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Won their swift way up to the snowy head
To whom he gave the lyre that sweetly sounded,
"I fear thee and thy sly camelion spirit,
Lest thou should steal my lyre and crooked bow;
"That you will never rob me, you will do
A thing extremely pleasing to my heart."
That he would never steal his bow or dart,
"And I will give thee as a good-will token
Of earthly or divine from its recess,
"For, dearest child, the divinations high
Which thou requirest, 'tis unlawful ever That thou, or any other deity,
Should understand-and vain were the endeavour; For they are hidden in Jove's mind, and I,
In trust of them, have sworn that I would never Betray the counsels of Jove's most will
To any God-the oath was terrible.
"Then, golden-wanded brother, ask me not To speak the fates by Jupiter designed;
But be it mine to tell their various lot
To the unnumbered tribes of human kind.
Tim will 'I not deceive, but will assist;
ms their knowledge light, he shall have mist d-whilst I among my other hoards
A most important subject, trifler, this
Say not that I a'one am fond of prey. I found this little boy in a recess
Under Cyllene's mountains far away-
** I never saw his like either in heaven Or upon earth for knavery or craft:Out of the field my cattle yester-even,
By the low shore on which the loud sea laughed,
And mere astonishment would make you daft
"The cattle's track on the black dust full well
The place from which they came-that asphodel
I know not how I can describe in words
"He must have had some other stranger mode
Seemed like the trail of oak-toppings:-but thence No mark nor track denoting where they trod
The hard ground gave:-but, working at his fence,
A mortal hedger saw him as he past
"I found that in the dark he quietly
Had sacrificed some cows, and before light Had thrown the ashes all dispersedly
About the road-then, still as gloomy night,
Rubbing, and cogitating some new sleight.
"I tax'd him with the fact, when he averred
Of my lost cows, whatever things cows be;
"Great Father, you know clearly before hand That all which I shall say to you is soothe; I am a most veracious parson, and
Totally unacquainted with untruth.
At sunrise Phoebus came, but with no band
Or he would hurl me down the dark abyss.
Is clothed with speed and might and manliness,
I was born yesterday, and you may guess
He well knew this when he indulged the whim
"Am I like a strong fellow who steals kine?
"I swear by these most gloriously-wrought portals — (It is, you will allow, an oath of might) Through which the multitude of the Immortals Pass and repass for ever, day and night, Devising schemes for the affairs of mortals—
That I am guiltless; and I will requite,
So speaking, the Cyllenian Argiphont
Winked, as if now his adversary was fitted : And Jupiter, according to his wont,
Laughed heartily to hear the subtle-witted Infant give such a plausible account,
And every word a lie. But he remitted Judgment at present-and his exhortation Was, to compose the affair by arbitration,
And they by mighty Jupiter were bidden
To go forth with a single purpose both,