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  • The Tyrian train, admitted to the feast, Approach, and on the painted couches rest.
  • You are his fav’rite; you alone can find The dark recesses of his inmost mind: In all his trusted secrets you have part, And know the soft approaches to his heart.

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  • To their united force it yields, tho’ late, And mourns with mortal groans th’ approaching fate: The roots no more their upper load sustain; But down she falls, and spreads a ruin thro’ the plain.
  • With livid spots distinguish’d was her face; Red were her rolling eyes, and discompos’d her pace; Ghastly she gaz’d, with pain she drew her breath, And nature shiver’d at approaching death.
  • Meantime the train, proceeding on their way, From far the town and lofty tow’rs survey; At length approach the walls.
  • At his foreseen approach, already quake The Caspian kingdoms and Maeotian lake: Their seers behold the tempest from afar, And threat’ning oracles denounce the war.
  • She told the Gauls’ approach; th’ approaching Gauls, Obscure in night, ascend, and seize the walls.
  • Then first we saw the monster mend his pace; Fear his eyes, and paleness in his face, Confess’d the god’s approach.
  • She told the Gauls’ approach; th’ approaching Gauls, Obscure in night, ascend, and seize the walls.
  • Now Nisus and his friend approach the guard, And beg admission, eager to be heard: Th’ affair important, not to be deferr’d.

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  • Then heav’n’s imperious queen shot down from high: At her approach the brazen hinges fly; The gates are forc’d, and ev’ry falling bar; And, like a tempest, issues out the war.
  • Now nearer to the Stygian lake they draw: Whom, from the shore, the surly boatman saw; Observ’d their passage thro’ the shady wood, And mark’d their near approaches to the flood.
  • Thus while he gazes round, at length he spies, Where, fenc’d with strong redoubts, their navy lies, Close underneath the walls; the washing tide Secures from all approach this weaker side.
  • If Fortune please, and so the gods ordain, That nothing should of ruin’d Troy remain, And you conspire with Fortune to be slain, The way to death is wide, th’ approaches near: For soon relentless Pyrrhus will appear, Reeking with Priam’s blood— the wretch who slew The son (inhuman) in the father’s view, And then the sire himself to the dire altar drew.
  • Aeneas sees, Thro’ smoking fields, his hast’ning enemies; And Turnus views the Trojans in array, And hears th’ approaching horses proudly neigh.
  • Now learn from me thy near approaching grief, Nor think my wishes want to thy relief.
  • At his approach they toss their heads on high, And, proudly neighing, promise victory.
  • He finish’d; and, one soul inspiring all, Form’d in a wedge, the foot approach the wall.
  • My goddess mother, whose indulgent care Foresaw the dangers of the growing war, This omen gave, when bright Vulcanian arms, Fated from force of steel by Stygian charms, Suspended, shone on high: she then foreshow’d Approaching fights, and fields to float in blood.
  • The Trojans fly from their approaching fate; And, had the victor then secur’d the gate, And to his troops without unclos’d the bars, One lucky day had ended all his wars.
  • Now, side to side, they measure with their eyes The champions’ bulk, their sinews, and their size: The nearer they approach, the more is known Th’ apparent disadvantage of their own.
  • Turnus th’ occasion takes, and cries aloud: "Talk on, ye quaint haranguers of the crowd: Declaim in praise of peace, when danger calls, And the fierce foes in arms approach the walls."
  • By this, the Trojan and the Tuscan horse, Drawn up in squadrons, with united force, Approach the walls: the sprightly coursers bound, Press forward on their bits, and shift their ground.
  • His hand and watchful eye keep even pace; While Dares traverses and shifts his place, And, like a captain who beleaguers round Some strong-built castle on a rising ground, Views all th’ approaches with observing eyes: This and that other part in vain he tries, And more on industry than force relies.
  • Meantime the war approaches to the tents; Th’ alarm grows hotter, and the noise augments: The driving dust proclaims the danger near; And first their friends, and then their foes appear: Their friends retreat; their foes pursue the rear.
  • BOOK VIII When Turnus had assembled all his pow’rs, His standard planted on Laurentum’s tow’rs; When now the sprightly trumpet, from afar, Had giv’n the signal of approaching war, Had rous’d the neighing steeds to scour the fields, While the fierce riders clatter’d on their shields; Trembling with rage, the Latian youth prepare To join th’ allies, and headlong rush to war.
  • "Now peals of shouts come thund’ring from afar, Cries, threats, and loud laments, and mingled war: The noise approaches, tho’ our palace stood Aloof from streets, encompass’d with a wood.
  • I vanish with the night, And feel the blast of heav’n’s approaching light."
  • Then to his fellows thus aloud he calls: "What rolling clouds, my friends, approach the walls?
  • " ’Not unreveng’d Ulysses bore their fate, Nor thoughtless of his own unhappy state; For, gorg’d with flesh, and drunk with human wine While fast asleep the giant lay supine, Snoring aloud, and belching from his maw His indigested foam, and morsels raw; We pray; we cast the lots, and then surround The monstrous body, stretch’d along the ground: Each, as he could approach him, lends a hand To bore his eyeball with a flaming brand.
  • Meantime Latonian Phoebe, from the skies, Beheld th’ approaching war with hateful eyes, And call’d the light-foot Opis to her aid, Her most belov’d and ever-trusty maid; Then with a sigh began: "Camilla goes To meet her death amidst her fatal foes: The nymphs I lov’d of all my mortal train, Invested with Diana’s arms, in vain.
  • Conducted to the grove, Aeneas broke The silence first, and thus the king bespoke: "Best of the Greeks, to whom, by fate’s command, I bear these peaceful branches in my hand, Undaunted I approach you, tho’ I know Your birth is Grecian, and your land my foe; From Atreus tho’ your ancient lineage came, And both the brother kings your kindred claim; Yet, my self-conscious worth, your high renown, Your virtue, thro’ the neighb’ring nations blown, Our fathers’ mingled blood, Apollo’s voice,

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as in: approached the city Define
to come near or nearer
as in: use the best approach Define
a way of doing something; or a rout that leads to a particular place
as in: approached her with the proposal Define
to speak with someone about something for the first time -- such as a proposal -- often something discussed in a delicate, tentative way
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