The Iliad of Homer
Then, all dispersing, various tasks attend;
The queen and goddess to the prince ascend.
Full in her Paris
' sight, the queen of love
Had placed the beauteous progeny of Jove;
Where, as he view'd her charms, she turn'd away
Her glowing eyes, and thus began to say:
"Is this the chief, who, lost to sense of shame,
Late fled the field, and yet survives his fame?
O hadst thou died beneath the righteous sword
Of that brave man whom once I call'd my lord!
The boaster Paris
oft desired the day
's king to meet in single fray:
Go now, once more thy rival's rage excite,
Provoke Atrides, and renew the fight:
bids thee stay, lest thou unskill'd
Shouldst fall an easy conquest on the field."
The prince replies: "Ah cease, divinely fair,
Nor add reproaches to the wounds I bear;
This day the foe prevail'd by Pallas
We yet may vanquish in a happier hour:
There want not gods to favour us above;
But let the business of our life be love:
These softer moments let delights employ,
And kind embraces snatch the hasty joy.
Not thus I loved thee, when from Sparta
My forced, my willing heavenly prize I bore,
When first entranced in Cranae's isle I lay,
Map, titled "Graeciae Antiquae".
THE BREACH OF THE
TRUCE, AND THE FIRST BATTLE.
deliberate in council concerning the Trojan war: they agree upon the
continuation of it, and Jupiter sends down Minerva to break the
truce. She persuades Pandarus to aim an arrow at Menelaus, who is
wounded, but cured by Machaon. In the meantime some of the Trojan
troops attack the Greeks. Agamemnon is distinguished in all the parts
of a good general; he reviews the troops, and exhorts the leaders,
some by praises and others by reproof. Nestor is particularly
celebrated for his military discipline. The battle joins, and great
numbers are slain on both sides.