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[77] At citò. This, as Crispinus observes, is to be considered as an objection and excuse offered upon the part of Leander: as if Hero had said, "I know you will plead that the interval of the storm was short, and that, dreading this with reason, you were unwilling to venture." She immediately replies in the next verse, Tempore, cum properas, &c. "Alloa that you were afraid of the raging sea, yet why did you not come when it was clam? The interval, though short, continued longer than you usually take to swim across." This answer, rejecting Leander's excuse, was well judged in the poet: for, however good his plea might be, yet passion, we all know, pays very little regard to the voice of reason.

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