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See where Odysseus comes in haste, to announce some fresh command to you, Hecuba. Odysseus enters with his attendants.
Lady, I think you know already the intention of the army, and the vote that has been passed; still I will declare it.  It is the Achaeans' will to sacrifice your daughter Polyxena at the mound heaped over Achilles' grave; and they appoint me to take the maid and bring her there, while the son of Achilles is chosen to preside over the sacrifice and act as priest.  Do you know then what to do? Do not be forcibly torn from her, nor match your might against mine; recognize the limits of your strength, and the presence of your troubles. Even in adversity it is wise to yield to reason's dictates. Hecuba
Alas! a dreadful trial is near, it seems,  full of mourning, rich in tears. Yes, I too escaped death where death had been my due, and Zeus did not destroy me but is still preserving my life, that I may witness in my misery fresh sorrows surpassing all before. But if the bond may ask the free  of things that do not grieve them or wrench their heart-strings, you ought to speak in answer to my questions and I ought to hear what you have to say. Odysseus
Granted; put your questions; I do not grudge you that delay. Hecuba
Do you know when you came to spy on Ilium,  disguised in rags and tatters, while down your cheek ran drops of blood? Odysseus
I do; for it was no slight impression it made upon my heart. Hecuba
Did Helen recognize you and tell me only? Odysseus
I well remember the great risk I ran. Hecuba
 Did you embrace my knees in all humility? Odysseus
Yes, so that my hand grew dead and cold upon your robe. Hecuba
Was it I that saved and sent you forth again? Odysseus
You did, and so I still behold the light of day. Hecuba
What did you say then, when in my power? Odysseus
 Doubtless I found plenty to say, to save my life.