Hos tibi, qui svperant. Ariadne is eagerly endeavouring to move Theseus to pity, and, if possible, to prevail upon him to return. For this reason she here paints, in the strongest colors, her distressed situation, her fears and anxieties, and the mischief which she had committed upon herself in her despair. The whole forms such a lively picture of misery and distress, that we cannot enough admire the happy imagination of the poet, in being thus able to assemble a set of ideas so well fitted to answer his aim of exciting sympathy and compassion. With her bitterest reproaches she mingles tenderness and affection. One may easily perceive, that love is deeply looted in her heart, while her invectives proceed from a sense of injury. She concludes in the most affecting manner: 'Return, if it be only to pay me the last duties, and collect my scattered bones.' For theancients thought it a great misfortune to go without a burial. We have different accounts given us of the fate of Ariadne. The most commonly received opinion makes her to have afterwards become the wife of Bacchus, by whom Theseus had been advised to desert her, as we have before observed in the arguments.
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