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[727] Corpore like ‘molem’ of the entire mundane frame. Henry attempts to restrict it to the earth, comparing G. 2. 327; but the expression there, as here, is simply an obvious metaphor, not a new sense stamped on a word and adhering to it independently of the context: and his other parallel from Pervigilium Veneris v. 55 is only an imitation of the passage in the Georgics. ‘Miscet se corpore’ like “genus mixtum sanguine” 12. 838, the more ordinary construction being with the dat. or with the abl. with ‘cum.’ Possibly it is to be explained grammatically as the abl. of the agent, as in such expressions as “pulvere campus miscetur” 12. 445, the element of mixture being regarded as the cause which has brought the mixture about. Comp. 8. 510, “mixtus matre Sabella,” where there seems a confusion between the mother as causing the son's blood to be mixed, not pure, and as mixing her own blood with the father's. At the same time, we must not forget the connexion between the dat. and abl., nor the probability that a case which is used in a particular sense with a preposition may be found bearing that sense without it. “Aura mixta vapore” occurs Lucr. 3. 233.

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