From maybe the best of the traditional Greek playwrights comes this selection of performs, together with Alcestis, Hippolytus, Ion, Electra, Iphigenia at Aulis, Iphigenia one of the Taurians, Medea, The Bacchae, The Trojan Women, and The Cyclops.
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CREUSA: [rising] so that you be aware of what to do? here's Athena’s golden bauble, a trinket of significant age, take it, and visit where the place my husband furtively is having his sacrificial banquet, and whilst the banqueting is finished and the libations commence, slip it from less than your costume and drop it deftly into the younger man’s cup—but merely his, not anyone else’s, and ensure his drink is by itself— this younger guy who will be grasp in my residence! as soon as he swallows it he’ll by no means achieve our excellent Athens. He’ll stay correct here—a corpse. previous guy: pass your approach then to the pilgrim’s visitor condominium and that i shall perform my project. [The previous guy watches CREUSA stroll away, then, emerging slowly from the stairs, he jauntily addresses his toes] Come on, outdated decrepit foot, get younger: there’s paintings forward inspite of your years. complete march opposed to the foe! support your mistress kill her enemy and rid her domestic of him. It’s a great factor to be law-abiding whilst issues cross good but if it involves enemies the law’s a drawback. [As the outdated guy plods off, the ladies of the refrain chant for divine assist in furthering the homicide of ION. He has not more correct to the great thing about Athens than the inspiration of poetry has to broadcast the sins of ladies. For the sins of guys are some distance worse: witness the infidelity of XUTHUS] 3rd CHORAL ODE You, Enodia, Demeter’s daughter, queen Guiding the spirits of evening and day, consultant the cup that my dearest mistress Has jam-packed with the lethal drops From the slashed throat of the earth-spawned Gorgon: consultant it in the direction of the fellow Who reached for the home of Erechtheus. by no means allow an alien from an alien domestic Reign over my urban. enable none however the noble extended family Of Erechtheus rule it. ANTISTROPHE I If this homicide misses its mark and my mistress Misses her objective and the entire hopes Of this company falter, then will there input Her soul a compulsion to stab Her throat with the prepared blade of a sword Or hold her neck in a halter, So finish her sorrows yet merely to endure Others on her technique to one other international . . . by no means, oh, by no means in this light-filled earth will she enable a stranger lord her residence. STROPHE II I blush for Bacchus that many-hymned god should still ever this early life be allowed between these Who visit the springs and lovely dances the place throughout the evening they watch for the day, That 20th day whilst the torches flare And the celebrities within the holy empyrean Prefigure the dance with the moon collaborating, And the fifty daughters of Nereus swirl within the deeps of the ocean, the ripple of streams, Dancing to honor the goldenly topped Maid and her mom. 22 How dare he aspire to be there as king, Usurping the hard work of others: Phoebus’ vagabond. ANTISTROPHE II All you poets that stick with the foundation along with your slanderous songs in regards to the passions And sinful lusts of lady, recognize That we're way more virtuous than Brutish and lascivious guy; So Muse sing us A canceling ode that indicates the wear and tear Which males do to ladies. examine this son Of a son of Zeus: his perfidy And his begetting no longer within the mattress Of my mistress, an inheritor.