Summer 1983 • Vol. V No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1983 |

Aeneas at Carthage from “The Aeneid”

The two men pressed on where the pathway led, Soon climbing a long ridge that gave a view Down over the city and facing towers. Aeneas found, where lately huts had been, Marvelous buildings, gateways, cobbled ways, And din of wagons. There the Teucrians Were hard at work: laying courses for walls, Rolling up stones to build the citadel, While others picked out building sites and plowed A boundary furrow. Laws were being enacted, Magistrates and a sacred senate chosen. Here men were dredging harbors, there they laid The deep foundation of a theater And quarried massive pillars to enhance The future stage—as bees in early summer In sunlight in the flowering fields Hum at their work, and bring along the young Full-grown to beehood; as they cram their combs With honey, brimming all the cells with nectar, Or take newcomers' plunder, or like troops Alerted, drive away the lazy drones; And labor thrives and sweet thyme scents the honey.   Aeneas said: "How fortunate these are, Whose

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