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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

THE DEQUEST OF
THEODORE JEWETT EASTMAN

1931

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1874, by

ROBERTS BROTHERS, In the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington,

Cambridge:
Press of John Wilson and Son.

AND ever, as he travelled, he would climb

The farthest mountain ; yet the heavenly chime, The mighty tolling of the far-off spheres Beating their pathway, never touched his ears. But wheresoe'er he rose the heavens rose, And the far-gazing mountain could disclose Nought but a wider earth; until one height Showed him the ocean stretched in liquid light, And he could hear its multitudinous roar,

Its plunge and hiss upon the pebbled shore. Then Jubal silent sat, and touched his lyre no more.

He thought, This world is great : but I am weak, And where the sky bends is no solid peak

To give me footing; but, instead, this main, Like myriad maddened horses thundering o'er the

plain."

GEORGE ELIOT.

SEA AND SHORE.

THE DESCENT OF NEPTUNE.

From the Iliad of Homer, Book XIII.

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O careless watch the monarch Neptune kept:

Wond'ring he viewed the battle where he sat
Aloft on wooded Samos' topmost peak,
Samos, of Thrace; whence Ida's heights he saw,
And Priam's city, and the ships of Greece.
Thither ascended from the sea, he sat;
And thence the Greeks by Trojans overborne
Pitying he saw, and deeply wroth with Jove.
Then down the mountain's craggy side he passed
With rapid step; and, as he moved along,
Beneath the immortal feet of Ocean's Lord
Quaked the huge mountain and the shadowy wood.
Three strides he took; the fourth he reached his goal,
Aigæ, where on the margin of the bay
His temple stood, all glittering, all of gold
Imperishable; there arrived, he yoked
Beneath his car the brazen-footed steeds,
Of swiftest flight, with manes of flowing gold.
All clad in gold, the golden lash he grasped,
Of curious work, and, mounting on his car,
Skimmed o'er the waves; from all the depths below

Gambolled around the monsters of the deep,
Acknowledging their king; the joyous sea
Parted her waves ; swift flew the bounding steeds ;
Nor was the brazen axle wet with spray,
When to the ships of Greece their Lord they bore.
Down in the deep recesses of the sea
A spacious cave there is, which lies midway
'Twixt Tenedos and Imbros' rocky isle ;
Earth-shaking Neptune there his coursers stayed,
Loosed from the chariot, and before them placed
Ambrosial provender; and round their feet
Shackles of gold, which none might break or loose,
That there they might await their Lord's return;
Then to the Grecian army took his way.

LORD DERBY.

THE DESCENT OF NEPTUNE.

From the Iliad of Homer, Book XIII.

THI
"HE monarch Neptune kept no idle watch ;

For he in Thracian Samos, dark with woods,
Aloft upon the highest summit sat,
O’erlooking thence the tumult of the war ;
For thence could he behold the Idæan mount,
And Priam's city, and the Grecian fleet.
There, coming from the ocean deeps, he sat,
And pitied the Greek warriors put to rout
Before the Trojans, and was wroth with Jove.
Soon he descended from those rugged steeps,

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