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The Aeneid
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  • The feather’d arrow gave a dire portent, And latter augurs judge from this event.
  • The fatal augur falls, by whose command The truce was broken, and whose lance, embrued With Trojan blood, th’ unhappy fight renew’d.
  • The gods, by signs, have manifestly shown, No prince Italian born should heir my throne: Oft have our augurs, in prediction skill’d, And oft our priests, foreign son reveal’d.
  • Not thus you fly your female foes by night, Nor shun the feast, when the full bowls invite; When to fat off’rings the glad augur calls, And the shrill hornpipe sounds to bacchanals.
  • An ancient augur, skill’d in future fate, With these foreboding words restrains their hate: ’Ye brave in arms, ye Lydian blood, the flow’r Of Tuscan youth, and choice of all their pow’r, Whom just revenge against Mezentius arms, To seek your tyrant’s death by lawful arms; Know this: no native of our land may lead This pow’rful people; seek a foreign head.’
  • An ancient augur prophesied from hence: "Behold on Latian shores a foreign prince!
  • Then King Tolumnius, vers’d in augurs’ arts, Cries out, and thus his boasted skill imparts: "At length ’t is granted, what I long desir’d!

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  • augurs a new era
  • The drifting apart of Belgium’s linguistic communities could augur the end for a country once hailed as a model of compromise and coexistence.
    Time Magazine by Leo Cendrowicz, Dec. 05, 2007  --  A Belgian Divorce?  --,8599,1691590,00.html(retrieved 08/06/09)

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