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His arrival, therefore, in the town was not very agreeable to the people; and this appeared at the next public spectacle. For when the actors in a farce began a well-known song, “Venit, io, Simus 1 a villa
” “Lo! Clodpate from his village comes
” all the spectators, with one voice, went on with the rest, repeating and acting the first verse several times over.

1 "Simus," literally, flat-nos'd, was a cant word, used for a clown; Galba being jeered for his rusticity, in consequence of his long retirement. See c. viii. Indeed, they called Spain his farm.

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