ἐλᾷ: cp. 504. τῇδε θἡμέρᾳ. The fact that Aristophanes uses this crasis ( Av. 1071, Thesm. 76) proves that it was familiar to Athenian ears. There is no good reason for excluding it from Tragedy, when “οἴμ̓” is allowed in tragic verse on the ground that Comedy proves it to have been common.
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