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Edited by: Christopher Francese, Meghan Reedy, et al.

Vergil, Aeneid VI 183-211

Nec nōn Aenēās opera inter tālia prīmus

hortātur sociōs paribusque accingitur armīs.

Atque haec ipse suō trīstī cum corde volūtat185

aspectāns silvam immēnsam, et sīc forte precātur:

'Sī nunc sē nōbīs ille aureus arbore rāmus

ostendat nemore in tantō! quandō omnia vērē

heu nimium dē tē vātēs, Mīsēne, locūta est.'

Vix ea fātus erat, geminae cum forte columbae190

ipsa sub ōra virī caelō vēnēre volantēs,

et viridī sēdēre solō. Tum maximus hērōs

māternās agnōvit avīs laetusque precātur:

'Este ducēs, ō, sī qua via est, cursumque per aurās

dērigite in lūcōs ubi pinguem dīves opācat195

rāmus humum. Tūque, ō, dubiīs nē dēfice rēbus,

diva parēns.' Sīc effātus vēstīgia pressit

observāns quae signa ferant, quō tendere pergant.

Pāscentēs illae tantum prōdīre volandō

quantum aciē possent oculī servāre sequentum.200

Inde ubi vēnēre ad faucēs grave olentis Avernī,

tollunt sē celerēs liquidumque per āëra lāpsae

sēdibus optātīs geminā super arbore sīdunt,

discolor unde aurī per rāmōs aura refulsit.

Quāle solet silvīs brūmālī frīgore viscum205

fronde virēre novā, quod nōn sua sēminat arbōs,

et croceō fētū teretīs circumdare truncōs,

tālis erat speciēs aurī frondentis opācā

īlice, sīc lēnī crepitābat brattea ventō.

Corripit Aenēās extemplō avidusque refringit210

cūnctantem, et vātis portat sub tēcta Sibyllae.

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Suggested Citation

Christopher Francese and Meghan Reedy, Vergil: Aeneid Selections. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Dickinson College Commentaries, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-947822-08-5. http://dcc.dickinson.edu/vergil-aeneid/vergil-aeneid-vi-183-211