ἴσχει, historic pres., referring to a well-known fact (cp. O. T. 560“ἔρρει”: Ph. 727“θεοῖς πλάθει”). φύσει μὲν: the antithesis is with “ἔκκριτον δέ”: as her birth was royal, so her beauty marked her out to be his prize.
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