This chapter focuses on Dryden's translation from the Metamorphoses relating the story of Baucis and Philemon, included in his Fables Ancient and Modern (1700), published two months before his death. The tale is offered by Lelex as a demonstration of the power of the gods and a rebuke to atheists and scoffers. Lelex has seen two trees which grow close together, an oak and a linden, and unlike the trees in Claude's painting these are the traces of a remarkable human couple. But like Delos, this too is holy ground, in this case because it has been the site of a theoxeny, the reception of a god.
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