Stung with my loss, and raving with despair, Abandoning my now forgotten care, Of counsel, comfort, and of hope bereft, My sire, my son, my country gods I left.
For you I have provok’d a tyrant’s hate, Incens’d the Libyan and the Tyrian state; For you alone I suffer in my fame, Bereft of honor, and expos’d to shame.
Some hostile god, for some unknown offense, Had sure bereft my mind of better sense; For, while thro’ winding ways I took my flight, And sought the shelter of the gloomy night, Alas!
Now by the winds and raging waves I swear, Your safety, more than mine, was then my care; Lest, of the guide bereft, the rudder lost, Your ship should run against the rocky coast.
Of hope bereft, No means of safe return by flight are left.
A second spear, which kept the former course, From the same hand, and sent with equal force, His right arm pierc’d, and holding on, bereft His use of both, and pinion’d down his left.
Thus having said, of kind remorse bereft, He seiz’d his helm, and dragg’d him with his left; Then with his right hand, while his neck he wreath’d, Up to the hilts his shining fauchion sheath’d.
Then young Ascanius, who, before this day, Was wont in woods to shoot the savage prey, First bent in martial strife the twanging bow, And exercis’d against a human foeWith this bereft Numanus of his life, Who Turnus’ younger sister took to wife.
Had you deferr’d, at least, your hasty flight, And left behind some pledge of our delight, Some babe to bless the mother’s mournful sight, Some young Aeneas, to supply your place, Whose features might express his father’s face; I should not then complain to live bereft Of all my husband, or be wholly left."
Confus’d with fear, bereft of human aid, Then Turnus to the gods, and first to Faunus pray’d: "O Faunus, pity! and thou Mother Earth, Where I thy foster son receiv’d my birth, Hold fast the steel!
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She is bereft of hope.
However, perhaps the answer lies not in a morally bereft man, but in the corrupted ideals of an entire faction.