Aeschylus, Libation Bearers (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Cho.].
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Chorus Then arrayed how does she tell him to come?

Nurse Arrayed how? Say it again so that I may catch your meaning better.

Chorus With his guards or perhaps unattended?

Nurse She tells him to come with his retinue of spearmen.

Chorus Well, do not give this message to our loathed master, 770but with all haste and with a cheerful heart tell him to come himself, alone, so that he may be told without alarm. For in the mouth of a messenger a crooked message is made straight. [Note]

Nurse What! Are you gladdened at heart by the present news?

Chorus Why not, if Zeus at last may cause our ill wind to change? 775

Nurse But how can that be? Orestes, the hope of our house, is gone.

Chorus Not yet; he would be a poor prophet who would so interpret.

Nurse What are you saying? Do you know something beyond what has been told?

Chorus Go, deliver your message! Do what you are asked to do! The gods take care of what they take care of. 780

Nurse Well, I will go and do your bidding. With the gods' blessing may everything turn out for the best!Exit



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