At length, in dead of night, the ghost appears Of her unhappy lord: the specter stares, And, with erected eyes, his bloody bosom bares.
Of various forms unnumber’d specters more, Centaurs, and double shapes, besiege the door.
Then, with ungovern’d madness, I proclaim, Thro’ all the silent street, Creusa’s name: Creusa still I call; at length she hears, And sudden thro’ the shades of night appearsAppears, no more Creusa, nor my wife, But a pale specter, larger than the life.
What squalid specters, in the dead of night, Break my short sleep, and skim before my sight!
Of air condens’d a specter soon she made; And, what Aeneas was, such seem’d the shade.
"To this the specter no reply did frame, But answer’d to the cause for which he came, And, groaning from the bottom of his breast, This warning in these mournful words express’d: ’O goddess-born! escape, by timely flight, The flames and horrors of this fatal night.
) The specter seems the Daunian chief to dare, And flourishes his empty sword in air.
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From where I sit on the field, he’s a bizarre specter, so frail and ashen.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
It was my father, standing on my doorstep like some awful specter summoned by my hatefulness.