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monstris, the strange sights and sounds.

vulgus, ‘the knaves,’ ‘the varlets.’

paventis, sc. vulgi.

ab attactu. Cf. XIII. 105 n., and 720, n.

variarum . . . ferarum, ‘strange shapes of beasts diverse.’ Cf. Virg. Aen.VIII. 698, omnigenumque deum monstra. The beasts are said to come upon the men, just as Milton (P.l. IX. 505) speaks of the serpents ‘that in Illyria changed Hermione and Cadmus.’ In both cases the change is external only, the human identity being preserved.

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