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Ah! Ah! A hail of stones strikes our battlements from afar. O beloved Apollo! [160] There is the clang of bronze-bound shields at the gates. O son of Zeus, in whom dwells the sacred power to decide in battle war's outcome! And you, blessed queen Onca,1 on behalf of the city, [165] defend your seven- gated home!

1 Onca, the name of a Phoenician goddess, is identified with Athena (cp. 1. 487).

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