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The whole scene with its incidents , thus removed to the mythical domain of
pastoral poetry , gives a peculiar delicacy to the praise . MELIBEUS . TITYRUS .
TITYRE , tu patulae recubans sub tegmine fagi silvestrem tenui Musam meditaris
The traditions are dug out by antiquarian research . The machinery is
manufactured to der , as it were , in a modern workshop . Many of the incidents
are labored invention , while the whole is written with a definite purpose , as a
work of art .
Starting with the Greek tradition , which it follows in the earlier books , it seeks ,
further , to gather up and cement into one whole the old myths and legends of
Italy ; and these make a sort of background , on which the outline of later history
The whole idea is “ come and learn of me to play the pipe . ” 35. faciebat , offered
to do ( wc ald have done ) . " 36. disparibus ( see note , Ecl . i . 2 ) . 38. te ...
secundum , i . e . it has in you a second master as good as the first . 40. nec , and
... who tasted it into the “ Sardonic laugh . ” By this odd imprecation Thyrsis seeks
to express a more violent longing for his love , in whose absence the day is “
longer than a whole year . ” 44. si quis pudor : the beasts ought to be 34 [ BUCOL
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