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ILYSSUS MEETING CREUSA.
FROM HIS TRAGEDY OF CREUSA.
PLEASE you, great queen, In yon pavilion to repose, and wait Th' arrival of the king. Creusa.
Ilyssus. The servant of the god who guards this fane.
Ilyssus, gracious queen,
Ha! Ilyssus !
I have no country;
Who were thy parents ?
Creusa. How cam’st thou hither?
Eighteen years are past
Creusa. Eighteen years! good heaven!
That fatal time recals a scene of woe-
I have been told
Unhappy child! But more, O ten times more unhappy they Who lost perhaps in thee their only offspring! What pangs, what anguish, must the mother feel, Compell’d, no doubt, by some disastrous fate-But this is all conjecture.Ilyssus.
O great queen, Had those from whom I sprung been form'd like thee, Had they e'er felt the secret pangs of nature, They had not left me to the desart world So totally expos'd. I rather fear I am the child of lowliness and vice, And happy only in my ignorance. -Why should she weep? O if her tears can fall For ev'n a stranger's but suspected woes, How is that people blest where she presides As queen, and mother!—Please
I retire ? Creusa. No, stay. Thy sentiments at least bespeak A gen'rous education. Tell me, youth, How has thy mind been form’d? Ilyssus.
In that, great queen, I never wanted parents. The good priests And pious priestess, who with care sustain'd
My helpless infancy, left not my youth
Aletes, said'st thou ?
It is, great queen,
Creusa. What did he teach thee?
To adore high heaven,
What things were those ?
Creusa. And did those sports delight thee?
Ilyssus. Great queen, I do confess, my soul mix'd
with them. Whene'er I grasp'd the osier-platted shield, Or sent the mimic javelin to its mark, I felt I know not what of manhood in me. But then I knew my duty, and repressid The swelling ardour. 'Tis to shades, I cried, The servant of the temple must confine His less ambitious, not less virtuous cares. Creusa. Did the good man observe, and blame thy
ardour ? Ilyssus. He only smil'd at my too forward zeal; Nay, seem'd to think such sports were necessary To soften, what he call'd, more rig'rous studies.
Creusa.--Suppose when I return to Athens, youth, Thou should'st attend me thither! would'st thou trust To me thy future fortunes ? Ilyssus.
O most gladly!
Creusa. Ilyesus, we will find a time to speak
She must mean something sure. Tho' good Aletes
A TALE FOR MARRIED PEOPLE.
A GENTLE maid, of rural breeding,
The morning sun beheld her rove