Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey


From Book Two of Virgil's Aeneid

    From Book Two of Virgil’s Aeneid
    When that I saw in Vesta’s temple sit
    Dame Helen, lurking in a secret place
    (Such light the flame did give as I went by
    While here and there I cast mine eyes about)
5   For she in dread least that the Trojans should
    Revenge on her the ruin of their walls,
    And of the Greeks the cruel wrekes also,
    The fury eke of her forsaken make,
    The common bane of Troy, and eke of Greece,
10   Hateful she sat beside the altars hid.
    Then boiled my breast with flame and burning wrath
    To revenge my town unto such ruin brought,
    With worthy pains on her to work my will.
    Thought I: ‘Shall she pass to the land of Spart
15   All safe, and see Mycene her native land,
    And like a queen return with victory
    Home to her spouse, her parents and children,
    Followed with a train of Trojan maids
    And served with a band of Phrygian slav

Contributed by Robert Clark.