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[476] With this prayer, cf. that of Ajax, “ παῖ, γένοιο πατρὸς εὐτυχέστερος”, | “τὰ δ᾽ ἄλλ̓ ὅμοιος: καὶ γένοἰ ἂν οὐ κακός” Soph. Ajax 550 f.; Aeneas's prayer for Ascanius, disce, puer, virtutem ex me verumque laborem, | fortunam ex aliis Verg. Aen. xii. 435 f.; ‘My son! my son! may kinder stars

Upon thy fortune shine; | And may those pleasures gild thy reign | That ne'er wad blink on mine,’ Burns's Lament of Mary Queen of Scots; ‘Bright as his manly sire the son shall be | In form and soul, but ah! more blest than he,’ Campbell, Pleasures of Hope.

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