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[196] Ingeniumque meis substitit omne malis. Necessity is commonly reputed the mother of invention, and not without justice; yet it is not in every case equally powerful over us. There are some bounds which it ought not to pass: otherwise, instead of setting the mind upon attempts for deliverance, it will overwhelm it with such a tide of sorrow, as to render it incapable of attending to the means of self-preservation. This seems to have been Sappho's case.

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