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To two attendants.
[435] Here, you there, take all these weapons and hang them up inside close to the fire, near the figure of the god who presides there and under his protection; To Pisthetaerus. as for you, address the birds, tell them why I have gathered them together.

Not I, by Apollo, [440] unless they agree with me as the little ape of an armorer agreed with his wife, not to bite me, nor pull me by the balls, nor shove things into my . . .

Bending over and pointing his finger at his anus.
Do you mean this?

No, I mean my eyes.

Leader of the Chorus

Swear it.

Leader of the Chorus
[445] I swear it and, if I keep my promise, let judges and spectators give me the victory unanimously.

It is a bargain.

Leader of the Chorus
And if I break my word, may I succeed by one vote only.

As Herald.
Hearken, ye people! Hoplites, pick up your weapons and return to your firesides; [450] do not fail to read the decrees of dismissal we have posted.

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