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φέρω δ᾽ ὅμως is usually taken, "but such are my tidings" (cp. 360). This would be fitting if, with Wecklein, we might read φέρουσα for κλύουσα: but the latter is in all MSS., and naturally refers to the words just heard by Ismene from Oed., not to a report heard by her at Thebes. The indignant question of Oed. invited a defence. She replies, "I am pained to hear my brothers charged with such conduct, but I must bear it" — i.e. I cannot deny the charge. The contrast between ἀλγῶ and φέρω has thus more point.

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