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From Strumon, ill-delayers, famine-fraught,
Tempters of man to sail where harbourage is naught,
Spendthrifts of ships and cables, turning time
To twice the length, -- these carded, by delay,
To less and less away
The Argeians' flowery prime:
And when a remedy more grave and grand
Than aught before, -- yea, for the storm and dearth, --
The prophet to the foremost in command
Shrieked forth, as cause of this
So that the Atreidai striking staves on earth
Could not withhold the tear) --
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