The Iliad of Homer eBook

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The Goddess in his form thus them address’d. 
Oh, ancient Monarch!  Ever, evermore
Speaking, debating, as if all were peace; 975
I have seen many a bright-embattled field,
But never one so throng’d as this to-day. 
For like the leaves, or like the sands they come
Swept by the winds, to gird the city round. 
But Hector! chiefly thee I shall exhort. 980
In Priam’s spacious city are allies
Collected numerous, and of nations wide
Disseminated various are the tongues. 
Let every Chief his proper troop command,
And marshal his own citizens to war. 985
She ceased; her Hector heard intelligent,
And quick dissolved the council.  All took arms. 
Wide flew the gates; forth rush’d the multitude,
Horsemen and foot, and boisterous stir arose. 
In front of Ilium, distant on the plain, 990
Clear all around from all obstruction, stands
An eminence high-raised, by mortal men
Call’d Bateia, but the Gods the tomb
Have named it of Myrinna swift in fight. 
Troy and her aids there set the battle forth. 995
Huge Priameian Hector, fierce in arms,
Led on the Trojans; with whom march’d the most
And the most valiant, dexterous at the spear. 
AEneas, (on the hills of Ida him
The lovely Venus to Anchises bore, 1000
A Goddess by a mortal man embraced)
Led the Dardanians; but not he alone;
Archilochus with him and Acamas
Stood forth, the offspring of Antenor, each,
And well instructed in all forms of war. 1005
Fast by the foot of Ida, where they drank
The limpid waters of AEsepus, dwelt
The Trojans of Zeleia.  Rich were they
And led by Pandarus, Lycaon’s son,
Whom Phoebus self graced with the bow he bore. 1010
Apaesus, Adrastea, Terie steep,
And Pitueia—­them, Amphius clad
In mail thick-woven, and Adrastus, ruled. 
They were the sons of the Percosian seer
Merops, expert in the soothsayers’ art 1015
Above all other; he his sons forbad
The bloody fight, but disobedient they
Still sought it, for their destiny prevailed. 
The warriors of Percote, and who dwelt
In Practius, in Arisba, city fair, 1020
In Sestus, in Abydus, march’d behind
Princely Hyrtacides; his tawny steeds,
Strong-built and tall, from Sellcentes’ bank
And from Arisba, had him borne to Troy. 
Hippothous and Pilmus, branch of Mars, 1025
Both sons of Lethus the Pelasgian, they,
Forth from Larissa for her fertile soil
Far-famed, the spear-expert Pelasgians brought. 
The Thracians (all whom Hellespont includes
Within the banks of his swift-racing tide) 1030
Heroic Acamas and Pirous led. 
Euphemus, offspring of Troezenus, son
Of Jove-protected Ceas, was the Chief
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