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[13] Again, the answer may be of such a kind as to make defence precede confession. For example, in the Eclogues1 of Virgil, when one shepherd asks:
“Did I not see you, villain, snare a goat
Of Damon's?
the other replies:
“I vanquished him in song, and should he not
Pay me the prize, my due?

1 Ecl. iii. 17 and 21.

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