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The Iliad of Homer

Page: 68

In thirst of vengeance, at his rival's heart;
The queen of love her favour'd champion shrouds
[pg 062]Illustration: VENUS, DISGUISED, INVITING <strong><a href=HELEN TO THE CHAMBER OF PARIS." title= "VENUS, DISGUISED, INVITING HELEN TO THE CHAMBER OF PARIS." />
VENUS, DISGUISED, INVITING HELEN TO THE CHAMBER OF PARIS.
"Haste, happy nymph! for thee thy Paris calls,
Safe from the fight, in yonder lofty walls,
Fair as a god; with odours round him spread,
He lies, and waits thee on the well-known bed;
Not like a warrior parted from the foe,
But some gay dancer in the public show."
She spoke, and Helen's secret soul was moved;
She scorn'd the champion, but the man she loved.
Fair Venus' neck, her eyes that sparkled fire,
And breast, reveal'd the queen of soft desire.123
[pg 063]Illustration: VENUS PRESENTING <strong><a href=HELEN TO PARIS." title= "VENUS PRESENTING HELEN TO PARIS." />
VENUS PRESENTING HELEN TO PARIS.
Then thus incensed, the Paphian queen replies:
"Obey the power from whom thy glories rise:
Should Venus leave thee, every charm must fly,
Fade from thy cheek, and languish in thy eye.
Cease to provoke me, lest I make thee more
The world's aversion, than their love before;
Now the bright prize for which mankind engage,
Than, the sad victim, of the public rage."
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At this, the fairest of her sex obey'd,
And veil'd her blushes in a silken shade;
Unseen, and silent, from the train she moves,
Led by the goddess of the Smiles and Loves.
Arrived, and enter'd at the palace gate,
The maids officious round their mistress wait;

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