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παγκοίτας = πάντας κοιμίζων. Ai. 831καλῶ θ᾽ ἅμα πομπαῖον Ἑρμῆν χθόνιον εὖ με κοιμίσαι”. Blaydes conjectures πάγκοινος, very plausibly. Cp. El. 138τόν γ᾽ ἐξ Ἀΐδα παγκοίνου λίμνας”. But these points may be noted. (1) Though we have had “παγκοίτην” so lately as in v. 804, such a repetition is no safe argument for spuriousness: see on 76. (2) The 2nd and 3rd syllables of “παγκοίτας καί νιν” in 828, and “πάγκοινος” therefore gives a more exact correspondence; but this proves nothing, since a spondee and a trochee are equally admissible. (See Analysis. Metr.) (3) “παγκοίτας” is here a more expressive epithet than “πάγκοινος” (‘receiving all’): eyes still bright with life and youth are to suffer the “ἀτέρμονα νήγρετον ὕπνον”.

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