Clasp me to your breast, my dearest brother; for the curse of our mother's blood is separating us from our father's home.

[1325] Throw your arms in close embrace about me. Lament as if I were dead, over my grave.

Alas! You have said things terrible even for gods to hear. For in me and in the Olympians there is [1330] pity for much-suffering mortals.

I shall no longer see you!

Nor will I draw near your sight!

These are my last words to you.

Farewell, my city! [1335] And a long farewell to you, my fellow-countrywomen!

Are you going already, most faithful one?

I am going, my tender eyes wet with tears.

[1340] Go, Pylades, and be happy; marry Electra.

Marriage will be for them to think of. But go towards Athens, seeking to escape these hounds of hell, for they are pursuing you fearfully, [1345] the dark-skinned ones, with snakes for hands, holding a reward of dreadful pains. But we two must go in haste over the Sicilian sea to rescue the seagoing ships. As we go through the plains of the air, [1350] we do not come to the aid of those who are polluted; but we save and release from severe hardships those who love piety and justice in their ways of life. And so, let no one wish to act unjustly, [1355] or set sail with perjurers; as a god, I give this address to mortals.The Dioskouroi vanish.

Farewell! Any mortal who is able to fare well, and is not worn down by any misfortune, achieves happiness.

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