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To EPHARMOSTus of Opus, on his OLYMPIC and

PYTHIAN Victories.

A R G U M E N T.

Pindar begins the Ode with mentioning the Hymn

composed by Archilochus, and indiscriminately Jung before such of the Olympic Viktors as were not fortunate enough to have a Poet to celebrate their particular exploits. He then invokes the Muses, to alift him in praising EPHARMOSTUS for his fuccess at OLYMPIA and Pythia, and tells them it requires no common share of genius. He then, Speaking of his country, commends him for raising it's honor by his skill and success in Athletic Exercises, and implores the asistance of the Graces; asserting, that no glory can be expeeted without the aid of the Superior Powers, by whose help, he says, Hercules was able to oppose Neptune, ApolLo, and Pluto. Here he checks himself, reflecting, that it is wrong to sing of any thing that may

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cast dishonor on the Gods; and, describing DeuCALION's Flood, addresses EPHARŇOSTU S and the Citizens of Opus, as being descendants from him and PYRRHA, by means of their daughter ProTOGENIA, who was carried away by JUPITER, and had a fon by him named Opus, who founded the city of that name. Him he celebrates for his hospitality, and, enumerating his friends, particularly mentions MeneTIUS. From thence he digreffes to the story of his fon PATROCIUS and ACHILLES attacking TELEPHUS.

The Poet now, invoking again the Muses, desires to commemorate the Vislories gained by EPHARMOSTUS and his kinsman LAMPROMACH US, and gives an account of their various triumphs; and, asserting the fueperiority of native over acquired merit, and giving mental accomplishments the preference to all others, he concludes with a compliment to his Hero.

STROPHE I.

HE Lay ABCHILOCH Us prepar'd, the

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Of every

Victor on OLYMPIA's sand,

Might have fufficed, thrice chanted, to proceed
Brave EPHARMOSTUs and his social band;

But from her bow let each AONIAN maid

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The glittering shafts of harmony prepare,

The heights of sacred Elis to invade,
Her shady forests, and her pastures fair;

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Opus, where Themis, with her daughter, reigns,
Divine EUNOMIA.-Mindful of his birth,

He decks the capital of Locris' plains

With every flower on Alpheus' brink that grows, And every blooming wreath Castalia's cirque

bestows.

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E PO DE I.

My votive voice, in soothing lays,
Shall sing the much-lov'd city's praise ;
And, swifter than the courser scours the plain,
Or the wing'd galley cleaves the yielding main,

Will send the Messenger of Fame

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Through all the admiring world, her honors to

proclaim. If haply my affiduous hand

Shall cull the flowers that deck the Graces' Land.

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STROPHE II.

Favor'd by them, Alcides' nervous arm
Repell’d the Monarch of the briny flood;

Nor did the silver bow his heart alarm,

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But, firmly, angry PHeBus' rage he stood;
Nor could stern Pluto's rod his breast dismay,

Which drives the dying to his drear abodes :
Rash Muse, desist! nor urge the impious lay;
Hateful's the wisdom that blasphemes the Gods. 40

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'Tis madness, Atrength absurdly thus to boast,

And mortal might compare with Heaven's trium

phant Hoft.

ANTISTROPHE II.

Let War and Disord, with the ills they bring,

Be banish'd distant from the Ethereal Train:

Fair PROTOGENIA's new-rais'd city sing,

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Where, from PARNASSUS to the level plain,

DEUCALION

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