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[127] ‘Apostrophe’ to Menelaus. The poet seems to be led partly by the convenience of the verse, for Menelaus and Patroclus in the Iliad and ‘the divine swine-herd’ Eumaeus in the Odyssey are most frequently thus addressed by him, while the more distinguished characters are never so apostrophized. cf. 146, “Η 104, Ν 603, Ψ” 600. But no one should fail to notice the tender interest which seems to be implied in such an ‘apostrophe’ here. cf. Milton's address to Eve: ‘O much deceived, much failing, hapless Eve,| Of thy presumed return! event perverse!| Thou never from that hour in Paradise| Found'st either sweet repast or sound repose,’ Par. Lost ix. 404 ff.—“σέθεν [σοῦ]”: const. with “λελάθοντο”.

λελάθοντο: 2d aorist. § 25 j.

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