I fell; and, with my weight, the helm constrain’d Was drawn along, which yet my gripe retain’d.
Still may the dog the wand’ring troops constrain Of airy ghosts, and vex the guilty train, And with her grisly lord his lovely queen remain.
He takes the cowards’ last relief away; For fly they cannot, and, constrain’d to stay, Must yield unfought, a base inglorious prey.
He gave me, when at length constrain’d to go, A Lycian quiver and a Gnossian bow, A vest embroider’d, glorious to behold, And two rich bridles, with their bits of gold, Which my son’s coursers in obedience hold.
Look round the wood, with lifted eyes, to see The lurking gold upon the fatal tree: Then rend it off, as holy rites command; The willing metal will obey thy hand, Following with ease, if favor’d by thy fate, Thou art foredoom’d to view the Stygian state: If not, no labor can the tree constrain; And strength of stubborn arms and steel are vain.
Girt in his Gabin gown the hero sate, Yet could not with his art avoid his fate: For Circe long had lov’d the youth in vain, Till love, refus’d, converted to disdain: Then, mixing pow’rful herbs, with magic art, She chang’d his form, who could not change his heart; Constrain’d him in a bird, and made him fly, With party-color’d plumes, a chatt’ring pie.
A jarring murmur fill’d the factious court: As, when a torrent rolls with rapid force, And dashes o’er the stones that stop the course, The flood, constrain’d within a scanty space, Roars horrible along th’ uneasy race; White foam in gath’ring eddies floats around; The rocky shores rebellow to the sound.
I beg the grace But only for a night’s revolving space: Thyself a boy, assume a boy’s dissembled face; That when, amidst the fervor of the feast, The Tyrian hugs and fonds thee on her breast, And with sweet kisses in her arms constrains, Thou may’st infuse thy venom in her veins."
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...it is very grievous to be constrained to keep our hands off such a dainty dish as Narnia.
C.S. Lewis -- The Horse and His Boy
It seemed that we were all cloaked in an unwelcome garment of racial difference that constrained, confined, and restricted us.