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Thus in a trice a judge of beauty grown In ev'ry exercise of all admir'd,
(A judge erected from a country clown) He seem'd, nor only seem'd, but was inspir’d:
He long d to see her eyes, in flumber hid, Inspir'd by love, whose business is to please;
And wilh'd his own could pierce within the lid : He rode, he fenc'd, he mov'd with graceful ease;
He would have wak'd her, but restrain'd his More fam'd for sense, for courtly carriage more,

Than for his brutal folly known before.
And love new-born the first good manners taught. What then of alter d Cymon thall we say,
And awful fear his ardent wish with tood, But that the fire which chok'd in athes lay,
Nor durft difturb the goddess of the wood. A load too heavy for his foui to move,
For such the feem'd by her celestial face, Was upward blown below, and bruth'd away by
Excelling all the rest of human race.

And things divine, by common sense he knew, Love made an active progress thro' his mind,
Must be devoutly seen, at distant view: The dusky parts he clear'd, the gross refin'd,
So checking his defire, with trembling heart, The drowsy wak'd; and, as he went, impressid
Gazing he stood, nor would nor could depart; The maker's image on the human breaft.
Fix'd as a pilgrim wilder'd in his way, Thus was the man amended by desire:
Who dares not ftir by night, for fear to stray, And tho' he lov'd perhaps with too much fire,
But stands with awful eyes to watch the dawn His father all his faults with reason scann'd,

And lik’d an error of the better hand;
At length awaking, Iphigene the fair Excus'd the excess of passion in his mind,
(So was the beauty call'd who caus'd his care) By fames too fierce, perhaps too much refin’d:
Unclos'd her eyes, and double day revcald, So Cymon, since his fire indulg'd his will,
While those of all her llaves in fleep were seal'd. Impetuous lov’d, and would be Cymon still;

The Nav'ring cudden, propp'd upon his staff, Galesus he disown'd, asd chose to bear
Stood ready gaping, with a grinning laugh, The name of fool, confirm'd and bishop'd by the
To welcome her awake; nor durst begin

To speak, but wisely kept the fool within. To Cipreus by his friends his fuit he mov’d,
Then she: What makes you, Cymon, here alone |Cipfeus, the father of the fair he lord :
(For Cymon's name was round the country But he was pre-engag'd by former ties,
Because descended of a noble race, [known While Cymon was endeavouring to be wise : -
And for a foul ill forted vith his face). And Iphigene, oblig'd by former vows,
But still the fot stood silent with Turprise, Had given her faith

to wed a foreign tpouse :
With fix'd regard on her new-open'd eyes, Her fire and she to Rhodian Palimond,
And in his breast receiv'd th' envenom'd dart, Though both repenting, were by promise bound,
A tickling pain that pleas'd amid the smart. Nor could retraét; and thus, as fate decreed,
But, conscious of her form, with quick distrust Though better lov’d, he spoke too late to speed.
She saw his sparkling eyes, and fear'd his brutal The doom was past, the thip already sent
This to prevent, thc wak'd her Sleepy crew, (luft: Did all his tardy diligence prevent :
And, rising halty, took a fhort adieu.

Sigh'd to herself the fair unhappy maid,
Then Cymon first his rustic voice essay'd, While stormy Cyinon thus in secret faid:
With proffer'd service to the parting maid, The time is come for Iphigene to find
To see her safe ; his hand the long denied, The miracle the wrought upon my mind :
But took at length, afhan'd of such a guide. Her charms have made me man, her ravish'd love
So Cymon led her home, and leaving there, In rank thall place me with the blest above.
No more would to his country clowns repair ; For mine by love, by force she shall be mine,
But sought his father's house, with better mind, Or death, if force should fail, thall finish my
Refusing in the farm to be confin'd.

