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259. In prohibitions, in the second and third persons, the present imperative or the aorist subjunctive is used with μή and its compounds. The distinction of tense here is solely the ordinary distinction between the present and aorist (87), and has no reference to the moods. E.g. Μὴ ποίει τοῦτο, do not do this (habitually), or do not go on doing this (or stop doing this); μὴ ποιήσῃς τοῦτο, (simply) do not do this.Ἐξαύδα, μὴ κεῦθε νόῳ, ἵνα εἴδομεν ἄμφωIl. i. 363.Ἀτρείδη, μὴ ψεύδε᾽ ἐπιστάμενος σάφα εἰπεῖνIl. iv. 404.Ἀργεῖοι, μή πώ τι μεθίετε θούριδος ἀλκῆςIl. iv. 234.Εἰπέ μοι εἰρομένῳ νημερτέα, μηδ᾽ ἐπικεύσῃςOd. xv. 263.Ἤδη νῦν σῷ παιδὶ ἔπος φάο, μηδ᾽ ἐπίκευθε(compare the last example). Od. xvi. 168.Τῷ νῦν μή μοι μᾶλλον ἐν ἄλγεσι θυμὸν ὀρίνῃςIl. xxiv. 568. See Il. xxiv. 778.Μὴ δή με ἕλωρ Δαναοῖσιν ἐάσῃς κεῖσθαιIl. v. 684.Κλῦθι μηδὲ μεγήρῃςOd. iii. 55.Μή πως ἀνδράσι δυσμενέεσσιν ἕλωρ καὶ κύρμα γένησθε,” “do not become prey and spoil to hostile men.” Il. v. 487.Μή ποτε ἀπὸ πᾶσαν ὀλέσσῃς ἀγλαΐηνOd. xix. 81.Ὑμεῖς δὲ τῇ γῇ τῇδε μὴ βαρὺν κότον σκήψησθε, μὴ θυμοῦσθε, μηδ᾽ ἀκαρπίαν τεύξητεAESCH. Eum. 800.Ὃν μήτ᾽ ὀκνεῖτε, μήτ᾽ ἀφῆτ᾽ ἔπος κακόνSOPH. O.C. 731. Μὴ θῆσθε νόμον μηδένα, ἀλλὰ τοὺς βλάπτοντας ὑμᾶς λύσατε. DEM. iii. 10. (Here θέσθε would not be allowed; but λύσατε, an affirmative command, is regular.) Μὴ κατὰ τοὺς νόμους δικάσητε: μὴ βοηθήσητε τῷ πεπονθότι δεινά: μὴ εὐορκεῖτε. Id. xxi. 211.Μὴ πρίῃ, παῖ, δᾷδαAR. Nub. 614. Καὶ μηδεὶς ὑπολάβῃ με βούλεσθαι λαθεῖν. Isoc. v. 93. Καὶ μηδεὶς οἰέσθω μ᾽ ἀγνοεῖν. Id. iv. 73.

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