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[193] Mournful was the voice heard at his return, and mournful the voice amidst your father's reclining banquet [195] when the straight, swift blow of the bronze-jawed axe was sped against him. Deceit was the plotter, Lust the slayer, two dread parents of a dreadful [200] phantom, whether it was god or mortal that did this deed.

[201] O that hated day, hated beyond all that have come to me; O that night, the terrible grief of that unutterable feast, the shameless death-strokes [205] my father saw from their twin hands, hands which took my life captive by treachery, which cast me to ruin! May the great god of Olympus [210] create for them sufferings in penalty, and may they never have enjoyment of their splendor since they have committed such crimes!

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