Aeschylus, Libation Bearers (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Cho.].
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Orestes O father, who perished by a death unbefitting a king, grant in answer to my prayer the lordship over your halls! 480

Electra And I too, father, have a like request of you: to escape when I have wrought great destruction on Aegisthus.

Orestes Yes, for then the customary funeral feasts of men would be established in your honor. But otherwise, at the rich and savory banquet of burnt offerings made to the earth, you will be without a portion of honor. 485

Electra And I will likewise at my wedding offer libations to you out of the fullness of my inheritance from my father's house, and before all else I will hold this tomb of yours in the highest honor.

Orestes O Earth, send up my father to watch my battle!

Electra O Persephone, grant us indeed a glorious victory! 490

Orestes Father, remember the bath where you were robbed of life.

Electra And remember how they devised a strange net to cast about you.

Orestes You were caught, my father, in fetters forged by no smith's hand.

Electra And in a fabric shamefully devised.

Orestes Father, are you not roused by taunts such as these? 495

Electra Are you not raising that dearest head of yours?

Orestes Either send Justice to battle for those dear to you, or grant us in turn to get a similar grip [Note] on them, if indeed after defeat you would in turn win victory.

Electra So listen, father, to this last appeal of mine 500as you behold these fledglings crouching at your tomb. Have compassion on your offspring, on the woman and on the man as well, and let not this seed of Pelops' line be blotted out: for then, in spite of death, you are not dead. For children are voices of salvation to a man, 505though he is dead; like corks, they buoy up the net, saving the flaxen cord from out of the deep. Hear! For your own sake we make this lament. By honoring this plea of ours you save yourself.



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