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Chorus
Obey us women, although you do not like to.

Eteocles
Recommend something that can be accomplished; your request need not be lengthy.

Chorus
Do not yourself take the road to the seventh gate!

Eteocles
[715] Let me assure you, you will not blunt my sharpened purpose with words.

Chorus
And yet any victory, even a cowardly one, is nonetheless held in honor by God.

Eteocles
A soldier must not embrace that maxim.

Chorus
But are you willing to harvest the blood of your own brother?

Eteocles
When it is the gods who give you evils, you cannot flee them.Exit.

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