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P. STATII

THEBAIDOS

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Raternas acies, alternaque regna profanis

Decertata odiis, fontesque evolvere Thebas, Pierius menti calor incidit.

Unde jubetis Ire, Deae? gentisne canam primordia dirae ? Sidonios raptus, et inexorabile pactum Legiş Agenoreae? fcrutantemque aequara Cad:

mum? Longa retro series, trepidum fi Martis operti Agricolam infandis condentem praelia sulcis 10 Expediam, penitusque fequar quo carmine muris Jufferit Amphion Tyrios accedere montes :

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rage, the guilty Thebes' Alarms,
Th’alternate reign destroy'd by impious arins,
Demand our song; a sacred fury fires
My ravish'd breast, and all the Muse inspires.
O Goddess, say, shall I deduce

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From the dire nation in its early times,
Europa's rape, Agenor's stern decree,
And Cadmus searching round the spacious sea?
How with the serpent's teeth he sow'd the soil, 10
And reap'd an iron harvest of his toil?
Or how from joining stones the city sprung,
While to his harp divine Amphion sung?

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Unde graves

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cognata in moenia Baccho,
Quod faevae Junonis opus; cui sumpserit arcum
Infelix Athamas, cur non expaverit ingens
Ionium, focio casura Palaemone mater.
Atque adeo jam nunc gemitus, et prospera Cadmi
Praeteriiffe finam: limes mihi carminis efto
Oedipodae confusa domus: quando Itala nondum
Signa, nec Arctoos aufim sperare triumphos,
Bisque jugo Rhenum, bis adactum legibus Istrum,
Et conjurato dejectos vertice Dacos :
Aut defensa prius vix pubescentibus annis
Bella Jovis. Tuque o Latiae decus addite famae,
Quem nova maturi subeuntem exorsa parentis
Aeternum fibi Roma cupit: licet arctior omnes
'Limes agat stellas, et te plaga lucida coeli
Pleïadum, Boreaeque, et hiulci fulminis expers 35

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Or shall I Juno's hate to Thebes resound,
Whose fatal

rage th' unhappy Monarch found? The fire against the son his arrows drew,

15 O'er the wide fields the furious mother flew, And while her arms a second hope contain, Sprung from the rocks and plung'd into the main.

But wave whate'er to Cadmus may belong, And fix, O Muse! the barrier of thy song At Oedipus---from his disasters trace The long confusions of his guilty race: Nor yet attempt to stretch thy bolder wing, And mighty Cæsar's conqu’ring eagles fing; How twice he tam'd proud Ister's rapid flood, 25 While Dacian mountains stream'd with barb'rous

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blood;

Twice taught the Rhine beneath his laws to roll,
And stretch'd his empire to the frozen Pole,
Or long before, with early valour strove,
In youthful arms t’affert the cause of Jove. 30
And Thou, great Heir of all thy father's fame,
Encrease of glory to the Latian name!
O bless thy Rome with an eternal reign,
Nor let desiring worlds entreat in vain. 34
What tho’the stars contract their heav'nly space,
And croud their shining ranks to yield the place;
Sollicitet; licet ignipedum frenator equorum
Ipfe tuis alte radiantem crinibus arcum
Imprimat, aut magni cedat tibi Jupiter aequa
Parte poli; maneas hominum contentus habenis,
Undarum terraeque potens, et fidera dones. 45
Tempus erit, cum Pierio tua fortior oeftro
Facta canam: nunc tendo chelyn. fatisarma referre
Aonia, et geminis sceptrum exitiale tyrannis,
Nec furiis post fata modum, flammasque rebelles
Seditione rogi, tumulisque carentia regum
Funera, et egestas alternis mortibus urbes; 55
Caerula cum rubuit Lernaeo fanguine Dirce,
Et Thetis arentes afluetum stringere ripas,
Horruit ingenti venientem Ismenon acervo.

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