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Mittit. Hypermnestra, in her application to Lynceus, artfully begins with such a representation of her case as may most effectually awaken his resentment, and beget in him a desire of revenge. She reminds him that he was the only surviving brother of fifty, all the rest having been cut off by the barbarous contrivance of her father; and that all her sufferings were occasioned by her tenderness for him. Yet far from repenting of it, the reflection always gave her pleasure; nor would all the tortures and miseries in the world be able to make her own the contrary. How could Lynceus deny his aid to one that had treated him so generously, or avoid attempting to rescue her from that bondage into which she was thrown for preserving his life?

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