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Is this then your fixed decision, my brother?

Yes, and do not detain me. This path now will be my destiny, ill-fated and evil, because of my father here and his Furies. But as for you two, [1435] may Zeus grant you good things, if you bring these things to completion for me when I am dead, since in life you will see me no more.

Now release me, and farewell; for nevermore will you behold me living.

Ah, wretched that I am!

Do not mourn for me.

And who would not mourn you, brother, when you are hurrying off [1440] to a death foreseen?

If it is fated, then I must die.

No, no, listen to my prayer!

Do not plead for what must not be.

Then I, indeed, am utterly wretched, if I must lose you!

It rests with the divinity, this way or that. But as for you two, [1445] I pray to the gods that you may never meet with evil; for in all men's eyes you do not deserve to suffer.Polyneices exits.

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