ψαύσω, sc. “αὐτῆς.” εἰ θέμις, “"if it is lawful,"”—a reverential or courteous formula usu. employed when the speaker believes that the act is lawful, as fr. 856. 14 “εἴ μοι θέμις, θέμις δὲ τἀληθῆ λέγειν, ι Διὸς τυραννεῖ πλευμόνων”,—if it is lawful to say so,—and it is lawful to say the truth,—she (Aphrodite) sways the heart of Zeus: so Tr. 809 f., etc. Here, however, the impulse of Oed. is abruptly checked by the thought that he is defiled:—“καίτοι τί φωνῶ”; “"but what am I saying?"”
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