Aeschylus, Libation Bearers (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Cho.].
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Pylades What then will become in the future of Loxias' oracles declared at Pytho, and of our sworn pact? 900Count all men your enemies rather than the gods.

Orestes I judge you victor: you advise me well.To ClytaemestraCome, this way! I mean to kill you by his very side. For while he lived, you thought him better than my father. 905Sleep with him in death, since you love him but hate the man you were bound to love.

Clytaemestra It was I who nourished you, and with you I would grow old.

Orestes What! Murder my father and then make your home with me?

Clytaemestra Fate, my child, must share the blame for this. 910

Orestes And fate now brings this destiny to pass.

Clytaemestra Have you no regard for a parent's curse, my son?

Orestes You brought me to birth and yet you cast me out to misery.

Clytaemestra No, surely I did not cast you out in sending you to the house of an ally.

Orestes I was sold in disgrace, though I was born of a free father. 915

Clytaemestra Then where is the price I got for you?

Orestes I am ashamed to reproach you with that outright.

Clytaemestra But do not fail to proclaim the follies of that father of yours as well.

Orestes Do not accuse him who suffered while you sat idle at home.

Clytaemestra It is a grief for women to be deprived of a husband, my child. 920

Orestes Yes, but it is the husband's toil that supports them while they sit at home.

Clytaemestra You seem resolved, my child, to kill your mother.

Orestes You will kill yourself, not I.

Clytaemestra Take care: beware the hounds of wrath that avenge a mother.

Orestes And how shall I escape my father's if I leave this undone? 925

Clytaemestra I see that though living I mourn in vain before a tomb. [Note]

Orestes Yes, for my father's fate has marked out this destiny for you.

Clytaemestra Oh no! I myself bore and nourished this serpent!

Orestes Yes, the terror from your dream was indeed a prophet. You killed him whom you should not; so suffer what should not be. 930He forces Clytaemestra within; Pylades follows

Chorus Truly I grieve even for these in their twofold downfall. Yet since long-suffering Orestes has reached the peak of many deeds of blood, we would rather have it so, that the eye of the house should not be utterly lost.

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