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[317] λύῃ for subjunct. without ἄν, cf. Soph. OC 395ὃς νέος πέσῃ”: Soph. Aj. 1074ἔνθα μὴ καθεστήκῃ δέος”: Soph. Trach. 1008 τι καὶ μύσῃ.” The subjunct., ἔνθα μὴ λύῃ,= “in a case where it may not profit”: the indic., ἔνθα μὴ λύει, = “in a case where it does not profit.” The use of μή, whether with subjunct. or with indic., generalises the statement. Cp. Soph. OC 839μὴ πίτασσ᾽ μὴ κρατεῖς”: Soph. OC 1442μὴ πεῖθ᾽ μὴ δεῖ.” But L has λύηι, and some other MSS. have λύη: and it is much more likely that this should have become λύει than vice versa. τέλη λύῃ = λυσιτελῇ, only here: cp. Eur. Alc. 627φημὶ τοιούτους γάμους λύειν βροτοῖς.

ταῦτα γὰρ (I have to bewail this now), for, though I once knew it, I had forgotten it. Teiresias, twice summoned (288), had come reluctantly. Only now, in the presence of Oedipus, does he realise the full horror of the secret which he holds.

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