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optant, ‘pray.’ Cf. XIV. 35 n. The word implies the expression of the wish, either in prayer or request. See Henry on Virg. Aen.I. 176, Aeneidea, vol. I. p. 475. He quotes Sen. Ep.95, “saepe aliud volumus, aliud optamus, et verum ne diis quidem dicimus”, Nonius s.v. “optare est precibus aliquid a diis postulare”. Cf. XIV. 135-9 and 595, Tibull IV. vi. 15 “praecipit en natae mater studiosa, quod optet; illa aliud tacite clam sibi mente rogat”.

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    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, 14.135
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