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[49] Sed timor et pietas. The inward struggles between her piety, the fear of disobeying a father's command, and a horror of the guilt, are here very happily described. She knew that by saving her husband she would draw upon herself her father's resentment, to whose revengeful temper she was no stranger. This sense of danger urges her several times to the attempt; but still an inward restraint withholds her hand; till at length her piety prevailing, she resolves to run all hazards, rather than shed innocent blood.

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