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The song of the giant is marred by the tasteless accumulation of images in these lines, which contrast unfavourably with the opening lines in Theocritus (xi. 19-24).

folio, of the petal as in 398. So in III. 509, the narcissus is described, “croceum . . . florem inveniunt, foliis medium cingentibus albis”.

ligustri, generally identified with the privet, though the colour of the flower hardly justifies its collocation in Martial I. cxvi., “loto candidior puella cygno argento nive lilio ligustro”.

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