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Many are the women in the assemblies of the Greeks who sang aloud their laments for their luckless men [1040] as they left their homes for other husbands. Not on you alone1 or on your dearest kin have cruel griefs fallen. It is a plague Greece has suffered, a plague! Yet also to the fertile [1045] fields of the Phrygians did this pestilence pass, dripping death upon them.

1 These words are probably addressed to Hermione, who is being consoled for the death of her husband. She, too, though for somewhat different reasons from other Greek women, must pass to the home of a new husband.

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