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Teiresias enters, led by his daughter. They are accompanied by Menoeceus.

Lead on, my daughter; for you are an eye [835] to my blind feet, as a star is to sailors; lead my steps on to level ground; then go before, so that I do not stumble, for your father has no strength; keep safe for me in your maiden hand the auguries I took when I observed omens from birds, [840] seated in my holy prophet's chair. Tell me, Menoeceus, son of Creon, how much further toward the city is it, to your father? For my knees grow weary, I have come a long way and can scarcely go on.

[845] Take heart, Teiresias, for you have reached your harbor and are near your friends; take him by the hand, my child; for just as every chariot has to wait for outside help to lighten it, so does the step of old age.

Enough; I have arrived; why, Creon, do you summon me so urgently?

[850] I have not forgotten that; but first collect your strength and regain your breath, shaking off the fatigue of your journey.

I am indeed worn out, for I arrived here only yesterday from the court of the Erechtheidae; they too were at war, fighting with Eumolpus. [855] I gave the victory to Cecrops' sons, and I received this golden crown, as you see, the first-fruits of the enemy's spoils.

I take your crown of victory as an omen. We, as you know, are exposed to the waves [860] of war with the Danaids, and great is the struggle for Thebes. Eteocles, our king, is already gone in full armor to meet Mycenae's champions; and he has bidden me inquire of you our best course to save the city.

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