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  Item Reference: KCLCAL-1870-1871-564

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564 THE SCHOOL IX VL ci 00I FOREST SCHOLARSHIP Translate into Eatt'n ProSe Never was child torn from its mother's arms to school more homesick at this moment than was Cicero He languished for Rome and when he stood before the gates of Rome about five months later not at liberty to enter ihem he sighed pro- foundly after that vanished peace of mind which he had enjoyed in his wild mountainous province Vainly be flattered himself that he could compose by his single mediation tbe mighty conflict which had now opened As he pursued his journey home- wards he was met at every port where be touched for few days' repose by reports more and more glonmy of the impending rupture between the great partisan leaders These reports ran along like the undulations of an earthquake to the last recesses of the East Every king and every people had been canvassed for the coming conflict and many had been already associated by pledges to the one side or the oilier The fancy faded away from Cicero's thoughts as be drew nearer to Italy that any effect could now be anticipated from mediatorial counsels II translate into rer& Prose Is there any one so foolish he asked as to believe that there are antipodes with their feet opposite to ours people who walk with their heels upward and their beads hanging down that there is part of the world in which all things are topsy-turvy where the trees grow wilh their branches downward and where it rains hails and snows upward The idea of ihe roundness of the earth he added was the cause of inventing this fable of the antipodes with their heels in tbe air for these philosophers having once erred go on in their absurdities defending one with another But more than this to assert that there were inhabited lands on the opposite side of tbe globe would be to maintain
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