A greater omen, and of worse portent, Did our unwary minds with fear torment, Concurring to produce the dire event.
Yet, mad with zeal, and blinded with our fate, We haul along the horse in solemn state; Then place the dire portent within the tow’r.
Portents and prodigies their souls amaz’d; But most, when this stupendous pile was rais’d: Then flaming meteors, hung in air, were seen, And thunders rattled thro’ a sky serene.
Then dire portents she sees, To hasten on the death her soul decrees: Strange to relate! for when, before the shrine, She pours in sacrifice the purple wine, The purple wine is turn’d to putrid blood, And the white offer’d milk converts to mud.
The feather’d arrow gave a dire portent, And latter augurs judge from this event.
Turnus, for high descent and graceful mien, Was first, and favor’d by the Latian queen; With him she strove to join Lavinia’s hand, But dire portents the purpos’d match withstand.
This was the foreign prince, by fate decreed To share his scepter, and Lavinia’s bed; This was the race that sure portents foreshew To sway the world, and land and sea subdue.
One sister plague if these from heav’n he sent, To fright Juturna with a dire portent.
This new portent the seer with wonder views, Then pausing, thus his prophecy renews: "The nymph, who scatters flaming fires around, Shall shine with honor, shall herself be crown’d; But, caus’d by her irrevocable fate, War shall the country waste, and change the state."
Then Nautes, old and wise, to whom alone The will of Heav’n by Pallas was foreshown; Vers’d in portents, experienc’d, and inspir’d To tell events, and what the fates requir’d; Thus while he stood, to neither part inclin’d, With cheerful words reliev’d his lab’ring mind: "O goddess-born, resign’d in ev’ry state, With patience bear, with prudence push your fate.
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