For although Dido complains of marriage, yet her [p. 415] passionate outburst shows that she regards life without wedlock as no life for man, but for the beasts of the field. A different kind of emphasis is found in Ovid, where Zmyrna confesses to her nurse her passion for her father in the following words:
Might I not have lived,
From wedlock free, a life without a stain,
Happy as beasts are happy?Aen. iv. 550.
O mother, happy in thy spouse!Met. x. 422.