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The fourth Battle continued, in which Neptune affifts the Greeks: the acts of Idomeneus.
NEPTUNE, concerned for the lofs of the Grecians, upon feeing the fortification forced by Hector (who had entered the gate near the ftation of the Ajaxes} affumes the shape of Calchas, and infpires thofe heroes to oppose him: then, in the form of one of the generals, encourages the other Greeks, who had retired to their veffels. The Ajaxes form their troops in a close phalanx, and put a stop to Hector and the Trojans. Several deeds of valour are performed; Meriones, lofing his fpear in the encounter, repairs to feek another at the tent of Idomeneus; this occafions a conversation between those two warriours, who return together to the battle. Idomeneus fignalizes his courage above the reft; he kills Othryoneus, Afius, and Alcathous: Deïphobus and Æneas march against him, and at length Idomeneus retires. Menelaus wounds Helenus, and kills Pifander. The Trojans are repulfed in the left wing; Hector ftill keeps his ground against the Ajaxes, till, being galled by the Locrian fingers and archers, Polydamas advifes to call a council of war: Hector approves his advice, but goes first to rally the Trojans; upbraids Paris, rejoins Polydamas, meets Ajax again, and renews
The eight and twentieth day ftill continues. The fcene is between the Grecian wall and the fea-shore.
HEN now the Thunderer on the fea-beat coast Had fix'd great Hector and his conquering hoft; He left them to the Fates, in bloody fray, To toil and ftruggle through the well-fought day; Then turn'd to Thracia from the field of fight Those eyes that shed infufferable light: To where the Myfians prove their martial force, And hardy Thracians tame the favage horse; And where the far-fam'd Hippemolgian ftrays, Renown'd for juftice and for length of days; Thrice happy race! that, innocent of blood, From milk, innoxious, seek their fimple food : Jove fees delighted; and avoids the scene Of guilty Troy, of arms, and dying men : No aid, he deems, to either hoft is given, While his high law fufpends the powers of Heaven. Mean-time the Monarch of the watery main Obferv'd the Thunderer, nor obferv'd in vain. In Samothracia, on a mountain's brow, Whose waving woods o'erhung the deeps below, He fate; and round him caft his azure eyes, Where Ida's mifty tops confus'dly rife;
Below, fair Ilion's glittering spires were seen,
Far in the bay his fhining palace stands,
He mounts the car, the golden fcourge applies,