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lentior, ‘more lithe.’ The word seems to express the union of apparent weakness with real strength in the passive obstinacy of Galatea and the pliant toughness of the willow and bryony. For the two members of the comparison cf. Amor. III. vi. 59, “qui tenero lacrimas lentus in ore videt”, Virg. Aen.III. 31, “rursus et alterius lentum convellere vimen insequor”, and see Henry, Aeneidea, vol. II. pp. 446-50. For the vitis alba see the lexicon, s.v. ampeloleuce.
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