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But trusting in the gods I came in haste to their ancient statues, when the deadly blizzard of falling stones thundered against the gates. Just then I set out in fear to pray to the Blessed Ones [215] that they spread their protection over the city.

Pray that the rampart withstand the enemy spear. Yes, the outcome is in the gods' hands—but then, it is said that the gods of a captured city abandon it.

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