The Works of Virgil

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Harper & Brothers, 1880 - 404 pages

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Page 264 - Let others better mould the running mass Of metals, and inform the breathing brass, And soften into flesh, a marble face; Plead better at the bar; describe the skies, And when the stars descend, and when they rise. But Rome! 'tis thine alone, with awful sway, To rule mankind, and make the world obey, Disposing peace and war, thy own majestic way: To tame the proud, the fettered slave to free: — These are imperial arts, and worthy thee.
Page 130 - Illyrian coasts, Where, rolling down the steep, Timavus raves And thro'' nine channels disembogues his waves. At length he founded Padua's happy seat, And gave his Trojans a secure retreat; There fix'd their arms, and there renew'd their name, And there in quiet rules, and crown'd with fame. But we, descended from your sacred line...
Page 136 - Invites them forth to labor in the sun; Some lead their youth abroad, while some condense Their liquid store, and some in cells dispense; Some at the gate stand ready to receive The golden burthen, and their friends relieve; All with united force, combine to drive The lazy drones from the laborious hive: With envy stung, they view each other's deeds; The fragrant work with diligence proceeds. "Thrice happy you, whose walls already rise!
Page 126 - Loud peals of thunder from the poles ensue; Then flashing fires the transient light renew; The face of things a frightful image bears, And present death in various forms appears. Struck with unusual fright, the Trojan chief, With lifted hands and eyes, invokes relief; And, "Thrice and four times happy those," he cried, "That under Ilian walls before their parents died!
Page 137 - The striving artists, and their art's renown— He saw, in order painted on the wall, Whatever did unhappy Troy befall : The wars that fame around the world had blown, All to the life, and every leader known. There Agamemnon, Priam here, he spies, And fierce Achilles, who both kings defies. He...
Page 83 - Happy the man, who, studying nature's laws, Through known effects can trace the secret cause — His mind possessing in a quiet state, Fearless of Fortune, and resigned to Fate!
Page 246 - Pure oil and incense on the fire they throw, And fat of victims, which his friends bestow. These gifts the greedy flames to dust devour; Then on the living coals red wine they pour; And, last, the relics by themselves dispose, Which in a brazen urn the priests inclose.
Page 183 - Far on the right, her dogs foul Scylla hides: Charybdis roaring on the left presides, And in her greedy whirlpool sucks the tides; Then spouts them from below: with fury driv'n, The waves mount up and wash the face of heav'n.
Page 301 - Troy.' She said ; and straight, her arms of snowy hue About her unresolving husband threw. Her soft embraces soon infuse desire ; His bones and marrow sudden warmth inspire ; And all the godhead feels the wonted fire. Not half so swift the rattling thunder flies, Or forky lightnings flash along the skies. The goddess, proud of her successful wiles, A^nd conscious of her form, in secret smiles.
Page 132 - Then banish'd faith shall once again return, And vestal fires in hallow'd temples burn, And Remus with Quirinus shall sustain The righteous laws, and fraud and force restrain.

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