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Adam Elsheimer. Aurora. 1606-7.
Adam Elsheimer. Aurora. 1606-7.




      Æneas, of this sudden vision
Adread, starts up out of his sleep in haste;
Calls up his feres:1 'Awake, get up, my men,
Aboard your ships, and hoise2 up sail with speed;
A god me wills, sent from above again,
To haste my flight, and wreathen cables cut.
O holy god, what so thou art, we shall
Follow thee, and all blithe obey thy will;
Be at our hand, and friendly us assist;
Address the stars with prosperous influence.'
And with that word his glistering sword unsheaths;
With which drawn he the cables cut in twain.
The like desire the rest embraced all.
All thing in haste they cast, and forth they whirl;
The shores they leave; with ships the seas are spread;
Cutting the foam by the blue seas they sweep.
      Aurora3 now from Titan's purple bed
With new daylight had overspread the earth;
When by her windows the queen the peeping day
Espied, and navy with 'splayed sails depart
The shore, and eke the port of vessels void.
Her comely breast thrice or four times she smote
With her own hand, and tore her golden tress.
' Oh Jove,' quoth she, ' shall he then thus depart,
A stranger thus, and scorn our kingdom so?

1. companions.
2. hoist.
3. Goddess of the dawn.

Surrey, Henry Howard, Earl of. "Fourth Book of Virgil's Aeneid."
Poetical Works of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey. Robert Bell, Ed.
London: John W. Parker & Sons, 1854. 198.

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