An archaism for a channel of the sea, and not a mispronunciation of race (which see).
As for the archaism, that is well enough for those who like it.
The archaism of the English would represent the archaism of the Greek.
As it existed in Germany it has been condemned to extinction by reason of its archaism.
Paine's use of the word "lies" in this connection is an archaism.