Nos humiles. Nothing can affect the heart more strongly than what Briseis here writes to Achilles. No condition of life appeared to her more cruel than that of being separated from the man she loved. She would consent to see him in the arms of another, and do the meanest service in his house, if she could only enjoy the favour of being near his person. She would even submit to ill treatment from the lady whom he might choose for the partner of his bed, rather than be absent from her beloved hero. What idea can we frame of a stronger affection? or what could be able to bend his stubborn soul, if this should be urged without effect?
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