Diva parens. She here takes occasion to enumerate all the circumstances that may serve to lessen her guilt. She had every reason to believe that he would prove constant and honorable. Being the son of Venus, he had a goddess for his mother. He had given strong proof of his paternal piety, in the care he took of old Anchises; whom, while Troy was in flames, he bore upon his shoulders out of the reach of danger. These were strong grounds of confidence and trust; nor was it likely that a man who had given such evidence of an humane, pious disposition, would treacherously abandon her.
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