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Enter Tecmessa and Eurysaces.

And now just in time his son and his wife approach [1170] to arrange the burial of the pitiable corpse. Come here, nephew. Take your place near him, and grasp in supplication your father, your begetter. Kneel and pray for help, with locks of hair in your hand from me, her, and thirdly you; [1175] they are the suppliant's only resource. But if any soldier from the army should tear you by violence from this body, then for his wickedness may he be wickedly cast out of his country and get no burial, but be severed at the root with all his race, just as I shear this lock. [1180] Take it, Nephew, and keep it safe. Let no one move you, but kneel there and cling to the dead.

And you there, do not stand idly by like women, not men. Help defend us until I return, when I have seen to a grave for him, though all the world forbids it.Exit Teucer.

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