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What seemed good was not good, [820] to cut a mother's flesh with ruthless hand and show the sword stained black with blood to the sun's bright beams; “to commit a noble crime” is an impious, subtle, malignant madness! [825] The wretched daughter of Tyndareus in terror of death screamed to him: “My son, this is unholy, your bold attempt upon your mother's life; do not, while honoring your father, [830] fasten on yourself an eternity of shame.”

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