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Not as piety enjoins, but from necessity I have come to the fire-crowned altars of the gods, falling on my knees with my demand, [65] for my cause is just, and it is in your power, blessed as you are in your children, to remove from me my woe; so in my sore distress I beseech you place in my unhappy hands my son's [70] dead body, that I may throw my arms about the hapless limbs of my child.

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