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Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 34 (search)
whet the steel and plunge it in our necks.] There is, it is true, one hope of escape from death: Menelaus has landed from Troy; his fleet now crowds the haven of Nauplia where he has come to anchor on the shore, returned at last from Troy after ceaseless wanderings; but Helen, that so-called lady of sorrows, he has sent on to our palace, waiting for the night, lest any of those parents whose sons died at Troy might see her if she went by day, and set to stoning her. Within she sits, weeping for her sister and the calamities of her family, and yet she has still some solace in her woe; for Hermione, the child she left at home when she sailed for Troy, the maid whom Menelaus brought from Sparta and entrusted to my mother's keeping, is still a cause of joy to her and a reason to forget her sorrows. I am watching each approach, until I see Menelaus arriving; for unless we find some safety from him, we have only a feeble anchor to ride on otherwise. A helpless thing, an unlucky house!
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 71 (search)
for me to my sister's tomb? Electra Would you have me seek my mother's tomb? Why? Helen To carry an offering of hair and a libation from me. Electra Isn't it right for you to go to the tomb of one you love? Helen No, for I am ashamed to show myself in Argos. Electra A late repentance surely for one who left her home so shamefully then. Helen You have told the truth, but your telling is not kind to me. Electra What is this supposed shame before the eyes of Mycenae that possesses you? Helen I am afraid of the fathers of those who lie dead at Ilium. Electra Good cause for fear; your name is on every tongue in Argos. Helen Then free me of my fear and grant me this favor. Electra I could not bear to look upon my mother's grave. Helen And yet it would be shame indeed for servants to bear these offerings. Electra Then why not send your daughter Hermione? Helen It is not good for maidens to go into a crowd. Electra And yet she would be repaying her dead foster-mother's care.
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 110 (search)
Helen You have told the truth and have convinced me, maiden. [Yes, I will send my daughter for you are right.] Hermione, my child, come out, before the palace. Hermione and attendants come out of the palace. Take these libations and these tresses of mine in your hands, and go pour round Clytemnestra's tomb a mingled cup of honHermione and attendants come out of the palace. Take these libations and these tresses of mine in your hands, and go pour round Clytemnestra's tomb a mingled cup of honey, milk, and frothing wine; then stand upon the heaped-up grave, and say this: “Helen, your sister, sends you these libations as her gift, fearing herself to approach your tomb from terror of the Argive mob” and bid her harbor kindly thoughts towards me and you and my husband; towards these two wretched sufferers, too, whom the re due from me to a sister. Now go, my child, and hurry; and soon as you have made the libations at the tomb, think of your return.Helen goes into the palace as Hermione and her attendants depart with the offerings. Electra O human nature, how great an evil you are in men! and what salvation, too, to those who have a goodly heri
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 640 (search)
that he had sinned himself, but he was trying to find a cure for the sin and wrong-doing of your wife. So this is one thing you are bound to pay me back. For he really gave his life, as friends should, toiling hard in battle with you, so that you might have your wife again. Pay back to me the same thing you got there. For one day exert yourself, on my behalf standing up in my defense, not ten full years. As for what Aulis took, the sacrifice of my sister, I let you have that; do not kill Hermione. For in my present plight, you must have an advantage over me and I must pardon it. But give to my miserable father my life and the life of my sister, a maiden so long; for by my death I shall leave my father's house without an heir. You will say it is impossible. That's the point; friends are bound to help friends in trouble. But when fortune gives of its best, what need of friends? For the god's help is enough of itself when he is willing to give it. All Hellas believes that you love y
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 1155 (search)
leasant dream to cheer the heart, without cost, by means of the mouth's winged words. Electra I think I have it, brother, a means of safety for you, and for him and thirdly for myself. Orestes You mean divine providence. But why do I say that? Since I know the natural shrewdness of your heart. Electra Listen to me now; and you pay attention also. Orestes Speak; the prospect of good news holds a certain pleasure. Electra You know Helen's daughter? Of course you do. Orestes I know her, Hermione, whom my mother reared. Electra She has gone to Clytemnestra's tomb. Orestes To do what? What hope are you hinting at? Electra She was going to pour a libation over the tomb of our mother. Orestes Well, how does what you have said lead to our safety? Electra Seize her as a hostage on her way back. Orestes What good can your suggested remedy do us three friends? Electra If, after Helen's slaughter, Menelaus tries to do anything to you or to Pylades and me—for this bond of friendship
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 1204 (search)
Orestes O you that have the spirit of a man, though your body shows you to be a woman, how far more worthy you are to live than to die! Pylades, you will lose such a woman to your sorrow, or if you live, you will have a blessed marriage. Pylades Then may it be so, and may she come to the city of Phocis with all the honors of a happy wedding. Orestes How soon will Hermione return to the palace? All the rest was very well said, if we succeed in catching this impious father's cub. Electra Well, I expect she is near the house already, for the length of time agrees exactly. Orestes Good; you, Electra, my sister, stay before the palace and await the maiden's approach; keep watch in case any one, whether an ally or my father's brother, forestalls us by his entry before the murder is complete; and then make a signal to the house, either by beating on a panel of the door or calling to us within. Let us enter now and arm ourselves with swords for the final struggle, [:Pylades, for you
Euripides, Orestes (ed. E. P. Coleridge), line 1311 (search)
Chorus Leader Hush! hush! I caught the sound of a foot-fall on the road near the house. Electra My dearest friends, it is Hermione advancing into the middle of the bloodshed; let our clamor cease. For she comes headlong into the meshes of the net. The prey will be good, if it is caught. Take up your places again with looks composed and faces not betraying what has happened; I too will have a gloomy look, as if I knew nothing of what has been done.Hermione enters. Ah! maiden, have you come Hermione enters. Ah! maiden, have you come from wreathing Clytemnestra's grave and pouring libations to the dead? Hermione Yes, I have returned after securing her favor; but I was filled with some alarm about a cry I heard from the palace as I was still at a distance. Electra But why? Our present lot gives cause for groans. Hermione Oh, don't say so! What is your news? Electra Argos has sentenced Orestes and me to death. Hermione Oh no! not my own relatives! Electra It is decreed; we have put on the yoke of necessity. Hermione W