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The following lines between the Semi-Choruses are chanted responsively.

First Semi-Chorus
Unhappy mothers of those hapless chiefs! How wildly in my heart pale fear stirs up alarm!

Second Semi-Chorus
[600] What is this new cry you utter?

First Semi-Chorus
I fear the issue of the strife, where the hosts of Pallas march.

Second Semi-Chorus
Do you speak of issues of the sword, or interchange of words?

First Semi-Chorus
That last would be gain indeed; but if the carnage of battle, fighting, [605] and the noise of beaten breasts again shall be heard in the land, what, alas! will be said of me, who am the cause of it?

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