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Chorus
If there is any promise of success,
why then, I think that you have counseled wisely.

Deianeira
590The only promise is that it seems best -
and yet, I cannot know until I try.

Chorus
Knowledge must come through action. You will never
be sure unless you put it to the test.

Deianeira
Ah, we will soon know, for I see the herald
leaving the house. He will be going shortly.
Please keep my secret! Even shameful deeds,
when done in darkness, never bring disgrace. Lichas returns from the palace.

Lichas
Tell me what I must do now, child of Oeneus,
for I have been delayed here far too long.

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    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus, 1038
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Electra, 169
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Philoctetes, 524
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