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solvitque haerentem vinclis de rupe puellam 615desponsam pugna, nupturam dote mariti. hic dedit Andromedae caelum stellisque sacravit mercedem tanti belli, quo concidit ipsa Gorgone non levius monstrum pelagusque levavit.

Quisquis in Andromedae surgentis tempora ponto 620nascitur, immitis veniet poenaeque minister carceris et duri custos, quo stante superbe prostratae iaceant miserorum in limine matres pernoctesque patres cupiant extrema suorum oscula et in proprias animam transferre medullas. 625carnificisque venit mortem vendentis imago accensosque rogos, cui stricta saepe securi supplicium vectigal erit, qui denique posset pendentem e scopulis ipsam spectare puellam, vinctorum dominus sociusque in parte catenae 630interdum, poenis ut noxia corpora servet.

Piscibus exortis cum pars vicesima prima signabit terrae limen, fulgebit et orbi, aerius nascetur Equus caeloque volabit, velocisque dabit sub tali tempore partus 635omne per officium vigilantia membra ferentis, hic glomerabit equo gyros dorsoque superbus ardua bella geret rector cum milite mixtus;

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sea to the lofty crags and releases from the chains which bind her to the rock the girl whose betrothal was sealed by his readiness to fight and who could now become a bride thanks to the bridegroom’s dowry of her life. Thus did Perseus win place in heaven for Andromeda and hallow in a constellation the prize of that glorious battle, wherein a monster no less terrible than the Gorgon herself perished and in perishing relieved the sea of a curse.

619The man whose birth coincides with the rising of Andromeda from the sea will prove merciless, a dispenser of punishment, a warder of dungeon dire; he a will stand arrogantly by while the mothers of wretched prisoners lie prostrate on his threshold, and the fathers wait all night to catch the last kisses of their sons and receive into their inmost being the dying breath. From the same constellation comes the figure of the executioner, ready to take money for a speedy death and the rites of a funeral pyre; for him execution means profit, and oft will he bare his axe; in short, he is a man who could have looked unmoved on Andromeda herself fettered to the rock. Governor of the imprisoned he occasionally becomes a fellow convict, chained to criminals so as to save them for execution.

631When the twenty-first degree of the rising Fishes illuminates earth’s threshold and shines upon the world, the winged Horse b will appear and gallop aloft in the heavens. In that hour it will bring forth people endowed with swiftness of movement and limbs alert to perform every task. One man will cause his horse to wheel round in caracoles, and proudly mounted on its back he will wage war from on high, horseman and soldier in one. Another

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.manilius-astronomica.1977