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 The exiles headed by the Alcmeonidae were not able to effect their return by their own unaided efforts, but were always meeting reverses; for besides the other plans that were complete failures, they built the fort of Leipsydrion1 in the country, on the slopes of Parnes, where some of their friends in the city came out and joined them, but they were besieged and dislodged by the tyrants, owing to which afterwards they used to refer to this disaster in singing their catches:“Faithless Dry Fountain! Lackaday,
What good men's lives you threw away!
True patriots and fighters game,
They showed the stock from which they came!
1 The name suggests 'water-failure.' Parnes is a mountain in N.E. Attica.