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Semi-Chorus A
O Zeus, what way out of disaster could there be, what release from the fate that visits our royal family?

Semi-Chorus B
Alas! [215] Will someone come forth from the palace? Shall I cut my hair in mourning now and put on black apparel?

Semi-Chorus A
Her fate is plain, my friends, all too plain, but still let us pray to the gods: the gods' power is supreme.

Semi-Chorus B
[220] Lord of Healing,1 contrive for Admetus some escape from disaster.

Semi-Chorus A
Yes, devise a way. For you found one for him before. Now too be his rescuer from death, [225] check deadly Hades.

1 Apollo is addressed by the cult-title Paian.

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