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[137] Troasin invideo. The sentiment is ingenious, and agrees with that strength of passion which Laodamia breathes through this whole epistle. Every one knows, that nothing is more irksome to lovers than absence. Laodamia is so impatient under it, that she thinks any condition preferable to hers. The Trojan matrons were far happier, although spectators of the danger and fate of their husbands. They were employed in many grateful offices about them, buckled on their armour, charged them with their last commands, and were at once delivered from the tortures of a cruel suspense; whereas her fate was to be distracted between hope and fear, while her foreboding mind suggested a thousand dangers, and kept her under perpetual anxieties and alarms.

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