The father wonder'd at the fon's return, Resolu'd he said; and rigg'd with speedy care
And knew not whether to rejoice or mourn; A veffel strong, and well equipp'd for war.
But doubtfully receiv'd, expecting till

The secret ship with cholen friends he stor’d;
To learn the secret causes of his alecrid will. And, bent to die or conquer, went aboard.
Nor was he long delay'd : the first request Ambush'd he lay behind the Cyprian fhore,
He made, was like his brothers to be drofs'd, Waiting the fail that all his wishes bore ;
And, as his birth requir’d, above the rest. Nor long expected, for the following tide

With ease his fuit was granted by his fire, Sent out the hostile ship and beautcous bride.
Distinguishing his heir by rich attire:

To Rhodes the rival bark directly fteer'd, His body thus adorn'd, he next defign’d When Cymon sudden at her back appear'd, With lib'ral arts to cultivate his mind:

And stopp'd her flight; then, standing on his prow,
He sought a tutor of his own accord,

In haughty terms he thus defied the foe :
And studied leffons he before abhorr'd.

Or strike your fails at summons, or prepare
Thus the man-child advanc'd, and learn'd fo To prove the last extremities of war.
That in short time his equals he surpafs'd ; (fast, Thuswarn'd, the Rhodiansferohefightprovide;
His brutal manners from his breast exilid, Already were the vessels fide by side ; [bride.
His mien he falhion'd, and his tongue he fild; These obstinate to save, and those to seize the


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But Cymon soon his crooked grapples cast, Not more aghast the proud archangel fell,
Which with tenacious hold his foes embrac'd, Plung'd from the height of heaven to deepest hell,
And, arm’d with sword and thicld, amid the Than stood the lover of his love posseft,
press he pass'd.

Now curs'd the more, the more he had been Fierce was the fight; but, haft’ning to his prey,

bleft; By force the furious lover freed his way :

More anxious for her danger than his own, Himself alone dispers'd the Rhodian crew, Death he defies, but would be lost alone. The weak disdain'd, the valiant overthrew. Sad Iphigene to womanish complaints Cheap conquest for his following friends remain'd; Adds pious prayers, and wearies all the saints He reap'd the field, and they but only glean’d.' Ev’n if the could, her love the would repent ;

His victory confess'd, the foes retreat, But, since the cannot, dreads the punishment : And cast the weapons at the victor's feer, Her forfeit faith, and Pasimond betray'd, Whom thus he cheer'd: 0 Rhodian youth, 1 Are ever present, and her crime upbraid. fought

She blames herself, nor blames her lover less, For love alone, nor other booty soughe: Augments her anger as her fears increase; Your lives are safe; your vefsel I refign; From her own back the burden wonld remove, Yours be your own, restoring what is mine : And lays the load on his ungovern'd love, In Iphigene I claim my rightful due,

Which interposing durst, in Hcaven's despite, Robb’d by my rival, and detain'd by you. Invade and violate another's right: Your Pasimond a lawless bargain drove, The pow'rs incens'd awhile deterr'd bis pain, The parent could not sell the daughter's love; And made him master of his vows in vain : Or, if he could, my love dildains the laws, But soon they punish'd his presumptuous pride; And, like a king, by conquest gains his cause : That for his daring enterprise she died, Where arms take place, all other pleas are vain; Who rather not relifted than complied. Love taught me force, and force shall love maintain; Then, impotent of mind, with alter'd sense You, what by strength you could not kecp, release, She hugg'd ih' offender, and forgave th' offence, And at an easy ransom buy your peace. Sex to the last: meantime, with fails declind,

Fear on the conquer'd fide soon fign'd th'accord, The wand'ring vessel drove before the wind : And Iphigene to Cymon was reford :

Toss'd and retols'd, aloft, and then below, While to his arms the blushing bride he touk, Norport they teck,nor certain course they know, To seeming sadness the compos'd her look ; But every moment wait the coming blow. As if by force subjected to his will,

Thus blindly driven, by breaking day they view'd Tho' pleas'd dissembling, and a woman ftill. The lands before them, and their fears renew di And (for the wept) he wip'd her falling tears, The land was welcome, but the tempest bore And pray'd her to dismiss her empty fears; The threaten’d ship against a rocky ihore. For yours I am, he said, and have deferu'd A winding bay was near; to this they bent, Your love much better whom so long I serv'd, And just escap'd ; their force already spent : Than he to whom your formal father tied Secure from ttorms, and panting from the sea, Your vows, and sold a flave, not sent a bride. The land unknown at leisure they survey; Thus while he spoke, he leiz'd the willing prey, And law (but loon their fickly fight withdrew) As Paris bore the Spartan (poufe away. The rising tow'rs of Rhodes at distant view ; Faintly she scream'd, and ev'n her eyes confcfs’d|And curs'd the hottile shore of Palimond, She rather would be thought, than was, distress’d. Sav'd from the feas, and thipwreck'd on the Who now exults but Cymon in his mind?

