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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, 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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