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Aristophanes Wasps by Douglas M. MacDowell

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ORESTES Ah me, what tale is this Yea, sympathy Even for strangers' pain wrings human hearts. Tell on, that, knowing, to thy brother I May bear the joyless tale that must be heard. Yea, pity dwells, albeit ne'er in churls. Yet in the wise this is the penalty Laid on the wise for souls too finely wrought. : — 290 — CHORUS His heart's desire, the same is also mine For, from the town far dwelling, naught know The city's sins now fain would I too hear. : I : — Tell will 1 A my if I may. ELECTRA Sure I may 300 tell grievous fortune and my sire's.

XOP03 Ayafxe/xvovo^ TjXvBov, j6 m Kopa, HXeKTpa, irorX arp. y aav dyporeipav avXdv. ELECTRA Let me prevent the morn for a father dead, With wailings Shrieks down to Hades borne. Through the grave's gloom, O father, ringing Through Hades' hall to thee I call. : Day after day my cries outflinging And aye my cheeks are furrowed red With blood by rending fingers shed. Mine hands on mine head smiting fall Mine head for thy death shorn. (Mesode) Rend the hair grief-defiled As sAvan's note, ringing wild Where some broad stream still-stealeth, !

Tell on, that, knowing, to thy brother I May bear the joyless tale that must be heard. Yea, pity dwells, albeit ne'er in churls. Yet in the wise this is the penalty Laid on the wise for souls too finely wrought. : — 290 — CHORUS His heart's desire, the same is also mine For, from the town far dwelling, naught know The city's sins now fain would I too hear. : I : — Tell will 1 A my if I may. ELECTRA Sure I may 300 tell grievous fortune and my sire's. Since thou dost wake the tale, I pray thee, stranger.

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