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AENEID Text - Arms and the man I sing who first By fate of Ilian realm amerced To fair Italia onward bore And landed on Lavinium's shore Long

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Arms and the man I sing, who first By fate of Ilian realm amerced, To fair Italia onward bore, And landed on Lavinium’s shore:— Long tossing earth and ocean o’er, By violence of heaven, to sate Fell Juno’s unforgetting hate: Much laboured too in battle-field, Striving his city’s walls to build, And give his Gods a home: Thence come the hardy Latin brood, The ancient sires of Alba’s blood, And lofty-rampired Rome. Say, Muse, for godhead how disdained, Or wherefore wroth, Heaven’s queen constrained That soul of piety so long To turn the wheel, to cope with wrong. Can heavenly natures nourish hate So fierce, so blindly passionate? There stood a city on the sea Manned by a Tyrian colony, Named Carthage, fronting far to south Italia’s coast and Tiber’s mouth, Rich in all wealth, all means of rule, And hardened in war’s sternest school. Men say the place was Juno’s pride More than all lands on earth beside; E’en Samos’ self not half so dear: Here were her arms, her chariot here: Here, goddess-like, to fix one day The seat of universal sway, Might Fate be wrung to yield assent, E’en then her schemes, her cares were bent, Yet had she heard that sons of Troy Were born her Carthage to destroy; From those majestic loins should spring A nation like a warrior king, Ordained for Libya’s overthrow: The web of Fate was woven so. This was her fear: and fear renewed The memory of that earlier feud, The war at Troy she erst had waged In darling Argos’ cause engaged: Nor yet had faded from her view The insults whence those angers grew; Deep in remembrance lives engrained The judgment which her charms disdained. The offspring of adulterous seed, The rape of minion Ganymede: With such resentments brimming o’er, She tossed and tossed from shore to shore The Trojan bands, poor relics these Of Achillean victories, Away from Latium: many a year, Fate-driven, they wandered far and
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2008 for the course ARLT 100g taught by Professor 02:00-03:20pm during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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AENEID Text - Arms and the man I sing who first By fate of Ilian realm amerced To fair Italia onward bore And landed on Lavinium's shore Long

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