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[521] This line is commonly taken ‘the time requires far other defenders than you,’ a sense in which it has become a stock quotation. Henry however is clearly right in supposing the meaning to be ‘we have not now to look to arms, but to altars and prayers,’ as the words which follow, ‘non, si ipse meus nunc adforet Hector’ (with which comp. vv. 291, 292, above), are sufficient to show. With this interpretation he well comp. Aesch. Supp. 188: “ἄμεινόν ἐστι παντὸς οὕνεκ᾽, κόραι,
πάγον προσίζειν τῶνδ᾽ ἀγωνίων θεῶν:
κρείσσων δὲ πύργου βωμός, ἄρρηκτον σάκος:

and Shakspeare, Coriolanus, 1. 2: “For the dearth, The gods, not the patricians make it; and Your knees to them, not arms, must help.

For ‘defensoribus,’ applied to an inanimate object, he cites Caes. B. G. 4. 17, Claud. Ruf. 1. 79.

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