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Chorus Oh, that we had wings to cleave the air, where the birds of Libya go in their ranks, leaving the winter rain, obedient to the piping of their veteran leader, who raises his exultant cry as he wings his way over unmoistened and crop-bearing plains of the earth. O you winged long-necked comrades of the racing clouds, go on beneath the Pleiades in their central station and Orion of the night; deliver the message, as you settle on Eurotas' banks, that Menelaos has sacked the city of Dardanos, and will come home.
Theoklymenos What is this man's country, and where did he come from, to land here? Helen He is a Hellene, one of the Achaeans who saiIed with my husband. Theoklymenos What kind of death does he say Menelaos died? Helen The most piteous, in the watery waves at sea. Theoklymenos On what part of the barbarous ocean was he sailing? Helen He was cast up on the harborless rocks of Libya. Theoklymenos How did this man not perish if he was sailing with him? Helen There are times when common men have more luck than their betters. Theoklymenos Where did he leave the wreckage of his ship before coming here? Helen Where ruin may come upon it— but not on Menelaos! Theoklymenos He is already ruined. In what ship did this man come? Helen Sailors happened to meet him and took him up, as he says. Theoklymenos Where then is that evil creature that was sent to Troy in your place? Helen You mean the cloud image? It has gone into the air. Theoklymenos O Priam, and Trojan lands, how you