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What more fertile plain will you find in place of ours, [305] if you abandon to the enemy this deep-soiled land and the water of Dirce which is the most nourishing of the streams that earth-encircling Poseidon [310] and Tethys' children pour forth? Therefore, divine guardians of the city, hurl murderous destruction on the men outside our walls [315] and panic that makes them throw away their weapons, and so win glory for these citizens. Defend the city and remain in possession of your home and throne [320] in answer to our shrill, wailing prayers!

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