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The Aeneid
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  • Meantime the rapid heav’ns roll’d down the light, And on the shaded ocean rush’d the night; Our men, secure, nor guards nor sentries held, But easy sleep their weary limbs compell’d.
  • You see, before the gate, what stalking ghost Commands the guard, what sentries keep the post.
  • The tents of Rhesus next his grief renew, By their white sails betray’d to nightly view; And wakeful Diomede, whose cruel sword The sentries slew, nor spar’d their slumb’ring lord, Then took the fiery steeds, ere yet the food Of Troy they taste, or drink the Xanthian flood.
  • Just in the gate and in the jaws of hell, Revengeful Cares and sullen Sorrows dwell, And pale Diseases, and repining Age, Want, Fear, and Famine’s unresisted rage; Here Toils, and Death, and Death’s half-brother, Sleep, Forms terrible to view, their sentry keep; With anxious Pleasures of a guilty mind, Deep Frauds before, and open Force behind; The Furies’ iron beds; and Strife, that shakes Her hissing tresses and unfolds her snakes.

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  • She successfully bluffed her way past the sentry.
  • The sentry was killed without a sound.

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