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The Aeneid
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  • Betwixt the rising altars, and around, The sacred monster shot along the ground; With harmless play amidst the bowls he pass’d, And with his lolling tongue assay’d the taste: Thus fed with holy food, the wondrous guest Within the hollow tomb retir’d to rest.
  • He twice assay’d to cast his son in gold; Twice from his hands he dropp’d the forming mold.
  • Thrice he the sword assay’d, and thrice the flood; But Juno, mov’d with pity, both withstood.
  • Then Aruns, doom’d to death, his arts assay’d, To murther, unespied, the Volscian maid: This way and that his winding course he bends, And, whereso’er she turns, her steps attends.

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