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[614] χρόνος cp. Pind. fr. 132 ἀνδρῶν δικαίων χρόνος σωτὴρ ἄριστος: Pind. O. 2.53 τ᾽ ἐξελέγχων μόνος ἀλάθειαν ἐτήτυμον χρόνος.

κακὸν δὲ the sterling worth of the upright man is not fully appreciated until it has been long tried: but a knave is likely (by some slip) to afford an early glimpse of his real character. The Greek love of antithesis has prompted this addition, which is relevant to Creon's point only as implying, “if I had been a traitor, you would probably have seen some symptom of it ere now.” Cp. Pind. P. 2.90 (speaking of the φθονεροί): στάθμας δέ τινος ἑλκόμενοι περισσᾶς ἐνέπαξαν ἕλκος ὀδυναρὸν ἑᾷ πρόσθε καρδίᾳ, πρὶν ὅσα φροντίδι μητίονται τυχεῖν. Soph. Ant. 493φιλεῖ δ᾽ θυμὸς πρόσθεν ᾑρῆσθαι κλοπεὺς τῶν μηδὲν ὀρθῶς ἐν σκότῳ τεχνωμένων.

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