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The Aeneid
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  • The subject world shall Rome’s dominion own, And, prostrate, shall adore the nation of the gown.
  • Our way we bend To Pallas, and the sacred hill ascend; There prostrate to the fierce virago pray, Whose temple was the landmark of our way.
  • Prostrate we fell; confess’d the present god, Who gave this answer from his dark abode: ’Undaunted youths, go, seek that mother earth From which your ancestors derive their birth.
  • The prostrate body with his knees he press’d, And plung’d his holy poniard in his breast.
  • But Cynthia’s maid, high seated, from afar Surveys the field, and fortune of the war, Unmov’d a while, till, prostrate on the plain, Welt’ring in blood, she sees Camilla slain, And, round her corpse, of friends and foes a fighting train.
  • Fierce Turnus view’d the Trojan from afar, And launch’d his jav’lin from his lofty car; Then lightly leaping down, pursued the blow, And, pressing with his foot his prostrate foe, Wrench’d from his feeble hold the shining sword, And plung’d it in the bosom of its lord.
  • Exulting in bright arms, he braves the prince: With his protended lance he makes defense; Bears back his feeble foe; then, pressing on, Arrests his better hand, and drags him down; Stands o’er the prostrate wretch, and, as he lay, Vain tales inventing, and prepar’d to pray, Mows off his head: the trunk a moment stood, Then sunk, and roll’d along the sand in blood.
  • The Latians unconcern’d shall see the fight; This arm unaided shall assert your right: Then, if my prostrate body press the plain, To him the crown and beauteous bride remain."

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  • Francis chose to make it his cross to bear in life; he never understood why his Uncle Atticus remained on excellent but remote terms with his father—Francis thought Atticus should Do Something—or why his mother was not prostrate from his father’s eccentric, therefore unforgivable, behavior.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He sat down on the edge of the bed and softly kicked Colin’s prostrate body.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines

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