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[57] Si laedis quod amas. If there be anything in what we have remarked before, that Ovid was not the author of this epistle, it is certain that whoever supplied it has copied him closely; for his ingenious turns and witticisms are imitated with the greatest exactness. The present distich is an undeniable instance of this. Any one in the least acquainted with our poet's way, would at first sight conclude it to be his, so great is the resemblance.

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