Maecenas endeavoured also to divert the less masculine genius of Propertius from harping continually on his love to themes of public interest.
They were night and day, her pale beauty and raw emotion contrasting with his heavy, masculine features and dark satisfaction.
But both writers are thoroughly national in sentiment, thoroughly masculine in tone.
The New English Dictionary points out that whereas the old Teutonic type of the word is neuter, corresponding to the Latin numen, in the Christian applications it becomes masculine, and that even where the earlier neuter form is still kept, as in Gothic and Old Norwegian, the construction is masculine.
In this connexion, however, Fata may be singular, the masculine and feminine Fatus, Fata, being the usual forms in popular and ceremonial language.