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O unlucky old man, who have seen and suffered pain, [1215] what life will be yours for time to come?

Childless and bereft, with no limit set to misfortune, I shall drain unhappiness to the dregs until my death.

It was for nothing that the gods blessed you in marriage.

All that blessedness is flown, [1220] sped beyond the reach of high-flying boasts.

Lonely in a lonely house you dwell.

O city, I am dead. Farewell, my sceptre! He throws his sceptre to the ground. And you, Nereid in your dark cave, [1225] shall see me fallen into utter destruction.

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