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πημονὰν ἐπαρκέσοντ̓: cp. Il. 2. 873οὐδέ τί οἱ τό γ᾽ ἐπήρκεσε λυγρὸν ὄλεθρον”: Od. 17. 568οὔτε τι Τηλέμαχος τό γ᾽ ἐπήρκεσεν οὔτε τις ἄλλος”. Thus, though “ἐπαρκεῖν” could not mean literally ‘to ward off,’ epic precedent warranted its use in an equivalent sense, which was strictly that of bringing one help against a danger. In lyrics, at least, where epic associations have a large scope, it seems needless to write ἀπαρκέσοντ̓.

The traditional reading ποιμένων is explained by the schol. in L, “τῶν ἐμὲ ποιμαινόντων καὶ θαλπόντων”: i.e., the sense was taken to be, ‘I see that thou, alone of my shepherds (=of those who care for me), canst help.’ But “ποιμένων”, in such a context, would suggest rather the idea of chieftainship (cp. “ποιμένα λαῶν, ναῶν ποιμένες” in Suppl. 767): and there can be little doubt that πημονὰν is right.

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