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(5) So is Alcides beaten by his Rage.] Though the whole Set of Editions concur in this Reading, and it pass'd wholly unsuspected by the late learned Editor; I am very well assured, and, I dare say, the Readers will be so too presently, that it is corrupt at Bottom. Let us look into the Poet's Drift, and the History of the Persons mentioned in the Context. If Hercules (says he) and Lichas were to play at Dice for the Decision of their Superiority, Lichas the weaker Man, might have the better cast of the Two. But how then is Alcides beaten by his rage 2 The Poet means no more, than, if Lichas had the better Throw, so might Hero: Aes himself be beaten by I it has. And who was He, but a poor unfortunate Servant of Hercules, that unknowingly brought his Master the envenomed Shiit, dipt in the bleed of the Centaur Nessus, and was thrown headlong into the Sea for his prins 2 This one Circumstance of Lickas's Quility known, sufficiently ascertains the Emendation, I have fut::tuted cf face it, stead of rage. It is scarce requisite to hint Lete, it is a Point so well known, that Page has been always used in English to sigrify any Boy-Servant : as well as what latter 'i imes have appropriated it te,

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