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mitted great devastation. Peleus rightly regarded this misfortune as the vengeance of Psamăthê, the mother of Phocus, whom he had slain, for it had taken place in the neighbourhood of the temple of the Nereids, which consequently was sacred to Psamăthê also. He therefore believed that he should look on his loss as a death-offering for Phocus, and thus, though the goodnatured Ceyx, terrified at this fresh prodigy, called out his people to arms, to render help against the monster, Peleus declined his assistance, and sought by prayer to propitiate Psamăthê. She, however, allowed herself to be softened only at the intercession of Thetis. The blood-thirsty wolf, which would not cease from slaughter, was changed by Thetis into a rock. Peleus, however, could not here accomplish the desired expiation, but went onwards out of the country of Ceyx.
Felix et nato, felix et conjuge Peleus,
Expulsumque domo patria Trachinia tellus 5 Accipit. Hic regnum sine vi, sine cæde tenebat 270
Lucifero genitore satus, patriumque nitorem
Quo postquam Æacides fessus curaque viaque 10 Venit et intravit paucis comitantibus urbem, 275 Quosque greges pecorum, quæ secum armenta tra
Velamenta manu prætendens supplice, quis sit 15 Quoque satus, memorat : tantum sua crimina celat,
Mentitusque fugæ causam petit, urbe vel agro
Nostra patent, Peleu, nec inhospita regna tenemus; 20 Adjicis huic animo momenta potentia, clarum 235 Nomen avumque Jovem : nec tempora perde pre
cando: Quod petis omne feres; tuaque hæc pro parte vocato, Qualiacumque vides. Utinam meliora videres !”
Et flebat. Moveat quæ tantos causa dolores, 25 Peleusque comitesque rogant. Quibus ille profatur:
“ Forsitan hanc volucrem, rapto quæ vivit et
291 Terret aves, semper pennas habuisse putetis : Vir fuit, et quanta est animi constantia, tantum
Acer erat belloque ferox ad vimque paratus, 30 Nomine Dædalion, illo genitore creatus,
Illius virtus reges gentesque subegit,
habuit: sed obest quoque gloria multis ; Obfuit huic certe, quæ se præferre Dianæ 321 Sustinuit, faciem que deæ culpavit. At illi
Ira ferox mota est, "Factisque placebimus!" inquit. 40 Nec mora, curvavit cornu, nervoque sagittam
Impulit, et meritam trajecit arundine linguam. 325
Quæ pater haud aliter, quam cautes murmura ponti,
In medios fuit ire rogos; quater inde repulsus
Spicula crabronum pressa cervice gerenti, 335
Effugit ergo omnes, veloxque cupidine leti 55 Vertice Parnasi potitur. Miseratus Apollo Cum se Dædalion saxo misisset ab alto,
340 Fecit avem et subitis pendentem sustulit alis ; Oraque adunca dedit, curvos dedit unguibus hamos,
Virtutem antiquam, majores corpore vires : 60 Et nunc accipiter, nulli satis æquus, in omnes Sævit aves, aliisque dolens fit causa dolendi.” 345
Quæ dum Lucifero genitus miracula narrat
De consorte suo; cursu festinus anhelo
Advolat armenti custos Phoceüs Anetor, 65 Et, “ Peleu, Peleu, magnæ tibi nuntius adsum Cladis !” ait. Quodcumque ferat, jubet edere Peleus;
350 Pendet, et ipse metu trepidat Trachinius heros.
Ille refert: “ Fessos ad litora curva juvencos
Nant alii celsoque exstant super æquora collo. 75 Templa mari subsunt nec marmore clara nec auro,
Sed trabibus densis lucoque umbrosa vetusto; 360
Juncta palus huic est, densis obsessa salictis, 80 Quam restagnantis fecit maris unda paludem.
Inde fragore gravi strepitus loca proxima terret, 365
Fulmineus, rubra suffusus lumina flamma.
Acrior est rabie : neque enim jejunia curat 370
Pars quoque de nobis funesto saucia morsu, 90 Dum defensamus, leto est data. Sanguine litus Undaque prima rubet, demugitæque paludes.
