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O'ercome by words, their sense I do not gainsay.
For, aye this breeds youth in the old -- "to learn well."
But these things most the house and Klutaimnestra
Concern, 't is likely: while they make me rich, too.
I shouted long ago, indeed, for joyance,
When came that first night-messenger of fire
Proclaiming Ilion's capture and dispersion.
And someone, girding me, said, "Through fire-bearers
Persuaded -- Troia to be sacked now, thinkest?
Truly, the woman's way, -- high to lift heart up! "
By such words I was made seem wit-bewildered:
Yet still I sacrificed; and, -- female-song with, --
A shout one man and other, through the city,
Set up, congratulating in the gods' seats,
Soothing the incense-eating flame right fragrant.
And now, what's more, indeed, why need'st thou tell me?
I of the king himself shall learn the whole word:
And, -- as may best be, -- I my revered husband
Shall hasten, as he comes back, to receive: for --
What's to a wife sweeter to see than this light
(Her husband, by the god saved, back from warfare)
So as to open gates? This tell my husband --
To come at soonest to his loving city.
A faithful wife at home may he find, coming!
Such an one as he left -- the dog o' the household --
Trusty to him, adverse to the ill-minded,
And, in all else, the same: no signet-impress
Having done harm to, in that time's duration.
I know nor pleasure, nor blameworthy converse
With any other man more than -- bronze-dippings!
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