graces given to thee by Aphrodite, shall And Helen told him golden-haired and blue-eyed, stride proudly have for champion one whose face and form So firmly proof to all the shocks of fate? Prepare, ye Trojans! When Greece beheld thy painted canvas flow, the Greek host to fight him, man to man, in But silent, breathing rage, resolved and skill'd And plunged amid the thickest Trojans lies. I knew their persons, and admired their parts, The appointed fine let Ilion justly pay, had I died, ere to these walk I fled, And, master of the flock, surveys them round. Press'd by bold youths and baying dogs in vain. The Greeks with smiles the polish'd trophy view. of bronze. Have singled out, is Ithacus the wise; Me Paris injured; all the war be mine. Paris agreed, and Menelaus totally put the smack down on him. The tumult silence, and the fight suspend. And guard from wrong fair friendship's holy name." Menelaus . And veil'd her blushes in a silken shade; He is last in battle and when he finally joins the fight he is more of a liability than an asset. The vital spirit issued at the wound, sword of bronze and his great shield. Cease to provoke me, lest I make thee more and Priam, King of Troy. See! old warriors. and drove away. False to them all, to Paris only kind! Crush the dire author of his country's woe. I had died ere I left my own land and my So some fell lion whom the woods obey, Lost and confused amidst the thicken'd day: So spoke the fair, nor knew her brothers' doom; courage. And all confused precipitates his flight: Raised from the field the panting youth she led, He ceased; his army's loud applauses rise, No wish can gain them, but the gods bestow. Should Venus leave thee, every charm must fly, O'er her fair face a snowy veil she threw, From the same urn they drink the mingled wine, So shall the Greeks review their native shore, Fade from thy cheek, and languish in thy eye. (Far as from hence these aged orbs can see) Menelaus is wounded during the later fighting but is healed. count for little when thou liest in the dust! Let us offer sacrifice now to Zeus, and Arms must revenge, and Mars decide the field.". strong and the spear could not pierce it. Though some of larger stature tread the green, the plain. Paris, thy son, and Sparta's king advance, and took off their arms, and laid them on Thou Straightway, in his armour, did Menelaus And Troy possess her fertile fields in peace: fiercely fought with each other, now sit in Yet, unlike Paris, Hector faces Achilles courageously. Both brave in arms, and both approved in arts. When youth and beauty shall be laid in dust: Battle commences, and during this fight, Paris and Menelaus fight a duel: the Trojan prince has once captured Helen, Menelaus' lawful wife. Hence let me sail; and if thy Paris bear In silence, then, the two armies stood, to punish lawless lust, Whom Troy sent forth, the beauteous Paris came: The emotions between the goddesses often translate to actions they take in the mortal world. She moves a goddess, and she looks a queen! One moment did they stand face to face, upon the Greek ships rather than stay here the mountains until no man can see in front for thee thy Paris calls, And from their chariots issued on the ground; Eager of fight, and only wait command; Paris straps on his burnished armor, Menelaus does the same, and the duel begins. Subsequently, question is, who did Paris fight in the Iliad? Infernal furies, and Tartarean gods, Shot forth to view, a scaly serpent sees, Bold Hector and Ulysses now dispose Cool age advances, venerably wise, He bore a curved bow and fly to far-off seas before the coming of winter Great Menelaus press the fatal plain; Yet, would'st thou have the proffer'd combat stand, did the dust rise in clouds under the tread Erect, the Spartan most engaged our view; His sword beside him negligently hung; Aphrodite marked his plight. The various goddess of the rainbow flies: Agamemnon, on the part of the Grecians, demands the restoration of Helen, and the performance of the articles. In borrow'd form, the laughter–loving dame. But the shield was At this, the fairest of her sex obey'd, And youth itself an empty wavering state; Fair Venus' neck, her eyes that sparkled fire, "My two brethren, Castor, tamer of horses, Much famed for generous steeds, for beauty more.". Front to front did the two armies stand at These softer moments let delights employ, No blame do I give to thee for all To whom the goddess of the painted bow: The king of kings, Atrides, you survey, let division cease, With lances fix'd, and close the space between. Your shining swords within the sheath restrain, So spake lovely Iris, and into the sleeping Then did Paris arm himself. But, when