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[474] “μέλποντες κτλ”.: cf. the frag. of an old hymn, “μέλπετε, παῖδες, Ἑκάεργον καὶ Ἑκαέργην” in Clemens Alex. Strom. v. 8; ‘Hymning th’ eternal Father' Milton Par. Lost vi. 96, ‘singing their great Creator’ ib. iv. 684. — For the quantity of the ultima of “μέλποντες”, see §§ 14 a, 41 m.

φρένα: see on “κῆρ” v. 44.

τέρπετ̓ ἀκούων: delighted in hearing. The god hears the song (as he had heard the prayer), although he was far away among the Ethiopians, for “δύνασαι δὲ σὺ” (Apollo) “πάντος᾿ ἀκούειν Π” 515.

475 = “ι 168, 558, κ 185, 478, μ 31, τ” 426.

ἐπὶ ἦλθεν: came on, cf. “μέλας ἐπὶ ἑσπερος ἦλθεν α” 423.

476 = Od. 12.32.

παρὰ πρυμνήσια: along by the stern hawsers (on v. 436), i.e. on the seashore; cf. “ἔνθα κε λεξαίμην” (lay myself) “κοίλῃ παρὰ νηὶ μελαίνῃ γ 365, ι” 169. Their boat was not drawn up on land.

477 = “β 1, γ 404, δ 306, 431, ι 152, 170, 560, κ 187, μ” 8.

ῥοδοδάκτυλος: a notable epithet; the ancients had observed the diverging rays of rosy light before sunrise. cf. “Ἠὼς κροκόπεπλος” (saffron-robed) “Θ 1, Τ 1, Ψ 227, Ω” 695.

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