ἴθ᾽ ὦναξ A moment of agitated suspense is marked by the bacchius interrupting the trimeters, as Soph. Phil. 749 ff. （in an anxious entreaty, as here） ἴθ᾽, ὦ παῖ. So Soph. OC 1271 “τί σιγᾷς;” 318 τάλαινα. The speech of the agonised Heracles is similarly broken by short dactylic or choriambic phrases, Soph. Trach. 1081, αἶ, αἶ, ὦ τάλας: 1085 ὦναξ Ἀΐδη δέξαι μ᾽, ι ὦ Διὸς ἀκτίς, παῖσον. But Soph. has used the license most sparingly, and always, it may be said, with fine effect.
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