Henry O'Meara Ballads of America

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A VIRGILIAN CHARADE

A LATIN term in my full form is traced,
  Whose primal part the hero's claim assumes -
A clear enclitic in my last is placed,
  Linking a theme that Virgil's soul consumes
With life of deeds by Classic Art unrolled,
    To light whose name the epic fire he brings -
A man set forth in his exalted mould,
  Whose fame in sweet hexameters he sings. -
 
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Answer: The word virumque, from the first line of the Ænid