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Aristophanes, Peace (ed. Eugene O'Neill, Jr.), line 250 (search)
outing after him.
Be back as quick as ever you can.
to the audience.
What is going to happen, friends? This is the critical hour. Ah! if there is some initiate of Samothrace among you, this is surely the moment to wish this messenger some accident —some sprain or strain.
Alas! alas! thrice again, alas!
What is it? Again you come back without it?
The Spartans too have lost their pestle.
They had lent it to their allies in Thrace, who have lost it for them.
Long life to you, Thracians! My hopes revive, pluck up courage, mortals!
Take all this stuff; I am going in to make a pestle for myself.He goes in, followed by Tumult.
Coming out of his hiding-place.
Now is the time to sing as Datis did, as he masturbated at high noon, “Oh pleasure! oh enjoyment! oh delights!” Now, oh Greeks! is the moment when freed of quarrels and fighting, we should rescue sweet Peace and draw her out of this pit, befor<