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Trygaeus
to the Servant who has returned with a sheep and a vase of water.
Come, seize the basket and take the lustral water and hurry to circle round the altar to the right.

Servant
There! that's done. What is your next bidding?

Trygaeus
Wait. I take this fire-brand first and plunge it into the water. [960] Now quick, quick, you sprinkle the altar. Give me some barley-seed, purify yourself and hand me the basin; then scatter the rest of the barley among the audience.

Servant
Done.

Trygaeus
You have thrown it?

Servant
Yes, by Hermes! [965] and all the spectators have had their share.

Trygaeus
At least the women got none.

Servant
Oh! their husbands will give them some this evening.

Trygaeus
Let us pray! Who is here? Are there any good men?

Servant
Come, give me the water, so that I may sprinkle these people. Faith! they are indeed good, brave men.

He throws the lustral water on them.

Trygaeus
[970] You believe so?

Servant
I am sure, and the proof of it is that we have flooded them with lustral water and they have not budged an inch.

Trygaeus
Let us pray, then, as soon as we can.

Servant
Yes, let us pray.

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