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[74] etsi vereor, [p. 549] iudices,1 for example and animadverti, iudices.2 But the opening feet of a verse are not suited to the opening phrases of prose: Livy provides an example of this in his preface, which begins with the first half of a hexameter, 'Facturusne operae premium sim:' for these are the words as he wrote them, and they are better so than as they have been corrected.3 Again,

1 pro Mil. i. Both quotations give the end of an iambic trimeter.

2 pro cluent. i. 1. Both quotations give the end of an iambic trimeter.

3 MSS. of Livy read sim operate pretium: there is evidence to show that this may be due to corruption rather than to correction such as Quintilian describes.

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