ὡς ἔχω, i.e., forthwith: 1235: Ph. 819“δέξαι θανάσιμόν μ᾽ ὅπως ἔχω.” στείχοιμ᾽ ἄν, optat. with “ἄν” expressing a fixed resolve: O. T. 343 “οὐκ ἂν πέρα φράσαιμι”: O. C. 45 “οὐχ...ἂν ἐξέλθοιμ᾽ ἔτι.” ἴτ᾽ ἴτ᾽. The rhythm given by the tribrach suits this agitated utterance. εἶ᾽ would be no improvement (see cr. n.).
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