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[233] It is nevertheless with goodwill, like a true-hearted mother, [235] that I dissuade you from begetting misery upon miseries.

[236] But what limit has nature begot for my affliction? Tell me, how can it be right to neglect the dead? Has such a seed been sown in any mortal? May I never have such men's esteem; [240] never, when I am close to prosperity, may I dwell in ease, hindering the wings of shrill lamentation so as to deprive my begetter of his honors!

For if the dead is to lie a wretch, merely dust and nothingness, [245] while his slayers do not pay back to him blood for blood in penalty, [250] then shame and reverence will vanish from all humanity.

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    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Oedipus at Colonus, 946
    • Sir Richard C. Jebb, Commentary on Sophocles: Electra, 346
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