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O great Zeus and the divine powers that guard our city, you who indeed protect these walls of Cadmus, [825] should I rejoice and shout in triumph for the unharmed safety of the city, or should I lament our leaders in war, [830] now wretched, ill-fated and childless? Indeed, in exact accordance with their name and as “men of much strife,” they have perished through their impious intent.

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