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The earth's varied fruits, fallen to the ground, give pain, a bitter sight for the maid-servants. [360] In jumbled confusion the abundant gifts of earth are carried away by reckless looting waves. Young women, enslaved, suffer a new evil: a bed of misery, prize of the conquering enemy's spear, as though of a prospering husband— [365] they can expect the coming of the nightly rite, which gives aid to tears and anguish!1

1 In this highly condensed passage, contrasted with the note of the misery of an enforced union is an undertone of the happiness of a marriage of love. ἀνδρός is at once “man” and “husband,” τέλος “rite” and “consummation,” ἐλπίς “expectation” of sorrow and joy.

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