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λήθουσά μ᾽ ἐξέπινες. It seems unnecessary to suppose a confusion of images. The venom from the echidna's bite is here described as working insidiously, and, at first, almost insensibly. So Heracles says of the poison, which he has already (Tr. 770) compared to the echidna's, “ἐκ δὲ χλωρὸν αἷμά μου πέπωκεν ἤδη”, Tr. 1055. Cp. El. 784ἥδε γὰρ μείζων βλάβη ξύνοικος ἦν μοι, τοὐμὸν ἐκπίνουσ᾽ ἀεὶ ψυχῆς ἄκρατον αἷμα”.

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