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[144] Tunicae tabe; the shirt poisoned with the blood of the Lernaean Hydra, and Nessus the Centaur. For Hercules, after overcoming the Hydra, dipped some arrows in its blood, that with them he might always would mortally. It was with one of these poisoned arrows that he shot Nessus, who, finding himself on the point of expiration, and wishing that his death might not pass unrevenged, called Deianira, and desired her, if she hoped to secure her husband's love, to dip a shirt in the blood that flowed from the wound he had received by the arrow. Deianira, weakly credulous, obeyed him, without giving the least hint to Hercules upon the subject. Hearing afterwards that he loved Iole, she sent him this shirt; which he had no sooner put on, than, quite inflamed by the strength of the poison, and bereft of his reason, he threw himself upon a funeral pile, and caused fire to be set to it.

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