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The Chorus of Argive Maidens enters quietly. The following lines between Electra and the Chorus are chanted responsively.

[140] Hush, hush! let your footsteps fall lightly! not a sound!

Go further from his couch, further, I beseech you!

There, I obey.

[145] Ah, ah! Speak like the breath of a slender reed-pipe, my dear, I pray.

See, how soft and low I drop my voice.

Yes, do so; approach now, softly, softly! [150] Give me an account of why you have come here. For at last he has lain down, and sleeps.

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