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Messenger O cities of all the land of Asia,O realm of Persia, and bounteous haven of wealth, at a single stroke all your plenteous prosperity has been shattered, and the flower of the Persians has fallen and perished! Ah, it is a terrible task to be the first to deliver news of disaster. And yet, Persians, I must relate the entirety of the calamity—the whole barbarian host is los
Chorus Alas, alas! In vain did our vast and variously armed hostgo forth from the land of Asia against the hostile soil of Hellas.
Chorus For now in truth the whole land of Asia, decimated, moans:Xerxes led forth （woe!）, Xerxes laid low （woe!）, Xerxes disposed all things imprudently with his sea-going vessels. Why then was Dariusin his time so unscathed by disaster, he who was ruler of archers, to the men of Susa a beloved
Chorus Not now for long will those who dwell throughout the length and breadth of Asiaabide under the sway of the Persians, nor will they pay further tribute at the compulsion of their lord, nor will they prostrate themselves to the earth and do him reverence;for the royal power has perished utterly.
Chorus The fiery lord of populous Asiais leading his wondrous warrior-flock against the whole earth in two divisions, on foot and by the sea, putting his trust in his stalwart and stern commanders; he himself,a god-like hero whose race is sprung from gold.The hero Perseus, here regarded as the ancestor of Xerxes, and in l. 146 as giving his name to the whole Persian race, was the son of Zeus, who descended to Danae in a shower of gold.
Darius Therefore a calamitydreadful and unforgettable has been caused by him, a desolating calamity such as never before befell this city of Susa since our Lord Zeus first ordained that one ruler should bear sway over all Asia with its flocks and wield the sceptre of its government.For Medus was first to be the leader of its host; and another, his son, completed his work since wisdom ruled his spirit. Third, after him, Cyrus, blessed in good fortune, came to the throne and established peace for all his people.The Lydians and Phrygians he won to his rule, and the whole of Ionia he subdued by force; for he won the favor of the gods through his right-mindedness. Fourth in succession, the son of Cyrus ruled the host. Fifth in the list, Mardus came to power, a disgrace to his native landand to the ancient throne; but he was slain in his palace by the guile of noble Artaphrenes, with the help of friends whose duty this was. [Sixth came Maraphis, and seventh Artaphrenes.This interpolate
Enter Xerxes in tattered robes, and attended by a scanty retinue Xerxes Alas, wretched am I who have met this cruel doomwhich did not give the faintest sign of its coming! In what savage mood has Fortune trampled upon the Persian race? What misery is yet in store for me, unhappy wretch? The strength of my limbs is loosened as I look upon this aged group of citizens.Ah, Zeus,I wish that the doom of death had buried me, too, together with the men who have been laid low! Chorus Alas, my king, for our noble army, for the high honor of Persia's rule,and for the splendor of the men now cut off by Fate! The land bewails her native youth, slaughtered for Xerxes, who has crowded Hades with Persian slain.Many warriors, masters of the bow, our country's pride, a great multitude of men, have perished. Alas, alas, for our trusty defence! The land of Asia, the leading power of the earth,has piteously, yes piteously, been bowed to her knees.