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Enter Oedipus. Oedipus Iocasta, dearest wife, why have you summoned me forth from these doors? Iocasta Hear this man, and judge, as you listen, what the awful oracles have come to. Oedipus Who is he and what news does he have for me? Iocasta He comes from Corinth to tell you that your father Polybus lives no longer, but has perished. Oedipus How, stranger? Let me have it from your own mouth. Messenger If I must first make these tidings plain, know indeed that he is dead and gone. Oedipus By treachery, or from illness? Messenger A light tilt of the scale brings the aged to their rest. Oedipus Ah, he died, it seems, of sickness? Messenger Yes, and of the long years that he had lived. Oedipus Alas, alas! Why indeed, my wife, should one look to thehearth of the Pythian seer, or to the birds that scream above our heads, who declared that I was doomed to slay my father? But he is dead, and lies beneath the earth, and here I am, not having put my hand to any spear—unless, perha