This mov’d the murderer’s hate; and soon ensued Th’ effects of malice from a man so proud.
The land lies open to the raging east, Then, bending like a bow, with rocks compress’d, Shuts out the storms; the winds and waves complain, And vent their malice on the cliffs in vain.
If any chance has hither brought the name Of Palamedes, not unknown to fame, Who suffer’d from the malice of the times, Accus’d and sentenc’d for pretended crimes, Because these fatal wars he would prevent; Whose death the wretched Greeks too late lamentMe, then a boy, my father, poor and bare Of other means, committed to his care, His kinsman and companion in the war.
These words, so full of malice mix’d with art, Inflam’d with rage the youthful hero’s heart.
Nor yet content, she strains her malice more, And adds new ills to those contriv’d before: She flies the town, and, mixing with a throng Of madding matrons, bears the bride along, Wand’ring thro’ woods and wilds, and devious ways, And with these arts the Trojan match delays.
Meantime the mother goddess, full of fears, To Neptune thus address’d, with tender tears: "The pride of Jove’s imperious queen, the rage, The malice which no suff’rings can assuage, Compel me to these pray’rs; since neither fate, Nor time, nor pity, can remove her hate: Ev’n Jove is thwarted by his haughty wife; Still vanquish’d, yet she still renews the strife.
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