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The Aeneid
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  • For what has she these Grecian arms bestow’d, But their destruction, and the Trojans’ good?
  • On those I fix’d my hopes, to these I run; ’T is all I ask, this cruel race to shun; What other death you please, yourselves bestow.’
  • These grateful off’rings on my grave bestow; Nor league, nor love, the hostile nations know!
  • Himself, among the foremost, deals his blows, And with his ax repeated strokes bestows On the strong doors; then all their shoulders ply, Till from the posts the brazen hinges fly.
  • The leaders are distinguish’d from the rest; The victor honor’d with a nobler vest, Where gold and purple strive in equal rows, And needlework its happy cost bestows.
  • Our sports Acestes, of the Trojan race, With royal gifts ordain’d, is pleas’d to grace: Two steers on ev’ry ship the king bestows; His gods and ours shall share your equal vows.
  • Besides, long causes working in her mind, And secret seeds of envy, lay behind; Deep graven in her heart the doom remain’d Of partial Paris, and her form disdain’d; The grace bestow’d on ravish’d Ganymed, Electra’s glories, and her injur’d bed.
  • Pure oil and incense on the fire they throw, And fat of victims, which his friends bestow.
  • Anchises, last, is honor’d as a god; A priest is added, annual gifts bestow’d, And groves are planted round his blest abode.
  • He said, and then on each bestow’d a steed.
  • Aeneas takes the mother and her brood, And all on Juno’s altar are bestow’d.
  • When, in the shady shelter of a wood, And near the margin of a gentle flood, Thou shalt behold a sow upon the ground, With thirty sucking young encompass’d round; The dam and offspring white as falling snowThese on thy city shall their name bestow, And there shall end thy labors and thy woe.
  • Thy bloomy youth deserves a longer date: Live thou to mourn thy love’s unhappy fate; To bear my mangled body from the foe, Or buy it back, and fun’ral rites bestow.
  • This little spot of land, which Heav’n bestows, On ev’ry side is hemm’d with warlike foes; Gaetulian cities here are spread around, And fierce Numidians there your frontiers bound; Here lies a barren waste of thirsty land, And there the Syrtes raise the moving sand; Barcaean troops besiege the narrow shore, And from the sea Pygmalion threatens more.
  • Thy body on thy parents I bestow, To rest thy soul, at least, if shadows know, Or have a sense of human things below.
  • Let insolence no longer awe the throne; But, with a father’s right, bestow your own.
  • Iapis was at hand to prove his art, Whose blooming youth so fir’d Apollo’s heart, That, for his love, he proffer’d to bestow His tuneful harp and his unerring bow.
  • This present Caedicus the rich bestow’d On Remulus, when friendship first they vow’d, And, absent, join’d in hospitable ties: He, dying, to his heir bequeath’d the prize; Till, by the conqu’ring Ardean troops oppress’d, He fell; and they the glorious gift possess’d.
  • In his Aetnaean forge, the God of Fire That fauchion labor’d for the hero’s sire; Immortal keenness on the blade bestow’d, And plung’d it hissing in the Stygian flood.
  • Meantime the rites and fun’ral pomps prepare, Due to your dead companions of the war: The last respect the living can bestow, To shield their shadows from contempt below.
  • They rake the yet warm ashes from below; These, and the bones unburn’d, in earth bestow; These relics with their country rites they grace, And raise a mount of turf to mark the place.
  • This son of Dolon bore his grandsire’s name, But emulated more his father’s fame; His guileful father, sent a nightly spy, The Grecian camp and order to descry: Hard enterprise! and well he might require Achilles’ car and horses, for his hire: But, met upon the scout, th’ Aetolian prince In death bestow’d a juster recompense.
  • Amid the blaze, their pious brethren throw The spoils, in battle taken from the foe: Helms, bits emboss’d, and swords of shining steel; One casts a target, one a chariot wheel; Some to their fellows their own arms restore: The fauchions which in luckless fight they bore, Their bucklers pierc’d, their darts bestow’d in vain, And shiver’d lances gather’d from the plain.
  • To these the hero thus his thoughts explain’d, In words which gen’ral approbation gain’d: "One common largess is for all design’d, (The vanquish’d and the victor shall be join’d,) Two darts of polish’d steel and Gnosian wood, A silver-studded ax, alike bestow’d.
  • The rest our grateful gen’ral will bestow, And young Ascanius till his manhood owe."
  • The race thus ended, and rewards bestow’d, Once more the princes bespeaks th’ attentive crowd: "If there he here whose dauntless courage dare In gauntlet-fight, with limbs and body bare, His opposite sustain in open view, Stand forth the champion, and the games renew.
  • Retir’d alone she found the daring man, And op’d her rosy lips, and thus began: "What none of all the gods could grant thy vows, That, Turnus, this auspicious day bestows.
  • Full canisters of fragrant lilies bring, Mix’d with the purple roses of the spring; Let me with fun’ral flow’rs his body strow; This gift which parents to their children owe, This unavailing gift, at least, I may bestow!"
  • The lifeless body, tell him, I bestow, Unask’d, to rest his wand’ring ghost below."

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