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[20] On the other hand, we admire Virgil1 when he says:
“Oft hath the tiny mouse,” etc.

For here the epithet is appropriate and prevents our expecting too much, while the use of the singular instead of the plural, and the unusual monosyllabic conclusion of the line, both add to the pleasing effect. Horace2 accordingly imitated Virgil in both these points, when he wrote,

“The fruit shall be a paltry mouse.

1 Georg. i. 181.

2 A. P. 139.

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