O curst essay of arms, disastrous doom, Prelude of bloody fields, and fights to come!
So fares the bull in his lov’d female’s sight: Proudly he bellows, and preludes the fight; He tries his goring horns against a tree, And meditates his absent enemy; He pushes at the winds; he digs the strand With his black hoofs, and spurns the yellow sand.
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The move is seen as a prelude to a declaration of war.