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[190] Mighty is the goddess; come then, and borrow from me thick-woven clothes to wear, and gold—as a favor to me—accessories to adornment. Do you think to rule over your enemies by tears, if you do not revere the gods? [195] Honoring the gods not by lamentation but by prayers, you will have good fortune, child.

No god attends to the voice of the ill-fated one, [200] or to the slaying of my father long ago. Alas for the dead, and for the living vagabond, who dwells in another land somewhere, [205] miserably wandering to a slave's hearth, yet born of that renowned father. I myself live in a poor man's house, wasting my life away, an exile from my father's house, [210] on the mountain crags. But my mother, with a new husband, makes her home in a bed stained by blood.

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