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Do not try to escape; for you are fleeing one who is not an enemy, but gracious to you both in Athens and here. [1555] I, Pallas, have come from your land, which is named after me, urged on my course by Apollo, for he does not think it fitting to come into your sight, lest blame for what happened before should arise. But he sends me to tell you this: [1560] that she bore you, to Apollo, your father, and he makes a gift of you, not to the one who begot you, but so that he may establish you in a most noble house. When this matter was made known and revealed, since he feared that you would die by the plots of your mother [1565] and she at your hands, he rescued you by his contrivances. Lord Apollo, keeping silent over these things, was going to make them known at Athens, that she is your mother, and you are born from her and your father, Phoebus. But, to bring the matter to an end, hear the oracles of the god, [1570] for which I yoked my chariot.

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