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εἴσω=“ἔνδον”, as 867, and oft.; but it properly implies motion (336, 492, 693, 900). The form “εἴσω” is here used, as in O. C.18, without metrical necessity; and it has been held that the form ἔσω (which does not occur in Ar. ) was admitted in Tragedy only when metre required it: Soph. Ant.491 is, however, an exception.

στέγηςαὐλῆς: the second word here is a mere synonym for the first; hence Kvíčala conjectures “αὐτῆς”: but see n. on O. C.1501.Those ‘within’ are her handmaidens; those ‘without,’ the Chorus.

ὄμμα φήμης τῆσδε, ἄελπτον ἐμοὶ ἀνασχόν: for the fig. sense of “ὄμμα”, cp. O. T.987 n. As said of sunrise, etc., “<*>σχω” is more usual than “ἀνέχω”: yet cp. Bekk. Anecd. p. 400. 4 “ἀνέχειν: τὸ ἀνατέλλειν τὸν ἥλιον τὴν σελήνην”.

The wording here, ὡςἀνασχόν, is so suggestive of an acc. abs. ( O. C.380 n.), that it had occurred to me, as to Mr Blaydes, to ask whether τῆσδε ought not to be τῆσδ᾽ : but the answer, I think, is that this would practically make ἄελπτον too prominent; the surprise would be more emphasised than the joy.

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