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[109] Ultima quid referam. The celebrated Heinsius imagines that we ought to read refero; which he thinks so necessary to the sense, as to insist strongly for it, contrary to the authority of the majority of manuscripts. It is, however, difficult to discover upon what he can found so strong a conjecture; for this other reading seems rather to embarrass and couture the sense, which is abundantly clear without any such alteration. Hypermnestra intimates to her husband, that she could relate much more concerning Io, by which her hard fate, and the merciless rage of Juno toward all of that race, would appear, did not the present times afford her ample matter of complaint. The sense, in this way of explaining, is plain and pertinent. Perhaps it may be said that she had already related the whole story of Io. But to this is may he answered, that, if she had memioned the chief circumstances of it, she had not displayed it with ail those strong figures and expressions which poetry allows.

Quorum mihi cana senectus auctor; that is, Quae a senibus didici; for it is probable that there were yet no written histories of past transactions, which were handed down only by tradition.

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