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noctis . . . servo, ‘I guard the marches of the night,’ preventing encroachment from either side, just as twilight is called ‘short arbiter 'twixt day and night,’ Milt. P.l. IX. 50. Cf. VII. 706, “teneat lucis, teneat confinia noctis”. So of the feast of Flora, which lasted from April 28th to May 1st ( Fast.V. 187), “cum tua sint cedantque tibi confinia mensum”. For a similar expression cf. Lucr. i. 23,in luminis oras exoritur” (where see Munro), Milton, P.l. II. 958 ‘which way the nearest coast of darkness lies bordering on light.’

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    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, 7.706
    • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 1.23
    • Ovid, Fasti, 5
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