Aeneid Book VI

Ancient times

Elsewhere Anchises
Fatherly and intent, was off in a deep green valley
Surveying and reviewing souls consigned there
Those due to pass to the light of the upper world
It so happened he was just then taking note of his whole posterity, the destinies and doings
Traits and qualities of descendants dear to him
But seeing Aeneas come wading through the grass
Towards him, he reached his two hands out
In eager joy, his eyes filled up with tears
And he gave a cry: “At last! Are you here at last?
I always trusted that your sense of right
Would prevail and keep you going to the end
And am I now allowed to see your face
My son, and hear you talk, and talk to you myself?

This is what I imagined and looked forward to
As I counted the days; and my trust was not misplaced
To think of the lands and the outlying seas
You have crossed, my son, to receive this welcome
And after such dangers! I was afraid that Africa
Might be your undoing.” But Aeneas replied:
“Often and often, father, you would appear to me
Your sad shade would appear, and that kept me going
To this end. My ships are anchored in the Tuscan sea
Let me take your hand, my father, O let me, and do not

Hold back from my embrace.” And as he spoke he wept
Three times he tried to reach arms ’round that neck
Three times the form reached for in vain, escaped
Like a breeze between his hands, a dream on wings

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