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His mother was not willing to be buried in earth for her child nor was his aged father.
* They had not the courage to rescue the child they bore, [470] hard-hearted, although their hair was white. But you died in your prime, a young bride saving a young husband. Be it my fate to find such a dear wife, since the time of our life is short! Truly, [475] such a woman, living with me my whole life, would bring me no grief.1

1 The unspoken background to this statement is the belief that women are normally a bane to men: see Hes. Th. 561-612 for the idea that women are men's punishment, sent by Zeus to afflict them.

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