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IV. VER. 5.
Queque ipse miserrima widi, Et quorum pars magna fui. Quæque ipse miserrimus audi, Et quorum pars magna fui Omnia tam audita quam visa recte distinctione enarrare hic Aoneas profitetur: multa quorum nox ea fatalis sola conscia fuit, vir probus et pius tanquam visa referre non potuit.
V. VER, 7.
Temperet a lacrymis 2 Quis talia sendo, Temperet in lachrymis 2 Major enim doloris indicatio, abscue modo lachrymare, quam solummodo a lachrymis non temperase.
VI. VER. 9.
Et jam nox humida coelo Praecipitat, suadent]ue cadentia sydera somnos. Et jam nox lumina coclo Praecipitat, suadent]ue latentia sydera somnos. Lectio, humida, vespertinum rorem solūm innuere videtur: magis mi arridet lumina, quge latentia postquam praecipitantitr, aurorae adventum annunciant. Sed si tantus amor casus cognoscere nostros, Et breviter Trojae supremum audire laborem. Sed si tantus amor curds cognoscere noctis, Et brew: ter Troje supertingue audire labores. Cure Noctis (scilicet noctis excidii Trojani) magis compendiose (vel ut dixit ipse breviser) totam belli catastrophen denotat, quam diffusa illa et indetermiIlātā. nata lectio, casus nostros. Ter audire gratum fuisse Didoni, patet ex libro quarto, ubi dicitur, Iliacosque iterum demens audire labores exposcit: ‘ser enim pro Jape usurpatur. Troja, superumque labores, recte, quia non tantum hominessed & Diisese his laboribus immiscuerunt. Wide AEn. ii. ver. 610, etc. Quanquam animus meminisse horret, luctuque refugit, Incipiam. Quanquam animus meminisse horret, lucturque resurgit, Resurgit multo proprius dolorem re-ascentem notat
quam ut hactenus, refugit.
VII. VER. 19.
Ductores Danańm, tot jam labentibus annis
Tracti & repulsi, antithesis perpulchra ! Fracti, figidë et vulgaritēr.
Equum jam Trojanum (ut vulgus loguitur) adeamus; quem si equam Græcam vocabis, lector, minime pecces: sola enim semelle utero gestant. Uterumque armato milite complent—Uteroque recusso Insomuere cava–Aque utero sonito goater arma dedere Inclusos utero Danaos, &c. Vox fata non convenit maribus, Scandit fatalis machina muros, Foeta armis Palladem virginem, equo mari fabricando invigilare decuisse, quis putato et incredibile prorsus! Quamobrem existimo veram equae lectionem passim restituendam, nisi ubi forte, metri Caussa, equam potlus quam equam, gents, pro sexo, dixit Maro. Vale | dum ha-c paucula corriges, majus opus moveo.
AMONG all the inquiries which have been pur-
thagoras nor Apollonius ever penetrated.
but from whom they first received them is yet a secret. The highest period of time, to which the learned attempt to trace them, is the beginning of the Assyrian monarchy, when their inventors were worshipped as Gods. It is therefore necessary to go backward into times even more remote, and to gain some knowledge of their history, from whatever dark and broken hints may any way be found in ancient authors concerning them. Nor Troy nor Thebes were the first of empires;
we have mention, though not histories, of an earlier warlike people called the Pygmaeans. I cannot but persuade myself, from those accounts in Homer *, Aristotle, and others, of their history, wars and revolutions, and from the very air in which those authors speak of them as of things known, that they were then a part of the study of the learned. And though all we directly hear is of their military achievements, in the brave defence of their country from the annual invasions of a powerful enemy, yet I cannot doubt, but that they excelled as much in the arts of peaceful government; though there remain no traces of their civil institutions. Empires as great have been swallowed up in the wreck of time, and such sudden periods have been put to them, as occasion a total ignorance of their story. And if I should conjecture, that the like happened to this nation from a general extirpation of the people by those flocks of monstrous birds, wherewith antiquity agrees they were continually infested; it ought not to seem more incredible, than that one of the Baleares was wasted by rabbits, Smynthe by mice #, and of late Bermu
* Il. iii. Hom. + Eustathius in Hom, Il. i.
das almost depopulated by rats *. Nothing is more