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haunches, the one willing and unresisting, the unruly one very

unwilling; and when they have gone back a little, the one is

overcome with shame and wonder, and his whole soul is bathed in

perspiration; the other, when the pain is over which the bridle and

the fall had given him, having with difficulty taken breath, is full

of wrath and reproaches, which he heaps upon the charioteer and his

fellow-steed, for want of courage and manhood, declaring that they

have been false to their agreement and guilty of desertion. Again they

refuse, and again he urges them on, and will scarce yield to their

prayer that he would wait until another time. When the appointed

hour comes, they make as if they had forgotten, and he reminds them,

fighting and neighing and dragging them on, until at length he, on the

same thoughts intent, forces them to draw near again. And when they

are near he stoops his head and puts up his tail, and takes the bit in

his teeth. and pulls shamelessly. Then the charioteer is. worse off

than ever; he falls back like a racer at the barrier, and with a still

more violent wrench drags the bit out of the teeth of the wild steed

and covers his abusive tongue and-jaws with blood, and forces his legs

and haunches to the ground and punishes him sorely. And when this

has happened several times and the villain has ceased from his

wanton way, he is tamed and humbled, and follows the will of the

charioteer, and when he sees the beautiful one he is ready to die of

fear. And from that time forward the soul of the lover follows the

beloved in modesty and holy fear.

And so the beloved who, like a god, has received every true and

loyal service from his lover, not in pretence but in reality, being

also himself of a nature friendly to his admirer, if in former days he

has blushed to own his passion and turned away his lover, because

his youthful companions or others slanderously told him that he

would be disgraced, now as years advance, at the appointed age and

time, is led to receive him into communion. For fate which has

ordained that there shall be no friendship among the evil has also

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