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Your words are well spoken, old sir, and I am confident that the deeds of these children will match them: our favor to you will be remembered. [335] I shall muster the citizens and marshall them so that we may meet the army of Mycenae with a large force: first I shall send scouts to spy on it so that it may not approach without my being aware (for at Argos every man is a swift-footed warrior), and then I shall gather the prophets and make sacrifice. But leave [340] Zeus's altar and go with the children to the palace. There are men there who will take care of you, even if I am away. Go to the palace, old sir.

I will not leave the altar. We will stay here [345] as suppliants and pray for the city's good fortune. But when she has escaped with honor from this struggle, then we will go to the palace. The gods we have as allies are not worse than those of the Argives, my lord. For Hera is their champion, Zeus's wife, [350] but Athena is ours. This too is a source of good fortune for us, that we have better gods. For Pallas Athena will not put up with defeat.Exit Demophon by Eisodos B.

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