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[1193] τὸν σόν τον κ.τ.λ. The apparently long syllable τὸν (= ἐξ in 1202) is “irrational, ” having the time-value only of ˘: see Metrical Analysis. The τὸ σόν τοι of the MSS. involves a most awkward construction:— “having thy example,—having thy fate, I say, (as an example) ”; for we could not well render “having thy case τὸ σόν as an example. ” Against τὸν σόν, which is decidedly more forcible, nothing can be objected except the threefold repetition; but this is certainly no reason for rejecting it in a lyric utterance of passionate feeling.

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