Aeschylus, Agamemnon (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Ag.].
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Herald A boast like this, loaded full with truth, does not shame the speech of a noble wife.

Chorus 615Thus has she spoken for your schooling, but speciously for those that can interpret right. But, Herald, say—I want to hear of Menelaus. Has he, our land's dear lord, travelled safe home and has he returned with you?

Herald 620It would be impossible to report false news so fair that those I love should take pleasure for long.

Chorus Oh if only you could tell tidings true yet good! It is not easy to conceal when true and good are split apart.

Herald The prince was swept from the sight of the Achaean host, 625himself, and his ship likewise. I speak no lies.

Chorus Did he put forth in sight of all from Ilium, or did a storm, distressing all in common, snatch him from the fleet?

Herald Like a master bowman you have hit the mark; a long tale of distress have you told in brief.

Chorus 630Did the general voice of other voyagers bring news of him as alive or dead?

Herald None knows to give clear report of this—except only the Sun that fosters life upon the earth.

Chorus How then do you say 635rose the storm by the wrath of the gods upon the naval host and passed away?



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