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IDYLLIUM XVI.

THE GRACES, OR HIERO,

THE ARGUMENT. Tuis Idyllium is addressed to Hiero, the last tyrant of Sicily. Theocritas having before celebratei

this prince, without being recompensed for his trouble, composed this poem, in which he complains of the ingratitude of princes to pocts, who can alone rerder their actions immortal. He observer that not only the Lycian and I'rojan heroes, but even Uiyffes himself, would have been buricd in oblivion, if their fame had not been celebrated by Homer.

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