At length her fury fell, her foaming ceas’d, And, ebbing in her soul, the god decreas’d.
Silent they move, majestically slow, Like ebbing Nile, or Ganges in his flow.
Their broken oars and floating planks withstand Their passage, while they labor to the land, And ebbing tides bear back upon th’ uncertain sand.
But from the time when impious Diomede, And false Ulysses, that inventive head, Her fatal image from the temple drew, The sleeping guardians of the castle slew, Her virgin statue with their bloody hands Polluted, and profan’d her holy bands; From thence the tide of fortune left their shore, And ebb’d much faster than it flow’d before: Their courage languish’d, as their hopes decay’d; And Pallas, now averse, refus’d her aid.
…youth recall, Such as I was beneath Praeneste’s wall; Then when I made the foremost foes retire, And set whole heaps of conquer’d shields on fire; When Herilus in single fight I slew, Whom with three lives Feronia did endue; And thrice I sent him to the Stygian shore, Till the last ebbing soul return’d no moreSuch if I stood renew’d, not these alarms, Nor death, should rend me from my Pallas’ arms; Nor proud Mezentius, thus unpunish’d, boast His rapes and murthers on the Tuscan coast.