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[3] ἠύτε: see on 2.87.

οὐρανόθι πρό: the adv. “πρό” makes “οὐρανόθι” more definite. To the observer, the sky seems to be behind the cranes in their lofty flight, see on 2.456. — cf. quales sub nubibus atris | Strymoniae dantsigna grues, atque aethera tranant | cum sonitu, fugiuntque notos clamore secundo Verg. Aen. x. 264 ff., ‘As multitudinous on the ocean line | As cranes upon the cloudless Thracian wind,’ Shelley, Hellas.

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