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Chorus And I counsel you not to dishonor us in any way, since our company can be a burden to your land.

Apollo And I, for my part, command you to stand in fear of the oracles, both mine and Zeus', and not cause them to be unfulfilled.

Chorus Although it is not your office, you have respect for deeds of bloodshed. 715You will prophesy, dispensing prophecies that are no longer pure.

Apollo Then was my father mistaken in any way in his purposes when Ixion, who first shed blood, was a suppliant?

Chorus You do argue! But if I fail to win the case, I will once more inflict my company on this land as a burden. 720

Apollo But you have no honor, among both the younger and the older gods. I will win.

Chorus You did such things also in the house of Pheres, when you persuaded the Fates to make mortals free from death. [Note]

Apollo Is it not right, then, to do good for a worshipper, 725especially when he is in need?

Chorus It was you who destroyed the old dispensations when you beguiled the ancient goddesses with wine.

Apollo Soon, when you have lost the case, you will spit out your venom—no great burden to your enemies. 730 The balloting is now ended.

Chorus Since you, a youth, would ride me down, an old woman, I am waiting to hear the verdict in the case, since I have not decided whether to be angry at the city.

Athena It is my duty to give the final judgment and I shall cast my vote for Orestes. 735For there was no mother who gave me birth; and in all things, except for marriage, whole-heartedly I am for the male and entirely on the father's side. Therefore, I will not award greater honor to the death of a woman who killed her husband, the master of the house. 740Orestes wins, even if the vote comes out equal.

Cast the ballots out of the urns, as quickly as possible, you jurors who have been assigned this task.The ballots are turned out and separated.



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