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[48] Hei mihi, &c. We are usually very quick-sighted in what more nearly concerns ourselves. As Menelaus was determined, if possible, to recover Helen, and avenge the injury done him by Paris, he had engaged almost ail Greece to take up arms in his cause, and was conducting into Asia a set of troops healed by the flower of the Grecian princes. As Troy was a very powerful city, it was natural to think that much blood must be shed in this war, and many thousands lose their lives. Laodamia, who was apprehensive for her husband, quickly foresees this, and prays God to avert the omen from her. "Alas, Menelaus, the revenge you now take will he mournful to many: wives shall grieve for the loss of their husbands, and children for their parents; but grant, Heaven, that I may avaid so terrible a calamity."

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