One alone of those heroes
still lives--or, to speak more correctly, suffers--in a village, totally ignored.
Then Achilles went out upon the seashore, and with a loud cry called on the Achaean heroes.
Danaan heroes," said he, "servants of Mars, it is well to listen when a man stands up to speak, and it is not seemly to interrupt him, or it will go hard even with a practised speaker.
Pelion, which Chiron had once given to Peleus, fraught with the death of heroes.
It told of the dispute between Agamemnon and Menelaus, the departure from Troy of Menelaus, the fortunes of the lesser heroes
, the return and tragic death of Agamemnon, and the vengeance of Orestes on Aegisthus.
But what was this speed compared with that which had carried the three heroes from the mouth of the Columbiad?
The apotheosis was worthy of these three heroes whom fable would have placed in the rank of demigods.
Sometimes there is real religious yearning, and indeed the heroes
of these poems are partly medieval hermits and ascetics as well as quick-striking fighters; but for the most part the Christian Providence is really only the heathen Wyrd under another name, and God and Christ are viewed in much the same way as the Anglo-Saxon kings, the objects of feudal allegiance which is sincere but rather self-assertive and worldly than humble or consecrated.
Indeed, it may be doubted whether Ulysses, who by the way seems to have had the best stomach of all the heroes in that eating poem of the Odyssey, ever made a better meal.
Among these latter, the act of eating, which hath by several wise men been considered as extremely mean and derogatory from the philosophic dignity, must be in some measure performed by the greatest prince, heroe, or philosopher upon earth; nay, sometimes Nature hath been so frolicsome as to exact of these dignified characters a much more exorbitant share of this office than she hath obliged those of the lowest order to perform.
When the reader hath duly reflected on these many charms which all centered in our heroe, and considers at the same time the fresh obligations which Mrs Waters had to him, it will be a mark more of prudery than candour to entertain a bad opinion of her because she conceived a very good opinion of him.
Mrs Waters had, in truth, not only a good opinion of our heroe, but a very great affection for him.