ground. Vain hopes and empty jovs of human kind, The frighted sailors tried their strength in vain Proud of the present, to the future blind! To turn the fieru, and rempt the storiny main ; Secure of fate, while Cymon ploughs the fea, But the ftiff wind withstood the lab'ring oar, And stcers to Candy with bisconquer'd prey, And forc'd them forward on the faral thore ! Scarce the third glass of measur'd hours was run, The crooked keel now bites the Rhodian firand, When, like a fiery ineteor, funk the fun, And the ship ir cor'd constrains the crew to land.' The promise of a storm; the thifting gales Yet stiil they might be safe, because unknown; Forlake by fits, and 6ll, the fayging fails; But, as ill fortune feldom comes alone, Hoarse murmurs of the main from far were heard, The vessel they dismiis'd was driven before, And night came on, not by degrees prepar'u, Already shelter'd on their native thore ; But all at once; at once the winds arite, Known cachi, they know, but each with changa The thunders roll, the forky lightning flies.

of cheer ; In vain the master issues out commands, The vanquish'd fide exults, the victors fear; In vain the trembling failors ply their hands : Not them but theirs, made pris'ners ere they fight, The tempest unforcicen prevents their care, Despairing conqueft, and depriv'd of flight. And from the first they labour in despair. The country rings around with loud alarms, The giddy thip, betwixt the winds and tides, And raw in fields the rude militia swarms; Forc'd back, and forwards, in a circle rides, Mouths without hands, maintain'd at vast ex. Stunn’dwith the diff'rent blows; then shoots amain, pence, Till, counterbuti'd, she stops, and liveps again. In peace a charge, in war a wcak defence:




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Stout once a month they march, a blust'ring band;| Both sides he weigh’d; but, after much debate,
And ever, but in times of need, at hand; The man prevail'd above the magistrate.
This was the morn when, issuing on the guard, Love never fails to master what he finds,
Drawn up in rank and file they stood prepar'd But works a diff'rent way in diff'rent minds,
Of seeming arms to make a short essay,
Then hasten to be drunk, the buliness of the This youth proposing to possess and 'scape,

Began in inurder, to conclude in rape :
The cowards would have fled, but that they Unprais'd by ine, tho' Heaven sometimes may bless

An impious act with undeserv'd success;
Themselves fo many, and their foes so few : The great, it seems, are privileg'd alone
But, crowding on, the last the first impel; To punish all injustice but their own.
Till overborne with weight the Cyprians fell. But here I stop, not daring to proceed,
Cymon enllav'd, who first the war begun; Yet blush to Hatter an unrighteous deed ;
And Iphigene once more is loft and won. For crimes are but permitted, nor decreed.

Deep in a dungeon was the captive cast, Resolv'd on force, his wit the prætor bent
Depriv'd of day, and held in fetters fast; To find the means that might secure th' event;
His life was only spar'd at their request, Nor long he labour'd, for his lucky thought
Whom taken he so nobly had relcas d ; In captive Cymon found the friend he fought;
But Iphigenia was the ladies' care,

Th'examplepleas'd; the cause and crime the same;
Lach in their turn address d to treat the fair ; An injur'd lover, and a ravish'd dame.
WhilePasimondandhisthe nuptial feast prepare. How much he durst he knew by what he dar d,

Her secret soul to Cymon was inclin’d, The lefs he had to lose, the less he car'd,
But she must suffer what her fates aflign’d; To manage loathsome life when love was the
So pailive is the church of womankind.

