Note 015
From Chapter 34 of the Decline & Fall

Jornandes, c. 35, p. 661; c. 37, p. 667. See Tillemont, Hist. des Empereurs, tom. vi. p. 129, 138. Corneille has represented the pride of Attila to his subject kings, and his tragedy opens with these two ridiculous lines:-

Ils ne sont pas venus, nos deux rois! qu'on leur die
Qu'ils se font trop attendre, et qu'Attila s'ennuie.

The two kings of the Gepidae and the Ostrogoths are profound politicians and sentimental lovers: and the whole piece exhibits the defects, without the genius, of the poet.

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