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Chorus
Under strokes of iron they are come to this, and under strokes of iron there await them—what, one might perhaps ask—shares in their father's tomb.1

[915] Our shrill, heart-rending wail goes with them—product of lamentation and pain felt of its own accord—a wail from a distressed mind, joyless, pouring forth tears from a heart [920] that wastes away as I weep for these two princes.

1 As the brothers were to divide the substance of their dead father, their equal inheritance was the tomb. λαχαί means both “apportioning of possessions” and “digging.”

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