Terentianus Maurus on Metre:
We see that Horace nowhere employed verse of this rhythm continuously, but the
learned Arbiter uses it often in his works. You will remember these lines, which we
are used to sing: “
The maidens of Memphis, made ready for the rites of the Gods.
The boy coloured deep as the night with speaking gestures.
Marius Victorinus III, 17 (Keil, Grammatici, II,
We know that the lyric poets inserted some lines of this rhythm and form in their
works, as we find too in Arbiter, for example: “
The maidens of Memphis, made ready for the rites of the
” and again“Coloured deep as the night,
[dancing] Egyptian dances.