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νῦν δ᾽ ξυνήθηςκ.τ.λ.” The “νῦν” here, and the “νῦν” in v. 90, are both right: only here we must read εἴα for “ἐᾷ”, with Vauvilliers. The repetition of “νῦν” is excused by the change of sense: in v. 88 it means, ‘as it was’: in v. 90, simply ‘now.’ Cp. El.1334 ff. (‘if I had not taken care, ye would have been lost,’) “νῦν δ᾽ εὐλάβειαν τῶνδε προὐθέμην ἐγώ”. | “καὶ νῦν ἀπαλλαχθέντε κ.τ.λ.”: where the senses of “νῦν” change just as here. It is well to note that repetitions of common words, which would otherwise be awkward, are often justified by such variations of meaning; see, e.g., the double “ἀλλὰ” in Ph.524 ff., and ib. 645 ff.; and the fourfold “δῆταib. 757 ff.

For other instances of “νῦν” with a past tense, cp. O. C.273, Ai.445 Ai., 1060.

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