What worse to Cymon could his fortune deal, This ponder'd well, and fix'd on his intent,
Rolld to the lowest spoke of all her wheel ? In depth of night he for the pris'ner fent ;
It refted to dismiss the downward weight, In secret fent, the public view to Thun;
Or raise him upward to his former height; Then, with a sober smile, he thus begun :
The latter pleas'd; and love (concern’d the mos) The pow'rs above, who bounteously bestow
Prepar'd th' amends for what by love he lost. Their gifts and graces on mankind below,
The fire of Pafimond had left a son,

Yet prove our merit first, nor blindly give
Though younger, yet for courage early known, To luch as are not worthy to receive;
Ormiida callid, to whom, by promise tied, For valour and for virtue they provide
A Rhodian beauty was the destin'd bride; Their due reward, but first they must be tried :
Cailandra was her name, above the rest Thele fruitful seeds within your mind they
Renown'd for birth, with fortune amply blest.

fow'd ;
Lyfimachus, who ruld the Rhodian itate, 'Twas yours t' improve the talent they bestow'd :
Was then by choice their annual magistrate ; They gave you to be born of noble kind,
He lov'd Caílandra too with equal fire, They gave you love to lighten up your mind,
But fortune had not favour'd his defire; And purge the groiser parts; they gave you care
Crois’d by her friends, by her not disapprovod, To pleate, and courage to deserve the fair.
Nor yet preferr’d, or like Ormisda lov'd : Thus far they tried you, and by proof they
So stood th' affair ; fome little hope remaind,

That, should his rival chance to lose, he gain'd. The grain entrusted in a grateful ground;
Mean time young Pasimond his marriage But still the great experiment remain’d,

They suffer'd you to lose the prize you gain'd,
Ordain'd the nuptial day, prepar'd the feast ; That you might learn the gift was theirs alonc;
And frugaliy resolv’d (the charge to fun And, when restor'd, to thein the blessing own.
Which would be double should he wed alone) Restor d it soon will be; the means prepar'd,
To join bis brother's bridal with his own. The difficulty smooth'd, the danger thar'd;

Lysimachus, oppress'd with mortal grief, Be but yourself, the care to me retign,
Receiv'd the pew's, and studied quick relief; Then Iphigene is yours, Cassandra mine.
The fatal day approach'd; if force were us’d, Your rival Pasimond pursues your life;
The magistrate his public trust abus'd; Impatient to revenge his ravith'd wife,
To justice liable, as law requir'd;

But yet not his; to-morrow is behind,
For, when his office ceas d, his pow'r expir'd: And love our fortunes in one band has join'd;
While pow'r remain'd, the means were in his Two brothers are our foes; Ormisda mine,

As much declar'd as Palimond is thine;
By force to seize, and then forsake the land : To-morrow must their common vows be tied;
Betwixt extremes he knew not how to move; With love to friend, and fortune for our guide,
A slave to fame, but more a llave to love : Let both resolve to die, or each redeem a bride.
Restraining others, yet himself not free, Right I have none, nor haft thou much to plead;
Made impotent by pow's, debas'd by dignity. 'Tis force, when done, mult justify the deed;


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Our task perform'd, we next prepare for flight; When, like the harpies rushing through the hall,
And let the losers talk in vain of right: The ludden troop appears, the tables fall,
We with the fair will fail before the wind; Their smoking load is on the pavement thrown;
If they are griev'd, I leave the laws behind. Each ravither prepares to seize his own;
Speak thy refolves; if now thy courage droop, The brides, invaded with a rude embrace,
Despair in prison, and abandon hope :

Shriek out for aid, confufion fills the place.
But if thou dar'it in arms rhy love regain Quick to redeum the prey their plig bied lords
(For liberty without thy love were vain) Advance, the palace gleams with thining swords.
Then second my design to leize the prey,

But late is all defence, and succour vain ; Or lead to fecond rape, for well thou know'st the Tne rape is made, the ravithers remain; way.

Tiro sturdy slaves were orly line before Said Cymon, overjoy'd, Do thou propose To bear the purchas'd prize in safery to the shore: The means to fight, and only shew the foes : The troop retires, the lovers close the rear, For from the first, when love had fir'd my mind, With forward faces not confefling fear; Refolu'd I left the care of life behind.

Backward they move, but fcorntheir pace to mend; To this the bold Lysimachus replied: Then feck ibe stairs, and with flow hatte descendo Let beaven be neuter, and the sword decide ; Fierce Pafimond, their pallage to prevent, The fpcutals are prepar'd, already play

Thrust full on Cymon's back in his descent; The minftrels, and provoke the tardy day : The blade return'd unbath'd, and to the hanBy this the brides are wak'd, their grooms are

dle bent. dress'd;

Stout Cymon soon remounts, and cleft in two All Rhodes is summon'd to the nuptial feast, His rival's head with one descending blow; All but myself, the sole unbidden gueft.