375 Sed mora damnosa est, nec res dubitare remittit: Dum superest aliquid, cuncti coeamus, et arma,
Arma capessamus, conjunctaque tela feramus !” 95 Dixerat agrestis ; nec Pelea damna movebant,
Sed, memor admissi, Nereïda colligit orbam 380
Rex jubet Etæus, cum quis simul ipse parabat 100 Ire; sed Alcyone conjux excita tumultu
Prosilit, et, nondum totos ornata capillos, 385
Mittat ut auxilium sine se, verbisque precatur
Et lacrimis, animasque duas ut servet in una. 105 Æacides illi : “Pulchros, regina, piosque
Pone metus : plena est promissi gratia vestri. 390
Arce locus summa, fessis loca grata carinis : 110 Adscendunt illuc, stratosque in litore tauros
Cum gemitu adspiciunt vastatoremque cruento 395
Cæruleam Peleus Psamathen, ut finiat iram, 115 Orat, opemque ferat. Nec vocibus illa rogantis Flectitur Æacidæ; Thetis hanc pro conjuge supplex
400 Accepit veniam, Sed enim, revocatus ab acri Cæde, lupus perstat, dulcedine sanguinis asper,
Donec inhærentem laceræ cervice juvencæ
Omnia servavit. Lapidis color indicat, illum 405
Fata sinunt: Magnetas adit vagus exsul, et illic 125 Şumit ab Hæmonio purgamina cædis Acasto.
XLIII. CEYX AND ALCYONE:
Ceyx is an affectionate, humane, and pious character of the old legendary world. That he was a son of the morning-star (thence sidereus conjux, v. 35) and king of Trachin, a town in Southern Thessaly, has been already mentioned. He was united in close friendship with Hercules, and both his sons had accompanied that hero on his expeditions, and met an honorable death in battle. Hercules himself had passed the last days of his life with Ceyx at Trachin, before he betook himself to Eta to mount his funeral pile. Now, however, a hard fate befell the pious Ceyx. After the prodigies (prodigia, v. 1) which distressed him on the death of his brother, and the arrival of Peleus in his territories (s. Introd. XLII.), he wished to obtain consolatory advice (oblectamina hominum, v. 2) from the oracle of Apollo. Hordes of robbers prevented him from inquiring at the not very distant oracle of Delphi ; for which reason he resolved on applying at another temple of Apollo, that at Claros in Asia Minor. But the dangerous sea-voyage filled his affectionate consort, Alcyone, with sad apprehension. She, indeed, was herself the daughter of Æðlus, the god of the winds, but for this she was so much the more filled with anxious fear of these mighty powers that maddened the sea and which Æðlus was no longer able to restrain (nil illis vetitum, v. 24). She was to be appeased only by the promise of the speedy return of her consort. Ceyx embarks on his voyage, and the fearful forebodings of Alcyone were unhappily realized. They were scarcely on the middle of their way (medium æquor, v. 66), when a storm shattered the ship, and Ceyx became a prey to the waves, without his father being able to leave the vault of heaven and come to his rescue (v. 158 sqq.). Meanwhile his pious consort, in her loneliness, brings rich offerings to the gods, and supplicates them for the happy return of her husband. Juno, touched by the pious disposition of the unfortunate Alcyone, who, without ceasing, makes offerings and vows for the return of Ceyx, after he had perished in the waves, caused the fate of her husband to be announced to her in a dream.-Description of the dwelling of sleep and dreams.-With Jamentations at this cruel fate, Alcyone now goes to the sea-shore, and visits the spot where, for the last time, she had seen her consort, and had bidden him farewell, as he embarked on his disastrous voyage. There she observes in the distance something that was floating towards her on the waves; she waits till it comes nearer, and at last recognizes the corpse of her husband. In despair she strives to get as near as possible to the beloved body, and while she is springing on the artificial breakwater, built for a fence against the sea (moles manu facta, v. 317), she receives wings, and is changed by the gods into a kingfisher (Alcyon).- Upon this, she flies off to the corpse, which, animated at her touch, takes the form of the same bird. Thus both of them, as transformed beings, remain united in true love, and, when the kingfisher is brooding, Æðlus, in favour of his daughter and grandchildren, keeps the winds confined, and there prevails a still calm, favorable to seafaring people.
Anxia prodigiis turbatus pectora Ceyx, 411 Consulat ut sacras, hominum oblectamina, sortes, Ad Clarium parat ire deum : nam templa profanus
Invia cum Phlegyis faciebat Delphica Phorbas. 5 Consilii tamen ante sui, fidissima, certam 415
Te facit, Alcyone. Cui protinus intima frigus