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τάκειςοἰμωγὰν=“ποιεῖ τακερὰν οἰμωγάν”, makest a languishing lament. Cp. Tr. 848τέγγει δακρύων ἄχναν” (n.): Ai. 55ἔκειρε...φόνον”. For “τήκομαι”, said of pining in grief, cp. 283, Eur. Med. 158μὴ λίαν τάκου δυρομένα σὸν εὐνάταν.

ἀκόρεστον: cp. Aesch. Ag. 1143(of the nightingale) “ἀκόρετος βοᾶς.

τὸν πάλαι κ.τ.λ., acc. depending on “τάκεις οἰμωγάν” as=“οἰμώζεις”: cp. 556, 710: O. C. 223 δέος ἴσχετε μηδὲν ὅσ᾽ αὐδῶ” (n.).

πάλαι, some seven or eight years ago (13 f., n.).— ἐκ, here no more than “ὑπό” (Ph. 335 “ἐκ Φοίβου δαμείς”, n.).

ἀθεώτατα: cp. 1181 (n.).

κακᾷχειρὶ πρόδοτον, betrayed (to death) by a dastardly hand. χειρὶ, following “ἀπάταις”, denotes the violent deed. Sophocles thinks of both Clytaemnestra and Aegisthus as active agents in the murder (99 “σχίζουσι”). This is against understanding, ‘betrayed (by her) to (his) hand.’

ὡς is properly an exclamation (‘how!’), as in “ὡς ὤφελον”: here it stands, like utinam, with the optat. There are Homeric examples, as Il. 18. 107ὡς ἔρις... ἀπόλοιτο”: ib. 22. 286 “ὡς δή μιν σῷ ἐνὶ χροῒ πᾶν κομίσαιο”: Od. 17. 243ὡς ἔλθοι”: which must be distinguished from instances of “ὥς” (‘thus’) with optat., as Il. 14. 142ἀλλ᾽ μὲν ὣς ἀπόλοιτο”: Od. 1. 47ὣς ἀπόλοιτο καὶ ἄλλος”. In Attic this “ὡς” with optat. is rare: Eur. Hipp. 407ὡς ὄλοιτο παγκάκως.

τάδε πορὼν might refer to Clytaemnestra (for the masc., cp. Ant. 464 n.), but is rather general, including both the authors of the crime.

εἴ μοι θέμις, like Tr. 809εἰ θέμις δ̓, ἐπεύχομαι”: Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra are the rulers of Mycenae. Cp. Eur. Med. 83ὄλοιτο μὲν μή: δεσπότης γάρ ἐστ᾽ ἐμός”. And the Chorus might shrink from imprecations on the mother in her daughter's presence.

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