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[5] Some, however, say that it was not the imps themselves who imparted the charm, but that they called Jupiter down from heaven by their magic, and that this deity angrily told Numa that he must charm thunder and lightning with ‘heads.’ ‘Of onions?’ asked Numa, filling out the phrase. ‘Of men,’ said Jupiter. Thereupon Numa, trying once more to avert the horror of the prescription, asked, ‘with hair?’ ‘Nay,’ answered Jupiter, ‘with living—’ ‘sprats?’ added Numa, as he had been taught by Egeria to say.

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