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HE faid, and for her lost Galanthis fighs,

When the fair Consort of her son replies.
Since you a servant's ravish'd form bemoan,
And kindly sigh for sorrows not your own;
Let me (if tears and grief permit) relate 5
A nearer woe, a sister's stranger fate.
No Nymph of all Oechalia could compare
For beauteous form with Dryope the fair,
Her tender mother's only hope and pride,
(Myself the offspring of a second bride.)
This Nymph compress’d by him who rules the day,
Whom Delphi and the Delian isle obey,

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NOTES. with a relation of those of her own family, in particular the Transformation of her sister Dryope, which is the subject of the ensuing table. P.


Excipit Andraemon; et habetur conjuge felix.
Eit lacus, acclivi devexo margine formam 15
Littoris efficiens: summum myrteta coronant.
Venerat huc Dryope fatorum nescia; quóque
Indignere magis, Nymphis latura coronas.
Inque sinu puerum, qui nondum impleverat annum,
Dulce ferebat onus; tepidique ope lactis alebat. 20
Haud procul a stagno, Tyrios imitata colores,
In spem baccarum florebat aquatica lotos.
Carpserat hinc Dryope, quos oblectamina nato 25
Porrigeret, flores: et idem factura videbar ;
Namque aderam. vidi guttas e flore cruentas
Decidere ; et tremulo ramos horrore moveri. 30
Scilicet, ut referunt tardi nunc denique agrestes,
Lotis in hanc Nymphe, fugiens obfcoena Priapi,
Contulerat versos, servato nomine, vultus.

Nefcierat foror hoc; quae cum perterrita retro35

Lotos grows,

Andræmon lov’d; and, bless’d in all those charms That pleas'd a God, succeeded to her arms.

A lake there was, with shelving banks around, Whose verdant summit fragrant myrtles crown'd. These shades, unknowing of the fates, she sought And to the Naiads flow’ry garlands brought: Her smiling babe (a pleasing charge) The prest Within her arms, and nourish'd at her breast. 20 Not distant får, a watry The spring was new, and all the verdant boughs, Adorn’d with blossoms, promis'd fruits that vie In glowing colours with the Tyrian die : Of these she crop'd to please her infant son, And I myself the same rash act had done: But lo! I saw, (as near her side I stood) The violated blossoms drop with blood, Upon the tree I cast a frightful look; The trembling tree with sudden horror shook. 30 Lotis the nymph (if rural tales be true) As from Priapus' lawless lust she flew, Forsook her form; and fixing here became A flow'ry plant, which still preserves her name.34

This change unknown, astonish'd at the fight My trembling sister strove to urge her flight :



Ire, et adoratis vellet discedere Nymphis,
Haeserunt radice pedes. convellere pugnat: 40
Nec quidquam,nifi fumma,movet.succrefcit abimo,
Totaque paulatim lentus premit inguina cortex.
Ut vidit, conata manu laniare capillos,
Fronde manum implevit; frondes caput omne te-

puer Amphiffos (namque hoc avus Eurytus illi
Addiderat nomen) materna rigescere sentit
Ubera: nec sequitur ducentem lacteus humor. 50
Spectatrix aderam fati crudelis ; opemque
Non poteram tibi ferre, foror: quantumque valebam,
Crescentem truncum ramofque amplexa, morabar;
Et (fateor) volui sub eodem cortice condi.
Ecce vir Andraemon, genitorque miserrimus, ad-

sunt; Et quaerunt Dryopen : Dryopen quaerentibus illis Oftendi loton. tepido dant ofcula ligno,


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And first the pardon of the nymphs implor'd,
And those offended sylvan pow'rs ador’d:
But when she backward would have fled, she found
Her stiff'ning feet were rooted in the ground : 40
In vain to free her fasten'd feet the strove,
And as the struggles, only moves above;
She feels th' encroaching bark around her grow
By quick degrees, and cover all below:

Surpriz'd at this, her trembling hand the heaves
To rend her hair; her hand is fill’d with leaves :
Where late was hair, the shooting leaves are seen
To rise, and shade her with a sudden

The child Amphiffus, to her bosom prest,
Perceiv'd a colder and a harder breast,

And found the springs, that ne'er till then deny'd
Their milky moisture, on a sudden dry’d.
I saw, unhappy! what I now relate,
And stood the helpless witness of thy fate,
Embrac'd thy boughs, thy rising bark delay'd, 55
There with’d to grow, and mingle shade with shade,

Behold Andræmon and th' unhappy fire
Appear, and for their Dryope enquire;
A springing tree for Dryope they find,
And print warm kisses on the panting rind.

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