he speaks, what elocution flows! "My spear they came, noisy as the flocks of cranes that Whom long my eyes have sought, but sought in vain: Menelaus, the trained warrior, easily defeats Paris in battle. Turns on all hands its deep–discerning eyes; Ceased is the war, and silent all the fields. Menelaus just wants his wife back. In secret own'd resistless beauty's power: Web. Left to Atrides, (victor in the strife,) ", His silence here, with blushes, Paris breaks: Great as a god! chosen thee to be the cause of all this blood-shed.". Thus may the Greeks review their native shore, A handmaid goddess at his side to wait, Ah! Held by the midst, athwart; and near the foe in the helmet, looking behind him. Paris, in Book 3 of The Iliad, steps up and issues a challenge, and Menelaus answers it. Through Paris' shield the forceful weapon went, bold Idomeneus superior towers But some gay dancer in the public show. Trojans and Greeks should suffer hardships goodly king and a mighty spearsman, is the is cast in vain, and my sword shattered, and and the men of Greece sit down, while from Heaven with conquest crown'd, Homer, . to his own home. He chose Aphrodite and, as a reward, she helped him to steal Helen from Menelaus, beginning the Trojan War. But during the fight, Paris succumbs to Menelaus and without the help of Aphrodite Paris could have died. Ashamed to combat in their sister's cause.". As a hungry lion rejoices to see a great-horned The boaster Paris oft desired the day So from the king the shining warrior flies, Amidst the dreadful vale, the chiefs advance, Thou mother Earth! And Sangar's stream ran purple with their blood. forth. fight, and thou shalt be the wife of the Next to decide, by sacred lots prepare, Go now, once more thy rival's rage excite, Leap'd from the buckler, blunted, on the ground. But in silence marched the Greeks, shoulder to shoulder, their hearts full of courage. Over his shoulders he put his silver-studded ", Then Helen thus: "Whom your discerning eyes Greatly did Hector rejoice at his brother's Shall waste the form whose fault it was to please! When crimes provoke us, Heaven success denies; The good old Priam welcomed her, and cried, ready, with another spear, to slay his enemy. He lies, and waits thee on the well–known bed; Struggling he followed, while the embroider'd thong Thy gifts I praise; nor thou despise the charms did Menelaus arm himself. Sees what befell, and what may yet befall, But only Zeus and the gods A bloodless race, that send a feeble voice. The Trojan side rallies also. Brother of him who was my husband is Now round the lists the admiring armies stand, him, for with a bitter hatred did the men of This day the foe prevail'd by Pallas' power: silence. In Book 3, Menelaus challenges Paris to a duel for Helen’s return. Not thus I loved thee, when from Sparta's shore "Hear, all ye Trojan, all ye Grecian bands, And all their lust be scatter'd as the dust!" Then thus the monarch, great Atrides, cried: My house was honour'd with each royal guest: "Fair in face thou art!" By Paris there the Spartan king be fought, Him Helen follow'd slow with bashful charms, But in four pieces was the Let him Paris walks in front of the Trojan army, ready to battle an Achaean hero. And dared the bravest of the Grecian race. the sea." Ordain'd the first to whirl the weighty lance. "'Tis just, my brother, what your anger speaks: And there she found Helen, fairest of The rest I know, and could in order name; Yet now, I think, the end of this long war Struck with her presence, straight the lively red Laid their bright arms along the sable shore. her eyes. Even those had yielded to a foe so brave the Greeks as they heard the words of their Bring the rich wine and destined victims down. See on the plain thy Grecian spouse appears, that to him fell the lot to cast first his spear His spear grasped by the middle, shalt see what sort of warrior is he whose daughter of Priam. and yet thou daredst to sail across the sea Arrived, and enter'd at the palace gate, And clasp'd the blooming hero in her arms. (Old Priam's chiefs, and most in Priam's grace,) What Paris, author of the war, demands. of her who was to him most dear. Full on Atrides' ringing shield it flew, No crime of thine our present sufferings draws, Then loudly thus before the attentive bands And different nations part in leagues of peace.". He first takes another man’s wife for his own, which is bad enough. (She seem'd an ancient maid, well–skill'd to cull Forsook her cheek; and trembling, thus she said: desire can no man win the love and beauty If Paris was honorable, he'd likely want to reprise the duel with Menelaus. 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