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That murder wrought by the daughters of Danaus, which the rock of Argos keeps, was once the most famous and notorious in Hellas; but this has surpassed, [1020] has outrun those former horrors . . . for the unhappy son of Zeus.

I could tell of the murder done by Procne, mother of an only child, offered to the Muses; but you had three children, wretched parent, and all of them have you in your frenzy slain.

[1025] Alas! What groans or wails, what funeral dirge, or dance of death am I to raise?

Ah, ah! see, the bolted doors [1030] of the lofty palace are being rolled apart.

Ah me! see the wretched children lying before their unhappy father, who is sunk in dreadful slumber after shedding their blood.

[1035] Round him are bonds and cords, made fast with many knots about the body of Heracles, and lashed to the stone columns of his house.

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