τὸ δ᾽ ὀρθὸν εἰπεῖν like ὡς εἰπεῖν ἔπος, prefaces the bold figure of speech: I might truly say that by thy means （ἐκ σέθεν）I received a new life （when the Sphinx had brought us to the brink of ruin）; and now have again closed my eyes in a sleep as of death, —since all our weal perishes with thine. The Thebans might now be indeed described as στάντες τ᾽ ἐς ὀρθὸν καὶ πεσόντες ὔστερον （50）.ἀνέπνευσα “revived, ” i.e. was delivered from anguish; cp. Hom. Il. 11.382 “ἀνέπνευσαν κακότητος,” had a respite from distress: Soph. Aj. 274 “ἔληξε κἀνέπνευσε τῆς νόσου.”
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