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Oh! My servants, how I am involved in mournful dirges, [145] in laments unfit for the lyre, of a song that is not melodious, alas! alas! wailing for my family. Ruin has come to me; I am lamenting the life of my brother, [150] such a vision I saw in my dreams, in the night whose darkness is now over. I am lost, lost! My father's house is no more; alas for my vanished family, [155] alas for the sufferings of Argos! O fate, I had one brother only and you carry him off and send him to Hades. For him, [160] I am about to pour over the back of the earth these libations and the bowl of the dead: streams of milk from mountain cows, and offerings of wine from Bacchus, [165] and the labor of the tawny bees; these sacrifices are soothing to the dead.

Give me the golden vessel and the libation of Hades.

[170] O child of Agamemnon beneath the earth, I send these to you as one dead. Accept them; for I will not bring to your tomb my yellow hair or my tears. [175] I live far indeed from your country and mine, where I am thought to lie, unhappily slaughtered.

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