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AGRIP. My thought aches at him; not the basilisk
More deadly to the sight, than is to me
Why then stays my sovereign,
Where he so soon may
Yes, I will be gone,
But not to Antium - all shall be confess'd,
Whate'er the frivolous tongue of giddy fame
Has spread among the crowd; things, that but whisper'd
Have arch'd the hearer's brow, and riveted
His eyes in fearful extasy: no matter
What; so't be strange and dreadful. - Sorceries,
And you, ye manes of ambition's victims,
V. 169. "Whom have I hurt? has poet yet or peer
"To arch the brows which on them gaz'd."
V. Marvell. Poems, i. 45.
V. 172. Pour rendre sa puissance, et la vôtre odieuses, J'avoûrai les rumeurs les plus injurieuses,
Je confesserai tout, exils, assassinâts,
Britannicus, act iii. sc. 3.
See also Taciti Annales, lib. xiii. c. 15.
V. 176. "Prô facinus ingens! fœminæ est munus datus
If from the realms of night my voice ye hear,
Accept my vengeance. Though by me ye bled,
SCENE II. OTHO, POPP EA.
Отно. Thus far we're safe. Thanks to the
Of amorous thefts: and had her wanton son
Seneca Octavia, ver. 148.
V. 195. "Obstipum caput et tereti cervice reflexum."
Cic. de Nat. Deor. ii. 42.
"Et caput inflexâ lentum cervice recumbit
"Nivea cervice reclinis
Virgilii Ciris. 449.
Manil. Astron. 5. v. 555.
This particular beauty is also given to Helen by Constantine
By the young Trojan to his gilded bark
HYMN TO IGNORANCE.
[See Mason's Memoirs, vol. iii. p. 75. Supposed to be written about the year 1742, when Gray returned to Cambridge.]
HAIL, horrors, hail! ye ever gloomy bowers,
Manasses, in his "Annales," (see Meursii Opera, vol. vii. p. 390):
Δειρὴ μακρὰ καταλευκος, ὅθεν ἐμυθουργήθη
Κυκνογενῆ τὴν εὐόπτον Ἑλένην χρημάτιζειν.
And so also in the Antehomerica of Tzetzes, ed. Jacobs. p. 115 (though the passage is corrupted).
"That soft cheek springing to the marble neck,
Akenside. Pl. of Imag. b. i. p. 112. ed. Park.
V. 197. See Milton. Par. L. iv. 310:
"Yielded with coy submission, modest pride,
And sweet, reluctant amorous delay."
V. 1. "Hail, horrors, hail!" Milton. Par. L. i. 205.
V. 3. "Jam nec arundiferum mihi cura revisere Camum," Miltoni Eleg. i. 11. and 89. "juncosas Cami remeare paludes." Luke.
Glad I revisit thy neglected reign,
Oh take me to thy peaceful shade again.
But chiefly thee, whose influence breathed from
Oh say she hears me not, but, careless grown, Lethargic nods upon her ebon throne.
"Where rivers now
Stream, and perpetual draw their humid train."
Milton. Par. Lost, vii. 310.
V. 14. "To hatch a new Saturnian age of lead."
Pope. Dunciad, i. 28.
And so in the speech of Ignorance in "Henry and Minerva," by I. B. 1729 (one among the poetical pieces bound up by Pope in his library, and now in my possession):
"Myself behind this ample shield of lead,
Will to the field my daring squadrons head." V. 17. "Let Fancy still my sense in Lethe steep."
Shakesp. T. Night. act iv. sc. 1. Luke. V. 22. "Here Ignorance in steel was arm'd, and there Cloath'd in a cowl, dissembled fast and pray'r;
Goddess!, awake, arise! alas, my fears!
For ever gone
High on her car, behold the grandam ride
*** a team of harness'd monarchs bend
Against my sway her pious hand stretch'd out,
And so in the Dunciad, b. i. ver. 80:
"All these, and more, the cloud-compelling queen
Milt. P. L. i. 330. Luke.
V. 37. "Sesostris-like, such charioteers as these
High on his car, Sesostris struck my view,
Pope. T. of Fame. Luke.
And so S. Philips. Blenheim, v. 16:
"As curst Sesostris, proud Egyptian king,
That monarchs harness'd to his chariot yok'd."