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‘Ruin-Haunted Heroes’
The Aeneid of Virgil, Book 1, Part 6
Almighty Jove surveys the world
Pondering on human miseries,
Venus [1] saw, with tears forming words
Asking what sins deserved such wrathful seas
*
Love in Heaven must know
What ire was to drive Her earthly son
His Trojan kin into oblivion
What came of His almighty promise of Rome [2]
*
After-times would to hold in awe
Her heavenly birthed nation
Who to land and ocean give the law
Sighs for Her loss rose up to his mind divine
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Love lamented Troy
Echoed the empty gift of War
The cruel grift of Fortune a whore
Asked of Omnipotence for the mercy of a safe shore
*
A tale of Trojans spared
Refugees on Illyrian shores
In a land notoriously storm-barred
She spoke to draw Jove from His well whence she was born [1]
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That a Trojan chief and tribe
Had through nine torrential trials
Found in Jove’s name a home to thrive
To raise weapons again in the world of Man
*
She pleads that they bear His name
That She daughter of his Might
Deserved a son well-famed
That a pious nation should rise to feed them with rites
*
Regaled as the father of an immortal race
Smiling with serene indulgence
From his cataclysm-banishing face
Bestowing a Heavenly kiss
*
Indulgently spoke Almighty Jove
Words blessed in a cosmic gust
Assuring his daughter Love
That He in Heaven held Her trust
That Aeneas of their divine blood
Would when Fate cast him to dust
Recall the hero to Him above.
End 6

Notes:
-1. Venus, or Love, or Aphrodite was the foremost daughter of Jove-Jupiter-Zeus, who was regarded as manifesting the fecund and positive aspects later attributed to the Christian God by the same races. Venus was said to have issued forth from Jupiter as an observable astrological phenomenon. Also, sea foam, from which Venus emerged was said to be his semen. There has been some speculation that the cult of Venus, associated with the morning star and planet by the same name, was a thanksgiving faith born in some cataclysm associated with astronomical observations of the inner planet. See Emanuel Velikovsky, Worlds in Collison.
-2. Naked poetic justification of Roman political dominance no doubt included as a condition of the poet’s imperial patronage.
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