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Chorus
A savage desire eats away at you, drives you to murder, blood-sacrifice proscribed by divine law, whose only fruit is bitterness.

Eteocles
[695] True, my own beloved father's hateful, ruinous curse hovers before my dry, unweeping eyes, and informs me of benefit preceding subsequent death.1

1 Literally “gain coming before death that comes later.” The curse whispers “slay him, then be slain yourself.”

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