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[12] Quos vereor. It is observable, that in all manuscripts, two or three excepted, there is a deficiency of the rest of this epistle. Many therefore are of opinion, that the verses which follow this are not Ovid's, but have been supplied by some other poet. This notion receives yet greater weight from the authority of the critics, who have remarked that the whole epistle falls very much short of the usual spirit and elegance of Ovid. For this reason we are to consider it as at best of doubtful authority.

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