μήποτ̓, though it belongs to λιπεῖν, can be prefixed to ὤφελον because the whole phrase is felt as a wish: so Od. 11. 548“ὡς δὴ μὴ ὄφελον νικᾷν”. In Tr. 997 the inf. has its due precedence: “ἣν μή ποτ᾽ ἐγὼ προσιδεῖν ὁ τάλας” | “ὤφελον ὄσσοις. ” Σκῦρον: 240 n.
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