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The Aeneid
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  • ’My friends,’ said he, ’since Fortune shows the way, ’T is fit we should th’ auspicious guide obey.
  • Meantime, my sire commands to hoist our sails, Lest we should lose the first auspicious gales.
  • He, for my sake, the raging ocean tried, And wrath of Heav’n, my still auspicious guide, And bore beyond the strength decrepid age supplied.
  • From that auspicious day, with rites divine, We worship at the hero’s holy shrine.
  • Then shall my grateful hands a temple rear To the twin gods, with vows and solemn pray’r; And annual rites, and festivals, and games, Shall be perform’d to their auspicious names.
  • Acoetes watch’d the corpse; whose youth deserv’d The father’s trust; and now the son he serv’d With equal faith, but less auspicious care.
  • Auspicious chief! thy race, in times to come, Shall spread the conquests of imperial RomeRome, whose ascending tow’rs shall heav’n invade, Involving earth and ocean in her shade; High as the Mother of the Gods in place, And proud, like her, of an immortal race.
  • Then, silence thro’ the hall proclaim’d, she spoke: "O hospitable Jove! we thus invoke, With solemn rites, thy sacred name and pow’r; Bless to both nations this auspicious hour!
  • Proceed, auspicious prince, with glory crown’d, And born to better fates than I have found."
  • Retir’d alone she found the daring man, And op’d her rosy lips, and thus began: "What none of all the gods could grant thy vows, That, Turnus, this auspicious day bestows.
  • He knew his mother’s birds; and thus he pray’d: "Be you my guides, with your auspicious aid, And lead my footsteps, till the branch be found, Whose glitt’ring shadow gilds the sacred ground.
  • Drances, their chief, who harbor’d in his breast Long hate to Turnus, as his foe profess’d, Broke silence first, and to the godlike man, With graceful action bowing, thus began: "Auspicious prince, in arms a mighty name, But yet whose actions far transcend your fame; Would I your justice or your force express, Thought can but equal; and all words are less.

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  • With good weather and no traffic, we had an auspicious start on our journey.
  • The fortune cookie said "Today is an auspicious day for romance."

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