Aeschylus, Libation Bearers (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Cho.].
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Electra My father has by now received the libations, which the earth has drunk. 165But take your share of this startling news.

Chorus Speak—but my heart is dancing with fear.

Electra I see here a lock cut as an offering for the tomb.

Chorus A man's, or a deep-girt maid's?

Electra That is open to conjecture—anyone may guess. 170

Chorus How then? Let my age be taught by your youth.

Electra There is no one who could have cut it but myself.

Chorus Yes, for those who ought to have mourned with a lock of hair are enemies.

Electra And further, in appearance it is very much like—

Chorus Whose lock? This is what I would like to know. 175

Electra It is very much like my own in appearance.

Chorus Then can this be a secret offering from Orestes?

Electra It is his curling locks that it most resembles.

Chorus But how did he dare to come here?

Electra He has merely sent this cut lock to honor his father. 180

Chorus What you say is no less a cause of tears for me, if he will never again set foot on this land.

Electra Over my heart, too, there sweeps a surge of bitterness, and I am struck as if a sword had run me through. From my eyes thirsty drops of a stormy flood fall unchecked at the sight of this tress. 185For how can I expect to find that someone else, some townsman, owns this lock? Nor yet in truth did she clip it from her head, the murderess, my own mother, 190who has assumed a godless spirit regarding her children that ill accords with the name of mother. But as for me, how am I to assent to this outright, that it adorned the head of Orestes, the dearest to me of all mortals? No, hope is merely flattering me.



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