rius as a friend, more than me; for who can write more verses, or in a shorter time than I?
Who can move his limbs with softer grace [in the dance]? And then I sing, so that even
Hermogenes may envy."
Here there was an opportunity of interrupting him. "Have you a mother, [or any] relations
that are interested in your welfare?"
"Not one have I; I have buried them all."
"Happy they! now I remain. Dispatch me: for the fatal moment is at hand, which an old
Sabine sorceress, having shaken her divining
The divination was performed in this manner. A number of letters and entire words were
thrown into an urn and shaken together. When they were well mixed, they were poured out, and
if any thing intelligible appeared in them, from thence the witch formed her divination and
foretold when I was a boy; ‘This child, neither shall cruel poison, nor the
hostile sword, nor pleurisy, nor cough, nor t