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The Aeneid
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  • If native pow’r prevail not, shall I doubt To seek for needful succor from without?
  • But, when he found that Juno’s pow’r prevail’d, And all the methods of cool counsel fail’d, He calls the gods to witness their offense, Disclaims the war, asserts his innocence.

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  • Down to the keels, and upward to the sails, The fire descends, or mounts, but still prevails; Nor buckets pour’d, nor strength of human hand, Can the victorious element withstand.
  • For to what pow’r can Turnus have recourse, Or how resist his fate’s prevailing force?
  • Her father Metabus, when forc’d away From old Privernum, for tyrannic sway, Snatch’d up, and sav’d from his prevailing foes, This tender babe, companion of his woes.
  • The trumpets sound: Aeneas first assail’d The clowns new-rais’d and raw, and soon prevail’d.
  • The helpless king is hurried in the throng, And, whate’er tide prevails, is borne along.
  • If I survive, will Troy the less prevail?
  • Fierce Turnus in another quarter fought, When suddenly th’ unhop’d-for news was brought, The foes had left the fastness of their place, Prevail’d in fight, and had his men in chase.
  • Now Turnus, at two blows, two brethren slew; First from his horse fierce Amycus he threw: Then, leaping on the ground, on foot assail’d Diores, and in equal fight prevail’d.

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  • But from his headstrong horse his fate he found, Who threw his master, as he made a bound: The chief, alighting, stuck him to the ground; Then Clonius, hand to hand, on foot assails: The Trojan sinks, and Neptune’s son prevails.
  • But, if my juster arms prevail in fight, (As sure they shall, if I divine aright,) My Trojans shall not o’er th’ Italians reign: Both equal, both unconquer’d shall remain, Join’d in their laws, their lands, and their abodes; I ask but altars for my weary gods.
  • If neither piety, nor Heav’n’s command, Can gain his passage to the Stygian strand, This fatal present shall prevail at least."

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as in: reason will prevail Define
prove superior or win
as in: she prevailed upon him Define
use persuasion -- especially successfully
as in: prevailing attitude Define
most common, powerful, or influential
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