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The dead are nothing. ADMETUS: Please, by the gods, take me with you down below! 410 ALCESTIS: I’m dying for you. My death is sufficient. ADMETUS: Gods, what a wife you steal away from me. ALCESTIS: Ah. The darkness presses on my eyes. ADMETUS: My wife, if you forsake me, I’m destroyed. ALCESTIS: I no longer exist. I’m nothing now. 415 ADMETUS: Lift up your face! Please, don’t desert your children. ALCESTIS: Oh no, not willingly. Farewell, my dear ones. ADMETUS: Look up at them, look up! ALCESTIS: I’m nothing now.
CHORUS: Admetus must be moaning bitterly to lose a wife as noble as Alcestis. 205 210 215 SERVANT: He’s sobbing, and embracing his dear wife, begging her not to betray him, wishing for what cannot be. She’s fading like an ember growing cold, extinguished by her illness. Exhausted, slack, a dead weight in his arms . ii I’ll go now, and announce that you are here. Not everybody has such kind intentions, standing by their rulers as an ally in their misfortunes. You, I know, have been my masters’ true friend for a long, long time.
This very day you’ll see your wife, not merely loved but the most loved of all, descending to death. 235 240 (Alcestis, Admetus, and children emerge from the palace. ) — But look! They’re coming. She’s coming from the house—her husband, too. — Cry out and moan now, O Pherae, lamenting for a woman of greatness fading away like a dying coal, her disease pulling her down to the caverns of Hades. I will never say marriage brings more joy than pain, taking as evidence all that I’ve seen before 15.