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The Aeneid
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  • And smile propitious on thy solemn day!
  • If Jove assists the passage of our fleet, The third propitious dawn discovers Crete.’
  • Propitious Heav’n, and gracious Juno, lead This wand’ring navy to your needful aid: How will your empire spread, your city rise, From such a union, and with such allies?
  • The gods," said he, "To him propitious, and averse to thee, Have giv’n his arm superior force to thine.
  • But now, by Jove’s command, and fate’s decree, His race is doom’d to reign in Italy: With humble suit I beg thy needful art, O still propitious pow’r, that rules my heart!
  • Agrippa seconds him, with prosp’rous gales, And, with propitious gods, his foes assails: A naval crown, that binds his manly brows, The happy fortune of the fight foreshows.
  • The foll’wing night, and the succeeding day, Propitious Tiber smooth’d his wat’ry way: He roll’d his river back, and pois’d he stood, A gentle swelling, and a peaceful flood.
  • Which monsters lest the Trojans’ pious host Should bear, or touch upon th’ inchanted coast, Propitious Neptune steer’d their course by night With rising gales that sped their happy flight.
  • Thus while he wrought, revolving in his mind The ways to compass what his wish design’d, He cast his eyes upon the gloomy grove, And then with vows implor’d the Queen of Love: "O may thy pow’r, propitious still to me, Conduct my steps to find the fatal tree, In this deep forest; since the Sibyl’s breath Foretold, alas! too true, Misenus’ death."
  • "But, ah! what use of valor can be made, When heav’n’s propitious pow’rs refuse their aid!
  • At length he rais’d his cheerful head, and spoke: "The pow’rs," said he, "the pow’rs we both invoke, To you, and yours, and mine, propitious be, And firm our purpose with their augury!
  • If my religious hand Your plant has honor’d, which your foes profan’d, Propitious hear my pious pray’r!"
  • They mount the cliff, where Pallas’ temple stands; Pray’rs in their mouths, and presents in their hands, With censers first they fume the sacred shrine, Then in this common supplication join: "O patroness of arms, unspotted maid, Propitious hear, and lend thy Latins aid!
  • …could move The Tyrian princess, who disdain’d his love, His breast with fury burn’d, his eyes with fire, Mad with despair, impatient with desire; Then on the sacred altars pouring wine, He thus with pray’rs implor’d his sire divine: "Great Jove! propitious to the Moorish race, Who feast on painted beds, with off’rings grace Thy temples, and adore thy pow’r divine With blood of victims, and with sparkling wine, Seest thou not this? or do we fear in vain Thy boasted thunder, and thy…
  • The prince himself, with awful dread possess’d, His vows to great Apollo thus address’d: "Indulgent god, propitious pow’r to Troy, Swift to relieve, unwilling to destroy, Directed by whose hand the Dardan dart Pierc’d the proud Grecian’s only mortal part: Thus far, by fate’s decrees and thy commands, Thro’ ambient seas and thro’ devouring sands, Our exil’d crew has sought th’ Ausonian ground; And now, at length, the flying coast is found.
  • Aeneas then unsheath’d his shining sword, And thus with pious pray’rs the gods ador’d: "All-seeing sun, and thou, Ausonian soil, For which I have sustain’d so long a toil, Thou, King of Heav’n, and thou, the Queen of Air, Propitious now, and reconcil’d by pray’r; Thou, God of War, whose unresisted sway The labors and events of arms obey; Ye living fountains, and ye running floods, All pow’rs of ocean, all ethereal gods, Hear, and bear record: if I fall in field, Or, recreant in the…
  • …And threw, but first to Heav’n address’d his vows: "O patron of Socrates’ high abodes, Phoebus, the ruling pow’r among the gods, Whom first we serve, whole woods of unctuous pine Are fell’d for thee, and to thy glory shine; By thee protected with our naked soles, Thro’ flames unsing’d we march, and tread the kindled coals Give me, propitious pow’r, to wash away The stains of this dishonorable day: Nor spoils, nor triumph, from the fact I claim, But with my future actions trust my fame.

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  • It was a propitious time to graduate with a degree in petroleum engineering.
  • The first few days of the voyage passed prosperously, amid favourable weather and propitious winds,
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days

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