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There were many of us who wished, but we were outsped and our feet lagged behind. He was cut loose from the reins of leather [1245] and fell upon the ground I know not how, with scarcely any breath of life still in him. The horses vanished and so too did the monstrous bull to some place or other in that rocky land.

I am, I know, a slave of your house, my lord, [1250] but I shall never have the strength to believe that your son was guilty, not even if the whole female sex should hang themselves and fill with writing all the pine-wood that grows upon Mount Ida. For I know that he was good.

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[1255] Alas! New misfortunes have been brought to pass, and there is no escape from fate and destiny.

For hatred of the man who has suffered these things I took pleasure at your words. But now in respect for the gods and for this man, since he is my son, [1260] I feel neither pleasure nor pain at these misfortunes.

What then shall I do? Shall we bring the unhappy man here, or what shall we do, to please your heart?

[1265] Bring him so that I may look him in the face, the man who denies he violated my bed, and with my words and with the misfortunes sent by the gods give him the lie.Exit Messenger by Eisodos A.

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