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[16] For if tile moon turns red owing to the wind, her hue is certainly a sign of wind. And if, as the same poet infers,1 the condensation and rarification of the atmosphere causes that “concert of bird-voices” of which he speaks, we may agree in regarding it as a sign. We may further note that great things are sometimes indicated by trivial signs, witness the Vergilian crow; that trivial events should be indicated by signs of greater importance is of course no matter for wonder.

1 Verg. G. i. 422.

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