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HEBAID Of STATIUS.

BOOK The SEVENTH.

The ARGUMENT.

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U P I T E R angered at the Belays of the Grecian x, Army, sends Mercury to Mars to command him to forward the War. The Temple of that Deity is describedThen follows AdrastusV Speech over the Sepulchre of Archemorus. Mars, by Means of Terror, incites the Grecians to resume their March to Thebes. Bacchus intercedes for his native City with Jupiter, who pacifies him with Promises of a Respite. The Theban Troops and Auxiliaries are drawn out to Battle. Phorbas [gives an; Account of the Commanders of them to Antigone, who ascends one of the Towers for that Purpose. Eteocles harangues his Army. The Greeks are terrified with several Omens in their Route to Thebes. Jocatta with her two Daughters ventures into the Enemies Camp, in order to bring about a Reconciliation hetween the two Brothers, which she had effected, had not the Greeks killed two Tigers belonging to Bacchus. Hostilities commencing, several of Note are stain on both Sides. Amphiaraus, after a great Slaughter of the Enemy, is swallowed up by an Earthquake, with an Account of whith Prodigy the Book ends.

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Indigkant now, th' etherial King survey'd
The Vbeban War by fun'ral Games delay'd,
And shook his Head: beneath the moving God
From Pole to Pole the starry Regions nod,
And Atlas, with unwonted Weight opprest, 2

To the great Author of the Shock addrest

His just Complaint. To Maia's winged Son

In awful Tone th' Almighty thus begun.
Cyllenius, mount the Winds and speed thy Flight
With swift Descent from Heav'ns imperial Height. 10
To where in Air the Thracian Domes arise,
And fair Calysto binds the northern Skies,

v. i. Indignant noiu] Statius has here manifested his Belies of one supreme Almighty Being, whom he introduces with a Dignity and Superiority suiting his Character and Nature. There is a Nobleness in this Description, that would not have disgraced Firgil himself; and the stupendous Effects of the Nod are finely imagined. But after all, he seems more desirous of making this Deity formidable than amiable. He is just, but his Justice is not tempered with Mercy. We find him the Author of all the Blood shed between the two Nations; he listens to the Imprecations ofOedipus, and thinking Mars too dilatory, fends Mercury to him a second Time to rouse him to Battle by Dint of Threats.

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