ἄστρων εὐφρόνη=“εὐφρόνη ἀστερόεσσα”, the gen. of material or quality, like “σῶμα...σποδοῦ” (758), “τόλμης πρόσωπον” ( O. T. 533), “χιόνος πτέρυγι” ( Ant. 114, where see n.). ἐκλέλοιπεν, intrans. and absol., ‘has failed’: cp. 985, 1149.— Not, ‘the dark night has lost its stars,’ as one schol. construes, followed by Ellendt and others. In classical Greek “ἐκλείπω” never takes a gen., as “ἐλλείπω” does. (Plutarch, indeed, has “θεραπείας σώματος ἐξέλειπε”, Marc. 17: but that may well be acc. plur. rather than gen. sing.) The sense also is against this, since it would imply that night itself had not yet wholly past away.
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