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620As I am true to Hermes, god of heralds,
and to my sacred craft, I will not fail
to take this casket to him, as it is,
adding your message to attest your gift.

Then you may leave us now, for you have seen
how matters stand with me here in the palace.

I have, and I shall say that all is well.

You know the greeting that I gave the stranger -
you saw that I have welcomed her in friendship?

Yes; and my heart was deeply struck with pleasure.

630Then what else can you tell him? For I fear
it is too soon to speak of my desire,
until I know if he desires me also. Deianeira enters the palace. Lichas leaves.

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