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Who, then, can guide me? What toiling [880] fisherman, busy about his sleepless hunt, what nymph of the Olympian heights or of the streams that flow toward [885] Bosporus, can say whether she has anywhere seen the wanderings of fierce-hearted Ajax? It is cruel that I, who have roamed with such great toil, cannot come near him with a fair course, [890] but fail to see where the enfeebled man is.

Enter Tecmessa near the corpse of Ajax.

Ah, me, ah, me!

Whose cry broke from that nearby grove?

Ah, misery!

There, I see his unfortunate young bride, who was the prize of his spear, [895] Tecmessa, dissolved in that pitiful wailing.

I am lost, destroyed, razed to the ground, my friends!

What is it?

Here is our Ajax—his blood newly shed, he lies folded around the sword, burying it.

[900] Ah, no! Our homecoming is lost! Ah, my king, you have killed me, the comrade of your voyage! Unhappy man—broken-hearted woman!

[905] His condition demands that we cry ‘aiai.’

But by whose hand can the ill-fated man have contrived this end?

He did it with his own hand; it is obvious. [910] This sword which he planted in the ground and on which he fell convicts him.

Ah, what blind folly I have displayed! All alone, then, you bled, unguarded by your friends! And I took no care, so entirely dull was I, so totally stupid. Where, where lies inflexible Ajax, whose name means anguish?

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    • John Conington, Commentary on Vergil's Aeneid, Volume 1, 4.663
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Antigone, 1235
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Ajax, 657
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Ajax, 827
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    • W. Walter Merry, James Riddell, D. B. Monro, Commentary on the Odyssey (1886), 11.423
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