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[47] Jam certe navigat, inquam. The poet's art appears here in its full dimensions. The more narrowly it is examined, the more of its worth we discover. Any one who has allowed himself to reflect at all must be sensible, that the imagination is never more busy, than when conversant about an absent beloved object. It is not only apt to run over all the scenes that have passed between them, but also to fancy the manner in which it may be employed at present. Hero's discourse with her nurse is a true and natural example of it; and she more so, as she imagines her lover setting about what she most earnestly desired, viz. preparing to swim across to her.

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