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παρῆκεν (aor. of “παρίημι”) closely with “ὥστεδεῖσθαι”: "has graciously permitted that there should be," etc. Cp. 591: El. 1482ἀλλά μοι πάρες κἂν σμικρὸν εἰπεῖν”: Ant. 1043οὐδ᾽ ὣςθάπτειν παρήσω κεῖνον”. (Not, "has so passed the matter on,""so left it.") For ὥστε cp. Her. 6.5οὐ γὰρ ἔπειθε τοὺς Χίους ὥστε ἑωυτῷ δοῦναι νέας”: and see on 970.

ὥστε ἐμοὶ δεῖσθαι, so that there is need for me, βραχέα φράσαι, to say but little.

δεῖσθαι midd., impersonal,=“δεῖν”. (It could not be pass., with “βραχέα” for subject.) Bekker Anecd. p. 88. 21 “δεῖται: ἀντὶ τοῦ δεῖ: ἀπελθεῖν με δεῖται”. The only example (so far as I know), besides our passage, is Plat. Meno. 79Cδεῖται οὖν σοι πάλιν...τῆς αὐτῆς ἐρωτήσεως”. And presently: “ οὐ δοκεῖ σοι πάλιν δεῖσθαι τῆς αὐτῆς ἐρωτήσεως”; In the former place, while the best MSS. have “δεῖται”, some have “δεῖ”. (I do not add “δεήσεσθαι”, ib. E, since that may be personal.) If, however, the text can be trusted, these are clear instances, for it would be very forced to supply “ λόγος”. In Her. 4.11δεόμενον” (as if=“δέον”) is plainly corrupt: Buttmann's “δέοι μένοντας” may be right. If we altered ἐμοὶ to ἐμοῦ, the subject to “δεῖσθαι” would be “τὸ σὸν γενναῖον”. But then “δεῖσθαι” would mean “"requests,"” rather than “"requires,"” of me.

For the dat. ἐμοί with “δεῖσθαι” (instead of “ἐμέ” as subj. to “φράσαι”) cp. Eur. Hipp. 940θεοῖσι προσβαλεῖν χθονὶ ἄλλην δεήσει γαῖαν”: and see on 721. Wecklein takes “ἐμοί” with “παρῆκεν”, permisit mihi, but the interposed ὥστε forbids this. The conject. σοι (for “ἐμοί”), “"to say little to thee,"” would be very weak.

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