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[46] Persephone; the same with Proserpine, the wife of Pluto, and queen of the infernal regions. Cydippe, in saying that when the time of her nuptials drew near, Persephone knocked at the gate, means, that the fever raged with such violence, as to threaten her with death. This will more plainly appear from a verse of Tibullus: “At mihi Persephone nigram denunciat horam.

"But now Persephone threatens me with the fatal hour."

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