr his attendants see? 'I can conduct you ; only trust to me. • For such your form, and fuch your manly grace, • You seem deriv'd from no ignoble race : • Sure thus the gods, that boalt celestial birth, Appear majestic to the fons of earth.'

He spoke, and thus Jove's valiant son reply'd ; “My wandering steps let some kind thepherd guide “ Tó king Augeas, whom these realms obey; “ To see Augeas am I come this way. " But if fair justice the good monarch draws " To Elis, to administer the laws; • Conduct me to some honourable swain, “Who here presides among his rural train, “ That I to him my purpose may disclose, or And follow what his prudence shall propose : For heaven's eternal wisdom has decreed, " That man of man fhould ever stand in need."

Thus he. The good old herdsman thus reply'd : • Sure some immorial being is your guide ;, • For, lo! your business is already done : * Last night the king, descendent of the sun,

With royal Phyleus, from the town withdrew, • His flocks unnúmber'd and his herds to view. • Thus when great kings their own concerns explore, • By wise attention they augment their store.

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But let me quick, for time is on the wing,
• In yonder’tent conduct you to the king.'

This said, he walk'd before his royal guest,
Much wandering, much revolving in his breaft,
When at his back the lion's spoils he saw,
And in his hand the club, infusing awe.
He wish'd to ak the hero, whence he sprung?
The rising query dy'd upon his tongue :
He fear'd the freedom might be deem'd a fault:
"Tis difficult to know another's thought.

The watchful dogs as near the stalls they wenty
Perceiy'd their coming by their tread and scent,
With open mouths from every part they run,
And bay'd, incessant, great Amphitryon's fon;
But round the swain they wagg'd their tails and play'd,
And, gently whining, secret joy betray'd.
Loose on the ground the stones that ready lay,
Eager he snatch'd, and drove the dogs away ;
With his rough voice he terrify'd them all,
Tho' pleas'd to find them guardians of his stall.
• Ye gods! (the good old herdsman thus began)

What useful animals are dogs to man!
. Had heav'n but fent intelligence to know
• On whom to rage, the friendly or the foe,
"No creature' then could challenge honour more,
• But now too furious, and too fierce ihey roar.'

He spoke; the growling maftiffs ceas'd to bay,
And ftole, obsequious to their stalls away.
The fun now westward drove his radiant fteeds,
And evening mild the noontide heat succeeds ;
His orb, declining, from the pastures calls
Sheep to their folds, and oxen to their stalls.
Herd following herd, it joy'd the chief to see
Unnumber'd cattle winding o'er the lea.
Like watery clouds arising thick in heaven,
By the rough south, or Thracian Boreas driven ;
So faft the îhadowy vapours mount on high,
They cover all the region of the sky;
Still more and more the gathering tempeft brings,
And weightier burdens on its weary wings.
Thus thickening march the cattle o'er the plain,
More than the roads or meadows can contain;
The lufty herds inceffant bellowing keep,
The stalls are fill'd with steers, the folds with sheep.
Tho' numerous flaves ftand round of every kind,
All have their several offices alligo'd.
Some tie the cow's hind legs, to make her ftand
Still, and obedient to the milker's hand :

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Some give to tender calves the swelling teat,
Their lides distend with milky beverage sweet,
Some form fat cheeses with the housewife's art,
Some drive the heifers from the bulls apart.'
Augéas visited the stalls around,
To see what stores in herds and flocks abound;
With curious eye he moved majestic an,
Join’d by Alcides and his royal son.
Here Hercules, of great and teady foul,
Whom mean amazement never could control,
Admir'd such droves in myriads to behold,
Such spreading flocks, that never could be told,
Not one king's wealth he thought them, nor of ten,
Tho' greatest of the rulers over men ::
The fun, his fire, this privilege assign'd,
To be in flocks and herds more rich than all mankind :
These ftill increas'd; no plague e'er render'd vain
The gainful labour of the thepherd-fwain;
Year following year his induftry was bleft,
More calves were rear'd, and still the laft were beft.
No cows e'er cast their young, or e'er declin’d,
The calves were chiefly of the female kind.
With these three hundred bulls, a comely fight,
Whose horns were crooked, and whose legs were white;
And twice an hundred of bright gloffy red,
By whom the business of increase was sped :
But twelye, the flower of all, exulting run
In the green pastures, sacred to the sun;
The stately swan was not so filver white,
And in the meads they took ineffable delight:
These, when gaunt lions from the mountain's brow
Descend terrific on the herds below,
Rush to the war, the favage foe they gore,
Their eyes look death, and horribly they roar.
But molt majestic these bold bulls among
Stalk'd Phaeton, the sturdy and the tsong ;
So radiant, fo refulgent from afar,
The shepherd-fwains compar'd him to a star.
When round the shoulders of the chief he spy'd,
Alarming sight! the lion's tawny hide,
Full at his flank he aim'd his iron head,
And proudly doom'd the matchlefs hero dead :
But watchful Hercules, dovoid of fear,
Seiz'd his left horn, and stopp'd his mad career;
Prone to the earth his stubborn neck he prest,
Then writhd him round, and bruis'd his ample cheft,
At one bold push exerted all his ftrength,
And high in air upheld him at arm's length,

