The post of honor to Messapus falls, To keep the nightly guard, to watch the walls, To pitch the fires at distances around, And close the Trojans in their scanty ground.
They sate; and, (not without the god’s command,) Their homely fare dispatch’d, the hungry band Invade their trenchers next, and soon devour, To mend the scanty meal, their cakes of flour.
See on what foot we stand: a scanty shore, The sea behind, our enemies before; No passage left, unless we swim the main; Or, forcing these, the Trojan trenches gain.
They strike, they push, they throng the scanty space, Resolv’d on death, impatient of disgrace; And, where one falls, another fills his place.
A jarring murmur fill’d the factious court: As, when a torrent rolls with rapid force, And dashes o’er the stones that stop the course, The flood, constrain’d within a scanty space, Roars horrible along th’ uneasy race; White foam in gath’ring eddies floats around; The rocky shores rebellow to the sound.
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I had a strong suspicion, but scanty evidence.
It was a gloomy company that huddled under the dripping trees to eat their scanty supper.
C.S. Lewis -- Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia