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I have come here, obedient to your words, to an unknown, inhospitable land. I ask you, [95] Pylades, for you are my accomplice in this task, what shall we do? You see that the surrounding walls are high; shall we ascend the steps leading up to the house? But how might we escape notice? Or loosening the bronze bars of the door with levers, [100] of which we know nothing? If we are caught opening the gates and contriving an entrance, we shall die. No, but before we die, let us escape on the ship in which we sailed here.

Flight is not to be endured, nor are we accustomed to it, [105] and we must not bring reproach on the god's oracle; let us leave the temple and hide in a cave which the black sea washes with its moisture—far from the ship, so that no one, seeing it, may tell the ruler, and then seize us by force. [110] But when the eye of gloomy night comes on, then we must dare to take the polished statue from the shrine, by any means. See where between the triglyphs there is an empty space to let ourselves down. The brave endure their labors, [115] the cowardly are worth nothing at all.

Yes, we did not come on a long sea voyage only to undertake a return home before the end; but you have spoken wel, we must obey. We should go wherever we can hide and escape notice. [120] For it will not be the god's fault if his sacred oracle falls to the ground without effect. We must endure.They go out. Iphigenia and the Chorus enter from the temple.

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