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CHORUS
Here come the Spartan envoys with long, worried beards.
Hail, Spartans how do you fare?
Did anything new arise?

SPARTANS
No need for a clutter o' words. Do ye see our condition?

CHORUS
The situation swells to greater tension.
Something will explode soon.

SPARTANS
It's awfu' truly.
But come, let us wi' the best speed we may
Scribble a Peace.

CHORUS
I notice that our men
Like wrestlers poised for contest, hold their clothes
Out from their bellies. An athlete's malady!
Since exercise alone can bring relief.

ATHENIANS
Can anyone tell us where Lysistrata is?
There is no need to describe our men's condition,
It shows up plainly enough.

CHORUS
It's the same disease.
Do you feel a jerking throbbing in the morning?

ATHENIANS
By Zeus, yes! In these straits, I'm racked all through.
Unless Peace is soon declared, we shall be driven
In the void of women to try Cleisthenes.

CHORUS
Be wise and cover those things with your tunics.
Who knows what kind of person may perceive you?

ATHENIANS
By Zeus, you're right.

SPARTANS
By the Twa Goddesses,
Indeed ye are. Let's put our tunics on.

ATHENIANS
Hail O my fellow-sufferers, hail Spartans.

SPARTANS
O hinnie darling, what a waefu' thing!
If they had seen us wi' our lunging waddies!

ATHENIANS
Tell us then, Spartans, what has brought you here?

SPARTANS
We come to treat o' Peace.

ATHENIANS
Well spoken there!
And we the same. Let us callout Lysistrata
Since she alone can settle the Peace-terms.

SPARTANS
Callout Lysistratus too if ye don't mind.

CHORUS
No indeed. She hears your voices and she comes.
Enter LYSISTRATA

Hail, Wonder of all women! Now you must be in turn
Hard, shifting, clear, deceitful, noble, crafty, sweet, and stern.
The foremost men of Hellas, smitten by your fascination,
Have brought their tangled quarrels here for your sole arbitration.

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