κατὰ … ἕλοι=“καθέλοι”: so 1709 “ἀνὰ...στένει” (cp. O. T. 199 n.). φόνιος here=“"deadly,"” in a general sense, as O. T. 24 (n.) “φοινίου σάλου” (of the plague). In this and some following passages the correspondence of strophe and antistrophe has been disturbed by interpolations, and also omissions, in the MSS. A “κομμός” of this kind was peculiarly liable to corruption by the actors, and that has doubtless been one of the causes at work. (Cp. on 1737.) At some points it is now impossible to restore the text with certainty; but the whole extent of the mischief is small. In dealing with such points we can only use caution, and clearly recognise the doubtful nature of the ground.—On this passage, see note in Appendix.
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