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

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

Do you know on what terms I will go?

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

See that you send me to dwell outside this land.

You ask for what the god must give.

But to the gods I have become most hateful.

Then you will quickly get your wish.

So you consent?

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

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

Come, then, but let your children go.

No, do not take them from me!

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

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, 1693
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Philoctetes, 64
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Trachiniae, 1
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