Pancaque cum tacta. The accurate Heinsius rejects the common reading here, as not being able to understand what the poet meant by tacta terra. Several copies, he observes, have tela; which emendation he highly approves. He further conjectures, that, by a mistake of transcribers, tacta has been put instead of tracta; for trahere telam was a common phrase, as trahere lanam, trahere pensam. So facere telam was used instead of facere lanam. The conjecture is ingenious. Orispinus, however, thinks there is no necessity for so far-fetched an explication, because the words, according to the common reading, may be very easily understood; for, in lengthening out a thread, it is usual to let the spindle gradually descend till it touches the ground; after which it is wound up, and the same is repeated in a constant succession.5.5 Deceptae noctis. Decipere noctem means, 'to elude the night, or get over the tedious hours by some pleasing amusement." Some rather think, that deceptæ; ought to be referred to Hero herself, who, after passing the night in an uneasy expectation of her lover, found herself in the morning disappointed: Ubi pars maxima noctis acta est mihi deceptae.
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