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[1084] “Having sprung of such parentage (ἐκφὺς, whereas φύς would be merely ”having been born such “) I will never afterwards prove (ἐξέλθοιμι, evadam, cp. 1011) another man ” (ἄλλος, i.e. false to my own nature). The text is sound. The license of ποτ᾽ at the beginning of 1085 is to be explained on essentially the same principle as μέλας δ᾽ , etc. (29, cp. 785, 791) at the end of a verse; viz. that, where the movement of the thought is rapid, one verse can be treated as virtually continuous with the next: hence, too, Soph. Aj. 986οὐχ ὅσον τάχος δῆτ᾽ αὐτὸν ἄξεις δεῦρο”: Soph. Phil. 66εἰ δ᾽ ἐργάσει μὴ ταῦτα.” So here Soph. has allowed himself to retain ἔτι ποτέ in their natural connexion instead of writing ἔτι ἄλλος ποτ᾽. The genuineness of ποτ᾽ is confirmed by the numerous instances in which Soph. has combined it with ἔτι, as above, 892, below, 1412: Soph. Aj. 98, 687: Soph. Trach. 830, 922.

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