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SENECA'S TRAGEDIES.

Optat, & alto rabicunda tremunt Suppara velo. Candida noftri fecula patres Videre, procul fraude remota. 330 Sua quifque piger litora tangens, Patrioque fenex fai5lus in arvo, Parvo dives, nifi quas tulerat Natale folam, non norat opes. Bene diffepti foedera mundi 335 Traxit in unum TheiTala pinus, JuIIitque pati verbera ponum; Partemque metus fieri noftri Mare fepofitum. dedit ilia graves Improbo pcenas, per tam longos 340 Dufta timores: cum duo monies, Clauftra profundi, hinc atque illino Subito impulfu, velut setherio Gemerent fonitu; fpargeret aftra, Nubefque ipfas mare deprenfum. 345 Palluit audax Tiphys, et omnes Labente manu milit habenas: Orpheus tacuit torpente lyra; Ipfaque vocem perdidit Argo. Quid! cum Siculi virgo Pelori, 350 Rabidos utero fuccincta canes, Omnes pariter folvit hiatus, Quis non totos horruit artus, Toties uno latrante malo? Quid I cum Aufonium diras peftos 355 Voce canora mare mulcerent; Cum Pieria refonans cithara Thracius Orpheus folitam cantu Retinere rates pasne coegit Sirena fequif quod fuit hujus 360 Pretium curfus? auxea pellis; Majufque maxi Medea malum, Merces prima digna carina Nunc jam ceffit pontus, & omnes Patitur leges, non Palladia 365 Compafla manu regum referens Inclita remos quseritur Argo.


even then the too eager sailor wishes to avail himself, to the utmost, of the wind, he would cause the red streamers to quiver again, as they floated in the breeze, above the lofty sails! (These streamers no doubt answered the purpose of our topsails, or at least top-gallant sails, and were not merely ornamental.)—Our forefathers lived in more