Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy; suspect] [word count] [Aesch. PV].
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Chorus Do not benefit mortals beyond reason and disregard your own distress; although, I am confident that you will be freed 510from these bonds and will have power in no way inferior to Zeus.

Prometheus Not in this way is Fate, who brings all to fulfillment, destined to complete this course. Only when I have been bent by pangs and tortures infinite am I to escape my bondage. Skill is weaker by far than Necessity.

Chorus 515Who then is the helmsman of Necessity?

Prometheus The three-shaped Fates and mindful Furies.

Chorus Can it be that Zeus has less power than they do?

Prometheus Yes, in that even he cannot escape what is foretold.

Chorus Why, what is fated for Zeus except to hold eternal sway?

Prometheus 520This you must not learn yet; do not be over-eager.

Chorus It is some solemn secret, surely, that you enshroud in mystery.

Prometheus Think of some other subject, for it is not the proper time to speak of this. No matter what, this must be kept concealed; for it is by safeguarding it that 525I am to escape my dishonorable bonds and outrage.



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