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[162] Sed solet hoc marilus. Hero, the more to make Leander sensible of her impatience and anxiety, tells him, that she was herself often ready to rush into the waves, and was only kept back by reflecting how fatal it had been to her sex. The poet makes this observation come rather from Hero than Leander, it being most usual for that sex, to indulge in these little superstitious observances. Phryxus and his sister Helle crossing the Hellespont, the former passed over safe, but the latter was drowned by the way; an accident that has nothing in it to surprise us; and yet Hero considered it as a threatening omen to the whole sex.

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