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But here is Creon in good time to plan and perform that which you request. He alone is left to guard the land in your place.

Ah, me, how will I address him? [1420] What claim to credence can be shown on my part? For in the past I proved to be wholly false to him.

Enter Creon.

I have not come to mock or reproach you with any any past fault.

To the Attendants.
But you, if you no longer respect the children of men, [1425] revere at least the all-nurturing flame of our lord the Sun, and don't show so openly such a pollution as this, one which neither earth, nor holy rain, nor the light itself can welcome. Take him into the house as quickly as you can: it best accords with pity that [1430] kinfolk alone should see and hear a kinsman's woes.

For the gods' love—since you have done a gentle violence to my prediction and come in a spirit so noble to me, a man most vile—grant me a favor: I will speak for your own good, not mine.

[1435] And what do you wish so eagerly to get from me?

Cast me out of this land with all speed, to a place where no mortal shall be found to greet me.

This I could have done, to be sure, except I craved first to learn from the god all my duty.

[1440] But his pronouncement has been set forth in full—to let me perish, the parricide, unholy one that I am.

Thus it was said. But since we have come to such a pass, it is better to learn clearly what should be done.

Will you, then, seek a response on behalf of such a wretch as I?

[1445] Yes, for even you yourself will now surely put faith in the god.

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