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OEdipus King of Thebes having by mistake slain his Father Laius, and marry'd his Mother Jocasta, put out his own Eyes, and resign’d the Realm to his Sons, Etheocles and Polynices. Being negleeted by them, he makes his Prayer to the Fury Tisiphone, to sow Debate betwixt the Brothers. They agree at last to Reign singly, each a rear by turns, and the first Lot is obtain'd by Etheocles : The Murmurs of the Peoa. ple on this occasion are defcrib'd in an excellent Speech. Jupiter, in a Council of the Gods, declares his Resolution of punishing the Thebans, and Argives also, by means of a Marriage betwixt Polynices and one of the Daughters of Adrastus King of Argos. Juno opposes, but to no effect; and Mercury is sent on a Message to the Shades, to the Ghost of Laius, who is to appear to Etheocles, and provoke him to break the Agreement. Polynices in the mean time departs from Thebes by Night, is overtaken by a Storm, and arrives at Argos; where he meets with
Tydeus, who had fled from Calydon, having kill'd his Brother. Adrastus entertains them, having receiv’d an Oracle from Apollo that his Daughters shou'd be marry'd to a Boar and a Lion, which he understands to be meant of these Strangers by whom the Hydes of those Beasts were worn, and who arriv'd at the time when be kept an annual Feast in honour of that God. The Rise of this Solemnity he relates to his Guests, the Loves of Phoebus and Psamathe, and the Story of Coræbus. He enquires, and is made acquainted with, their Descent and Quality; The Sacrifice is renew'd, and the Book concludes with a Hymn to Apollo.
The Translator hopes he needs not Apologize for his Choice of this Piece, which was made almost in his Childhood. But finding the Version better, upon Review, than he expected from those Years, he was easily prevail'd upon to give it some Correction, the rather, because no Part of this Author at least that he knows of) has been tolerably turn'd into our Language.
STATIUS his Thebais.
Raternal Rage, the guilty Thebe's Alarms,