οἱ, ethic dat., “"for him,"” as a grace to him: cp. 81. The enclitic almost adheres to μολεῖν, while γῆς is naturally drawn to ἄνακτα: thus the two monosyllables in the 3rd foot do not hurt the rhythm.—Theseus, with attendants, had followed Oed. to the “ὀδός” (see 1589), but had remained apart while the daughters ministered to their father (1598—1603). He is now summoned to approach them.
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