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[72] Still we must make the venture; for as Cicero1 says, use softens even these words which at first seemed harsh. On the other hand the power of onomatopoeia is denied us. Who would tolerate an attempt to imitate [p. 113] phrases like the much praised λίγξε βιός,2 “the bow twanged,” and σῖζεν ὀφθαλμός3 “the eye hissed”? We should even feel some qualms about using balare “to baa,” and hinntre, “to whinny,” if we had not the sanction of antiquity to support us.

1 de Nat. deorum, I. xxxiv. 95.

2 Homer, Il. iv. 125.

3 2 Od. ix. 394.

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