There was evidently an afflatus on the men, and they wrote and acted as they were moved.
Metre and rhyme, I grant you—long and short—but show me the afflatus!
Then with an afflatus, words flow, whispered by my muse, into lines and stanzas.
At this point, inspired by the afflatus of a deep and true affection, Philip waxed eloquent.
When once she abandoned herself to the afflatus ...