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Titus, Chapter 3: His qualities
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Even in boyhood his bodily and mental gifts were conspicuous and they became more and more so as he [Note 1] advanced in years. He had a handsome person, in which there was no less dignity than grace, and was uncommonly strong, although he was not tall of stature and had a rather protruding belly. His memory was extraordinary, and he had an aptitude for almost all the arts, both of war and of peace. Skillful in arms and horsemanship, he made speeches and wrote verses in Latin and Greek with ease and readiness, and even off-hand. He was besides not unacquainted with music, but sang and played the harp agreeably and skillfully. I have heard from many sources that he used also to write shorthand with great speed and would amuse himself by playful contests with his secretaries; also that he could imitate any hand-writing that he had ever seen and often declared that he might have been the prince of forgers.
Note 1: he = Titus