προβέβηκε: cf. Od. 12.312 “τρίχα νυκτὸς ἔην, μετὰ δ᾽ ἄστρα βεβήκει”. Of the alternative forms of the verb παρώιχηκεν has almost unanimous MS. authority. The Ionic form is “οἴχωκα” (Herod.ix. 98). In Attic (Aisch. Pers. 13, Aiax 896) editors generally read “ὤιχωκα”, but against the MSS. which have “οἴχωκα”. It is likely that Ar. read “παροίχωκεν” here; the scholia are contradictory, and MSS. cannot be depended on to distinguish between “ω” and “ο. ὤιχηκα” is not found again till late prose (Polybios); but it is noteworthy that the MSS. of Aristotle, who quotes the line in Poet. xxv., have “παρώιχηκεν” without variant. It is probably a genuine form, compare the fut. “οἰχήσομαι”. The principal MS. of Aristotle has “πλέω”, the others “πλέον”. Aristotle ends his quotation with “νύξ”, citing the phrase as an instance of ambiguity in the word “πλέω”. He did not, however, reject the next line, as Porphyrios mentions his explanation of it (see next note).
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