Question 11 - High School English II: Reading Practice Test for the STAAR test

Read this dictionary entry:

stole \stohl\ v past tense 1. to take the property of another without permission, especially secretly or forcefully 2. to win or get by chance 3. to move or bring quietly or secretly 4. to gain extra attention, as by giving a tremendous performance

Which definition best matches the use of the word stole in line 13 of the attached poem?

“A Poison Tree” - William Blake

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears
Night and morning with my tears,
And I sunned it with smiles
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright,
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine, –

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning, glad, I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

Text retrieved from: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1934

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