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Oedipus
I must obey, though I do it in no way gladly.

Creon
Yes, for it is in season that all things are good.

Oedipus
Do you know on what terms I will go?

Creon
You will tell me, and then I will know when I have heard them.

Oedipus
See that you send me to dwell outside this land.

Creon
You ask for what the god must give.

Oedipus
But to the gods I have become most hateful.

Creon
Then you will quickly get your wish.

Oedipus
So you consent?

Creon
It is not my way to say idly what I do not mean.

Oedipus
[1520] Then it is time to lead me away.

Creon
Come, then, but let your children go.

Oedipus
No, do not take them from me!

Creon
Do not wish to be master in all things: the mastery which you did attain has not followed you through life.

Chorus
Residents of our native Thebes, behold, this is Oedipus, [1525] who knew the renowned riddle, and was a most mighty man. What citizen did not gaze on his fortune with envy? See into what a stormy sea of troubles he has come! Therefore, while our eyes wait to see the final destined day, we must call no mortal happy until [1530] he has crossed life's border free from pain.

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    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus, 1021
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus, 839
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Philoctetes, 933
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    • Raphael Kühner, Bernhard Gerth, Ausführliche Grammatik der griechischen Sprache, KG 1.3.1
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