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Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 1 (search)
Before the royal palace at Argos. It is the sixth day after the murder of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus. Electra is discovered alone. Orestes lies sleeping on a couch in the background. Electra There is nothing so terrible to describe, or suffering, or heaven-sent affliction, that human nature may not have to bear the burden of it. The blessed Tantalus—and I am not now taunting him with his misfortunes— Tantalus, the reputed son of Zeus, flies in the air, quailing at the rock which looms above his head; paying this penalty, they say, for the shameful weakness he displayed in failing to keep a bridle on his lips, when admitted by gods, though he was a man, to share the honors of their feasts like one of them. He begot Pelops, the father of Atreus, for whom the goddess, when she had carded her wool, spun a web of strife—to make war with his own brother Thyestes. But why need I retrace that hideous tale? Well, Atreus slew Thyestes' children and feasted him on them. Atreus, now; I pass <
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 34 (search)
hat drives him round and round in frenzied fits; I am ashamed to name the goddesses, whose terrors are chasing him—the Eumenides. It is now the sixth day since the body of his murdered mother was committed to the cleansing fire; since then no food has gone down his throat, nor has he washed his skin; but wrapped in his cloak he weeps in his lucid moments, whenever the fever leaves him; at other times he bounds headlong from his couch, as a colt when it is loosed from the yoke. This city of Argos has decreed that no man give us shelter in home or hearth, or speak to matricides like us; and this is the fateful day on which the Argives will take a vote, whether we are both to die by stoning. [or to whet the steel and plunge it in our necks.] There is, it is true, one hope of escape from death: Menelaus has landed from Troy; his fleet now crowds the haven of Nauplia where he has come to anchor on the shore, returned at last from Troy after ceaseless wanderings; but Helen, that so-call
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 71 (search)
my sister's tomb? Electra Would you have me seek my mother's tomb? Why? Helen To carry an offering of hair and a libation from me. Electra Isn't it right for you to go to the tomb of one you love? Helen No, for I am ashamed to show myself in Argos. Electra A late repentance surely for one who left her home so shamefully then. Helen You have told the truth, but your telling is not kind to me. Electra What is this supposed shame before the eyes of Mycenae that possesses you? Helen I am len I am afraid of the fathers of those who lie dead at Ilium. Electra Good cause for fear; your name is on every tongue in Argos. Helen Then free me of my fear and grant me this favor. Electra I could not bear to look upon my mother's grave. Helen And yet it would be shame indeed for servants to bear these offerings. Electra Then why not send your daughter Hermione? Helen It is not good for maidens to go into a crowd. Electra And yet she would be repaying her dead foster-mother's care.
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 682 (search)
ve eagerness, and the citizens do also; I must save you, I don't deny it, by cleverness, not by violence against those who are stronger. I could not do it by strength, as you perhaps imagine; for it is not easy to triumph single-handed over the troubles that beset you. I would never have tried to bring the Argive land over to softness; but it is necessary. [for the wise to be slaves to fortune.]Menelaus and his retinue depart. Orestes O you that have no use, except to lead an army in a woman's cause! O worst of men in your friends' defense, do you turn your back on me and flee, the deeds of Agamemnon lost and gone? After all, father, you had no friends in adversity. Alas! I am betrayed; no longer do I have any hope of finding a refuge where I may escape the death-sentence of Argos; for this man was my haven of safety. But I see Pylades, the best of friends, coming at a run from Phocis—a pleasant sight! A man who can be trusted in troubles is a better sight than a calm to sailor
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 763 (search)
or I too am ruined. Orestes By whom? This would be a further trouble to add to mine. Pylades Strophius, my father, in a fit of anger, has banished me from his house. Orestes Bringing against you a private charge, or one in which the citizens share? Pylades He says it is an unholy crime to have helped you slay your mother. Orestes Alas! It seems my troubles will cause you grief as well. Pylades I am not like Menelaus in character; this must be endured. Orestes Are you not afraid that Argos will desire your death as well as mine? Pylades I am not theirs to punish; I belong to Phocis. Orestes A terrible thing is the mob, whenever it has villains to lead it. Pylades But with honest leaders its counsels are always honest. Orestes Very well; we must consult together. Pylades About what necessity? Orestes Suppose I go and tell the citizens— Pylades That your action was just? Orestes In avenging my father? Pylades I am afraid they would be glad to catch you. Orestes Well,
