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Iocasta enters.

Misguided men, why have you raised [635] such a foolish argument? Are you not ashamed, while the land is so sick, to stir up troubles of your own? Come, go into the house—and you, Creon, go to yours—and stop making so much of a petty grief.

Kinswoman, Oedipus, your husband, [640] wants to do one of two terrible things to me, either to thrust me from the land of my fathers or to arrest and slay me.

Yes indeed, for I have caught him, lady, working evil against my person with his wicked craft.

May I derive no benefit, [645] but perish accursed, if I have done any of the things of which you charge me.

In the name of the gods, believe it, Oedipus, first for the sake of this awful oath to the gods, then for my sake and for the sake of those who stand before you.

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