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Oedipus
I have suffered the greatest misery, strangers—suffered it through unintended deeds—may the god know it! No part was of my own choice.

Chorus
But in what way?

Oedipus
[525] In an evil marriage, the city bound me, unknowing, to ruin.

Chorus
Is it true, as I hear, that you made your mother the partner of your bed, to its infamy?

Oedipus
Ah, me! These words, strangers, are like death to my ears. And those two maidens of mine—

Chorus
[530] What will you say?

Oedipus
—Two daughters—two curses—

Chorus
O Zeus!

Oedipus
—of mine, sprung from the travail of the womb that bore me too.

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    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus, 250
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    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Antigone, 533
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