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ἐν ὔμμι κείμεθα, "we are situated" (not, "prostrate") "in your power": ἐν ὔμμι, penes vos, cp. 392, 422, 1443, O. T. 314 (n.), Dem. De Cor. § 193 ἐν γὰρ τῷ θεῷ τοῦτο τὸ τέλος ἦν, οὐκ ἐν ἐμοί”. The epic forms ὔμμες (nom.), ὔμμι (dat.), ὔμμε (acc.), freq. in Hom., belonged esp. to the Lesbian Aeolic: the acc. occurs in Aesch. Eum. 620βουλῇ πιφαύσκω δ᾽ ὔμμ᾽ ἐπισπέσθαι πατρός”: Soph. Ant. 846ξυμμάρτυρας ὔμμ᾽ ἐπικτῶμαι.ἐν ὑμῖν γὰρ (MSS.) is unmetrical: and if γὰρ is omitted, ὑμῖν still mars the metre, which requires a dactyl.

κείμεθα, of a critical situation, as

ἐν οὖν ῥοπῇ τοιᾷδε κειμένῳ, τέκνον,
οὐκ εἶ ξυνέρξων;

(when his fate is thus trembling in the balance). Cp. 1510.

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    • Aeschylus, Eumenides, 620
    • Demosthenes, On the Crown, 193
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 846
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1443
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1510
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 392
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 422
    • Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, 314
    • Sophocles, Trachiniae, 82
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