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[46] I shall, I think, be right in following the principle [p. 29] laid down by Aratus1 in the line, “With Jove let us begin,” and in beginning with Homer. He is like his own conception of Ocean,2 which he describes as the source of every stream and river; for he has given us a model and an inspiration for every department of eloquence. It will be generally admitted that no one has ever surpassed him in the sublimity with which he invests great themes or the propriety with which he handles small. He is at once luxuriant and concise, sprightly and serious, remarkable at once for his fullness and his brevity, and supreme not merely for poetic, but for oratorical power as well.

1 Arat. Phaen. 1.

2 Il. xxi. 196.

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