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Chorus Or to an island home, sent on a voyage of misery by oars that sweep the brine, leading a wretched existence in halls where the first-created palm and the bay-tree put forth their sacred shoots for dear Latona, a memorial of her divine birth-pains? and there with the maids of Delos shall I hymn the golden head-band and bow of Artemis, their goddess?
Oh! son of Leto, I invoke you, who send forth your holy voice from your golden seat, your central throne, I shall announce it in your ear: O wicked lover, you received no favor from my husband, but you settle a child in the house for him; while my son and yours, unknown, is gone, plundered by birds, and has given up the baby-clothes from his mother. Delos hates you, and so do the laurel shoots beside the palm with delicate leaves, where Leto gave birth to you, a holy birth, in the plants of Zeus.
And you, O Latona, O Apollo, O Diana, whose (I will not say temples, but, as the universal opinion and religious belief agrees,) ancient birthplace and divine home at Delos he plundered by a nocturnal robbery and attack;—You, also, O Apollo, whose image he carried away from Chios;—You, again and again, O Diana, whom he plundered at Perga; whose most holy image at Segesta, where it had been twice consecrated—once by their own religious gift, and a second time by the victory of Publius Africanus—he dared to take away and remove;—And you, O Mercury, whom Verres had placed in his villa, and in some private palaestra, but whom Publius Africanus had placed in a city of the allies. and in the gymnasium of the Tyndaritans, as a guardian and protector of the youth of the city;—
Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation, A description of a
Voiage to Constantinople and Syria
begun the 21. of . and ended the 9. of
March 1593 . wherein is shewed the order of delivering
the second Present by August, 1595 Master Edward Barton her
majesties Ambassador, which was sent from her
Majestie to Sultan Murad Can, Emperour of Turkie. (search)