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βάσταζ̓, sc.τὸ κάλυμμα”, ‘handle it,’ i.e., ‘lift it’: cp. 905 n.

οὐκ ἐμὸν, since Orestes is supposed to be a Phocian stranger.

ταῦθ̓, ‘these relics’; he avoids saying either “τήνδ̓” or “τόνδ̓”.

προσηγορεῖν φίλως. Lucian (De luctu, c. 13) describes the sorrowful farewells addressed by relatives to the corpse, when laid out for burial: “φήσει γὰρ πατήρ, γοερόν τι φθεγγόμενος καὶ παρατείνων” (‘drawing out’) “ἕκαστον τῶν ὀνομάτων: τέκνον ἥδιστον, οἴχῃ μοι καὶ τέθνηκας καὶ πρὸ ὥρας ἀνηρπάσθης, μόνον ἐμὲ τὸν ἄθλιον καταλιπών κ.τ.λ.

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