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D R x D E N’S

V I R G I L.

VOLUME II.

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Æneis proceeds in his relation : he gives an account

of the fleet with which he failed, and the success of his first voyage to Thrace; from thence he direcis his course to Delos, and asks the oracle what place the Gods had appointed for his habitation ? By a mistake of the oracle's answer, he settles in Crete : his houfhold Gods give him the true sense of the oracle in a dream : he follows their advice, and makes the best of his way for Italy : he is cast on several shores, and meets with very surprizing adventures, till at length he lands on Sicily; where his father Anchises dies. This is the place he was failing from, when the tempest role, and threw him

upon the Carthaginian coatt. WHEN heaven had overturn’d th’ Trojan state,

And Priam's throne, by too severe a fate :
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When ruin'd Troy became the Grecians prey,
And Ilium's lofty towers in alhes lay :
Warn’d by celestial omens, we retreat,
To seek in foreign lands a happier feat.
Near old Antandros, and at Ida's foot,
The timber of the sacred groves we cut;
And build our fleet : uncertain yet to find
What place the gods for our repose allign'd.
Friends daily flock, and scarce the kindly spring
Began to cloathe the ground, and birds to sing :
When old Anchises fummon'd all to fea :
The crew, my father and the fates obey.
With fighs and tears I leave my native shore, 15
And empty fields, where Ilium stood before.
My fire, my son, our less, and greater gods,
All fail at once; and cleave the briny floods.

Against our coast appears a spacious land,
Which once the fierce Lycurgus did command:
Thracia the name; the people bold in war ;
Vast are their fields, and tillage is their care.
A hospitable realm, while fate was kind;
With Troy in friendship and religion join'd.
I land, with luckless omens ;

then adore

25 Their gods, and draw a line along the Thore : I lay the deep foundations of a wall : And Enos, nam'd from me, the city call. To Dionæan Venus vows are paid, And all the powers that rising labours aid ;

30 A bull on Jave's imperial altar laid.

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