Bears other import, to inwrap, to hide it
Close in the covering earth's profoundest gloom.
This, in the presage of my thoughts that flow
Benevolent to thee, have I proposed;
And all, we trust, shall be successful to thee.
Thy friendly judgment first hath placed these dreams
In a fair light, confirming the event
Benevolent to my son and to my house.
May all the good be ratified! These rites
Shall, at thy bidding, to the powers of heaven,
And to the manes of our friends, be paid
In order meet, when I return; meanwhile
Indulge me, friends, who wish to be inform'd
Where, in what clime, the towers of Athens rise.
Far in the west, where sets the imperial sun.
Yet my son will'd the conquest of this town.
May Greece through all her states bend to his power!
Send they embattled numbers to the field?
A force that to the Medes hath wrought much wo.
Have they sufficient treasures in their houses?
Their rich earth yields a copious fount of silver.
From the strong bow wing they the barbed shaft?
They grasp the stout spear, and the massy shield.
What monarch reigns, whose power commands their ranks?
Slaves to no lord, they own no kingly power.
How can they then resist the invading foe?
As to spread havoc through the numerous host,
That round Darius form'd their glitt'ring files.
Thy words strike deep, and wound the parent's breast
Whose sons are march'd to such a dangerous field.
But, if I judge aright, thou soon shalt hear
Each circumstance; for this way, mark him, speeds
A Persian messenger; he bears, be sure,