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Neoptolemus
My heart has long been aching for your load of pain.

Philoctetes
Stop, then, and take courage; this visitor comes sharply, but goes quickly. Yet, I beg you, do not leave me alone.

Neoptolemus
[810] Take heart, we will remain.

Philoctetes
Will you?

Neoptolemus
Be sure of it.

Philoctetes
Indeed, I do not think it right to put you under oath.

Neoptolemus
Rest assured; it is not lawful for me to leave without you.

Philoctetes
Give me your hand in pledge!

Neoptolemus
I give it—to stay.

Philoctetes
Now take me there, over there!

Neoptolemus
Where do you mean?

Philoctetes
Up there!

Neoptolemus
[815] What is this new delirium? Why do you gaze at the dome above us?

Philoctetes
Let me go, let me go!

Neoptolemus
Where will you go, if I do so?

Philoctetes
Let me go, I say!

Neoptolemus
I will not.

Philoctetes
You will kill me, if you touch me further.

Neoptolemus
There, then, I release you—if in fact you believe it is for the better.

Philoctetes
Wide Earth, embrace me now on the verge of death! [820] This pain no longer lets me stand up.

Neoptolemus
Sleep, I think, will take him before long. See, his head sinks backward. Yes, a sweat runs over his whole body, and a dark, hemorrhaging vein has burst from his heel. [825] Come, friends, let us leave him in quietness, so that he may fall asleep.

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