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1  Such work was it to found the Roman people.
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2  In a moment clouds blot sky and daylight from the Teucrians' eyes; black night broods over the deep.
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3  Pole thunders to pole, and the air quivers with incessant flashes; all menaces them with instant death.
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4  As the cry leaves his lips, a gust of the shrill north strikes full on the sail and raises the waves up to heaven.
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5  These hang on the wave's ridge; to these the yawning billow shows ground amid the surge, where the sea churns with sand.
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6  Aeolus thus returned: 'Thine, O queen, the task to search whereto thou hast desire; for me it is right to do thy bidding.'
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7  Here was her armour, here her chariot; even now, if fate permit, the goddess strives to nurture it for queen of the nations.
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8  The oars are snapped; the prow swings away and gives her side to the waves; down in a heap comes a broken mountain of water.
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9  Here in a desolate cavern Aeolus keeps under royal dominion and yokes in dungeon fetters the struggling winds and loud storms.
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10  Three ships the south wind catches and hurls on hidden rocks, rocks amid the waves which Italians call the Altars, a vast reef banking the sea.
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11  Such thoughts inly revolving in her kindled bosom, the goddess reaches Aeolia, the home of storm-clouds, the land laden with furious southern gales.
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12  East wind and west wind together, and the gusty south-wester, falling prone on the sea, stir it up from its lowest chambers, and roll vast billows to the shore.
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13  Even with these words, turning his spear, he struck the side of the hollow hill, and the winds, as in banded array, pour where passage is given them, and cover earth with eddying blasts.
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14  In his lofty citadel Aeolus sits sceptred, assuages their temper and soothes their rage; else would they carry with them seas and lands, and the depth of heaven, and sweep them through space in their flying course.
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15  But, fearful of this, the lord omnipotent hath hidden them in caverned gloom, and laid a mountain mass high over them, and appointed them a ruler, who should know by certain law to strain and slacken the reins at command.
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16  Nevertheless she had heard a race was issuing of the blood of Troy, which sometime should overthrow her Tyrian citadel; from it should come a people, lord of lands and tyrannous in war, the destroyer of Libya: so rolled the destinies.
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17  There was a city of ancient days that Tyrian settlers dwelt in, Carthage, over against Italy and the Tiber mouths afar; rich of store, and mighty in war's fierce pursuits; wherein, they say, alone beyond all other lands had Juno her seat, and held Samos itself less dear.
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