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M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Sir Edward Ridley), book 9, line 619 (search)
ews upon the soil, And in the crumbling sands by heat matured. Where first within the dust the venom germ This catalogue of snakes is alluded to in Dante's 'Inferno,' 24. I saw a crowd within Of serpents terrible, so strange of shape And hideous that remembrance in my veins Yet shrinks the vital current. Of her sands Let Libya vaunt no more: if Jaculus, Pareas, and Chelyder be her brood, Cenchris and Amphisbaena, plagues so dire Or in such numbers swarming ne'er she showed. - Cary. See also Milton's 'Paradise Lost,' Book X., 520-530. All my being, Like him whom the Numidian Seps did thaw Into a dew with poison, is dissolved, Sinking through its foundations. Shelley, ' Prometheus Unbound,' Act iii., Scene i. Took life, an asp was reared of turgid neck And sleep compelling: thick the poison drop That was his making, in no fang of snake More closely pressed. Greedy of warmth it seeks No frozen world itself, nor haunts the sands Beyond the Nile; yet has our thirst of gain No shame nor li