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What misery is mine! I have suffered, luckless one, the greatest of my woes. O fate, how heavily you have fallen upon me and upon my house, [820] an unknown taint sent upon me by baneful powers! No, it is the very destruction of my life! Unhappy woman, I look upon a main of troubles so great I cannot swim out of them or cross the flood of this sorrow. [826] What is the name, poor woman, what is it, that I can rightly call your grievous fate? For you are gone from my hands like a bird, and have sped your swift leap to the house of Hades. [830] Alas! Alas! Terrible, terrible are my sufferings! I am reaping the stroke of the gods because of the sin of someone before me, someone in time now gone.

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