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armed bride,a own sister of Amphitriteb: Zeus from Olympus and Poseidon from the sea. Out of the land of Melisseus,c from fragrant Helicon, Apollo came leading the clear-voiced choir of the Muses. On either side, fluttering with golden locks, the unshorn cluster of his hair was buffeted by the west wind. And after him followed Hera, sister of Zeus; nor did the queen of harmony herself, even Aphrodite, loiter in coming to the groves of the Centaur.d Came also Persuasion,e having fashioned a bridal wreath, carrying the quiver of archer Eros. And Athena put off her mighty helmet from her brow and followed to the marriage, albeit of marriage she was untaught. Nor did Leto‚s daughter Artemis, sister of Apollo, disdain to come, goddess of the wilds thought she was. And iron Ares, even as, helmetless nor lifting warlike spear, he comes into the house of Hephaestus, in such wise without breastplate and without whetted sword danced smilingly. But Strife did Cheiron leave unhonoured: Cheiron did not regard her and Peleus heeded her not.

And as some heifer wanders from the pasture in the glen and roams in the lonely brush, smitten by the bloody gadfly, the goad of kine: so Strife,f overcome by the pangs of angry jealousy, wandered in search of a way to disturb the banquet of the gods. And often would she leap up from her chair, set with precious stones, and anon sit down again. She smote with her hand the bosom of the earth and heeded not the rock. Fain would she unbar the

NOTES

a Thetis.

b Daughter of Nereus and Doris (Hes. Th. 243).

c Legendary king of the district of Helicon (school. Nicand. Ther. ii.).

d Cheiron, who had his cave on Pelion.

e Peitho, an attendant goddess of Aphrodite; cf. Paus. i. 22. 3, Hes. W. 73.

f Eris, daughter of Night (Hes. Th. 225 ff.).






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