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[154] Not to you alone of mortals, my daughter, has sorrow come, [155] though you face it with less restraint than those girls inside, Chrysothemis and Iphianassa, whose parents and blood you share. They still live, as he, too, lives, sorrowing in his secluded youth, [160] yet happy in that this famous realm of the Mycenaeans shall one day receive him as a noble lord, if with the blessing of Zeus's escort he, Orestes, returns to this land.

[164] Yes, I await him with unwearied longing, [165] as I walk my sad path from day to day childless and unwed, bathed in tears, bearing that endless doom of evils. But he forgets all that he has suffered and learned. [170] What message comes to me that is not proven false? He constantly desires to be with us, but though he desires it, he does not choose to appear.

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