ἀλλ̓ introduces the final words of comfort which the elders of Colonus address to the Theban maidens; cp. 101. ἀποπαύετε, no less than the following verb, governs θρῆνον: cp. on 1751. Though the neut. pl. πλείω alone is sometimes adverbial, there seems to be no instance of ἐπὶ πλείω as=ἐπὶ πλέον: indeed, such a phrase is hardly conceivable. ἐπὶ must therefore belong to ἐγείρετε: for the tmesis cp. on 1689.
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