πᾷ δ᾽ αὖ, ‘and then in what manner...?’ βαρεῖαν, heavy with sorrow, slow; as “κούφη βάσις” would be a joyously light step. φέρει βάσιν, lit., ‘carries the step forward,’ ‘moves on its way.’ “βάσις” (964) is subject to “φέρει”, but there is little real harshness in this, since “ξένων βάσις” is a mere periphrasis. Schneidewin well compares Ai.14“ὦ φθέγμ᾽ Ἀθάνας”, followed by “ὡς εὐμαθές σου”... | “φώνημ᾽ ἀκούω”.
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