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[10] Dicere quae puduit, &c. This contains an excuse for her forwardness. Shame would not allow her to speak her mind openly; and Love, fertile in expedients, had suggested to her this way of applying to him. She argues from the great power of that deity, who was in a manner irresistible, and from whose darts even the great gods themselves were not exempted. It was therefore less blameable in a weak woman to give way to him.

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