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[3] Mortalia fila Sorores. The Parcae, or Sisters, were three in number, to whom was committed the duration of human life. The poets represent this by a thread in which each Sister had a separate province. The first was employed to spin it out, the second to wind it up, and the third to cut it, and thereby put an end to life. This may serve to illustrate the manner of expression used in the next verse, Fusos evoluisse meos; 'ought to have wound up the thread of my life,' i. e. finished my days.

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