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[61] εἶσιν: goes; always used as pres. in Homeric comparisons, cf. B 87.

διὰ δουρός: through the trunk of a tree.

ὑπ̓ ἀνέρος: driven by a man; for the passive sense in “εἶσιν”, see H. 820. — “ὅς ῥά τε κτλ”.: hypothetical, “when he hews out” of the felled tree etc.

τέχνῃ: with skill. For the dat., cf. “κλαγγῇ” v. 2, “σιγῇ” v. 8.

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