Partus is peculiarly used of things that are virtually, though not actually realized: comp. 3. 495., 6. 89., 7. 598, E. 3. 68. Henry seems to go too far when he comments on ‘dilectae:’ “not merely loved, but loved by choice or preference. An exact knowledge of the meaning of this word enables us to observe the consolation which Creusa ministers to herself in the delicate opposition of ‘dilectae Creusae’ to ‘regia coniunx parta.’” The clause seems to refer rather to what follows than to what precedes. Aeneas is bidden to dry his tears, not because another marriage awaits him, but because the lost wife of his heart is destined not to degrading servitude, but to a noble ministry.
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