And as the next in rank Ormiida ftood, Unbidden though I am, I will be there ; Heturn’d the point; the sword, inur'd to blood, And, join'd by thee, intend to joy the fair. Bor'd his unguarded breaft, which pour'da Now hear the reft; when day resigns the light,

purple flood. And cheerful torches gild the jolly night, With vow'd revenge, the gath'ring crowd pursues, Be ready at my call; my chosen few

The ravithers turn head, the fight renews; With arms administer's shall aid thy crew. The hall is heap'd with corps; the sprinkled gore Then, ent'ring unexpected, will we seize Bcímears the walls, and ficats the marble Boor, Our dettin'd prey, from men dissolv'd in case, Dispers’d at length the drunken tquadron flies, By wine disabled, unprepar’d for fight ; The victors to their vefielbear tie prize; (cries. And, haftening to the feas, suborn our flight: The seas are ours, for I command the fort; Thecrew with merry shouts their anchors veigh, A ship well-mann'd expects us in the port. Then ply their oars, and bruth the buxom fea, If they, or if their friends, the prize contest, While troops of gather'd Rhodians crowd the Death thall attend the man who dares resist.

key. It pleas’d: the prisoner to his hold retir’d; What should the people do when left alone! His troop with equal emulation fir’d, [quir’d. The governor and government are gone : Allfix'd to fight, and all their wonted work re- The public wealth to foreign parts convey'd; The sun arole; the streets were throngid around, Some troops disbanded, and the rest unpaid. The palace open'd, and the posts were crown'd. Rhodes is the lov’reign of the sea no more ; The double bridegroom at the door attends Their thips unigg'd, and spent their naval ftore; Th' expected spouse, and entertains the friends : They neither could defend, nor can pursue, They meet, they lead to church, the priests invoke But grinn’d their teeth, and cast a helpless view: The pou’rs, and feed the flames with fragrant In vain with darts a distant war they try, smoke.

Short, and more thort, the millive weapons fiy. This done, they fcast, and at the close of night Meanwhile the ravíthers their crimes enjoy, By kindled torches vary their delight; And flying frils and fivceping oars employ : Thele lead the lively darce, and those the The cliffs of Rhodes in little fpace are loft ; brimming bowls invite.

Jove's itle they lecki, ror Jove denies his coast. Now at th' appointed place ard hour assign'd In safety landed on the Candian shore, With fouls refolv'd the ravishers were joind; With genrous wines their spirits they restore ; Three bands are form'd; the fift is sent before There Cyrron with his Rhodian friends refides, To favour the retreat, and guard the shore ; Both court and wed at once the willing brides. The second at the palace gate is plac'd, A war ensues, the Cretans own their cause, And up the lofty fairs afcend the last; Stiff to defend their hospitable laws; A peaceful rrcop they feem with thining vests, Both paitics lose by turns, and neither wills, Bur coats of mail boicath secure their breasts. Till peace propounded by a truce begins.

Dauniefs they enter, Cymon at their head, The kindred of the flain forgive the deed, And find the feast renew'd, the table spread; But a thort exile must for thow proceed; Sweet voices, mix'd with inftrumental sounds, The term expir’d, from Candia they remove; Ascend the vaulted roof, the vaulted roof rebounds. And happy each at home enjoys his love.


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To Chaffis' pleasing plains he took his way, § 33. Theodore and Honoria. There pitch d his tents, and there resolv'd to stay.

The spring was in the prime; the neighbour-
A Translation from Boccace. DRYDEN.

ing grove
Of all the cities in Romanian lands, Supply'd with birds, the choristers of love:

The chief, and most renown'd, Ravenna stands, Music unbought, that minifter'd delight
Adorn'd in ancient times with arms and arts, To morning walks, and lulld his cares by nights
And rich inhabitants, with gen'rous hearts. There he discharg‘d his friends; but not th' es.
Bus Theodore the brave, above the rest,

With gifts of fortune and of nature blest, Of frequent treats, and proud magnificence.
The foremost place for wealth and honour held, He liv'd as kings retire, tho' more at large
And all in feats of chivalry excell'd.

