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The Aeneid
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dismal
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The Aeneid
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  • The dismal day was come; the priests prepare Their leaven’d cakes, and fillets for my hair.
  • The cave, tho’ large, was dark; the dismal floor Was pav’d with mangled limbs and putrid gore.

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  • Distracted, from the fatal sight they fled, And thro’ the town the dismal rumor spread.
  • Yet one remain’d— the messenger of Fate: High on a craggy cliff Celaeno sate, And thus her dismal errand did relate: ’What! not contented with our oxen slain, Dare you with Heav’n an impious war maintain, And drive the Harpies from their native reign?
  • Scarce had he said; Achates and his guest, With downcast eyes, their silent grief express’d; Who, short of succors, and in deep despair, Shook at the dismal prospect of the war.
  • This dismal news, not from uncertain fame, But sad spectators, to the hero came: His friends upon the brink of ruin stand, Unless reliev’d by his victorious hand.
  • Deep in the dismal regions void of light, Three daughters at a birth were born to Night: These their brown mother, brooding on her care, Indued with windy wings to flit in air, With serpents girt alike, and crown’d with hissing hair.
  • …stars decree; Whom Phoebus taught unerring prophecy, From his own tripod, and his holy tree; Skill’d in the wing’d inhabitants of air, What auspices their notes and flights declare: O say— for all religious rites portend A happy voyage, and a prosp’rous end; And ev’ry power and omen of the sky Direct my course for destin’d Italy; But only dire Celaeno, from the gods, A dismal famine fatally forebodesO say what dangers I am first to shun, What toils vanquish, and what course to run.’
  • "Alas!" said he, "what mean these dismal cries?

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as in: a dismal expression Define
depressing or gloomy
as in: a dismal performance Define
of terrible quality
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