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  • 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.
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