There, while I went to crop the sylvan scenes, And shade our altar with their leafy greens, I pull’d a plant— with horror I relate A prodigy so strange and full of fate.
Talk is her business, and her chief delight To tell of prodigies and cause affright.
Now, when my soul had shaken off her fears, I call my father and the Trojan peers; Relate the prodigies of Heav’n, require What he commands, and their advice desire.
Portents and prodigies their souls amaz’d; But most, when this stupendous pile was rais’d: Then flaming meteors, hung in air, were seen, And thunders rattled thro’ a sky serene.
Besides this answer, tell my royal guest, I add to his commands my own request: One only daughter heirs my crown and state, Whom not our oracles, nor Heav’n, nor fate, Nor frequent prodigies, permit to join With any native of th’ Ausonian line.
Asylas on his prow the third appears, Who heav’n interprets, and the wand’ring stars; From offer’d entrails prodigies expounds, And peals of thunder, with presaging sounds.
It happen’d once (a boding prodigy!
Then, to th’ Arcadian king: "This prodigy (Dismiss your fear) belongs alone to me.
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She is a child prodigy who may become the greatest opera singer of our time.
And when I lost, I was filled with growing dread, and then terror that I was no longer a prodigy, that I had lost the gift and had turned into someone quite ordinary.