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A noble speech, my daughter! but there is sorrow linked with its noble sentiments. Odysseus, if you must please the son of Peleus, and avoid reproach, [385] do not slay this maid, but lead me to Achilles' pyre and torture me unsparingly; it was I that bore Paris, whose fatal shaft laid low the son of Thetis.

It is not your death, my lady, that Achilles' ghost [390] has demanded of the Achaeans, but hers.

At least then slaughter me with my child; so shall there be a double drink of blood for the earth and the dead that claims this sacrifice.

The maiden's death suffices; no need to add [395] a second to the first; would we did not need even this!

Die with my daughter I must and will.

How so? I did not know I had a master.

I will cling to her like ivy to an oak.

Not if you will listen to those who are wiser than you.

[400] Be sure I will never willingly relinquish my child.

Well, be equally sure I will never go away and leave her here.

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