"The Penates Appear to Aeneas in a Dream" (Book III, lines 147ff.)

The Penates Appear to Aeneas in a Dream (Book III, lines 147ff.), ca. 1615
Pen and brown ink, with gray-brown wash over graphite, heightened with white; 189 x 164 mm
Cambridge, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Marian H. Phinney Fund (inv. no. 1966.104)

De goden (wiens belden sy wyt Troeyen mede brachten)
die coomen inde nacht voor t’bed Æneæ staen
daer hy becommert lach met sussende ghedachten
en raeden hem (voor d’eerst) near Delos niet te gaen
om dat de sicht ooft straf tooch niet en soud vermindren
midts dit niet was het landt daer hy moest speuren na
en d’welcke was belooft, voor hem en syn kints kindren
maer da thy trecken sou near t’schoon Hesperia

The gods (whose images they brought with them from Troy)
Came in the night and stood before Aeneas
’s bed,
In which he lay uneasy and with gloomy thoughts,
And advised him not to go to Delos at this time,
Because illness and punishment would in any case not lessen
Since this was not the land which he ought to seek
And which was promised to him and his children’s children,
But that he should depart for beautiful Hesperia.