Aeschylus, Libation Bearers (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Cho.].
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Ah, woe! If only, like a messenger, it had a kind voice, 195so that I would not be tossed by my distracted thoughts. Rather it would plainly bid me to spurn this tress, if it was severed from a hated head. Or if it were a kinsman's, he would share my grief as an adornment to this tomb and a tribute to my father. 200

But I invoke the gods, who know by what storms we are tossed like seafarers. Yet if I am fated to reach safety, a great stock may come from a little seed.

And look! Another proof! Footprints 205matching each other—and like my own! Yes, here are the outlines of two sets of feet, his own and some companion's. The heels and the imprints of the tendons agree in proportion with my own tracks. 210I am in torment, my brain is in a whirl!

Enter Orestes

Orestes Give recognition to the gods that your prayers have been fulfilled, and pray that success may attend you in the future.

Electra What? Have I succeeded now by the will of the gods?

Orestes You have come to the sight of what you have long prayed for. 215

Electra And do you know whom among mortals I was invoking?

Orestes I know that you are pining for Orestes.

Electra Then how have I found an answer to my prayers?

Orestes Here I am. Search for no other friend than me.

Electra But surely, stranger, you are weaving some snare about me? 220

Orestes Then I am devising plots against myself.

Electra No, you wish to mock my distress.

Orestes Then my own also, if yours.

Electra Am I then to address you as Orestes in truth?



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