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In the following scene Euripides, from off stage, impersonates Echo.

Euripides
Hail! beloved girl. As for your father, Cepheus, who has exposed you in this guise, may the gods annihilate him.

Mnesilochus
And who are you whom my misfortunes have moved to pity?

Euripides
I am Echo, the nymph who repeats all she hears. [1060] It was I, who last year lent my help to Euripides in this very place. But, my child, give yourself up to the sad laments that belong to your pitiful condition.

Mnesilochus
And you will repeat them?

Euripides
I will not fail you. Begin.


Mnesilochus
[1065] “Oh! thou divine Night! how slowly thy chariot threads its way through the starry vault, across the sacred realms of the Air and mighty Olympus.”

Euripides
Mighty Olympus.

Mnesilochus
[1070] “Why is it necessary that Andromeda should have all the woes for her share?”

Euripides
For her share.

Mnesilochus
“Sad death!”

Euripides
Sad death!

Mnesilochus
You weary me, old babbler.

Euripides
Old babbler.

Mnesilochus
[1075] Oh! you are too unbearable.

Euripides
Unbearable.

Mnesilochus
Friend, let me talk by myself. Do please let me. Come, that's enough.

Euripides
That's enough.

Mnesilochus
Go and hang yourself!

Euripides
Go and hang yourself!

Mnesilochus
[1080] What a plague!

Euripides
What a plague!

Mnesilochus
Fool!

Euripides
Fool!

Mnesilochus
Go and howl!

Euripides
Go and howl!

Mnesilochus
Go and hang!

Euripides
Go and hang!

Scythian Archer
Hey! what are you jabbering about?

Euripides
What are you jabbering about?

Scythian Archer
I shall go and call the Magistrates.

Euripides
I shall go and call the Magistrates.

Scythian Archer
[1085] This is odd!

Euripides
This is odd!

Scythian Archer
Whence comes this voice?

Euripides
Whence comes this voice?

Scythian Archer
You are mad.

Euripides
You are mad.

Scythian Archer
Ah! beware!

Euripides
Ah! beware!

Scythian Archer
To Mnesilochus
Are you mocking me?

Euripides
Are you mocking me?

Mnesilochus
[1090] No, it's this woman, who stands near you.

Euripides
Who stands near you.

Scythian Archer
Where is the hussy! Hey, she's running away. Wh—where are you running to?

Euripides
Wh—where are you running to?

Scythian Archer
You shall not get away.

Euripides
You shall not get away.

Scythian Archer
[1095] You are chattering still?

Euripides
You are chattering still?

Scythian Archer
Stop the hussy.

Euripides
Stop the hussy.

Scythian Archer
What a babbling, cursed woman!

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