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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