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Chorus
Is there a report that once in this land of Argos Io was ward of Hera's house?

King
Certainly she was; the tradition prevails far and wide.

Chorus
[295] And is there some story, too, that Zeus was joined in love with a mortal?

King
This entanglement was not secret from Hera.

Chorus
What then was the result of this royal strife?

King
The goddess of Argos transformed the woman into a cow.

Chorus
[300] And while she was a horned cow, did not Zeus approach her?

King
So they say, making his form that of a bull lusting for a mate.

Chorus
What answer then did Zeus' stubborn consort give?

King
She placed the all-seeing one to stand watch over the cow.

Chorus
What manner of all-seeing herdsman with a single duty do you mean?

King
[305] Argus, a son of Earth, whom Hermes slew.

Chorus
What else did she contrive against the unfortunate cow?

King
A sting, torment of cattle, constantly driving her on.

Chorus
They call it a gadfly, those who dwell by the Nile.

King
Well then, it drove her by a long course out of the land.

Chorus
[310] Your account agrees with mine in all respects.

King
So she came to Canobus and to Memphis.

Chorus
And Zeus begot a son by the touching of his hand.

King
Who is it then that claims to be the cow's Zeus-begotten calf?

Chorus
[315] Epaphus, and truly named from “laying on of hands.”

King
[And who was begotten of Epaphus?]

Chorus
Libya, who reaps the fruit of the largest portion of the earth.

King
[What offspring, then, did Libya have?]

Chorus
[Agenor was her first child born.]

King
And who was his offspring?

Chorus
Belus, who had two sons and was father of my father here.

King
[320] Now tell me his wisely-given name.1

Chorus
Danaus: and he has a brother with fifty sons.

King
Reveal his name ungrudgingly.

1 The epithet, properly applicable to the venerable, Danaus, is transferred to his name, because, to the Greek, name often connoted personality. So “the dreaded name of Demogorgon.”

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