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RHESUS. Yea, more atonement thou shalt take from me For this slow help.-May Adrasteia see My heart and pardon!-When we two have set Troy free from these who compass her with hate, Soon as the Gods have had their first-fruits, I With thee will sail-so help me Zeus on high!- And sack all Hellas with the sword, till these Doers of deeds shall know what suffering is. HECTOR. By heaven, could I once see this peril rolled Past us, and live in Ilion as of old, Untrembling, I would thank my gods! To seek Argos and sack the cities of the Greek- 'Twere not such light work as thou fanciest. RHESUS. These Greeks that face thee, are they not their best?P. 26, l. 480. It may be remarked that the play here uses a fairly common Homeric phrase in a sense which the scholars of our tradition knew but rejected. HECTOR. We seek not better. These do all we need. RHESUS. When these are beaten, then,
MUSE. I say to thee: Curse Odysseus, And cursèd be Diomede! For they made me childless, and forlorn for ever, of the flower of sons. Yea, curse Helen, who left the houses of Hellas. She knew her lover, she feared not the ships and sea. She called thee, called thee, to die for the sake of Paris, Belovèd, and a thousand cities She made empty of good men.