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chian and the Dacian, who hides his fear of the Marsian cohort, land the remotest Gelonians,[1] shall know: me the learned Spaniard[2] shall study, and he that drinks of the Rhone. Let there be no dirges,[3] nor unmanly lamentations, nor bewailings at my imaginary funeral; suppress your crying, and forbear the superfluous honors of a sepulcher.

  1. Geloni, a people of Scythia, otherwise called Getæ. They used to paint themselves, to become more terrible to their enemies; whence Virgil calls them "pictos Gelonos." Geor. ii. 115. They are thought to be now the Lithuanians. Watson.
  2. In the time of Augustus learning and the sciences flourished in Spain, whither they were carried from Asia, and where the Roman colonies contributed greatly to their encouragement. Dac.
  3. An imitation of Ennius' epitaph, p. 161, ed. Hessel:

    "Nemo me lacrameis decoret, nec funera fletu
    Pac sit, quur? volito, vivo, per ora virûm."