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moriri, Roby, § 738, p. 250, R. § 339, p. 143. M has morique, [Bod., Can.7 and D'Orville cupidusque moriri, Can.7 cupidusque mori mortisque timore. A most difficult passage. It is nearly impossible that Ovid can have written moriri. On the other hand Can.7 cannot be right as it stands. Perhaps Can.7 retains part of the original reading, viz. mortisque timore, Combining this with the reading of the other MSS. we get mortemque timens mortisque timore, ‘alike fearing death, and yet because I feared death staving off hunger by acorns.’ R.E. ] Why may not the reading of Can.7 be right? Fear of death persuades him to foil by eating his longing to die, as it persuades the plague-stricken to foil by suicide their longing to live: Opars animam laqueo claudunt mortisque timorem morte fugant (vii. 604).
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