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Through all the wondering train amazement ran, Silent they gaz’d, and thought him more than man,

Phyteus and Hercules (the day far spent) Left the rich pastures, and to Elis went ; The footpath first, which tow’rd the city lay, Led from the stalls, but narrow was the way; Through vineyards next it past, and gloomy glades, Hard to distinguish in the greenwood shades. The devious way as noble Phyleus led, To his right fhoulder he inclin'd his head, And slowly marching through the verdant grove, Thus mild bespoke the progeny of Jove;

By your last bold achievement it appears, Great chief, your fame long since has reach'd my ears, For here arriv'd a youthful Argive fwain, From.Helicé that borders on the main, • Who for a truth among th' Epëans told, " That late he saw a Grecian, brave and bold, • Slay a fell lion, fell to husbandmen, • That in the Nemean forest made his den : " Whether the chief from facred Argos came, • Or proud Mycené, or Tirynthé claim

His birth, I heard not; yet he trac'd his line, • If true my tale, from Perseus the divine. • No Greek but you could such a toil sustain ; 'I reason from that mighty monfter lain, ' A perilous encounter whose rough hide Protects your shoulders, and adorns your side.

Say then, if you are he, the Grecian bold, • Of whom the Argive's wonderous tale was told : • Say, what dread weapon drank the monster's blood, • And how he wander'd to the Nemean wood. • For not in Greece such savages are found, • No beafts thus huge infeft Achaian ground; • She breeds the ravenous wolf, the bear, the boar.

Pernicious monsters! but she breeds no more.. Some wonder'd at accounts so strange and new, • Thought the Greek boastful, and his tale untrue.' Thus Phyleus spoke, and as the path grew wide, He walk'd attentive by the hero's fide, To hear diftinct the toil-sustaining man, Who thus, obsequious to the prince, began : • Son of Augéas, what of me you

heard " Is strictly true, nor has the stranger err'd, “ But since you wish to know, my tongue fall tell, “ From whence the montter came, and how he fell : - Though many Greeks have mention'd this affair, “ Noge can the truth with certainty declare.

« 'Tis thought some god, by vengeful anger (way'd,
“ Sent this fore plague for facrifice unpaid,
To punish the Phoroncans ; like a flood
He delug'd the Pisæans fields with blood ;
“ The Bembinaans, miserable mená
“Felt his chief rage, the neighbours to his den.
“ The hardy talk, this hideous beast to kill,
“Eurystheus first enjoin'd me to fulfil,
" But hop'd me fain: on the bold condi& bent,
“ Arm'd to the field with bow and darts I went :
“ A folid club of rode wild olive made,
“ Rough in its rugged rind, my right hand sway'd :
“ On Helicon's fair hill the tree I found,
“ And with the roots I wrench'd it from the ground,
“ When the close covert I approach'd, where lay
“ The lordly lion, lurking for his prey,
“ I bent my bow, firm fix'd the string, and strait
“ Notch'd on the nerve the messenger of fate :.
Then circumfpect I pry'd with curious eye,
First, unobserv'd, the ravenous beast, to fpy.
Now mid-day reign'd; I neither could explore
“ His paw's broad print, nor hear his hideous roar,
“ Nor labouring rustic find, nor shepherd-swain,
“ Nor cowherd tending catile on the plain,
“ To point the lion's lair : fear chill'd them all,
" And kept the herds and herdsmen in the stall.
“ I search'd the groves, and saw my foe 'at length ;
“ Then was the moment to exert my strength.
Long ere dim evening clos'd he fought his den,
“ Gorg'd with the flesh of cattle and of men;
With flaughter stain'd his fqualid mane appear'd,
Stern was his face, his chest with blood beimear'd.
“ And with his pliant tongue he lick'd his gory beard,
“ Mid sady Mrubs I hid myfelf with care,
Expecting he might issue from his lair.
« Full at his flank I fent a shaft, in vain,
si The harmless shaft rebounded on the plain.
“ Stunn'd at the shock, from earth the savage rais'd
“ His tawny head, and all around him gaz'd;
“ Wondering from whencethe feather'dvengeance flew,
“ He gnash' his horrid teeth, tremendous to the view.
“ Vex'd that the first had unavailing fled :
« A second arrow from the nerve l-{ped ;
“ In his broad cheft, the manfion of his heart,
" I launch'd the shaft wich ineffectual art;
“ His hair, his hide, the feather'd' death repel:
“ Before his feet it innocently fell."
Enrag'd, once more I try'd my bow to draw,
“ Then first his foe, the furious monster saw :

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