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[89] Liquidi parentis; she being, as was said above, the daughter of the river Inachus. This description of Io's astonishment and behaviour, after being changed into a cow, is extremely poetical. Ovid had a great command of wit; and critics have not failed to accuse him as too lavish of it. This is perhaps an instance. He may appear to some rather too long and circumstantial in the account; and, toward the end of it, degenerates into a mere play upon words: but, after all, we ought in justice to acknowlege the beauty of the first part of this description. Io's alarm at her new shape, upon first perceiving it in her father's stream, is finely imagined, and one of those happy pictures for which Ovid is so justly admired.

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