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Aegisthus Oh well, since you plan to act and speak like that, you shall be taught a lesson soon. 1650On guard, my trusty guardsmen, your work lies close to hand.

Chorus On guard then! Let every one make ready his sword with hand on hilt.

Aegisthus My hand too is laid on my sword hilt, and I do not shrink from death.

Chorus “Death for yourself,” you say. We hail the omen. We welcome fortune's test.

Clytaemestra No, my dearest, let us work no further ills. 1655Even these are many to reap, a wretched harvest. Of woe we have enough; let us have no bloodshed. Venerable elders, go back to your homes, and yield in time to destiny before you come to harm. What we did had to be done. But should this trouble prove enough, we will accept it, 1660sorely battered as we are by the heavy hand of fate. Such is a woman's counsel, if any care to learn from it.

Aegisthus But to think that these men should let their wanton tongues thus blossom into speech against me and cast about such insults, putting their fortune to the test! To reject wise counsel and insult their master!

Chorus 1665It would not be like men of Argos to cringe before a man as low as you.

Aegisthus Ha! I will visit you with vengeance yet in days to come.

Chorus Not if fate shall guide Orestes to return home.

Aegisthus From my own experience I know that exiles feed on hope.

Chorus Keep on, grow fat, polluting justice, since you can.

Aegisthus 1670Know that you shall atone to me for your insolent folly.

Chorus Brag in your bravery like a cock beside his hen.

Clytaemestra Do no care for their idle yelpings. I and you will be masters of this house and order it aright.



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