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Helen You have told the truth and have convinced me, maiden. [Yes, I will send my daughter for you are right.] Hermione, my child, come out, before the palace. Hermione and attendants come out of the palace. Take these libations and these tresses of mine in your hands, and go pour round Clytemnestra's tomb a mingled cup of honHermione and attendants come out of the palace. Take these libations and these tresses of mine in your hands, and go pour round Clytemnestra's tomb a mingled cup of honey, milk, and frothing wine; then stand upon the heaped-up grave, and say this: “Helen, your sister, sends you these libations as her gift, fearing herself to approach your tomb from terror of the Argive mob” and bid her harbor kindly thoughts towards me and you and my husband; towards these two wretched sufferers, too, whom the
re due from me to a sister. Now go, my child, and hurry; and soon as you have made the libations at the tomb, think of your return.Helen goes into the palace as Hermione and her attendants depart with the offerings.
O human nature, how great an evil you are in men! and what salvation, too, to those who have a goodly heri
Orestes O you that have the spirit of a man, though your body shows you to be a woman, how far more worthy you are to live than to die! Pylades, you will lose such a woman to your sorrow, or if you live, you will have a blessed marriage. Pylades Then may it be so, and may she come to the city of Phocis with all the honors of a happy wedding. Orestes How soon will Hermione return to the palace? All the rest was very well said, if we succeed in catching this impious father's cub. Electra Well, I expect she is near the house already, for the length of time agrees exactly. Orestes Good; you, Electra, my sister, stay before the palace and await the maiden's approach; keep watch in case any one, whether an ally or my father's brother, forestalls us by his entry before the murder is complete; and then make a signal to the house, either by beating on a panel of the door or calling to us within. Let us enter now and arm ourselves with swords for the final struggle, [:Pylades, for you
Chorus Leader Hush! hush! I caught the sound of a foot-fall on the road near the house. Electra My dearest friends, it is Hermione advancing into the middle of the bloodshed; let our clamor cease. For she comes headlong into the meshes of the net. The prey will be good, if it is caught. Take up your places again with looks composed and faces 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 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 W