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incepti, not ‘begun,’ for it was now near its end, but ‘essayed,’ ‘taken in hand.’ So incipere is used of the ineffectual effort which does not result in a beginning, as in Virg. Aen.VI. 493, “inceptus clamor frustratur hiantes”. See Henry on Aen.II. 13, Aeneidea, vol. II. pp. 26-8. Cf. 297.

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