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SENECA'S TRAGEDIES.

Locumque, coelo pulfa, pellicibus dedi. Tellus colenda eft: pellices coelum tenent 5 Hinc, Ardlos alta parte glacialis poli Sublime claffes fidus Argolicas agit; Hinc, qua tepenti vera laxatur dies, Tyriae per undas vector Europae nitet; mine, timendum ratibus ac ponto gregem 10 Paffim vagantes exferunt Atlantides. Ferro minaci hinc tenet Orion Deos: Suafque Perfeus aureas ftellas habet. Hinc, clara gemini figna Tyndaridae micant: Quibufque natis mobilis tellus ftetit. 15 Nee ipfe tantum Bacchus, aut Bacchi parens, Adiere fuperos: ne qua pars probro vacet, Mundus puellse ferta Gnoffiarae gerit. Sed Vetera querimur: una me dira ac fera Thebana nuribus fparfa tellus impiis ' 20 Quoties novercam fecit? efcendat licet, Meumque viftrix teneat Alcmene locum; Pariterque natus aftra promiffa occupet; In cujus ortus mundus impendit diem, Tardufque Eoo Phoebus effulfit mari 25 Retinere merfum juffus Oceano jubar. NoQ fic abibunt odia. vivaces aget Violentus iras animus, & fsevus dolor JEtems. bella pace fublata geret. Quse bella? quidquid horridum tellus creat 30 Inimica; quidquid pontus aut aer tulit Terribile, dirum, peftilens, atrox, ferum; Fraftum atque domitum eft. fuperat, & crefcit malis;


my quondam throne to my husband's concubines! Henceforth, the Earth must be my place of habitation, whilst those immoral tenants will possess Heaven, once my lawful abode! From one part of the sky (the Northern Heavens) that lofty constellation Arctos is guiding the Grecian fleets, as it shines in the elevated regions of the ice-cold polar firmament; in another part (the Southern Heavens) where the duration of the day is lengthened and the warming influence of the spring is experienced, Taurus (the second sign of the Zodiac) the bearer of the Tyrian captive, Europa, across the waves, is shining in all his radiance—At a greater distance off (the Eastern Heavens) the Atlantides, wandering erratically, show themselves as a group of constellations universally to be dreaded by the various crafts as they traverse the watery main, fearing the threatening tempests; Orion, yonder, too, scares the Gods themselves with his angry and flaming sword, and Perseus has in his retinue of golden stars (26) (commemorative of the shower in which Jupiter embraced his