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The shepherd Thyrsis and a goatherd are introduced, praising
each other. Thyrsis then entreats the goatherd to play on the pipe, which he declines doing from fear of Pan; but requests Thyrsis to sing for him the song on the death of Dapbnis, promising to reward him with a milch-goat and a bighly wrought cup, which is minutely described. Thyrsis invokes the nymphs, and proceeds with his song.
Wild animals, and the herds, wail for Daphnis ; Mercury and Priapus, the guardians of the country and of shepherds, visit him and endeavour to enliven him. He does not answer them, but when Venus taunts him with his incapacity to resist love, he breaks out into invectives against her. He finally bids farewell to life, which ceases with bis words, Venus in vain endeavouring to resuscitate him.
THYRSIS AND A GOATHERD.
Sweet is the music which the whispering pine
Sweeter thy song than yonder gliding down
Thine, Thyrsis, this twin-bearing goat shall be,
curl the saffron fruit is found.