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Io! Hear my voice, hear it, Io Bacchae, Io Bacchae! Chorus
Who is here, who? From what quarter did the voice of the Joyful one summon me? Dionysus
 Io! Io! I say again; it is I, the child of Zeus and Semele. Chorus
Io! Io! Master, master! Come now to our company, Bromius. Dionysus
 Shake the world's plain, lady Earthquake! Chorus
Oh! Oh! Soon the palace of Pentheus will be shaken in ruin. 1 —Dionysus is in the halls.  Revere him. —We revere him! —Did you see these stone lintels on the pillars falling apart? Bromius cries out in victory indoors. Dionysus
Light the fiery lamp of lightning!  Burn, burn Pentheus' home! Chorus
Oh! Oh! Do you not see the the fire, do you not perceive, about the sacred tomb of Semele, the flame that Zeus' thunderbolt left?  Cast on the ground your trembling bodies, Maenads, cast them down, for our lord, Zeus' son, is coming against this palace, turning everything upside down.
1 The following lines are probably delivered by individual chorus members.
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