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What more fertile plain will you find in place of ours,  if you abandon to the enemy this deep-soiled land and the water of Dirce which is the most nourishing of the streams that earth-encircling Poseidon  and Tethys' children pour forth? Therefore, divine guardians of the city, hurl murderous destruction on the men outside our walls  and panic that makes them throw away their weapons, and so win glory for these citizens. Defend the city and remain in possession of your home and throne  in answer to our shrill, wailing prayers!
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