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Theban Herald Now I will speak. On these disputed points you hold this view, but I the contrary. I and all the people of Cadmus forbid you to admit Adrastus to this land, but if he is here, drive him forth in disregard of the holy suppliant bough, before the blazing sun sinks, and do not attempt violently to take up the dead, since you have nothing to do with the city of Argos. And if you will hearken to me, you shall bring your ship of state into port unharmed by the billows; but if not, fierce shall be the surge of battle that we and our allies shall raise. Take good thought, and do not, angered at my words, because you rule your city with so-called freedom, return a vaunting answer from your feebler means. Hope is not to be trusted; it has involved many a state in strife, by leading them into excessive rage. For whenever the city has to vote on the question of war, no man ever takes his own death into account, but shifts this misfortune on to another; but if death were before
Chorus O Argos, home of steeds, my native land! you have heard these words, you have heard the king's will, pious toward the gods, of great importance for Pelasgia and throughout Argos. Chorus O Argos, home of steeds, my native land! you have heard these words, you have heard the king's will, pious toward the gods, of great importance for Pelasgia and throughout Argos.
Chorus chanting O lady, you have done a fearful deed! Iphis Ah me! I am undone, women of Argos! Chorus chanting Oh, oh! this is a cruel blow to you, but you must yet witness, poor wretch, the full horror of this deed. Iphis A more unhappy wretch than me you could not find. Chorus chanting Woe for you! you, old man, have been made partaker in the fortune of Oedipus, you and my poor city too.
Evadne What light, what radiancy did the sun-god's chariot dart forth, and the moon above the heaven, where they ride through the gloom, in the day that the city of Argos raised the stately chant of joy at my wedding, in honor of my marriage with Capaneus, alas! of the bronze armor? Now from my home in frantic haste with frenzied mind I rush to you, seeking to share with you the fire's bright flame and the same tomb, to be rid of my weary life, my suffering, in Hades; yes, for it is the sweetest death to die with those we love, if only fate will sanction it.
Second Semi-Chorus Once more do we invoke the gods we called upon before. First Semi-Chorus Yes, in our fear this is our chiefest trust. Second Semi-Chorus O Zeus, father to the child the heifer-mother bore in days long past, that daughter of Inachus! First Semi-Chorus O be gracious, I pray, and champion this city! Second Semi-Chorus It is your own darling, your own settler in the city of Argos that I am striving from outrage to rescue for the funeral pyre.