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Whether the style of Titan please thee more,
Whose purple rays th’Achæmenes adore;
Or

great Ofiris, who first taught the fwain
In Pharian fields, to sow the golden grain; 860
Or Mitra, to whose beam the Persian bows,
pays,

in hollow rocks, his awful vows; Mitra, whose head the blaze of light adorns, Who grasps the struggling heifer's

lunar horns.

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THE

F A B L E

OF

DR Y O P E.

From the Ninth Book of

Ovid’s METAMORPHOSES.

DRY OPE

IN

A R B O R E M.

IXIT: et, admonitu veteris commota mi

nistrae, Ingemuit; quam sic nurus est adfata dolentem: Te tamen, o genitrix, alienae fanguine vestro Rapta movet facies. quid fi tibi mira sororis Fata meae referam ? quanquam lacrymaeque dolor

que Impediunt, prohibentque loqui. fuit unica matri (Me pater ex alia genuit) notissima forma Oechalidum Dryope: quam virginitate carentem, Vimque Dei paffam, Delphos Delonque tenentis, Excipit Andraemon; et habetur conjuge felix.;

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NOTES. Dryops.] Upon the Occafion of the Death of Hercules, his Mother Alcmena recounts her misfortunes to Iole, who answers

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HE said, and for her loft Galanthis fighs,

replies.

Since you a servant's ravish'd form bemoan,
And kindly figh for forrows not your own;
Let me (if tears and grief permit) relate

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A nearer woe, a sister's stranger fate.
No Nymph of all Oechalia could compare
For beauteous form with Dryope the fair,
Hier tender mother's only hope and pride,
(Myself the offspring of a second bride.)
This Nymph compress’d by him who rules the day,
Whom Delphi and the Delian isle obey,
Andræmon lov'd; and, bless’d in all those charms
That pleas'd a God, succeeded to her arms.

NOTES. with a relation of those of her own family, in particular the Transformation of her hjer Dryope, which is the subject of the ensuing Fable.

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