The rhythm has been thought to imitate the maiden's measured steps, § 2 b.ἐκ: adv. as above, but more exactly defined by “νηός”. δέ: for the short vowel lengthened before two consonants, see § 41 h “γ.” ποντοπόροιο: cf. “Γ 283, ὠκυπόροισιν” v. 421.
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