Ah, dearest old men, now give methe final proof of my salvation!
Courage! It will be yours. For even if I am aged, this country's strength has not grown old.
Enter Creon, with attendants.
Gentlemen, noble dwellers in this land, I see from your eyes that a sudden fear has troubled you at my coming;but do not shrink back from me, and let no evil word escape you. I am here with no thought of force; I am old, and I know that the city to which I have come is mighty, if any in Hellas has might.No, I have been sent, aged as I am, to plead with this man to return with me to the land of Cadmus. I am not one man's envoy, but have a mandate from all our people; since it belonged to me, by family, beyond all other Thebans to mourn his woes.Unhappy Oedipus, hear us, and come home! Justly are you summoned by all the Cadmeans, and most of all by me, since I—unless I am the worst of all men born—feel most sorrow for your woes, old man,when I see you, unhappy as you are, a stranger