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SENECA'S TRAGEDIES.

Et poffe ccelum viribas vinci fuis Didicit ferendo. fubdidit mundo caput, 7° Nee flexit humeros molis immenfe labor, Mediufque coUo fedit Herculeo polus. Immota cervix fidera & coelum tulit, Et me prementem. Quserit ad fuperos viam. Perge ira, perge, & magna meditaotem opprime. 75 Congredere; manibus ipfa dilacera tuis. Quid tanta mandas odia? difcedant feras: Ipfe imperando feffus Euryftheus vacet. Titanas aufos rumpere imperium Jovis Emitte: Siculi veriticis laxa specum. 80 Tellus gigante Doris excuffo tremens, Suppofita monftri coUa terrifici levet. Sublimis alias Luna concipiat feras. Sed vicit ifta. Quasris Alcidse parem? Nemo eft, nifi ipfe, bella jam fecum gerat. 85 Adfint ab imo Tartar! fundo excitse Eumenides: ignem flammese fpaxgant comas: Viperea faevae verbera incutiant manus. I nunc, fuperbe, coelitum fades pete; Humana temne. jam Styga & Manes, ferox, 90 Fugifle credis? heic tibi oftendam inferos. Revocabo in alta conditam caligine Ultra nocentum exfilia difcordem Deam, Quam munlt ingens mentis oppofiti fpecus. Educam, & imo Ditis e regno extraham 95 Quidquid relidlum eft. veniat invifum Scelus, Suumque lambens fanguinem Impietas ferox, Errorque, & in fe femper armatus Furor. Hoc hoc miniftro nofter utatur dolor. Incipite, famulae Ditis: ardeotem incitse 100 Concutite pinum: & agmen horrendum anguibus Megaera ducat; atque lu<5tifica manu Vaftam rogo flagrante conipiat trabem. Hoc agite. poenas petite violatae Stygis: Concutite peflus: acrior mentem excoquat 105


mass in the least impaired his powerful shoulders, and the sky even has rested on the middle of his immense neck; this neck, without yielding, has sustained the weight of the stars and firmament containing them, and myself pressing down as well with all my force, and yet, knowing all this, I persevere in testing his capabilities further. He is seeking the way, though, to Heaven, therefore let me persevere with my wrathful work, I say—let me still persevere, and let me stop him, who contemplates such extravagant designs—let me dispute his progress—Oh, Juno! Juno! destroy him piecemeal rather with thine own hands! Why dost thou indulge in these odious mandates? Give up all idea about the wild Beasts and