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60 Enter Hyllus

My child, my son, wise sayings sometimes come
even from humble people like this woman.
She is a slave, but what she says rings free.

What, mother? Tell me, if it may be told.

That, since your father has been gone so long,
it is disgraceful for you not to seek him.

There is no need, if what I hear is true.

Child, has some rumor told you where he is?

They say he spent the whole long plowing season
70working in bondage for a Lydian woman.

If he has borne this, nothing will surprise me!

But now, I hear, he has escaped that labor.

Where is he living then . . . or is he dead?

They say that he is warring - or soon will -
against Euboea, Eurytus's city.

Are you aware, my child, that he left with me
sure oracles about that very land?

What are they, mother? I know nothing of them.

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