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“ GATHERING OF THE
OBSERVATIONS ON AENEID VII. 601-817
W. WARDE FOWLER
M.A., Hon. LL.D. EDIN., ETC.
“On risque de s attarder en route quand on voyage avec Virgile: et c'est un
IN the darkest year that Europe has known since the tenth century, being too old and deaf to be of any active service to the country, I have found myself invigorated by fresh reading of Homer, Virgil, Milton, Wordsworth, and some other poets who, like these, are very old friends. A chance visit from a scholar who loves his Virgil, and happened to drop an opportune word or two about the “Gathering of the Clans," sent me once more to the seventh Aeneid, which always brings to mind the quiet, conversational, but most valuable lectures of my college tutor, Henry Nettleship, of which I still have the notes. I need hardly say that a fresh reading revealed new beauties, new secrets; and especially the
catalogue,” as it is sometimes injuriously called, claimed from me a long and enjoyable study, of which the fruits, such as they are, are contained in the following pages. I hope they may be worth the attention of scholars, who will find, I think, that I have not wasted space by setting down anything that can be found just as well in the best-known commentaries. I have used the Oxford text edited by Sir A. Hirtzel in 1904.