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P. Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses (ed. Arthur Golding), Book 2, line 676 (search)
The Centaure Chyron wept hereat: and piteously dismaide Did call on thee (although in vaine) thou Delphian God for ayde. For neyther lay it in thy hande to breake Joves mighty hest, And though it had, yet in thy state as then thou did not rest. In Elis did thou then abide and in Messene lande. It was the time when under shape of shepehierde with a wande Of Olyve and a pipe of reedes thou kept Admetus sheepe. Now in this time that (save of Love) thou tooke none other keepe, And madste thee merrie with thy pipe, the glistring Maias sonne By chaunce abrode the fields of Pyle spide certaine cattle runne Without a hierde, the which he stole and closely did them hide Among the woods. This pretie slight no earthly creature spide, Save one old churle that Battus hight. This Battus had the charge Of welthie Neleus feeding groundes, and all his pastures large, And kept a race of goodly Mares. Of him he was afraide. And lest by him his privie theft should chaunce to be bewraide,