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The Iliad of Homer

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The time of two-and-twenty days is taken up in this book: nine during the plague, one in the council and quarrel of the princes, and twelve for Jupiter's stay with the Æthiopians, at whose return Thetis prefers her petition. The scene lies in the Grecian camp, then changes to Chrysa, and lastly to Olympus.

Achilles' wrath, to Greece the direful spring
Of woes unnumber'd, heavenly goddess, sing!
That wrath which hurl'd to Pluto's gloomy reign
The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain;
[pg 002]Illustration: HOMER INVOKING THE <strong><a href=MUSE." title= "HOMER INVOKING THE MUSE." />
HOMER INVOKING THE MUSE.
The trembling priest along the shore return'd,
And in the anguish of a father mourn'd.
Disconsolate, not daring to complain,
Silent he wander'd by the sounding main;
Till, safe at distance, to his god he prays,
The god who darts around the world his rays.
"O Smintheus! sprung from fair Latona's line,47
Thou source of light! whom Tenedos adores,
And whose bright presence gilds thy Chrysa's shores.
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If e'er with wreaths I hung thy sacred fane,49
Or fed the flames with fat of oxen slain;

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