Quo meruere necem. This speech of Hypermnestra, is not without its propriety. The poet artfully puts into her mouth a set of arguments the most proper for one of her sex and condition; such as, that her father's commands were cruel and unjust; that it was not for a woman to handle deadly weapons: besides, her husband could be charged with no crime that deserved so severe a fate; or, even if his guilt should be admitted, hers was an unfit hand to punish him. The whole is mixed with a certain tenderness that pleases the reader, and produces an esteem for Hypermnestra.
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