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 786 (search)
, when it is you. Orestes Beware of becoming a partner in my madness. Pylades Let that pass. Orestes You will not hesitate? Pylades No, for hesitation is a grave ill among friends. Orestes On then, pilot of my course! Pylades A service I am glad to render. Orestes And guide me to my father's tomb. Pylades For what purpose? Orestes That I may appeal to him to save me. Pylades Yes, that is the proper way. Orestes May I not see my mother's grave! Pylades No; she was an enemy. But hasten, so that the vote of Argos may not catch you first, supporting those limbs, slow from sickness, on mine; for I will carry you through the town, thinking little of the mob and unashamed. For how shall I prove my friendship, if not by helping you in sore distress? Orestes Ah! the old saying again, “get friends, not relations only.” For a man who fuses into your ways, though he is an outsider, is better for a man to possess as a friend than a whole host of relations.Orestes and Pylades go
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 866 (search)
Messenger I had just come from the country and was entering the gates, needing to learn what was decided about you and Orestes, for I was always well disposed to your father when he was alive, and it was your house that reared me, poor indeed, yet loyal in the service of friends. I saw a crowd going and taking their seats on the height, where they say Danaus first gathered his people for a meeting, making amends to Aegyptus. So, when I saw the throng, I asked a citizen: “What news in Argos? Tidings of the enemy haven't ruffled the city of Danaus, have they?” But he said: “Don't you see Orestes there, on his way to he tried for his life?” I saw an unexpected sight, which I wish I had not seen, Pylades and your brother approaching together, the one with his head down, weakened by sickness; the other sharing his friend's sorrow like a brother, tending his illness with constant care. Now when the Argives were fully gathered, a herald rose and said: “Who wishes to give his opinion
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 898 (search)
After him lord Diomedes made a speech; he said they should not kill you and your brother, but keep clear of guilt by punishing you with exile. Some roared out that his words were good, but others disapproved. Next stood up a fellow, who cannot close his lips; one whose impudence is his strength; an Argive, but not of Argos, forced on us; confident in bluster and ignorant free speech, and plausible enough to involve them in some mischief sooner or later; [for whenever a man with a pleasing trick of speech, but of unsound principles, persuades the mob, it is a serious evil to the state; but those who give sound and sensible advice on all occasions, if not immediately useful to the state, yet prove so afterwards. And this is the way in which to regard a party leader; for the position is much the same in the case of an orator and a man in office.] He was for stoning you and Orestes to death, but it was Tyndareus who kept suggesting arguments of this kind to him as he urged the death
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 1246 (search)
Electra My dear friends of Mycenae, of foremost rank in Argos, the home of the Pelasgians. Chorus What are you saying to us, mistress? For this honored name is still left for you in the Danaid town. Electra Station yourselves, some here along the high road, others there on some other path, to watch the house. Chorus But why do you call me to this service? Tell me, my dear. Electra I am afraid that some one, who is stationed at the house for slaughter, may find trouble upon trouble. First Semi-Chorus Let us make haste and go on; I will keep careful watch upon this road towards the east. Second Semi-Chorus And I on this one, that leads westward. Electra Throw a glance sideways. Chorus Here and there, then we are looking back again, as you tell us.
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 1311 (search)
ces not betraying what has happened; I too will have a gloomy look, as if I knew nothing of what has been done.Hermione enters. Ah! maiden, have you come from wreathing Clytemnestra's grave and pouring libations to the dead? Hermione Yes, I have returned after securing her favor; but I was filled with some alarm about a cry I heard from the palace as I was still at a distance. Electra But why? Our present lot gives cause for groans. Hermione Oh, don't say so! What is your news? Electra Argos has sentenced Orestes and me to death. Hermione Oh no! not my own relatives! Electra It is decreed; we have put on the yoke of necessity. Hermione Was this the reason of the cry within? Electra Yes, a suppliant cried out as he fell at Helen's knees— Hermione Who is he? I know nothing more, if you do not tell me. Electra Unhappy Orestes, entreating mercy for himself and me. Hermione The house then has good reason to shout. Electra What else would make someone entreat more earnestly?
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