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Xuthus and Ion go out.

I see tears and mournful cries and attacks of groaning when my queen knows that her husband is blessed with a child, [680] while she is childless and deprived of children. What prophecy have you sung, oracular child of Leto? From where did this boy, nourished at your shrine, step forth? What woman is his mother? [685] The oracle does not please me; there may be treachery in it. I fear what is to come from this chance. [690] It is strange, and brings strange events to me, but the boy keeps the rest silent, treachery and fate . . . brought up from another's blood. Who will not agree to this?

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