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ἔξω, as the context shows, means ‘out of Euboea’: for ἆρον, cp. Ai.545αἶρ᾽ αὐτόν, αἶρε δεῦρο.—μάλιστα μέν”: cp. Ant.327 n. His thought is: ‘Take me at once to the wilds of Mount Oeta, and leave me to perish alone; or, if you shrink from that, at least take me out of the island.’

The reasons for preferring Wakefield's με θὲς to the MS. μέθες turn on these points. (1) The act. “μεθιέναι”, when said of persons, usu.=‘allow to escape’ ( O. C.906ἄτρωτον οὐ μεθῆκ᾽ ἄν”: Ai.372μεθῆκα τοὺς ἀλάστορας”): or ‘leave’ to some course; as Ant.653μέθες” | “τὴν παῖδ᾽ ἐν Ἅιδου τήνδε νυμφεύειν τινί”. But this use of the verb has no place here. The sense is not, ‘allow me to escape’ to some solitude. (2) As said of things, “μεθιέναι” can mean, ‘to let go,’ ‘release from one's grasp’; El.448ταῦτα μὲν μέθες”: ib. 1205 “μέθες τόδ᾽ ἄγγος”. Hermann, who retains μέθες, renders it by ‘depone.’ But that is too gentle a word: “μέθες” here would differ from “κατάθες” as ‘drop’ from ‘lay down.’ Cp. 1254ἐς πυράν με θῇς”.

ὅπουμή τις ὄψεται: cp. O. T.1410ἔξω μέ που” | “καλύψατ̓, φονεύσατ̓, θαλάσσιον” | “ἐκρίψατ̓, ἔνθα μήποτ᾽ εἰσόψεσθ᾽ ἔτι” (n.).

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