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The Aeneid
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  • Some tale, some new pretense, he daily coin’d, To soothe his sister, and delude her mind.
  • Didst thou in death pretend To scorn thy sister, or delude thy friend?
  • In little space He found his error of the double race; Not, as before he deem’d, deriv’d from Crete; No more deluded by the doubtful seat: Then said: ’O son, turmoil’d in Trojan fate!
  • Go now, deluded man, and seek again New toils, new dangers, on the dusty plain.
  • Let not the Trojans, with a feign’d pretense Of proffer’d peace, delude the Latian prince.
  • Entellus wastes his forces on the wind, And, thus deluded of the stroke design’d, Headlong and heavy fell; his ample breast And weighty limbs his ancient mother press’d.
  • Two gates the silent house of Sleep adorn; Of polish’d ivory this, that of transparent horn: True visions thro’ transparent horn arise; Thro’ polish’d ivory pass deluding lies.
  • Too late young Turnus the delusion found, Far on the sea, still making from the ground.
  • Deluded Turnus thought the Trojan fled, And with vain hopes his haughty fancy fed.
  • First, then, that happy shore, that seems so nigh, Will far from your deluded wishes fly; Long tracts of seas divide your hopes from Italy: For you must cruise along Sicilian shores, And stem the currents with your struggling oars; Then round th’ Italian coast your navy steer; And, after this, to Circe’s island veer; And, last, before your new foundations rise, Must pass the Stygian lake, and view the nether skies.
  • You know in what deluding joys we pass’d The night that was by Heav’n decreed our last: For, when the fatal horse, descending down, Pregnant with arms, o’erwhelm’d th’ unhappy town She feign’d nocturnal orgies; left my bed, And, mix’d with Trojan dames, the dances led Then, waving high her torch, the signal made, Which rous’d the Grecians from their ambuscade.
  • Gath’ring at length on her deluded foe, She swings her ax, and rises to the blow Full on the helm behind, with such a sway The weapon falls, the riven steel gives way: He groans, he roars, he sues in vain for grace; Brains, mingled with his blood, besmear his face.
  • To you a quiet seat the gods allow: You have no shores to search, no seas to plow, Nor fields of flying Italy to chase: (Deluding visions, and a vain embrace!
  • Scarce had he said, the prophetess began: "What hopes delude thee, miserable man?

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  • She is a sincere but deluded idealist.
  • delusions of grandeur

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