1 But the mighty mother of the gods keeps me in these her borders.
2 Then conquered indeed my father rises to address the gods and worship the holy star.
3 I sail to sea an exile, with my comrades and son and the gods of household and state.
4 Thou, O father, take the sacred things and the household gods of our ancestors in thine hand.
5 If you slight human kinship and mortal arms, yet look for gods unforgetful of innocence and guilt.
6 With such speech she leads Aeneas into the royal house, and orders sacrifice in the gods' temples.
7 I am Aeneas the good, who carry in my fleet the household gods I rescued from the enemy; my fame is known high in heaven.
8 We, the wretched people, to whom that day was our last, hang the shrines of the gods with festal boughs throughout the city.
9 Their lord himself pours courage and prosperous strength on the Grecians, himself stirs the gods against the arms of Dardania.
10 The gods grant thee worthy reward, if their deity turn any regard on goodness, if aught avails justice and conscious purity of soul.
11 And now they have run down the wind for their native Mycenae, to gather arms and gods to attend them; they will remeasure ocean and be on you unawares.
12 Here Hecuba and her daughters crowded vainly about the altar-stones, like doves driven headlong by a black tempest, and crouched clasping the gods' images.
13 Within the palace and under the bare cope of sky was a massive altar, and hard on the altar an ancient bay tree leaned clasping the household gods in its shadow.
14 Hither from all quarters is flung in masses the treasure of Troy torn from burning shrines, tables of the gods, bowls of solid gold, and raiment of the captives.
15 Not the hated face of the Laconian woman, Tyndarus' daughter; not Paris is to blame; the gods, the gods in anger overturn this magnificence, and make Troy topple down.
16 Seeing them close-ranked and daring for battle, I therewith began thus: "Men, hearts of supreme and useless bravery, if your desire be fixed to follow one who dares the utmost; you see what is the fortune of our state: all the gods by whom this empire was upheld have gone forth, abandoning shrine and altar; your aid comes to a burning city."
17 First Coroebus is stretched by Peneleus' hand at the altar of the goddess armipotent; and Rhipeus falls, the one man who was most righteous and steadfast in justice among the Teucrians: the gods' ways are not as ours: Hypanis and Dymas perish, pierced by friendly hands; nor did all thy goodness, O Panthus, nor Apollo's fillet protect thy fall.
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