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I have suffered the greatest misery, strangers—suffered it through unintended deeds—may the god know it! No part was of my own choice.

But in what way?

[525] In an evil marriage, the city bound me, unknowing, to ruin.

Is it true, as I hear, that you made your mother the partner of your bed, to its infamy?

Ah, me! These words, strangers, are like death to my ears. And those two maidens of mine—

[530] What will you say?

—Two daughters—two curses—

O Zeus!

—of mine, sprung from the travail of the womb that bore me too.

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