An malim dubito. Leander here expresses himself in the language of a man who is in the utmost anxiety and distress. He is almost within sight of his mistress, and yet as much deprived of her company, as if they were separated from each other by the greatest distance. The nearness gives him hope of being with her soon, but accidents intervene to prevent it: thus hope changes into impatience and distraction. In this anxiety of mind he thinks it would he better for him to be at a distance from her, because in that case he must endeavour quietly to submit to his fate, and would not thus feel himself exposed to the mortification of frequent disappoint ments.
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