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μηδ᾽ ἀφεστάναι φρενῶν: Eur. Or. 1021ἐξέστην φρενῶν”. For “ἀφεστάναι”, cp. Vesp. 1457 “τὸ γὰρ ἀποστῆναι χαλεπὸν” | “φύσεος”. The words convey a hurried reproof and warning,—‘do not lose your wits’ (through fear). All their presence of mind is needed, since Philoctetes is awaking.

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