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nobilior palma, ‘of more honour than the victor's palm.’ Cf. Hor Hor. C. I. i. 5, “palma nobilis”. Palma is a conjecture of Siebelis ˙ a Berlin MS. has palmis. Merkel retains the reading of M forma (inserting ac from conjecture), which he takes as nominative in the sense of ‘a beauty’ (as “κάλλος” is used), comparing IV. 676, “visae correptus imagine formae”, Prop.ii. V. 28, Cynthia forma potens. This may safely be pronounced impossible. Madvig (Advers. Crit. vol. II. p. 92) suggests mobilior dama. May not the very common confusion of fama flamma (at XIV. 726 Can.1 has flamma) point to the true reading? That is, flamma was first changed to fama, then to forma, the reading of M. ‘More nimble than flame.’ R.E. ] Ehwald retains the vulgate pomis, for which cf. 818.
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