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You came, you came, O winged creature, born of earth [1020] and hellish viper, to prey upon the sons of Cadmus, full of death, full of sorrow, half a maiden, a murderous monster, with roving wings [1025] and ravening claws; you once caught up youths from the haunts of Dirce, with discordant song, [1030] and you brought, you brought a murderous grief, a deadly curse to our native land. A deadly god he was who brought all this to pass. Mourning of mothers, mourning of maidens, [1035] filled the houses with groans; a lamenting cry, a lamenting song, one after another wailed out, in turn throughout the city. The roar of the groaning [1040] was like thunder, whenever the winged maiden bore a man out of sight from the city.

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