From him the Trojan siege I understood, The Grecian chiefs, and your illustrious blood.
By Thetis and Aurora thou wert won To forge impenetrable shields, and grace With fated arms a less illustrious race.
Now purple hangings clothe the palace walls, And sumptuous feasts are made in splendid halls: On Tyrian carpets, richly wrought, they dine; With loads of massy plate the sideboards shine, And antique vases, all of gold emboss’d (The gold itself inferior to the cost), Of curious work, where on the sides were seen The fights and figures of illustrious men, From their first founder to the present queen.
But old Anchises, in a flow’ry vale, Review’d his muster’d race, and took the tale: Those happy spirits, which, ordain’d by fate, For future beings and new bodies waitWith studious thought observ’d th’ illustrious throng, In nature’s order as they pass’d along: Their names, their fates, their conduct, and their care, In peaceful senates and successful war.
He saw, and, wond’ring, ask’d his airy guide, What and of whence was he, who press’d the hero’s side: "His son, or one of his illustrious name?
Apollo then bestrode a golden cloud, To view the feats of arms, and fighting crowd; And thus the beardless victor he bespoke aloud: "Advance, illustrious youth, increase in fame, And wide from east to west extend thy name; Offspring of gods thyself; and Rome shall owe To thee a race of demigods below.
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We saw a great painting on the wall over their heads, of the twenty illustrious men who had invented the candle.