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I will sing for you, my mistress, responsive songs and [180] a barbarian cry of Asian hymns; this song, dear to the dead, [185] Hades sings in laments, in chants—not songs of triumph. Alas for the house of the Atreidae; the light of their scepter, alas, of the ancestral house, is lost. Once they ruled [190] as prosperous kings in Argos, but troubles dart out from troubles: Pelops, on his horses swiftly whirling, made his cast; the sun changed from its seat the holy beam of its rays. [195] One pain comes after another, to the house of the golden lamb. . . . from that earlier time when the Tantalids were killed, [200] punishment came to the house, and fate presses what you do not want upon you.

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