From public buriness, yet with equal charge;
This noble youth to madness lov'd a dame With house and heart Itill open to receive ;
Of high degree; Honoria was her name; As well content as love would give him leave :
Fair as the faireft, but of haughty mind, He would have liv'd more free; but many a guest,
And fiercer than became so fott a kind; Who could fortake the friend, pursu'd the feast.
Proud of her birth (for equal she had none) It happ'd one morning, as his fancy led,
The rest the scorn'd, but hated him alone; Before his usual hour he left his bed;
His gifts, his constant courtship, nothing gain'd; To walk within a lonely lawn, that stood
For she, the more he lov'd, the more dildain'd. On every side surrounded by a wood:
He liv'd with all the pomp he could devise, Alone he walk'd, to please his pensive mind,
At tilts and tournaments obtain'd the prize ; And fought the deepest folitude to find :
But found no favour in his lady's eyes : 'Twas in a grove of spreading pines he stray'd;
Relentless as a rock, the lofty maid

Thewindswithin the quiv'ring branchesplay'd,
Turn'd all to poison, that he did or said: And dancing trees a mournful music made.
Nor pray’rs, nor, tears, nor offer'd vows, could The place itself was suiting to his care,

[Atrove Urcouth and savage, as the cruel fair.
The work went backward; and the more he He wander'd on, unknowing where he went,
T' advance his fuit, the farther from her love. Lost in the wood, and all on love intent:

W'caried, at length, and wanting remedy, The day already half his race had run,
He doubted oft, and oft refolu'd to die.

And suinmond him to due repaft at noon,
But pride stood ready to prevent the blow, But love could feel no hunger but his own.
For who would die to gratify a foe?

Whilelist’ning tothe murm’ring leaves he stood,
His gen'rous mind disdain'd so mean a fate! More than a mile immers’d within the wood,
That pass’d, his next endeavour was to hate. At once the wind was laid ; the whisp'ring found
Bit vainer that relief than all the rest,

Was dumb; a rising earthquake rock'd the ground;
The less he hop'd, with more delire possess'd; With deeper brown the grove was overspread;
Love stood the siege, and would not yield his A sudden horror seiz'd his giddy head,

And his ears tingled, and his colour fled;
Change was the next, but change deceiv'd his Nature was in alarm; fome danger nigh

Seem'd ihreaten'd, tho' unseen to mortal eye.
He fought a fairer, but found none so fair. Unus'd to fear, he summon'd all his soul,
He would have worn her out by flow degrees, And stood collected in himself, and whole ;
As men by fafting starve th' untam'd disease : Not long: for foon a whirlwind rose around,
But present love requir'd a present ease. And froin afar he heard a screaming sound,
Looking he feeds alone his familh'd eyes, As of a dame distress’d, who cried for aid,
Feeds ling'ring death, but looking not he dies. And fill'd with loud laments the secret shade.
Yet fill he chose the longest way to fate,

A thicket close beside the grove there food
Wasting at once his life, and his cftate.

With briers and brambles choak’d, and dwarhila His friends beheld, and pity'd him in vain,

For what advice can ease a lover's pain! From thence the noise, which now approaching
Absence, the best expedient they could find,

Might save the fortune, if not cure the mind : With more distinguish'd notes invades his ear;
This means they long propos’d, but little gain d, He rais'd his head, and saw a beauteous maid,
Yet, after much pursuit, at length obtain'd. With hair dithevell d, issuing through the shade,

Hard you may think it was to give consent, Stripp'd of her clothes, and ev'n those parts re-
But struggling with his own defires he went,

veal’d, With large expence, and with a pompous train, Which modest nature keeps from fight conceal'd. Provided as to visit France and Spain,

Her face, her hands, her naked limbs were torn, Or for some distant voyage o'er the main. With palling thro' the brakes, and prickly thorn; But love had clipp'd his wings, and cut him fhoit, Two mattitts gaunt and grim her fight pursued, Conño'd within the purlieus of the court. And oft their fasten’d fangs in blood embru’d: Three miles he went, nor farther could retreat; Oft they came up, and pinch'd her tender side; His travels ended at his country-seat: Mercy, o mercy Heaven! The ran, and cry'd ;






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