I am publishing the second page of Housman's poem found in an old Classic.
Housman was probably trying to reconstruct the lost play Alcmaeon in Corinth, a tragicomedy. In a fragment, Alcmaeon says that he "killed his mother, to put it in a nutshell." Another character asks: "Was this a consensual act, or were you both reluctant?"
The story is about Eriphyla, the daughter of Talaüs, and wife of Amphiaraüs, whom she betrayed to Polynices for a golden necklace, for which she was slain by her psychotic son Alcmaeon.
Why should this poem fall in my hands? why indeed? I have no notion why.