His servants bore him off, and softly laid His languish’d limbs upon his homely bed.
With these he long sustain’d th’ Herculean arm; And these I wielded while my blood was warm, This languish’d frame while better spirits fed, Ere age unstrung my nerves, or time o’ersnow’d my head.
With lab’ring oars they bear along the strand, Where the tide languishes, and leap aland.
Permit me not to languish out my days, But make the best exchange of life for praise.
A shout, that struck the golden stars, ensued; Despair and rage the languish’d fight renew’d.
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.
…By huntsmen and their eager hounds oppos’dHe whets his tusks, and turns, and dares the war; Th’ invaders dart their jav’lins from afar: All keep aloof, and safely shout around; But none presumes to give a nearer wound: He frets and froths, erects his bristled hide, And shakes a grove of lances from his side: Not otherwise the troops, with hate inspir’d, And just revenge against the tyrant fir’d, Their darts with clamor at a distance drive, And only keep the languish’d war alive.
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