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ὡς ταχεῖά τις, ‘in what quick fashion’ (with what strange quickness): cp. O.T. 618 “ὅταν ταχύς τις οὑπιβουλεύων λάθρᾳ χωρῇ”, ‘when the stealthy plotter is advancing in quick fashion.’

βροτοῖς, ethic dat., ‘in the minds of men.’

διαρρεῖ: said in fr. 787. 9 of the waning moon; “διαρρεῖ κἀπὶ μηδὲν ἔρχεται”. Cp. 523ἀπορρεῖ μνῆστις.

προδοῦσ᾽ ἁλίσκεται. Here “χάρις τοῦ θανόντος” is that grateful memory of the dead which ought to abide in men's minds. When this memory deserts them, it is a traitor to the dead. Cp. Ant. 46οὐ γὰρ δὴ προδοῦσ᾽ ἁλώσομαι”.

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