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[70] Again, the conclusions [p. 547] of clauses sometimes seem to halt or hang, if they are regarded apart from their context, but are usually caught up and supported by what follows, so that what seemed a faulty cadence is corrected by the continuation. Non vult populus Romanus obsoletis criminibus accusari Verrem would be harsh in rhythm, if the sentence ended there; but when it is continued with what follows, nova postulat, inaudita desiderat,1 although the words are separate in meaning, the rhythmical effect is preserved.

1 Verr. v. xliv. 117. “The Roman people does not wish Verres to be accused of obsolete crimes: no, it is new and Unheard of crimes that it demands and desires.”

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