In the day of your distress, when your men fall dying by the murderous hand of Hector, you shall not know how to help them, and shall rend
your heart with rage for the hour when you offered insult to the bravest of the Achaeans.
Standing on its hind-legs, it would rend
the bark of a tree with its fore-paws, and play the antics of a cat; and then, by lashing itself with its tail, growling, and scratching the earth, it would at tempt the manifestations of anger that rendered its parent so terrific.
With this exclamation, the most frequent in his mouth, the unfortunate man clutched both hands upon his breast as if an intolerable sting or torture impelled him to rend
it open and let out the living mischief, even should it be intertwined with his own life.
At this moment, one of the ferocious birds darted right at the balloon, with outstretched beak and claws, ready to rend
it with either or both.
They might gouge and rend
in a fight--which was no more than natural; but he felt, somehow, that they would gouge and rend
according to rule.