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Electra
Cast your eyes around, let them see everything, through your tresses.

First Semi-Chorus
Who is that on the road? Who is this [1270] country-man wandering round your house?

Electra
Ah! friends, we are ruined; he will at once reveal to our enemies the armed ambush.

Second Semi-Chorus
Calm your fears; the road is not occupied, as you think, my dear.

Electra
[1275] Well? Is your side still secure? Give me a good report, if the space before the court-yard is deserted.

First Semi-Chorus
All goes well here; look to your own watch, for no Danaid is approaching us.

Second Semi-Chorus
[1280] Your report agrees with mine; there is no noise here either.

Electra
Well then, I will listen in the gateway.

Chorus
You within the house, why are you delaying to spill your victim's blood, [1285] now that all is quiet?

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