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[191] At quanto melius. This is Sappho's last effort to move Phaon. She has acquainted him with her resolution of throwing herself headlong from Leucate: the despair she had conceived upon his neglect, had driven her upon making trial of this dangerous remedy, and nothing but a change in his behaviour could induce her to recede from her purpose; for her passion was so strong, as to

make life insupportable without him; and all other methods to remove it had proved ineffectual. 'Think then, (says she,) to what danger you expose me; think that the breast which has been so often fondly pressed to thine, is in danger of being dashed to pieces against pointed rocks.' Sappho has omitted no circumstance that might soften, or excite pity; and he must have been hardhearted indeed, who could read so pathetic a representation, without being moved to compassion.

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