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[39] Nec tamen. All manuscripts agree in rejecting 104 verses, viz. from this to 143. They are therefore, not without reason, deemed spurious by the generality of commentators. They are also judged to fall far short of the usual elegance and beauty of Ovid.

Si, sicut oporteat. Heinsius thinks the reading wrong, and corrects it thus: "Sicut oportuit actum, ut agi oportuit." But Crispinus opposes this, and thinks the sense both evident and good without any such alteration; and paraphrases it thus: "Nihil mirum esse, si Cupid nis areu et telis, eminus, sicuti missilibus oporteat ictus, amet."

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