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LAMPITO
A Boeotian lady.

LYSISTRATA
There never was much undergrowth in Boeotia,
Such a smooth place, and this girl takes after it.

CALONICE
Yes, I never saw a skin so primly kept.

LYSISTRATA
This girl?

LAMPITO
A sonsie open-looking jinker!
She's a Corinthian.

LYSISTRATA
Yes, isn't she
Very open, in some ways particularly.

LAMPITO
But who's garred this Council o' Women to meet here?

LYSISTRATA
I have.

LAMPITO
Propound then what you want o' us.

MYRRHINE
What is the amazing news you have to tell?

LYSISTRATA
I'll tell you, but first answer one small question.

MYRRHINE
As you like.

LYSISTRATA
Are you not sad your children's fathers
Go endlessly off soldiering afar
In this plodding war? I am willing to wager
There's not one here whose husband is at home.

CALONICE
Mine's been in Thrace, keeping an eye on Eucrates
For five months past.

MYRRHINE
And mine left me for Pylos
Seven months ago at least.

LAMPITO
And as for mine
No sooner has he slipped out frae the line
He straps his shield and he's snickt off again.

LYSISTRATA
And not the slightest glitter of a lover!
And since the Milesians betrayed us, I've not seen
The image of a single upright man
To be a marble consolation to us.
Now will you help me, if I find a means
To stamp the war out.

MYRRHINE
By the two Goddesses, Yes!
I will though I've to pawn this very dress
And drink the barter-money the same day.

CALONICE
And I too though I'm split up like a turbot
And half is hackt off as the price of peace.

LAMPITO
And I too! Why, to get a peep at the shy thing
I'd clamber up to the tip-top o' Taygetus.

LYSISTRATA
Then I'll expose my mighty mystery.
O women, if we would compel the men
To bow to Peace, we must refrain—

MYRRHINE
From what?
O tell us!

LYSISTRATA
Will you truly do it then?

MYRRHINE
We will, we will, if we must die for it.

LYSISTRATA
We must refrain from every depth of love....
Why do you turn your backs? Where are you going?
Why do you bite your lips and shake your heads?
Why are your faces blanched? Why do you weep?
Will you or won't you, or what do you mean?

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    • Raphael Kühner, Friedrich Blass, Ausführliche Grammatik der Griechischen Sprache, A. Vokale.
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