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Ha! how sweet to hear that opening note of his within the house; death is not far off him now. The prince cries out, wailing a prelude of death.

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O kingdom of Cadmus, I am perishing by treachery!

[755] You were yourself for making others perish; endure your retribution; it is only the penalty of your own deeds you are paying.

Who was he, only a mortal, that aimed his silly saying at the blessed gods of heaven with impious blasphemy, maintaining that they are weaklings after all?

[760] Old friends, our godless foe is now no more.

The house is still; let us turn to the dance.

Yes, for fortune smiles upon my friends as I desire.

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