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[22] Ultima pars lucis, primaque noctis erat. Heinsius, upon the authority of some manuscripts, gives a very different reading of this verse; which he thinks ought to be thus: “Ultima pars noctis primaque lucis erat.

Whatever ground that celebrated critic may have for this conjecture, we do not think proper to follow it in this place; for the commonly received reading agrees better with the notion of the marriage ceremonies. Besides, Hypermnestra speaks afterwards of their going to sleep; that during this the massacre was committed, while all Argos was in profound quiet; and that at length morning approached.

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