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[50] And as for perorations, what can ever be equal to the prayers which Priam addresses to Achilles1 when he comes to beg for the body of his son? Again, does he not transcend the limits of human genius in his choice of words, his reflexions, figures, and the arrangement of his whole work, with the result that it requires a powerful mind, I will not say to imitate, for that is impossible, but even to appreciate his excellences?

1 Il. xxiv. 486 sqq.

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