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The following antiphonal dirge is sung by the two sisters—Antigone standing by the bier of Polynices, Ismene by that of Eteocles.

Antigone
You were struck as you struck.

Ismene
You died as you killed.

Antigone
By the spear you killed—

Ismene
By the spear you died—

Antigone
[960] Your deed made you wretched.

Ismene
You suffering made you wretched.

Antigone
Let the lament come.

Ismene
Let the tears come.

Antigone
You are laid out for mourning—

Ismene
[965] Though you did the killing.

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