Who has not heard the story of your woes, The name and fortune of your native place, The fame and valor of the Phrygian race?
Your foe himself the Dardan valor prais’d, And his own ancestry from Trojans rais’d.
Ripheus and Iph’itus by my side engage, For valor one renown’d, and one for age.
BOOK IV But anxious cares already seiz’d the queen: She fed within her veins a flame unseen; The hero’s valor, acts, and birth inspire Her soul with love, and fan the secret fire.
Go now, vain boaster, and true valor scorn!
She came; but brought not thee along, to bless My longing eyes, and share in my success: She grudg’d thy safe return, the triumphs due To prosp’rous valor, in the public view.
Aeneas first Rutulian Sucro found, Whose valor made the Trojans quit their ground; Betwixt his ribs the jav’lin drove so just, It reach’d his heart, nor needs a second thrust.
Not far from him was Gyas laid along, Of monstrous bulk; with Cisseus fierce and strong: Vain bulk and strength! for, when the chief assail’d, Nor valor nor Herculean arms avail’d, Nor their fam’d father, wont in war to go With great Alcides, while he toil’d below.
"But, ah! what use of valor can be made, When heav’n’s propitious pow’rs refuse their aid!
He claims the bull with awless insolence, And having seiz’d his horns, accosts the prince: "If none my matchless valor dares oppose, How long shall Dares wait his dastard foes?
To whom the king sedately thus replied: "Brave youth, the more your valor has been tried, The more becomes it us, with due respect, To weigh the chance of war, which you neglect.
Meantime the King of Gods and Mortal Man Held conference with his queen, and thus began: "My sister goddess, and well-pleasing wife, Still think you Venus’ aid supports the strifeSustains her Trojans— or themselves, alone, With inborn valor force their fortune on?