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O my soul, how shall I be silent? [860] But how shall I reveal the hidden bed, and depart from shame? What hindrance is still in my way?Against whom am I set in a contest of virtue? Is not my husband my betrayer, [865] and I am deprived of a house, deprived of children; the hopes are gone which I wished to arrange well but could not, when I was silent on this union, silent on the lamented birth. [870] But, by the starry throne of Zeus, and by the goddess high above my rocks, by the sacred headland of Triton's watery lake, I will no longer conceal this bed, so that [875] I may cast off this load from my breast and be at ease. Tears fall from my eyes, my soul is in pain, victim of plots by men, by gods, whom I will show to be [880] ungrateful betrayers of the beds they forced.

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