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No, by the sacred majesty of God!

How sweet your words are if your words are true!

1290 My deed will show how true they are: reach out
your hand and take your weapon once again.
Odysseus steps forward.

But I forbid it, calling God to witness,
in the name of Atreus' sons and all the army!

1295 My child, whose voice is that? did I not hear Odysseus?

Yes, you did: and now you see him,
him who will take you back to Troy by force
whether Achilles' son approves or not.

Not without paying, if my aim is true!
Odysseus turns and leaves.

1300 Wait! for the sake of God put down your arrow.

For God's sake take your hand off mine, dear child.

No, I will not.

Oh, why have you not let me
kill my hated enemy with my bow?

1305That would be right for neither you nor me.

Well, this much is certain: the false-hearted
commanders of the army of the Greeks
are cowards in fight, however bold in words!

So be it: now you have your bow, and you
1310have no cause to be angry, or to blame me.

Yes, you are right, my child; and you have shown
what nature you were born with. Sisyphus
was not your father, but Achilles, who

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