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My dearest friends, I look to you; I am in your hands, whether I am to succeed, or come to nothing and lose my country, and my dear brother and dearest sister. [1060] And first of all, I begin my speech with this: we are women, and have hearts naturally formed to love each other, and keep our common interests most secure. Be silent for us and assist us in our flight. It is good to have trustworthy speech. [1065] You see how one fortune holds us three, most dear to each other, either to return to our native land, or to die. If I am saved, I will bring you safe to Hellas, so that you may share my fortune. By your right hand, I entreat you, and you, and you; you by your dear face, [1070] by your knees, by all that is dearest to you in your home: father, mother, child, if you have children. What do you reply? Who agrees with us, or is not willing to do this—speak! For if you do not acquiesce in my words, both I and my unhappy brother must die.

Chorus Leader
[1075] Have courage, dear mistress, only see to your safety; I will be silent on all that you have charged me with—great Zeus be my witness.

Bless you for your words, may you be happy!

To Orestes and Pylades
It is your work now, and yours, to enter the temple; [1080] for soon the ruler of this land will come, inquiring if the sacrifice of the strangers has been carried out.

Lady Artemis, you who saved me from my father's slaughtering hand by the clefts of Aulis, save me now also, and these men; or through you Loxias' [1085] prophetic voice will no longer be held true by mortals But leave this barbarian land for Athens with good will; it is not fitting for you to dwell here, when you could have so fortunate a city.Orestes, Pylades, and Iphigenia enter the temple.

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