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πύκαζε: the vague word (‘to close,’ ‘cover up’) is explained by the preceding “δῶμα πάκτου”. Cp. Hes. Op. 622νῆα δ᾽ ἐπ᾽ ἠπείρου ἐρύσαι, πυκάσαι τε λίθοισι πάντοθεν” (‘protect’ it): perh. the nearest approach to the use of the word here, in ref. to shutting the door of a dwelling.

οὐ πρὸς ἰατροῦ: for the prep., cp. 319.

θρηνεῖν ἐπῳδὰς: as to the medical use of “ἐπῳδαί”, see on O. C. 1194φίλων ἐπῳδαῖς ἐξεπᾴδονται φύσιν”. The transition from gentle incantations to drastic surgery is similarly implied in Tr. 1000τίς γὰρ ἀοιδός, τίς χειροτέχνης ἰατορίας, ὃς τήνδ᾽ ἄτην χωρὶς Ζηνὸς κατακηλήσει;” (n.)

τομῶντι means here, not “ἐπιθυμοῦντι τέμνειν”, but “δεομένῳ τομῆς”: cp. Lucian Lexiphanes 4 “τὰ ὄμματά μοι φαρμακᾷ”,= “δεῖται φαρμάκων”. Ov. Met. 1. 190Cuncta prius tentata; sed immedicabile vulnus | Ense recidendum est, ne pars sincera trahatur.

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