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nocturnal
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The Aeneid
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  • From gilded roofs depending lamps display Nocturnal beams, that emulate the day.
  • Late the nocturnal sacrifice begun, Nor ended till the next returning sun.
  • Then wakeful Palinurus rose, to spy The face of heav’n, and the nocturnal sky; And listen’d ev’ry breath of air to try; Observes the stars, and notes their sliding course, The Pleiads, Hyads, and their wat’ry force; And both the Bears is careful to behold, And bright Orion, arm’d with burnish’d gold.
  • 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.
  • Nisus observ’d the discipline, and said: "Our eager thirst of blood may both betray; And see the scatter’d streaks of dawning day, Foe to nocturnal thefts.
  • The queen herself, inspir’d with rage divine, Shook high above her head a flaming pine; Then roll’d her haggard eyes around the throng, And sung, in Turnus’ name, the nuptial song: "Io, ye Latian dames! if any here Hold your unhappy queen, Amata, dear; If there be here," she said, who dare maintain My right, nor think the name of mother vain; Unbind your fillets, loose your flowing hair, And orgies and nocturnal rites prepare."

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  • The mice are nocturnal, so we never see them, but we see their droppings.
  • I enjoy the nocturnal sounds of the jungle.

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