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[749] αὐτόμαται (‘automata’) “κτλ”.: cf. ‘till at the gate| Of Heaven ar rived, the gate self-opened wide,’ Milton Par. Lost v. 253 f.

πύλαι μύκον: the gates are clouds (cf. 751), but yet they creak as if of brass. cf. “τὰ” (sc. doors) “ἀνέβραχεν” (roared) “ἠύτε ταῦρος Φ” 48, ‘and on their hinges grate| Harsh thunder,’ Milton Par. Lost ii. 881 f. — cf. ‘till Morn,| Wak't by the circling hours, with rosy hand| Unbarr'd the gates of Light,’ Milton Par. Lost vi. 2 f.

ἔχον: kept, had in charge. The tense is assimilated to the narrative in which the description is interwoven.

Ὧραι: here the attendants of the gods.

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