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[319] The readings of this line are an old crux. There is something to be said for “ἰλύσω”: the verb is not found elsewhere, but may be a ‘nonce-word’ coined with reference to “ἰλῦος” above, as though ‘I will slime him down with sand.’ εἰλύσω itself is not free from difficulty. It must come from “ϝελυ-, ϝελϝ”- = volv -; but the “εἰ”- seems to be due to error. For the Homeric forms “εἰλέωσιν, εἰλόμενοι, εἰλεῦντο” we should probably read “ϝέλλωσι, ϝελλόμενοι, ϝέλλοντο”, and for the perf. “εἰλυμένος”, etc., “ϝεϝλυμένος” from “ϝλυ_”- (cf. “σρυ_”- beside “σερυ^”-). “εἰλύω” will then be a later analogical formation from the perf., the only tense which recurs in H., or indeed in any but late authors with the exception of “εἰλύομαι” = crawl in