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[137] But never by weeping nor by prayer will you resurrect your father from the pool of Hades which receives all men. [140] No, by grieving without end and beyond due limits you will find cureless misery and your own ruin; in these actions there is no deliverance from evils. Tell us, why do you pursue such suffering?

[145] Foolish is the child who forgets a parent's piteous death. No, closer to my heart is the mourner who eternally wails, “Itys, Itys,” that bird mad with grief, the messenger of Zeus. [150] Ah, all-suffering Niobe, you I count divine, since you weep forever in your rocky tomb!

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