Farewell, house, farewell, city of my forefathers. In misfortune I leave you, [1370] a fugitive from my chamber.

Go now, child, to the land of Aristaeus . . .

I grieve for you, father.

And I for you, child, and I weep for your sisters.

Terribly indeed has [1375] lord Dionysus brought this misery to your home.

Yes, for I suffered terrible things at your hands, with my name not honored in Thebes.

Farewell, my father.

Farewell, unhappy [1380] daughter; and yet you cannot easily fare well.

Lead me, escorts, where I may take my pitiful sisters as companions to my exile. May I go where accursed Kithairon may not see me, [1385] nor I see Kithairon with my eyes, nor where a memorial of a thyrsos has been dedicated; let these concern other Bacchae.

Many are the forms of divine things, and the gods bring to pass many things unexpectedly; [1390] what is expected has not been accomplished, but the god has found out a means for doing things unthought of. So too has this event turned out.

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