πᾷ … ψαύεις: a remonstrance against being touched at all. Cp. Ph.817“ἀπό μ᾽ ὀλεῖς, ἢν προσθίγῃς”. Hyllus seeks to place him in a more comfortable position,—as Heracles himself soon requests (1025).—A comparison with the antistrophic verse Ph., 1027, “θρῴσκει δ᾽ αὖ, θρῴσκει δειλαία”, shows the loss of a syllable here. Hermann follows Seidler in repeating πᾷ, which is the simplest and most probable remedy.
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