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[63] Siiam. Helen allows that Asia was more wealthy, and better stocked with inhabitants; but then, as it was a country of barbarians, (for so the Greeks accounted all other nations,) it could be no temptation to her to abandon Sparta. This passage deserves a particular remark. Paris, in his Epistle to Helen, endeavours to draw her over by great promises, boasting of his illustrious descent, and the wealth and opulence of Phrygia. Helen is equally eager to convince him that none of these things can be of any weight with her. But all this was only to ingratiate herself the more with him, by insinuating that he was the only temptation, and that no other passion but what he had inspired, could make herswerve from virtue. The poet can never be enough commended for his artful manner and address.

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