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Ode tribus constat Strophis, totidemque Antistrophig, una demum Epodo clausis, quas, tametsi omnes nec versuum numero, nec certia ubique colis exacte respondeant, ita tamen secuimus, commode legendi potius, quam ad antiquos concinendi modos, rationem spectantes. Alioquin hoc genus rectius fortasse dici monostropbicum debuerat. Metra partim sunt card ax*fflvi partim a7ro\t\vfikva, Phaleucia quae sunt, spondaeum tertio loco bis admittuut, quod idem in secundo loco Catullus ad libitum fecit.

AD CHRISTINAM SUECORUM REGINAM NOMINE CROMWELLI.1

Bellipotens virgo, septem regina trionum,

Christina, Arctoi lucida Stella poli!
Cernis quas merui dura sub casside rugas,

Utque senex armis impiger ora tero;
Invia fatorum dum per vestigia nitor,

Exequor et populi fortia jussa manu.
Ast tibi submittit frontem reverentior umbra;

Nec sunt hi vultus regibus usque truces.

1 These verses were sent to Christina Queen of Sweden, with Cromwell's picture, and are by some ascribed to Andrew Marvel, as by others to Milton; but I should rather think they were Milton's, being more within bis province as Latin secretary.

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