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Evadne Life's goal I now see from my station here; may fortune aid me in my leap; yes! in honor's cause I will hurl myself from this rock with a leap into the fire below, to mix my ashes in the ruddy blaze with my husband's, to lie side by side with him, there in the couch of Persephone, for never will I, to save my life, prove untrue to you where you lie in your grave. Away with life and marriage too! Oh! may my children live to see the dawn of a fairer, happier wedding-day in Argos! A pious wedded husband fused with the guileless airs of a noble wife!
Chorus chanting O lady, you have done a fearful deed! Iphis Ah me! I am undone, women of Argos! Chorus chanting Oh, oh! this is a cruel blow to you, but you must yet witness, poor wretch, the full horror of this deed. Iphis A more unhappy wretch than me you could not find. Chorus chanting Woe for you! you, old man, have been made partaker in the fortune of Oedipus, you and my poor city too.
Theseus Adrastus, and you women sprung from Argos, you see these children bearing in their hands the bodies of their valiant sires whom I redeemed; to you I give these gifts, I and Athens. And y
ou left us.
Theseus, well we know all the kindness you have conferred upon the land of Argos in her need, and ours shall be a gratitude that never grows old, for your generous treatment mak must do that will benefit you. Do not give these bones to the children to carry to the land of Argos, letting them go so lightly; no, first take an oath of them that they will requite you and your Adrastus must swear, for as their king it is his right to take the oath for the whole realm of Argos. And this will be the oath: for the Argives never to lead on armor-clad troops to war against th armor-clad troops to war against this land, and, if others come, to repel them. But if they violate their oath and come against the city, that the land of Argos may be miserably destroyed in turn.
Chorus O Argos, home of steeds, my native land! you have heard these words, you have heard the king's will, pious toward the gods, of great importance for Pelasgia and throughout Argos. Chorus O Argos, home of steeds, my native land! you have heard these words, you have heard the king's will, pious toward the gods, of great importance for Pelasgia and throughout Argos.
Theban Herald Now I will speak. On these disputed points you hold this view, but I the contrary. I and all the people of Cadmus forbid you to admit Adrastus to this land, but if he is here, drive him forth in disregard of the holy suppliant bough, before the blazing sun sinks, and do not attempt violently to take up the dead, since you have nothing to do with the city of Argos. And if you will hearken to me, you shall bring your ship of state into port unharmed by the billows; but if not, fierce shall be the surge of battle that we and our allies shall raise. Take good thought, and do not, angered at my words, because you rule your city with so-called freedom, return a vaunting answer from your feebler means. Hope is not to be trusted; it has involved many a state in strife, by leading them into excessive rage. For whenever the city has to vote on the question of war, no man ever takes his own death into account, but shifts this misfortune on to another; but if death were before