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Io! Hear my voice, hear it, Io Bacchae, Io Bacchae!

Who is here, who? From what quarter did the voice of the Joyful one summon me?

[580] Io! Io! I say again; it is I, the child of Zeus and Semele.

Io! Io! Master, master! Come now to our company, Bromius.

[585] Shake the world's plain, lady Earthquake!

Oh! Oh! Soon the palace of Pentheus will be shaken in ruin.

1 —Dionysus is in the halls. [590] Revere him.

—We revere him!

—Did you see these stone lintels on the pillars falling apart? Bromius cries out in victory indoors.

Light the fiery lamp of lightning! [595] Burn, burn Pentheus' home!

Oh! Oh! Do you not see the the fire, do you not perceive, about the sacred tomb of Semele, the flame that Zeus' thunderbolt left? [600] Cast on the ground your trembling bodies, Maenads, cast them down, for our lord, Zeus' son, is coming against this palace, turning everything upside down.

1 The following lines are probably delivered by individual chorus members.

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