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726. The poets, especially Homer, sometimes use ὡς before the optative in wishes. This ὡς cannot be expressed in English, and it is probably exclamatory. It must not be confounded with οὕτως used as in 727. E.g. Ὡς ἀπόλοιτο καὶ ἄλλος ὅτις τοιαῦτά γε ῥέζοι, O that any other may likewise perish, etc. Od. i. 47.See Od. xxi. 201. Ὡς τάδε πορὼν ὄλοιτ̓, εἴ μοι θέμις τάδ᾽ αὐδᾶν. SOPH. El. 126. Compare “ut pereat telum,HOR. Sat. ii. 1. 43 .

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