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THE ACROSTIC ARGUMENT. [Supposed to have been written by Priscian the Grammarian.]

(Tres) young men are desperately in love for the same woman--one from the country (Rure), another from the city, the third from abroad; and that (Utque) she may touch the Captain for a heavy haul, she secretly (Clam) passes off as her own a child that has been born by stealth. A servant uses great violence (Vi) and churlish manners, that Courtesans (Lupæ) >may not squander the savings of his master; and (Et) yet he is softened. The Captain arrives, and for the sake of the child (Nati) gives costly presents. At length (Tandem), the father of her that has been debauched comes to know all, and agrees that (Utque) he shall marry her who has seduced her; and he asks back his own (Suum) child that has been passed off by the Courtesan as hers.

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