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Enter by Eisodos A a messenger. Chorus Leader But look, I see a servant of Hippolytus, with gloomy face, rushing toward the house. Messenger Women, where must I go to find Theseus, this land's king? If you know, tell me. Is he in the palace?Enter Theseus from the palace. Chorus Leader Here he comes out of the house. Messenger I bring you news that deserves your concern and that of the citizens who dwell in Athens and in the land of Trozen. Theseus What is it? Has some fresh disaster seized the two neighboring cities? Messenger Hippolytus is dead, as good as dead; though he still sees the light of day, yet it will not take much to incline the balance the other way. Theseus Who killed him? Did someone have a quarrel with him whose wife he ravished as he did his father's? Messenger His own chariot destroyed him, and the curses of your mouth which you uttered against your son to your father, lord of the sea. Theseus stretching out his arms, palm upwards, in prayer Merciful g
My friends, it is this very purpose that is bringing about my death, that I may not be detected bringing shame to my husband or to the children I gave birth to but rather that they may live in glorious Athens as free men, free of speech and flourishing, enjoying good repute where their mother is concerned. For it enslaves a man, even if he is bold of heart, when he is conscious of sins committed by his mother or father. Only one thing, they say, competes in value with life, the possession of a heart blameless and good. But as for the base among mortals, they are exposed, late or soon, by Time, who holds up to them, as to a young girl, a mirror. In their number may I never be found! Chorus Leader Oh, what a fine thing is chastity everywhere, and how splendid is the repute it gains among men! Nurse Mistress, though the misfortune you told me of gave me just now a momentary fright, > yet now I realize that I was being simple-minded—and among mortals second thoughts are, I suppose, w
Chorus O Cretan vessel with wing of white canvas, that ferried over the loud-sounding wave of the sea my lady from her house of blessedness, a boon that was no boon to make an unhappy bride: it was with evil omen, at the start of her journey and its end, that she sped from the land of Crete to glorious Athens and they tied the plaited ends of the mooring-cable on Munichus' shoreMunichus was the eponymous hero of the Athenian port of Munichion. and trod the mainland.
Theseus sung The tablet cries aloud, it cries things grievous. How shall I escape from the weight of my misfortunes? For I am utterly undone, such is the tune I in my wretchedness have heard sung by the tablet! Chorus Leader Alas! The word you utter is one that presages woe! Theseus sung No more shall I hold this ruinous bane, hard to send forth though it is, within the gates of my mouth! spoken in a loud voice, calling everyone in earshot to witness Ho! City of Athens! Hear me! Bystanders enter quickly by Eisodos B and gather around. Hippolytus has dared to put his hand by force to my marriage-bed, dishonoring the holy eye of Zeus. But, father Poseidon, with one of the three curses you once promised me kill my son, and may he not live out this day, if indeed you have granted me curses I may rely on.